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Penguin Nail Art

I came across this adorable Penguin Nail Art video tutorial and knew I just had to try it!

Here was my final product:

Penguin Manicure Tutorial

I took some progress pictures so you can see them coming together:

First, I painted all of my nails with a basic black nail polish.  I used Liquid Vinyl by Orly.

Black nail polish by Orly

Then, using my new dotting tools, I did my best to create hearts on top of the black using a white nail polish.  I used Paper Mache nail polish by Fingerpaints.  This was definitely the most difficult part of this manicure, especially when working on my right hand with my left.

How to: Penguin Nails

The little penguins start to take shape once you start the next step and begin adding the orange on.  I didn’t have a nail striper in yellowy-orange like she does in the video, so I decided to use my nail dotters and a basic orange nail polish (I used Hi Def – Sephora by OPI).  I did my best to add little feet and beaks similar to what she did in her tutorial.

penguin manicure tutorial

Next up was the eyes.  I started with black dots, gave them a minute or two to set…

Penguin Mani

…and then added the white dots on top.

Penguin Manicure, nail art

Part of me actually prefers them without the white dot on top.  They are so cute with the big fat black eyes.  Either way though, they are very adorable and I was so happy I found this tutorial on youtube.

Here is the complete video tutorial I followed, I hope you check it out!

This kind of nail art was totally new to me and definitely a challenge.  But I found it very rewarding because of how fun they looked afterwards.  I’m looking forward to trying out something like this again soon.

What are your favourite Winter/Holiday inspired nails this season?

xox,

Shannon

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Nail Dotting: my new set of tools and my first mani

Polka Dot Manicure

There are so many bloggers out there that create amazing and beautiful designs with the help of “nail dotters”, or “dotting tools”.  I’d looked around for them at Sally Beauty Supply, Wal-Mart, drugstores, etc and was never able to find any sort of set that offered multiple sizes.

So I turned to my trusted friend Samira who let me in on the secret of where she got her set of nail dotters…Ebay!

I paid only $1 (“Buy it now”) for the below set of nail dotting tools a couple of months ago and received free shipping to boot!  Good luck beating this deal anywhere, I think it’s safe to say that you won’t.

$1 Nail Dotters - Ebay

They shipped this nail dotting set from China and it arrived about a month after placing my order.

I checked out Ebay just now and this set is a common sale item from multiple sellers, with various prices ranging from $1-$2 including shipping.  So if you are looking for a set like this and not in a major hurry, this could be a great solution for you.  It certainly was for me!

A set like this one helps you create different sized near-perfect circles with no hassle.  You can also use the small tips to create more detailed designs if you struggle like I do with using a brush to create free-hand art.  I find the latter especially taxing when using my left hand to create the designs on my right hand.

A common alternative to nail dotting tools like these, is the use of toothpicks and bobby pins to create a similar effect.  But you won’t have access to the same size range that you would with a set of tools like this one.  So for $1, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. 🙂

Seeing as this was my first attempt at nail dotting, I wanted to do a very simple manicure to begin with.  I basically just wanted to test out the different sizes and see if I could get used to using them.

Bubble nails, dot cluster manicure

I used Turned up Turquoise (neon nail polish by China Glaze) as my base and then created small dot clusters using black and white nail polishes (Liquid Vinyl by Orly and Paper Mache by Finger Paints respectively).

Polka Dot Nails

This manicure was super easy and quick to create.  I had everything done in just a few minutes!  I look forward to getting more creative with these nail dotters and stretching my limits when it comes to nail art.  If there are any pointers or secrets for using these, please let me know!

Dot Cluster Manicure

What is your favourite design or way to use nail dotting tools?

xox,

Shannon

Bubble Manicure, Nail Dotting Design


Two halves of a whole: a black and silver nail marble

nail marbling

I haven’t done a nail marble in a while and when my good girl friend Isabelle came over to watch movies and have some nail fun.  She wanted to play with the Zoya jelly polishes and make “jelly sandwich” nails and I felt like marbling because it had been ages since I had.

silver and black nail marble

I started with a white base on all my nails.  I used “Paper Mache” by Fingerpaints.  It required 2-3 coats for completely opaque coverage.

good white nail polish

I wanted do use neutral colours and nothing too bright.  So I actually opted for a black and silver.  I used “Liquid Vinyl” by Orly as my black nail lacquer and “Platinum” from Mary Kay as my silver nail lacquer.

black and silver nail marble

Using scotch tape you want to tape around your nails, exposing just the white and covering the skin about one-third of the way down your finger.

silver and black nail marbling designs

Using a small bowl (that you don’t care about ruining) fill it with room temperature water.  I am using the bottom half of an old pop bottle.  Given the dried drips down the side, you can see I reuse this all the time.  Then, alternating each time, drop your polish into the centre of the water.  Let each drop expand before dropping your next one.  It should create a bullseye like pattern similar to this:

water marbling - silver and black designs

Then, using a toothpick, create a design in the water.

nail marbling tutorial

Then, simply dunk your finger in the water.  Remember that your nail will pick up the exact pattern of wherever your nail makes contact with the design.  If you are going for a specific design or pattern, you will likely only be able to do one nail at a time.  Repeat for all nails, so your hand looks something like this.  Also, don’t forget, that while your nail is submerged, use your toothpick to grab the extra “skin” of polish on the water before pulling out your finger.

nail marbling tutorial - silver and black nails

Give them a few minutes to let them dry before removing the tape.  Then simply clean up your fingers and skin with a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover.

black and silver nail marbling

nail marbling

Do you guys like how this nail marble turned out?  Do you have a favourite colour combination for water marbling or something new you would like to see?

Thanks for reading everyone!

xox,

Shannon

If you are completely new to marbling I have a more complete photo tutorial here.

water marbled nails - black and silver


Leopard Manicure

Animal Print Nail Art

I discovered this Leopard Manicure tutorial on the China Glaze website and just had to share it with all of you.

Check out the video – it is a lot of fun and really allows people to be creative.

I certainly chose more neutral colours than what they used in the tutorial.  But I think the brights would certainly be more suiting come Spring time.

Leopard Nail ArtAnimal Print Nail Art

I used Swing Baby by China Glaze as my base.  Then did my spots with In Awe of Amber by China Glaze and outlined them with Orly’s Liquid Vinyl.

China Glaze and Orly Nail Polish for Leopard Manicure

I used a Nail Dotting Tool for the black – purchased at Sally Beauty Supply store, but if you don’t have one, try using a toothpick.

Nail Brush and Nail DotterBrush for Nail ArtDotting Tool for Manicures

Do you see yourself trying this out?  I sure hope you answer yes and have some fun with this!

xox,

Shann


Glitter Gradient Nails

Glitter Gradient Nails

I wanted to share another really easy but fun nail style.  The gradient nail trend is super popular right now and can be created many different ways.

Orly Liquid Vinyl and China Glaze Some Like it Haute

 

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Have You Picked Your Colour Scheme?

White, Green and Black Nail Marble

So, because I have no intent on marbling my nails for the big day at the end of this month…I thought it would be fun to do up the “wedding colours” for the upcoming bridal shower this weekend.  People ask us about our wedding colours all the time.  It seems to be a question in the top three…

You’re getting married?  Congratulations!

When is the big day?

Have you picked your colour scheme?

That seems crazy to me.  That people inquire about colours before anything else.  It’s funny, because we never even picked colours at all.  But with it being brought up so early in conversation, it seems like it must be important…I guess we missed something with planning our wedding.  I guess I thought people would be more interested in the location, the bridal party, the vows.  Something?!

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