Nail Art Ideas and Reviews

By Noelle Lim
on November 02, 2015
With 1 comments

Hi ladies, it's been 2 months since the last nail art project. My sincere apologies for that. I was really caught up with the day to day routine, swatches for my nail stickers new arrivals. Mostly importantly, preparing my son for the year end exams which starts today to 4th November back to back. Gosh, that was stressful and hence I decided to paint yesterday and here's what I have:

What I used:
1. Modi Glam Rolling Cloud (Ring finger)
2. 3CE PK07 (Middle finger)
3. 3CE Pistachio Green (Index and Pinky)
4. Rhinstones (Optional)

Steps:
1. Apply base coat
2. Apply 2 coats of all the above polishes
3. Put on rhinestones
4. Apply Top Coat

I really love this look. Ok. I know I am biased against pastels. All my followers know I am a sucker for pastels.

I recently read an article by a beauty blogger. She was reviewing a brand of nail polishes which are available in most of the drugstores. In her blog, she wrote about her color preferences. Then followed by writing how great the colors those polishes were. There was no color swatch, just a good looking photo showing the nail polishes in product form. Some details about the color, how many coats needed and whether it chips easily or not. Not a single detail written about the brush, formula and application. Do you seriously call that a review? Or was it me being critical because I am seeing it from a nail addict's perspective? A color shot is a must to me if you are reviewing nail polishes. Or am I wrong?

The truth is, many of these reviews are probably staged. Yes, merchants perhaps pay a handsome sum of money for that review because they have more than 10K followers and I guess that's how they make a living with. Or maybe not. Just so they have something to post daily to gain more exposure and followers to their profile.  Or they get lots of freebies by having a writeup with nothing up in their sleeves. Or perhaps something they bought from the drugstore and decided to write with little knowledge of the nail industry or they usually get their nails done in the saloons then decided to paint out of the blue one day and write a review on that product. My apologies if I offended any of my readers here whom are bloggers and are of that nature. I personally think, there's got to be certain passion for the products you are writing about. You've got to use them for a period of time, across different brands to pass a fair comment or review. 

That is why I only work with bloggers whom are nail addicts like me, even if their number of followers were not great. It's not me being cheap, but I am looking for some sincerity in their work and photos. And I make it a point to ask them (if I remembered) what they think after they used the polishes. What's good and bad and compare to? I am perfectly fine with comments that's not music to my ears or eyes, because then I know what my customers like and I improve my collection and search for interesting products that can meet the demands of my customers. 

So here's my personal honest reviews on my polishes. L'vida champions in terms of the rich formula and great broad brush but in terms of colors, I do agree it can get a little boring because it's always the same old colors all year round. I simply like the fact in L'vida that most of the time I just need one coat to get the desired opacity. The polish can last very long even though it has a rich formulation. Unlike those cheap China made drug store polishes, which turns gloopy in 3 months after 1st opening. The very 1st Lvida nail polish I used was Baby Angel, and it's still good to go after slightly more than a year and a half. I added few drops of Modi nail polish thinner a month ago and it's as good as new.

For 3CE range, I find the formula alright, but 1 thing I hated was the brush because it's quite thin and narrow which requires a few swipes for long nails like mine. Some skills and patience in painting are needed when my nails are long. Other than that, the formula consistency consider quite good and easy to apply onto nails. 


As for Modi, I personally think the greatest plus point was their range of interesting colors! New launches every other 1 or 2 months and you can hardly breathe because the colors are just amazing. In terms of formula, Modi polishes are more liquid as compared to the others I carry. When I received my 1st batch of Modi stocks and tested them, I was a little worried that my regulars may not like the more translucent formula as compared to the rest. So I ensured I indicated that in the product description when I 1st launched this series to manage expectations. But it became the greatest hit compared to the rest recently with the ZERO PER ZERO series. At least 3 colors were sold out within the 1st week my stocks arrived and most of the colors are gone now. Although with a slightly runny formula, the application was really smooth. Hardly any streaks. You may need 3 coats for some of the lighter colors, the formula was smooth, the brush was superb and the end result is amazingly natural and stunning. Take for example this tutorial, I struggled a little putting on both the 3CE colors, but with Modi Rolling Cloud, the application was effortless. 

I hope you ladies enjoyed reading this and please please pardon me if I have any spelling or grammar mistakes in this article. I am not a professional blogger or writer but just a nail addict. 

Have fun and Cheers.
With Love

Glitter Nail Art

By Noelle Lim
on August 13, 2015
With 0 comments

Hi ladies, I liked to show you some glitter projects I did recently. I am a sucker when it comes to glitters. It gives a plain manicure an extra glam. I know some of you are not glitter fans. Reasons I gathered mainly either it's not their style and work requirement reasons. Other than these reasons, it's also due to difficulty in removal.

