How to Create Gorgeous Spring Inspired Nail Art Using Depend Cosmetic Gellack

Hey Everyone :)

Spring is in the air and It just gets me all excited for all the fun colors I get to play with. Lately Ive been really obsessing over pastel shades from eyeshadow and lip gloss, and most certainly nail polish. Since Ive been doing a bunch of freelancing normal nail polish just doesnt cut it for longevity so I’ve been using the Depend Cosmetic Gellack gel polish and LED Lamp. Your nails are left super shiny, there’s no “drying time”, and it lasts for 2 weeks. Whats not to love!!? So I though why not share how great they look and how easy it is to create some fun nail art for spring :)

depend_gellackMy boyfriend was kind enough to get me the stater kit, for Christmas, which included the LED Lamp, before and After Cleanser, Base Coat, and Top Coat. The kit and an extensive range of gorgeous shades is available from the Depend Cosmetic website right here.

Before you begin…

1. Make sure you have all your tools, colors, etc. nearby, and prep your work space with kitchen roll. Give your self a dry cleaning pushing your cuticles up using an orange wood stick. If needed cut any excess skin using a cuticle trimmer. Be very careful those things can be sharp!!

2. Make sure the nail is free from any nail polish. Buff the nail to remove any surface oil and create a clean surface for the polish to adhere to.

3. Use the Before and After Cleanser to prep the nail. It is very important to not touch the nail after this step to avoid oils to be transferred to the nail and thereby jeopardizing the gels ability to adhere to the nail. In essence the dryer the nail the better.

Tip: Avoid giving yourself a “damp or wet” cuticle cleaning i.e placing your hand in water for 5 minutes, as this will provide too much moisture to the nail and can hinder the gel from adhering properly.

Lavender Polka Dots

depend_gellack_polkadot_nailartdepend_gellack_1To get this fun lavender polka dotted look all you need to do is…

1. Apply a thin layer of Step 2 (clear base coat) to both of your thumbs and cure in the LED lamp for 30 seconds. Apply to the last four fingers on your left hand, cure for 30 seconds, repeat on the right hand.

2. Apply one thin layer of Pretty Purple to both thumbs, cure for 30 seconds. Do the same to remaining fingers on left hand cure, repeat for right hand. Repeat steps and Apply a second layer of Pretty Purple. Apply one layer of French White to Ring fingers and cure. Repeat for a second layer and cure. Tip: If you get a bit of polish on your skin, no worries, just use a tooth pick to pick up the polish around the skin or cuticle before you cure.

3. Use a dotting tool to or tooth pick to apply Pretty Purple dots on the ring finger. Tip: Start in the center of the nail working from cuticle to tip, dip tool into gellack polish for each dot to insure same size and opacity.

4. Use a dotting tool to apply French White in one line start dotting from cuticle to tip. Cure thumbs, then left hand, then right hand for 30 seconds each. Tip: the less pressure you apply the smaller the dot will be, the more pressure the larger the dot will be.

5. Apply Step 4 (clear top coat) to thumbs, cure for 30 seconds, apply to remaining fingers on left hand, cure, repeat for right hand.

6. Saturate the Before and After Cleanser on a cotton pad and rub on cured nails to remove sticky residue and leave behind an amazing glossy shine. Voila and your nails will be chip free and shiny for 2 weeks.

Pink Leopard

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depend_gellack_2To get this fun leopard print look all you need to do is…

1. Apply a thin layer of Step 2 (clear base coat) to both of your thumbs and cure in the LED lamp for 30 seconds. Apply to the last four fingers on your left hand, cure for 30 seconds, repeat on the right hand.

2. Apply one thin layer of Baby Pink to both thumbs, cure for 30 seconds. Do the same to remaining fingers on left hand, cure, repeat for right hand.

3. Apply Black Of Night as the boarder of the leopard spots. Using a thin brush or tooth pick create random “c” shapes on the nail. Cure thumbs for 30 seconds, repeat one hand at a time.

3. Apply Mint Green with a dotting tool or tooth pick for the center of the leopard spots. Dot in the center of the black outlines. Cure thumbs for 30 seconds, repeat for each hand.

4. Apply Step 4 (clear top coat) to thumbs, cure for 30 seconds, apply to remaining fingers on left hand, cure, repeat for right hand.

5. Saturate the Before and After Cleanser on a cotton pad and rub on cured nails to remove sticky residue and leave behind an amazing glossy shine.

Ah I just love spring and how inspirational its is. If you try any of these nail ideas totally @binkydiamonds me on instagram :)

Hugs from Beauty Land

New Years Eve Nail Art: Inspiration & Tutorials

Hey Guys,

Happy New Years!!!!! This time of the year always rolls around so fast and sometimes so quickly that you haven’t even had a chance to figure out what outfit or make up to wear on the big night. Well if your stuck on inspiration or ideas here’s a few quick and easy festive nail designs to bring you into the new year.

nailart_design_for_newyearseveRAINBOW CONFETTI EXPLOSION

opi_blueandglitteropi_blueandglitter_tutorialStep 1: Add two coats of Tito Starry Starry Night (deep navy blue).

