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Q&A with Shine and Sheen Founder, Krystyna Kao

New York and Shanghai based nail blogger, Krystyna Kao, is gearing up to launch some seriously fabulous nail art kits. Her company, Shine and Sheen, was created for DIY girls with a flair for fashion and creative streak.

Shine and Sheen’s nail art kits will be equipped with a mix of nail polish colors, accessories, decals, and detailed instructions to create over 10 designs.  When Krystyna was designing the kits, she said she centered the products around manicures that could be easily recreated at home.


Shine and Sheen’s nail art kits will launch this Spring. Photo credit:

Here’s an example of the kind of look you can execute with Shine and Sheen’s nail art kits. This side French design is perfect for a Valentine’s Day manicure. Krystyna used Shine and Sheen’s Cherry pink polish, a white striper brush polish and a dotting tool.


Photo credit: Instagram, @shineandsheen.

While we all anxiously wait for the release of Shine and Sheen’s gorgeously packaged nail art kits, here’s your chance to find out a little bit more about the face behind the nails. I chatted with Krystyna and here’s what she had to say:
BySig: Since you started to blog about nail art, what’s one of the most important and fun things you’ve learned about the craft? 
KK: Nail art really opens the door in terms of creativity. The most fun part for me is seeing contrast between really different and unexpected colors, textures, and designs on different nails that together make up a whole look. I love the juxtaposition
BySig: What’s your ideal manicure look like? 
KK: For daily activities, I like designs and colors that pop and are striking, but also can go with different outfits, and can fit for day and night. I tend to like reverse French or French moons or just something shiny and eye-catching. If it’s just for fun, and I take it off soon after, I like playing with 3D stuff, like baubles, pearls, etc. That’s always exciting, albeit not really practical!
BySig: Any predictions for spring/ summer nail art trends? 
KK: I think we’ll see more fashion-inspired designs, like what the talented MissLadyFinger does. Also even more negative space manicures – I have a feeling girls will start really taking care of their nails so they can play peekaboo with negative space! And definitely color, color, color for summer.
What do you think of Shine and Sheen? Let me know in the comments below!
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Art Deco Nails Tutorial

Be retro and bold in a manicure filled with geometric shapes and strong colors.


Be bold in an art deco manicure that’s easy to execute with two techniques.

To execute this art deco manicure, you’ll need to mix two techniques: brushing and dotting. You’ll also need three different colored polishes of your choice.

Let’s get to work.

1. Prep the nails with a base coast. Once dry, apply two coats of a polish of your choice. I chose white polish as the background color in the manicure pictured above.

2. Using a thin brush or the side tip of your polish brush, apply one vertical line on the left side of the nail bed above the vertical half-way mark. You can mix and match the polishes as I did the manicure shown above.

3. Draw on two more vertical stripes one shorter than the previous one so that it looks like your phone’s reception bars.

4. Apply dots of the opposite polish color using a dotting tool.

5. Let the design completely dry and finish off with a top coat.

Check out this six-second tutorial and find out why mixing techniques creates a great manicure.

Let me know if you try out this design. Good luck!

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Minnie Mouse Inspired Nail Art Tutorial

If you’re a Disney fan like me, a Minnie Mouse inspired manicure is a must.


Three polishes, one dotting tool and a whole lot of fun make up this easy-to-do mani.

Here’s a how to execute a Disney inspired mani in under four steps.

1. Prep the nail with a base coat. Apply two coats of white polish on the ring finger (where Mickey will go). Polish the other nails with two coats of pink polish.

2. When the nails are dry, use a dotting tool to apply the polkadots Minnie loves to wear using a white polish on the pink polished nails. Make sure to space out the dots evenly.

3. Use a dotting tool with the biggest sphere and black polish to apply three dots in the shape of Mickey’s head on the tip of the nail bed.

4. Let the design completely dry and finish off with a top coat.

Check out this six-second tutorial:

Best of luck, be creative and don’t forget to have fun!