Seriously! I think that is the only downside of glitters which can be easily sorted. When it comes to removing the glitters from your nails, all you need is just dab a good amount of polish remover onto a cotton pad and wrap it around your nails for about 1 minute then remove as usual. If that doesn't fully remove the glitters, repeat another round. That usually should suffice. For those with no patience, just play a no brainer game on your smart phone and before you knew it, 1 minute is up. That's what I do :) So nevertheless, even if you are not in the fanciful mood, some glitters don't hurt. It spice up a plain manicure instantly with an understated elegance. Here's what I have today.

 

3CE Indie Pink Glitter Nail Polish

 

What I used:
1. Lvida Pure White
2. 3CE Indie Pink Glitter

Steps:
1. Apply base coat,
2. Apply 2 coats of Pure White
3. Apply Indie Pink Glitter. (Tip: Use dabbing technique. If needed, spread it onto a sheet of plastic or paper and pick up the glitters using dotting tool or tooth pick then place them onto your nails)
4. Apply Top Coat

 

Lvida Nail Polish

 

What I used:
1. Lvida Chic Black (As base color)
2. Lvida Snow White (Accent nail)
3. Modi Double Doors (As topper)

Steps:
1. Apply base coat
2. Apply 1
 coat of Chic Black
3. Apply 1 coat of Double Doors on nails painted black. (Use same technique to apply and pick up the glitters as mentioned earlier)
4. Apply 2 coats of Snow White as accent effect.
5. Apply top coat

 

Modi Double Door Nail Polish

 

Note: Double Doors has a sheer black formulation. It can be applied as it is but will take about 3 coats for full opacity. This picture here shows 3 coats of Double Doors. For those who prefer a sheer look instead, 2 coats will do. But if you like more opacity, a base black color just like what I did above can save you time.

 

 

3CE Glittery Sand Black Nail Polish

 

What I used:
1. 3CE Glittery Back Sand (SD04)
2. Lvida Snow White
3. Lvida Pure White

Steps:
1. Apply base coat
2. Apply 2 coats of Glittery Black Sand
3. 2 coats of Snow White as accent
4. 1 coat Pure White for french nail
5. Rhinestones (optional)

Both Sand Black and Snow White Glitter Polishes are made up of fine glitters. There's no need to fish out any glitters. Smooth and opaque in 2 coats.

3CE Arcane Turquoise Nail Polish

 

What I used:
1. 3CE Arcane Turquoise (BL08)
2. Modi White Jelly
3. Vidanail Lavender Purple
4. Lvida Snow White Glitter

This one looks complicated but it's really not. You can play with the overlapping colors which ever way you like. Both Lavender Purple and Arcane Turquoise have decent opacity so a clean 1 swipe is good to go. I chose Modi White Jelly instead of Lvida Pure White because I wanted my white to be sheer instead of opaque so it would not take the limelight away the other 2 colors. I left my Snow White to the last which I hunted down an old thin cosmetic brush, dabbed some Snow White onto it and gave a clean swipe across the meeting line where the colors overlapped. Just remember to dab off the access onto a sheet of plastic or paper before you apply snow white to avoid too much of it getting onto your nails. This could have been easier if you have those glitter nail art pen or brush which I did not have. So I make do with whatever stash I can find :P

Working with Nail Stickers

By Noelle Lim
on July 27, 2015
With 0 comments

Hi ladies, I felt there is a need for me to address this because I had been receiving feedback from customers having difficulties using nail stickers from Vidanail and Lvida collection. I'll try to be as brief as possible so as not to bore you with too much literature on the filing techniques and tips.

Vidanail and Lvida range of stickers have thicker material as compared to the glitter and lace stickers. As such, they are trickier to file because thicker material means some compromises to the conformity when applied onto your nails. That does not compromise the quality though, it's just getting a feel and hang of it to file them. Practice makes perfect.

After my countless experiments and putting them to the test of durability, I find a good way to work them out is by using a cuticle pusher and a higher grit nail file instead of the mini nail files provided. When using cuticle pusher, it is preferably to use one with rubber tip in order not to damage the sticker when you try to ease the creases at the sides as shown in the picture below. Forget about the extra top coat films if you are too lazy to file a 2nd round. Just use a fast dry top coat will do when using the Lvida range of stickers. Pardon me if the tools in this picture seems worn out because these 2 are heavily used in my nail art routine. 