Step 2: Add OPI Polka.COM to the tips and fully on your accent nail.

Step 3: Seal with a top coat for shine and longevity.

SILVER-GOLD MINE

OPI_silverglitteropi_dsRadiance

opi_silverandglitter_tutorialStep 1: Add two coats of OPI DS Radiance.

Step 2: Pour out a small amount of OPI When Monkeys Fly onto a piece of paper. Use a dotting tool or toothpick to pick up the individual sequence and place onto nail where ever you please.

Step 3: Seal with a  top coat.

CHALKBOARD SILVER STARS

ciate_starsandstripesciate_chalkboardpaintpotciate_starsandstripes_tutorialStep 1: Add two coats of Ciate Chalkboard Paint Pot.

Step 2: Use LA Colors Art Deco Striper polish in Silver to create lines going vertically.

Step 3: Use the same polish to create diagonal lines.

Step 4: And horizontal lines

Step 5: Using the Silver striping brush create the outline of a star and fill it in.

Step 6: Seal with a  top coat.

If you simply don’t have the time nor the patience or the desire to paint and create a design then simply try out some stick on nails. I know that sounds super 90’s but the technology has advanced a fair bit since then. L’Oreal has a new range called Nails A Porter and its amazing. There are a bunch of crazy cute designs, they are pretty thin and flexible so they appear some what natural, super easy to apply (they come with this sticky gel pad you place on your natural nail to adhere with the fake one), and they last for a good few days without any wear or tear.

Loreal_nailsaporterHopefully this gave you some inspiration. Whatever you decide to do be confident and rock it with pride. Have an amazing New Years Eve and be safe. BTW if any one tries these designs id love to see them so post them on instagram and @binkydiamonds me 😀

Hugs from Beauty Land

Nail Art of the Day and Models Own Nail Polish Review

Hey guys,

So Easter is upon us and you know had to do some themed nails 😀 I came up with this cute polka dot manicure. Not only is it super easter-y but it’s also very spring appropriate 😀

Easter_NailArt_NailArtOfTheDay_NOTDThis is what I used to create this super cute spring time design!

Easter_NailArt_NailArtOfTheDay_NOTD_OPI_ModelsOwn_SecheVite_SinfulColors_NailtiquesNailtiques: Nail strengthening base coat (best thing in the world!!)

OPI Samoan Sand: Nude base color of index and middle finger

OPI Pink Friday: Pastel and opaque pink used for the polka dots

SinfulColors Nail Art in Bad Chick (stripper brush): I used this super thin brush to create the thin white lines on my index and middle fingers

Models Own Lemon Meringue: Pastel yellow used on tips of index and middle finger

Models Own Peach Sherbert: Pastel orange used as base color on other fingers

Seche Vite fast Drying Top Coat: Well its exactly that. Makes my polish shiny and long lasting.

Dotting Tool: I used this to create the polka dots. I cant remember where this is from but I bought it on ebay ages ago. Its the perfect tool to have and ocmes in so many sizes…you could also use a tooth pick to create the same look!!

 I just love this cute spring time look, it makes me so happy 😀

 AND here’s the review on the Models Own nail polishes Lemon Meringue and Peach Sherbet. This was my first time using these polishes and this brand. I got them during summer and never cracked them open until now (yes I’m a polish hoarder and sometimes I forget what I have in my collection!!!).

Easter_NailArt_NailArtOfTheDay_NOTD_ModelsOwn_Review&SwatchesI have rather mixed thoughts about these nail polishes.

Lemon Meringue is an opaque cream pastel yellow. The thing is its super thick and gooey. Like I said these were brand new and unopened so I’m not really sure why the consistency is like that and it why is was so streaky on application (but my trusty Seche Vite did a pretty good job at hiding it!!). To give Models Own the benefit of the doubt all yellows I’ve tried from several other brands seem to be the same. For some reason its really hard to find a great yellow. They are either too thick or way too thin…I think it has something to do with yellow pigment and apparently it’s a difficult color to create into nail polish (not like I no the science behind color or anything but I’m sure I heard this somewhere!!! LOL). So for a yellow I guess its pretty OK. And to be honest most cream polishes I’ve tried, even from my beloved OPI, can have the tendency to be streaky, which is the case with OPI Pink Friday.

I would have to say that the same goes for Peach Sherbet. It was streaky, gloppy and thick :(

I’m kind of sad about it because these colors are sooooo pretty, and I actually don’t own anything like these in my huge collection!!! But I’m sure I can find a use for them or even try to thin them out using OPI’s nail polish thinner (which I don’t own but think I will pick one up the next time I’m in the US, probs this summer)

THE VERDICT:

5/10 for these guys. The pigmentation and opacity of these polishes were great but they were thick and streaky making them difficult to work with. I would definitely be open to trying other colors in other finishes to see if this experience really just boils down to the dreaded pastel cream dilemma!!!

Have any of you guys tried this brand before, what are your thoughts, similar experiences?

Hugs from beauty land