Saturday, 27 February 2016

Sideways French tip with ILNP Juliette

I have been wanting to do this so-called 'sideways French tip' design for a long time now. I recently purchased ILNP "Juliette", which I knew would be perfect for the accent colour. Then a couple of days ago I got Cirque Colors "Jane on Jane St", which I thought would make an excellent contrast with Juliette. Read on for more photos, and do check out my video of this on Instagram.

Side French manicure with Cirque Colors Jane on Jane St and ILNP Juliette
Jane + Juliette

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Floral dry marble decals + some tips and tricks

Dry (or drag) marbling is a wonderful technique with such beautiful results - if you don't know what it is, have a look at a couple of short Instagram videos by @yorkbeauty here and @sveta_sanders here. These videos make it look deceptively easy, though. I first tried this earlier this year, attempting to recreate the look in Sveta's video, but the final result took me many, many re-dos. I find that the 'dragging' itself is not too tricky, with a steady hand and a light touch. It's figuring out how thick to paint your base layer, and adding just the right amount of the other colours, that I find challenging.

Here's where a silicone nail mat comes in handy! Many brands have now come up with various versions of these - I have UberChic's "UberMat". With this, I can make as many attempts as I need on the mat, and then use them as nail 'decals'. No more messing up on my actual nails, and having to remove gloopy semi-dried polish and starting all over again. Read on to find out how I did this:

Floral dry marble nail art by polilish
Inspired by @yorkbeauty's design in the video that I linked to above.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Gradient with dragonfly stamping + holo top coat!

My nails match my favourite pair of gloves! (Read on for the dragonflies and holo...)

Pink-purple-green gradient nails by polilish
The purples that I had were either too dark or too light - I settled for too dark.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Clear stamper review + ILNP Paper Route manicure

An exciting day - I finally have a clear stamper! Read on for a brief review and to see the nail design that I did using it.

Clear stamper with lid, review by polilish
See-through goodness!

Thursday, 11 February 2016


I only started my Instagram account in December last year (and now I've started this blog), but I have actually been painting my nails and doing nail designs regularly for about 5 years now. Back in 2012 I even started a private blog to which I posted photos and descriptions of my designs, with the idea that I might one day move to a real blog. Here's a photo from its first post, which to my memory is also the very first time I tried painting more than one colour on my nails:

Where it all began. I'm actually quite impressed that I cleaned up my cuticles!

However I never got around to blogging for real. I was aware that taking poorly-lit photos with my phone in tiny university rooms just wasn't going to cut it. I had been following other nail bloggers and YouTubers too, and I could see that getting to their level of quality called for a lot of commitment. Eventually I even stopped posting on my private blog - it only got 6 posts!

But throughout this time I continued painting, and I posted photos to my private Instagram account. I still followed a few nail blogs and YouTube channels, but somehow I was actually unaware of the wide, wide world of the nails of Instagram. (Probably because I kept my posts private.) In August 2015 a friend suggested I start posting them publicly, and we even thought up the 'novel' idea of making sped-up 15-second nail-painting videos. (How little we knew!!) That night I searched Instagram to see if such videos had been done - and thus began my descent into the Instagram nail world.

Finally in December 2015 I started @polilish on Instagram, but I can't say very much in the captions and I really like talking about my nails, so I had to revive my old plans to start a blog!

To start things off, here's my most recent nail design.

Purple roses stamping nail art by polilish
Quite an improvement!

For this relatively simple stamped design I used:
  • Base coat: UNT "Ready for Takeoff" peel-off base coat (for speedy removal when I change my manicure!)
  • Pale purple: Essie "Bangle Jangle" (2 coats)
  • Darker purple: OPI "Pamplona Purple"
  • Stamping: UberChic 4-02 plate, MoYou London's rectangular squishy stamper
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow "HK Girl"