After selecting the right size and pasting them to the respective fingers, give it a light stretch then fold down the stickers. Use the rubber tip of the cuticle pusher to smooth any visible creases. Then:

1. Start filing downwards from top middle finger tips. 4 to 5 strokes.
2. Then lift up the folded top and fold and file the sides starting from the extreme sides then slowly towards to your rounded or square tips, depending on the shape of your nails, until you are able to pull out the excess. This helps to minimize folds. (Note: always file downwards)
3. If there's any visible creases after step 2, use the cuticle pusher again to smooth them down then apply top coat. (You can go without it too!)

That is pretty much it really. It's a matter of trial and error. Once you master the art of filing, it's literally a walk in the park handling these stickers. I did my nail stickers project in 10 to 15 minutes (for full set) whenever I needed a quick fix. At times I incorporate painting and nail stickers in my projects for accent nail effect as shown in the pictures below when I have some spare time to paint.

For a safer bet, the lace and glitter stickers are the easiest to file. Conformity is superb and there's no need to apply top coat at all. They are my all time best sellers and 0 complaints so far. There's is no need to use the cuticle pusher as there's hardly any crease after applying the lace and glitter stickers. All you need is to press any crease down gently with your fingers if you spotted any.

Having a massive nail stickers clearance sale at 4 for $10 now. Supposedly to schedule the promotion till end of July 2015 but response has been great and will be extending this promotion in line with the SG50 celebration for Singapore's 50th birthday. The details of are HERE

My apologies if this mailer is slightly lengthier than the previous ones as I want to address the concerns you ladies had. Pardon me if you spot any spelling or grammar errors as I wrote this to my best ability to be as clear as possible. 

Hope you've enjoyed this and it's time to see my recent projects below.

Zappy Blue Nail StickerZappy Blue Nail Sticker

 

What I used:
Lvida Zappy Blue Nail Sticker

Steps:
1. Apply base coat
2. Select the right size respectively and file Zappy Blue onto each finger.
3. Use a cuticle pusher to ease visible creases (preferably those with rubber tip so as not to damage the sticker)

 

Milk Sky Nail Polish and Vivid Flower Nail Sticker

What I used:
1. Vidanail Milky Sky Nail Polish
2. Vidanail Vivid Flower Nail Sticker

Steps:
1. Apply base coat
2. Apply 
2 coats of Milky Sky
3. Apply Vivid Flower Sticker
4. Top Coat

 

 

3CE Peach Nail Polish and Sassy Lace Nail Sticker

 

What I used:
1. 3CE PE02 Nail Polish
2. Sassy White Lace Nail Sticker

Steps:
1. Apply base coat
2. Apply 2 coats of 3CE PE02
3. Apply Sassy Lace Sticker
4. Apply top coat to only nails painted with PE02

 

Lvida Navy Blue Nail Polish and Elegant Floral Lace Nail Sticker

 

What I used:
1. Lvida Navy Blue Nail Polish
2. Elegant Floral Lace Nail Sticker

Steps:
1. Apply base coat
2. Apply 2 coats of Lvida Navy Blue
3. Apply Elegant Floral Lace Sticker
4. Apply top coat to only nails painted with Lvida Navy Blue

 

Gradient Nail Art

By Noelle Lim
on July 19, 2015
With 0 comments

Hi folks, today I'll bring you some nail art ideas using the gradient technique. I don't do this technique often because of the cleaning up process plus I have to ensure that my base color is 70% dry. If you have the patience to experiment this technique, there are so many ways you can recreate this using different colors. It will take a few trials and errors if you haven't done this before. For those that missed our last tutorial mailing, you can read HERE. So here we go:

Modi White Jelly, Ice Crush and Vidanail Milky Sky Nail Polish

 

Nail Polishes Used:

1. Modi White Jelly
2. Vidanail Milky Sky
3. Modi Ice Crush (As topper for icing effect)

Steps:

  1. Apply a thin layer of base coat 
  2. 2 coats of Modi White Jelly from 3/4 nail length or full length as you wish
  3. Apply both White Jelly and Milky Sky onto a cosmetic sponge, blend then dab onto nails. (You can google for gradient techniques on youtube, plenty of tutorials for reference)
  4. Apply a coat of Modi Ice Crush for icing effect (optional)
  5. Put on rhinestones (optional) Click HERE for pictorial of rhinestones application.
  6. Apply top coat for finishing

 

Modi Cherry Tomatoes and Sparkling Gold

 

Applying the same technique, I did this simple set of nails to match my ivory chiffon blouse for an event using the following colors:

  1. Modi Platinium Cherry Tomatoes (I manage to keep my hands stable and only a coat is needed! Hurray)
  2. Modi Glam Sparkling Gold


For the gradient effect, I used Sparkling Gold and Base Coat for application. I fished out the chunky gold pieces with a toothpick by spreading Sparkling Gold polish onto a piece of paper then picked up the chunky bits after the gradient was done. It was an easier creation and took lesser time to blend. If you want more glitters, repeat the gradient application until your desire amount is achieved. 

