Sunday, November 29, 2015

MonthlyManiFavorites: November 2015

Which is your favorite nail art from month on November on Nails Context?

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Grey and Pink

Another nail art to match my Indian outfit. The polishes that I used are Sally Hansen's Wet Cement, Butter London's Fruit Machine and Zoya's Ziv.


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Tutorial: Matte Colorblock Nails

Hi Friends, I created a step-by-step tutorial for you all for the Matte colorblock nail art from my last post.


For this nail art you would need -
1. Nail Polishes.
2. Stripping Tape.
3. Top Coat.
4. Base Coat.
5. Scissors.

Step 1. To start, first paint your nails with a base coat to protect your nails.

Step 2. When the base coat is dry, on top of it paint your nails with a base polish. I used Maybelline's Naturally Creme. Make sure you polish dries completely, before you attempt step 3.

Step 3. Cut the stripping tape using scissors into two stripes and stick them on the nail side by side (as shown in the picture below). Make sure they are sticking to the nail and are not loose.

Step 4. On the wide block of the taped nail, paint with the bright nail polish. I used American Apparel's Blueberry.

Step 5. On the middle thin block of the taped nail, paint it with the blue nail polish. I used American Apparel's Peacock.

Step 6. Now quickly remove the tape and voila! the desired colorblocked nails. Now top it with Matte top coat for Matte version of the nails or with a regular top coat for glossy version of the nails.

Don't forget to share pictures with me if you try this design. If you have any comments about this tutorial or would like to see any specific nail art tutorials, then leave suggestions in the comments section below.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Matte

Matte nails have been popular for a while. To create them you dont need a bunch of Matte polishes, just the right Matte top coat. So today, using my Matte top coat from Butter London, I turned my glossy nails to matte nails. The polishes I used are - base coat is Maybelline's Naturally Creme, American Apparel's Peacock and Blueberry.


Here is a glossy version of the nails -

Which one do you like better? Matte or Glossy version?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

-ve space nails

Trying my hand at creating negative(-ve) space nails. What are negative space nails you ask? It's a nail art design where some of the nail space is left blank without any polish on them and your uncolored nail peeps through bold polish colors like cutouts in clothes. The possibilities are endless when you want to create a -ve space nail design and I decided to try this colorblocked pink and green -ve space look. The polishes I used are Zoya's Lolly and Butter London's Jaded Jack and Fruit Machine, which pop very well and look bright when used together. There are some minor mistakes in this design but I choose to ignore them ;P and share it with you all anyways. Hope you like them.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review: The Accidental Apprentice

Hello Friends, I received a overwhelming response from my last review (Thank You Readers) so I decide to post another review of the book that I finished reading yesterday. "The Accidental Apprentice" by Vikas Swarup. This is his third book, he is famous for his first book called "Q & A" which was later made into the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. The Accidental Apprentice was released in 2013 and it was recently that I came across the title and decided to give it a read. Even though I have watched Slumdog Millionaire, this is my first book that I read by the author.

From the beginning the book is easy to read with a story of seven tests, given to the main character named Sapna Sinha. She is a normal salesgirl at one of India’s many electronics shops when she is approached one day by a man named Vinay Mohan Acharya, supposed head board member in charge of the ABC Group. Vinay Mohan Acharya offers to Sapna, if she can past his seven tests that he will make her the CEO of the ABC Group, which comes with a multi-million dollar yearly salary. And hence starts the tests and the story proceeds. The story gets very addicting and can be called sort of a thriller to read. At the end I was convinced the story has enough masala and thrill to be made into a Bollywood movie, only to read somewhere that they are making a movie already, based on this book.

Parts of the book will make you cry with Sapna and her family, others will make you frustrated with the description of corruption happening in the country. The book builds up nicely, with Sapna’s tests becoming more and more personal and harder to separate from, and the climax was something which I never expected - which made me like the book even more. I would rate this book 4/5.


To see the details of the nail art featured above, click HERE.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Teal and Polka

Wanted to created something which is colorblocked and has polka dots, so decided to go with these bold colors. Polishes used are Butter London’s Cotton Buds, Union Jack Black and Urban Outfitter’s Flip Flop.

