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Nail Art Of The Day: Water Marble

Last night I finally worked up the courage to try something I’ve been admiring for a long time, but never really thought I’d manage: Water marbling.

Holy carp, why didn’t I try this before? It’s actually way easier than it looks, and so much fun! I have a lot of ideas to try now, that’s for sure.

My very first marbling may not be perfect or stunning, but it’s a start! I have an idea of what to do and not to do, and practice makes perfect, right?

I used OPI Shorts Story and China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le for the marbling, which was done over my previous ChG SPW mani. I didn’t try for a particular pattern on each nail, this was more of a practice run where I was playing with the swirls of polish in the water.

I found that putting tape around the nails worked very well for keeping the polish where I wanted it to go, and I used both q-tips and my trusted cleanup brush dipped in acetone for cleanup.

I’m not even going to try writing a tutorial for this, instead I’m just going to point you in the general direction of the water marble guru herself, Colette of My Simple Little Pleasures. Both her blog and YouTube channel are full of great pictures and videos of water marbling (and other nail art), she’s an awesome inspiration. Go! Look! Now!

Have you tried water marbling? What do you think?

Have a nice day, everyone! Thanks for reading.
Love, S.

Nail Art Of The Day: Music Nails

I just remembered that my choir practice starts tomorrow, so I thought I’d do a music themed manicure to celebrate!

I used OPI Baby It’s “Coal” Outside for my manicure, I love the silver glitter in this one. For the accent nails I painted my ring fingers with two coats of regular white creme, then stamped with Konad image plate m73. I used Gosh Nero for the design, and this polish is actually perfect for stamping. That’s good to know.

Quick, simple, and hopefully I’ll get a few laughs tomorrow.

Thanks for looking!
Love, S.

Nail Art Of The Day: Ribbons In Ice

It’s time for the second installment in the Nail Art Of The Day series!

This time I wanted to do some stamping, because I’ve just bought some of the Konad plates with the full nail designs. I love how they look, and with some practice, it’s not really that hard!

I decided to use the swirly design from image plate m63, and I did the stamping with China Glaze Millennium from the Khrome Collection. These metallics, and also the polishes from the Romantique Collection, are awesome for stamping. I actually prefer them to the special Konad polish!

Here’s how I usually set up my workspace when I do stamping. I put pure acetone on the cotton pads, and swipe clean the stamper and the scraper on their respective pads between each nail. I also use a folded up cotton pad with acetone and a pair of tweezers to clean the stamping plate between each stamping, that way the plate stays clean and you don’t ruin your mani by holding the acetone-soaked pad.

After stamping, I added a coat of the Konad Top Coat, it doesn’t smudge the design like regular topcoats may do. It’s not very shiny, though, so I recommend putting a high shine top coat over that again if you want it really glossy.

I decided to go a different route, however, so I finished it with Essie Matte About You. I love how glitters look with a matte topcoat, it reminds me of air bubbles frozen in ice. And the design itself reminded me of ribbons on a gift, so that’s why I’m calling this mani “Ribbons In Ice”.

Click the picture to enlarge.

Thanks for checking out my stumbling steps into the nail art realm. ;)
See you later!
Love, S.

EDIT:
I just figured out another thing this design reminds me of: The logo for Vinmonopolet (the “wine monopoly” in Norway).

ROFL!!!

Nail Art Of The Day: Sponge & Sparkle

Hi, y’all!

I thought I’d start a new category called “Nail Art Of The Day”, in which you’ll see me dabble in different types of nail art (poorly). You haven’t seen much of nail art on this blog earlier, mostly because I suck at it and are too embarrased to show you my feeble attempts. But hopefully practice makes perfect, and maybe you’ll get a laugh out of it along the way. ;)

I thought I’d start with a mani I did with the sponging technique. What’s this, you say? It’s really not much more advanced than using a make up sponge to dab nail polish onto your nail. If you’re lucky, you might get a sort of gradient effect.

I used nailstation fake blonde and CND Amethyst Sparkle (which was generously gifted to me by Laquermanic, thank you honey!). In the front, you can see the sponge I used, just a regular make up sponge. It’s nice if it’s triangular like this, I think it’s easiest to use the corners of the sponge.

Before you start sponging, you need to have a dry mani as a base. Paint your nails with whatever color you like and wait for it to dry, it doesn’t have to be bone dry, but dry enough that the sponge doesn’t remove the base color. Put a drop of nail polish onto a paper or another surface you don’t mind getting dirty, then dab your sponge into the polish and onto your nail. I put nailstation fake blonde over yesterday’s Depend Nr. 200.

I don’t have a picture of the sponging itself, because it’s kinda hard to take pictures when I’m using both my hands for nail art! You’ll definitely get the hang of it, though, just play around with different amounts of polish on the sponge, and vary how hard you press down on the nail.

I topped off the whole thing with two coats of CND Amethyst Sparkle.

I think it looks really cute!

It even matches my roses!

That’s my first Nail Art Of The Day! Please let me know what you think, and don’t be afraid to give me suggestions or tips and tricks in the comment field.

Thanks for looking! Have a nice day. :D
Love, S.

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