Hope you've enjoyed this and have fun dressing up your nails because they deserved to be beautiful.

Easy Nail Art with Nail Stickers

By Noelle Lim
on July 15, 2015
With 0 comments

Hi folks, today I'll bring you some nail art ideas with the help of nail stickers and decals. Personally, I used them a lot because I can't draw very well plus I have unstable hands to begin with. I have school going kids plus daily posting schedules to adhere to, so finding time to explore nail art skills had proven really challenging for me. If you can draw, by all means draw it! But if you are like me, you will find them a great help.

Vidanail Milky Sky with Vivid Flower Nail Sticker

 

What I used:

  1. 2 Coats of Vidanail Milky Sky Nail Polish (Excluding the accent nail)
  2. Vidanail Vivid Flower Nail Sticker (For accent nail) 

You can view a simple pictorial demo HERE on how to apply this nail sticker. 
Note: Skip the 1st step where you apply a base color because it looks great on its own anyway. I did not use any base color for the accent nail. Just apply base coat and once it's semi dry, you're ready to stick it on, then top coat for finishing.

 

Modi White Jelly and Crystal Web White Lace Nail Sticker

 

This set of nails was done quickly because I needed to attend a wedding luncheon earlier in the week. My friends thought I went to the salon for gelish but nah. Here's what I used:

  1. 3 coats of Modi White Jelly and top with a coat of Vidanail Crystal Nail Polish (to achieve a slight shimmer) on my white nails.
  2. 1 coat of Vidanail Crystal Nail Polish for subtle shimmer and Crystal Web White Lace Nail Sticker for my 2 accent nails. Click HERE for a pictorial of this nail sticker application.

Some tips and pointers:

You can skip the Vidanail Crystal Polish application to save time. 

I used 3 coats of Modi White Jelly because the formula is more sheer as compared to my Vidanail, 3CE and L'vida range. For those that are very used to highly pigmented or opacity polishes, you may find it a litter trickier to get a feel of how much is needed for each swipe. Trick is 3 thin coats. It's meant to have a sheer effect like what you commonly see in gelish results. You can always substitute with your preferred brand of white polish if you like. 

Do not apply top coat on the lace sticker for finishing. It's shiny on it's own but mainly the material of the sticker is really thin in order to achieve a natural result instead of looking like you just had a plastic surgery on your nails. I've tried topping with various brands of top coat, some brands will crease the sticker because the chemical is too strong. Some don't. So I do without it completely.

 

Modi Glam Sparkling Gold and Meticulous Rose Water Decal

This set of nails was inspired by a nail enthusiast on Instagram. Here's what I used:

  1. 2 coats of Modi Glam Sparkling Gold Glitter Nail Polish starting from half length of my nails.
  2. Meticulous Rose Water Decal (See HERE for pictorial of water decal application)


Among these 3, this was the easiest and fastest to do. If you want more bling bling, just apply more coats of the glitter polish. A tip you may wish to know is to use the dabble technique to apply chunky glitter polishes instead of the usual swipe in order to catch your desired amount of glitters on your nails. You can always google for techniques to apply glitter polishes. Plenty of tutorials when you run this search. What I like about this set is since the Sparkling Gold has a transparent base, it's really easy to manage. Once you are done with the water decal, apply top coat and you are ready to go. 

Easy Nail Art with L'vida Nail Polishes

By Noelle Lim
on June 30, 2015
With 0 comments

Hi folks, I've done a few sets of nails over the past week and here's one of them.

 

What you will need:

  1. Base Coat
  2. Top Coat
  3. L'vida Baby Angle Nail Polish
  4. L'vida Snow White Glitter Nail Polish
  5. Dotting Tool or Tooth Pick
  6. Teardrop Rhinestones (Or any design you preferred, optional if you don't have them)

Steps: 
1. Clean and Buff nails 
2. Apply Base Coat 
3. Apply 1 coat of L'vida Snow White at 1/3 nail length. 2 coats if you like more opacity.
4. Apply 1 coat of L'vida Baby Angel at the nail tip  (Just like a french tip)
5. Put on rhinestones using dotting tool or toothpick. If you do not have rhinestones, improvise by dotting snow white with your dotting tool or toothpick. (Click HERE for more tips on how to work with rhinestones on your nails or HERE for an easy picture demo) 
6. Apply top coat.