You can see my previous colorblocked and polka dots nail art HERE.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Something New

When out of ideas - experiment with dots - create something new and Ta Da...my new nail art. I started experimenting the nail art design on my thumb and didnt like the way it turned out. But that didnt stop me from proceeding and the result was the nail art on my other fingers. Sometimes you just start with something else on your mind and end with something totally new and unexpected but in this case - something Good. Enough of somethings? The polishes I used are Butter London's Cotton Buds, Chanel's Dragon (I am almost out of this polish , have to buy a replacement soon), America Apparel's Peacock, Orly's Yellow Submarine and Sally Hansen's Wet Cement.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Henna Series: Happy Diwali

Hello Friends, India and all the Indians across the world are celebrating Diwali Today. And on this occasion I want to share my Henna design that I created on my hand for this occasion.

HAPPY DIWALI EVERYONE


To see all the other Henna designs on this blog, click HERE.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DIY – Polka Dots Shoes

If you follow my blog - you must be familiar with my love for Polka Dots. From Polka Dots dresses, skirts, multiple tops, bed sheets, accessories, cushions, you name it and I have it. The only thing missing from my life were Polka Dots shoes. I have been in search for the perfect Polka Dot shoes since as long as I can remember and haven’t found any yet. Either the heels are too high, shoes are too uncomfortable or the toe is too pointy for my taste. I just cant seem to find any. When I was going through my shoe closet last week, I found these black flats which I haven’t worn – well since I bought them, coz I never really liked them and then I forgot about them…well you know how it goes. I looked at them, wore them for one day and they were surprisingly very comfortable. And then it occurred to me – how about give them a little make over and create polka dot shoes, which I always wanted. So I ran to my nearest Michael’s crafts store and bought this white fabric paint for $2.45 and Ta-Da … after 15 mins of my time I have brand new polka dots shoes which I ALWAYS wanted.


HERE is a DIY tutorial on how to make these.

You need –

1. Old shoes that you want to revamp.
2. Pencil or any other thing you can use to create dots.
3. Fabric Paint
4. Old newspaper to do your project on.
5. Some paper plate to mix the paint on.


Step 1 – Get your shoe that you want to paint ready. Make sure it is clean.

Step 2 – Get all the supplies ready. Put the paint on the paper plate and dip the round –sided tip in the paint. Then start creating random dots on your shoes.

Step 3 – repeat the process on the 2nd pair. Once you are finished, let them dry for a day.

Step 4 – All done. Now show-off your NEW DIY project by wearing them out with your favorite dress/outfit :) :) Simple isn’t it.

Did you like the new DIY section on this blog? Would you like to see more such easy projects? Then let me know in the comments section below. To see matching nail art to these shoes click HERE. To see more Polka Dots nail art on the blog click HERE.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Perfect Pair

Did not know that mustard and black can make such a perfect pair, thanks to my Indian outfit for which I created this nail art to match with. The polishes used are Butter London's Union Jack Black, Orly's Yellow Submarine and Zoya's Ziv. The gold studs are from BornPrettyStore. To get 10% OFF your order from BornPrettyStore, use the code QANX31 at checkout. To a similar nail art that did before click HERE.


Here is a picture of my nails with my matching outfit

Friday, November 6, 2015

Argyle

Argyle Pattern is very very common in USA. From sweaters to Bedspreads, you can find it on a lot of things. I have been meaning to try this on my nails and decided to give it a try finally. This is the color palette that I decided to use. Sally Hansen's Wet Cement and Blue Me Away, Butter London's Cotton Buds. I love how this turned out, I used a very very thin nail art brush for this pattern. Hope you all like it as well.

Bracelet: Chloe and Isabel by Sony

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Book Review: Scion Of Ikshvaku

Hello Friends, the book that I am reviewing today is the first book in Amish Tripathi's Ram Chandra Series called 'Scion of Ikshvaku'. If you follow Indian authors, you would know that Amish Tripathi is famous for his Shiva Trilogy books. Scion Of Ikshvaku, his latest book, released on 22 June 2015, is a mythological thriller based on Lord Ram, the legendary Indian king regarded as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

The plot is the story of Ramayana told through the modern eyes. Different mythological characters are shown as real life people with real feelings in this book. Lot of philosophical discussions between the brothers and some characters, which I couldn't help but feel are related to current social problems of India. The narration is very good and the best thing I like about Amish's books is the strong portrayal of female characters, be it Parvati from Shiva Series or Sita from this book. Amish Tripathi is definitely literary pop star (as mentioned elsewhere). I am now eagerly waiting for the 2nd installment of this book.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Dot, dot, dot.

Dots are all the rage this fall. I created these simple nail design for fun and ended up wearing it for a whole week. The base polish use is my favorite black – Butter London’s Union Jack Black ( I am almost out of this polish and would be soon looking for a new brand of black to try this time). Dots I created using Butter London as well – Fruit Machine, Jaded Jack and Pimms.