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Step by Step For Cat Eye Gel Polish And Chrome Mirror Application

Last weekend, I got a chance to try out the Cat Eye Gel Polish by Joya Mia. As you may know, Esther’s Nail Center just added this line to the store recently. If you are curious about Joya Mia Cat Eye Gel, check out our store.

My nails were done by a consultant from Joya Mia. They had a nice, little booth at a local beauty supply I visited. They offered me to try out the cat eye and chrome gel. I thought ‘Why Not?’. So that’s the story ūüôā

At the booth, I had 1 nail done using Cat Eye Gel and 1 nail using Chrome Mirror powder. Application is easy.

Here’s the step by step on how to use Joya Mia Cat Eye gel:

  1. Prep your nail as usual (for this quick demo, we didn’t do this)
  2. Apply a thin layer of gel base coat. This can be any brand gel base coat. Cure for 30 seconds under 36-watt LED Lamp or 1 minute under 36-watt UV Lamp.
  3. Shake your cat eye gel polish thoroughly. Apply 1 thin layer of the gel polish. Cure for 30 seconds under 36-watt LED Lamp or 1 minute under 36-watt UV Lamp
  4. Apply the second coat of your gel polish. Don’t cure yet! Hover the magnetic stick (included in every purchase of Joya Mia Cat Eye Gel) for about 10-15 seconds to get the cat eye effect, then immediately cure.
  5. Apply a thin layer of the top coat and cure for about 1 minute under LED lamp. We took longer time to cure because we used the no cleanser Top Coat. However, if you use normal gel top coat, just cure as usual and remove the sticky layer.
  6. CHROME POWDER: If you want to finish with a Chrome finish, after step 5, just rub the chrome pigment powder with a sponge applicator all over your nail bed until a desired look achieved. Dust off excess powder around the nail.
    Apply 1 layer a top coat and cure for 60 seconds with No-Cleanse Top Coat.

Cat Eye Chrome Gel


  • When hovering the stick, it’s up to you to position it in a way you like. But, it’s recommended to position the stick diagonally to get a better effect. ¬†For long nails, you can hover two times to get 2 lines across your nail.
  • For Chrome pigment, they recommend using¬†black gel polish underneath it. But, you can use any color as the base color that will show different finishes.

That’s all about my experience with ¬†Joya Mia Cat Eye and Chrome Mirror Powder. Have you tried out Cat Eye Gel or Chrome Powder manicure? Leave your comment below. Thank you.

Nail Art Books Giveaway

Yeahh…it’s spring. Time for brushing up and showing off some nail art designs. Without further detail, here are some scans from a Nail Art magazine from Asia. Don’t worry if you can’t read Chinese or Japanese because the tutorial is pretty straightforward.

To celebrate spring, we’ll give away 2 nail art books for 2 lucky winners. It’s easy to enter the raffle. Read the details after these photos. Note, the books are different from the magazine where these scans come from.

colorful-nail-art-book-1 colorful nail art design Blue Purple Nail Art Designs blue-purple-nail-art-1 white and black nail art designs yellow green nail art designs yellow-green-nail-art-2 peacock-lace-nail-art pink and red nail art

So what do you think? I hope you like the designs as much as I do. Please enter the raffle below.

Must be a follower of Esther’s Nail Center page or blog to win. Must be 18 years of age or older, or you must have your parent’s permission to enter. This giveaway is open internationally, and closes on 04/14/2013. The winner will have 48 hours after being contacted to claim their prize, after which a new winner will be chosen.

Nail Art Book Prize

Here’s the prize! 2 Nail Art Books

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Water Marbling Nail Art Technique

I know it’s been a while but I just found about this nail art technique recently (sorry for the slow update :-)): Water Marbling.

Water-Marbling Nail Art

With water-marbling, you use water and some nail polish with different colors to create the tie-dyed, marble nails. Check out this blog: My Smple Little Pleasure (where the photo comes from). She makes great posts about this nail art design plus video tutorial for every design she makes. That’s why I like it.

Fancy Nail Art Designs with Nail Art Gems

Here are some nail art designs from a Chinese nail art magazine dated a few years ago. They may be too fancy for some of us but definitely worth looking for inspirations.

These nail art designs use a lot of nail art gems like rhinestones, beads, glitters, flat shapes, and pearls. So they are perfect for those who have shaky hands but have patience. For flowers or lace you can use nail stickers instead of painting on your own for easy application.


nail art designs photos

nail art designs with nail art beads

For all your nail art supplies, visit Esther’s Nail Center. From nail stickers, nail brushes, nail rhinestones to glitters we have them all with affordable prices. Check us out.

Nail Art Design We Love

Once in a while we’ll post a picture of a cute, pretty, neat, beautiful nail art design from around the internet. This time is the ‘MAC Quite Cute Nail Art‘ by Silence is Loud blog. Click the link to see more photos.

Freehand painted nail art design

Photos and design from Silence is Loud.

Tape Nail Art Manicure

I happened to visit another wonderful nail art blog called Nailside. Jane, the nail artist, is very creative in using tape to create wonderful nail art designs. On her blog you can see what she can do with tape manicure and also a few tutorial on how to do it your own.

Basically, with just regular stationery tape and creativity you can turn your nail into this:

Lines Nail Art Design with Tape

or this:

Nail Art Design with Tape

Curious on how she did it? Visit her blog and read the tutorial (on the top menu click the tutorial tab)

All photos from: Nailside blog.

Wedding Nail Art

Almost wedding season and I thought to post something about wedding nail art for some inspiration. I know that nails have become another important part you can’t ignore for the big day.

French manicure and classic pink or natural colors are popular choices. But if you think you want something beyond the ordinary, you may want to check some wedding nail designs below.

The nail art photos below are from an asian nail art magazine I bought last year and scanned. Click to enlarge. Just ignore the words. I don’t understand them either :-). I hope you like it as much as I do, though I won’t wear them for my wedding (I have passed that moment :-)).

pretty wedding nails

wedding nail art

wedding nails art

bridal nails

wedding nails design

wedding red nails

wedding nails design

wedding nail art designs

So what do you think about these wedding nail art? Like it or hate it? Feel free to leave me your comment.

Nail Art Design with Chanel Decal

I just found a nail art blog that I am so sure to keep it in my bookmarks. Prettyfulz (http://prettyfulz.blogspot.com) is a very talented nail artist with beautiful nail designs. I’d like to post one of her nail art design here, the Chanel nail art design and video tutorial using Chanel logo nail decal.

Chanel Decal Nail Art Design

Just to let you know that we have 14K Nail Decal Chanel here in the store. We also have a new Gold metal decals that can be used for this design.

Chanel Logo Nail Sticker

14K Nail Decal Chanel

Gold Decal Nail Art in Wheel

Gold Decal for Nail Art

And here’s the video tutorial on how she did it. Enjoy!