 

Completed! Simple and Easy to re-create with any color combination. The thing I like about negative space nails is there's less mess to clean up. No messy cuticles which can be a real pain to touch up. It also gives an understated elegance in my opinion.

Here's another recreation I did last week.

 

I used L'vida Navy Blue, Snow White and Celebrate Glitter Nail Polishes. Added the blue star and silver flower rhinestones for an extra twist. All L'vida Nail Polishes are Formaldehyde, Touluene & DBP Free (3 Free). 

If you have stash of  thicken nail polishes lying somewhere in your closet, try reviving them with our new arrival Modi Nail Polish Thinner. I did with my L'vida Baby Angel. Works wonders, HA! Check it out HERE if you like.

Hope you've enjoyed this and have fun dressing up your nails because they deserved to be beautiful.

L'vida Navy Blue and Vidanail Crystal Swatch

By Noelle Lim
on June 19, 2015
With 0 comments

It's been a long while since I painted my nails. I had been resorting to nail stickers due to my mad rush daily routines such as sending kids in and out of school and fulfilling orders and delivery schedules. It's school holidays now and finally I decided it's time to paint! So here you go. Hope you like this tutorial.

 

What you will need:

  1. Base Coat
  2. Top Coat
  3. L'vida Navy Blue
  4. Vidanail Crystal
  5. Dotting Tool or Tooth Pick
  6. Rhinestones

Steps: 
1. Clean and Buff nails 
2. Apply Base Coat 
3. Apply 1 coat of L'vida Navy Blue starting at half nail length.
4. Apply 1 coat of Vidanail Crystal over the nail
5. Put on rhinestones across where the 2 colors divide using dotting tool or toothpick (Tip: Put on the rhinestones one finger at a time as you apply Vidanail Crystal when the polish is still wet so as to secure the rhinestones. Click HERE for more tips on how to work with rhinestones on your nails or HERE for an easy picture demo) 
6. Repeat Step 4 and 5 for all fingers (Remember, one at a time!)
7. Apply top coat.

That's it folks. If you are inspired by this, go hunt your stash and start dressing up your nails this weekend. Why? Because they deserve to be beautiful. Experts say a woman's nails say a thousand words about her.

On days when you go plain with no polish on your nails, make sure you do the proper routine such as your weekly trimming, filing, buffing and cleaning your nails with a nourishing nail polish remover. Apply your base and top coat even if there's no polish on. If you have dry cuticles, apply some cuticle cream or oil daily. These can be done in less than 5 minutes and it can go a long way without spending a dime at nail salons or on expensive nail treatment products. If you don't have these basic nail essentials, go get some. They can be found everywhere. Or if you intend to get some but lazy to get out, try out what I am using HERE. And look at my nails. Not too bad huh? I proudly say I am the best ambassador of my own products. 

Have fun ladies and wish you have a good weekend. 

With Love
Noelle

Instagram: @nailartsg

Free Gift Wrapping Bags Upon Request

By Noelle Lim
on June 12, 2015
With 0 comments

We provide any of these 3 wrapping bags free if your are buying as a gift for your nail addict girl friends. If you are buying some for yourself and some for your best friends, all you need to do is to tell us which items are meant as gifts at the gift note section when you are checking out. We will then include the most appropriate size that will fit the items you planned as gifts. The items will not be packed into the wrapping bags as they will be bubble wrapped which I believed that's unsightly as a gift. So we will put the wrapping bag into the same parcel for you to pack the gifts with love.

Note: A minimum purchase of $15 SGD is required for this free wrapping bag request.

Nail Art Voting Contest

By Noelle Lim
on June 12, 2015
With 0 comments

We are running a short voting contest closing on Saturday, 13th June 2015. These 4 pictures shortlisted are DIY photos sent by our customers after using our nail polishes and nail stickers. The owner of the photo with the most number of votes will get a $10 credit and the other 3 will each receive consolation award of $5 credit. It's an effort we hope to reward our customers whom are also contributors that had helped us build vibrancy and participation on our website specifically on the section "From Our Customers". Thank you ladies from being supportive and sending in your pictures voluntarily and allow us to publish your awesome creations. We will update here once the voting has ended. Kudos!
Latest Update 15th June 2015: 
Picture 1 received the most votes. All owners of these photos had been notified by post.

Tier 2 Mystery Shopper Reward

By Noelle Lim
on May 31, 2015
With 0 comments

The 2 other winners for our May 2015 Tier 2 Mystery Shopper Reward had been notified by email.

The winners are:

  1. Egeria Teo
  2. Tew Woon Chong

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