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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


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


Wicked: a China Glaze collection for Halloween 2012

Roguish Red Manicure with Glitter Goblin tips - a Halloween manicure

This collection has been out for a few weeks already, but unfortunately I am just getting around to sharing it now.

WICKED is China Glaze’s 2012 Halloween Collection.  It is made up of 6 new polishes plus a Ghoulish Glow in the dark nail polish.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Collection "Wicked"

From Left to Right: Cast a Spell, Immortal, Bizarre Blurple, Glitter Goblin, Roguish Red, Make a Spectacle

Ghoulish Glow is however only available in their special 4 pack of nail lacquers, where as 3 of the shades above are only sold individually (Cast a Spell, Immortal and Make a Spectacle).  I grabbed the 4 pack as well as “Make a Spectacle” because it was just TOO pretty of a glitter to walk away from.

Value Pack from China Glaze's Halloween 2012 "Wicked" Collection

The 4 pack is an incredible value at $11.99 CAD or $9.99 US at Sally Beauty Supply Store’s.  Otherwise, the polishes are sold individually for $5.99 CAD or $4.99 US.

Roguish Red, Glitter Goblin, Bizarre Blurple and Ghoulish Glow (China Glaze's Wicked Collection)

Here is a look at Roguish Red complete with Glitter Goblin Tips.

Roguish Red Manicure with Glitter Goblin tips - a Halloween manicure

Roguish Red is an orange-red creme nail lacquer.  It has a very nice opaque formula with which you can almost get away with one coat.  You will need two to make it perfectly opaque though.

China Glaze's 2012 Halloween Collection "Wicked"

Glitter Goblin is a clear base polish packed with orange, silver and iridescent glitters.  They are very fine and will require multiple coats if you are going for full coverage.

Festive Manicure, Halloween Nails, manicures for short nails

My favourite use of “Make a Spectacle” so far is in a Jelly Sandwich manicure.

Katherine Nail Polish by Zoya in "Jelly Sandwich Nails"

But it is an absolutely gorgeous opalescent glitter with a clear base that makes for a beautiful top coat, no matter the base colour.  Here I have layered it over top of “Bizarre Blurple”.

"Make A Spectacle" Glitter Top Coat - a Nail Lacquer from China Glaze

“Bizarre Blurple” on its own is a very pretty polish too.  It is a rich blue-purple shade (no shock given the name) with mainly blue shimmer.  Depending on how the light hits it, it can appear more blue or more purple.  I experienced slight bubbling with this polish, but it is definitely my fault and not that of Bizarre Blurple.  I know I was impatient and didn’t wait long enough in between coats and my first coat wasn’t completely dry.

swatch on nails of Bizarre Blurple by China Glaze

I’m still debating whether or not go to back for “Cast a Spell”.  It is a very dark polish that appears completely black in lots of lighting.  But it is actually a dark olive base with gold and green shimmer.  If I end up caving and picking it up, I will be sure to add it to this post.

All in all I’m very happy with this collection.  Make a Spectacle is my new favourite glitter polish that I own and the 4 pack is great value.  I wasn’t sure I would like Roguish Red very much when I grabbed the set, but after wearing it last week with the glitter tips, I managed to fall in love – so I’m super happy I now have an orangey-red in my collection.

What polishes are you most excited about this Halloween?

Do you have a favourite from China Glaze’s “Wicked” Collection?

xox,
Shannon


Jelly Sandwich Extravaganza with the Fall 2012 “Gloss” Collection by Zoya

green jelly sandwich nails, blue jelly sandwich nails

Jelly Sandwich nails are probably my most favourite manicures.  They are simple, pretty, easy to create and the longest lasting of any manicures I’ve had.

I only had one jelly polish and was having a hard time tracking them down.  So when I heard Zoya had come out with a fall collection featuring all jellies, I was excited.  I’ve never had a Zoya polish before as they aren’t the most accessible here in Canada, but I know how popular they are south of the border.

Gloss Collection - fall 2012 - Zoya

So I decided to grab this “Gloss” Collection from nailpolishcanada.com for $24.00.  You can also purchase it for the same price online at zoya.com (if you are in the US) or ebay/amazon.  They are sold everywhere for $8.00/each or $24.00 for the set.

Fall 2012 Gloss Collection by Zoya

This collection contains Katherine, Paloma and Frida – all beautiful jewel toned jelly polishes.  They are sheer, build-able and great for layering.

Katherine

Katherine was the first shade that I tried.  It is a sheer, dark plum.

Katherine swatch - jelly polish by Zoya

One coat:

Katherine jelly polish - swatch and review

Four to Five coats are required to get mostly opaque coverage:

Katherine nail polish by Zoya - swatch and review

Using “Make a Spectacle” glitter polish from China Glaze’s new Halloween collection, I applied one top coat.

how to make jelly sandwich nails

Glitter nail polish from China Glaze 2012 Halloween Collection - "Make a Spectacle"

In order to make a jelly sandwich manicure, I added another layer of “Katherine” on top.  This gives the illusion that the glitter is floating inside the jelly polish, creating a cool 3D effect.  You can see the difference here, with and without the jelly polish on top:

what are jelly sandwich nails?

This mani ended up being a beautiful dark and vampy jelly sandwich.

dark and vampy jelly sandwich manicure

Paloma

Paloma is a nice bright fuscia jelly lacquer.

One coat:

Paloma swatch - Zoya Gloss polish

Three to four coats:

"Paloma" by Zoya - nail polish swatch and review

*I found it was slightly less sheer than the other two in the collection and required less coats to reach an opaque look.*

For this jelly sandwich manicure, I also used “Make a Spectacle” glitter nail polish from China Glaze.

Zoya's "Paloma" and China Glaze's "Make a Spectacle"

jelly sandwich nails using "Paloma" by Zoya

Frida

Frida is my favourite polish from this Gloss collection.  It is a nice rich teal.  It is however the most sheer of the three.

One coat:

"Frida" review - nail polish by Zoya

Four to five coats:

"Frida" swatch - jelly nail polish by Zoya

To make this into a jelly sandwich manicure, I used “Mermaid Tale” by Orly.

polishes to make a green/teal jelly sandwich

teal jelly sandwich nails using "Frida" nail polish by Zoya

I really love all three of the shades in this collection and they are just perfect for this time of year.  No better time to sport jewel toned polishes!  They are gorgeous with or without the jelly sandwich, but I love the little bit of fun the glitter adds to each manicure.

Remember: Removing glitter nail polish doesn’t have to be a chore.  Check out my tutorial on removing glitter nail polish – the easy way!

What is your favourite polish this fall?  Do you have a favourite from this “Gloss” collection from Zoya?

xox,

Shannon

jelly sandwich manicure using Frida and Mermaid Tale


Nails fit for a mermaid

I was playing around with some polishes on the weekend and wanted to do something fairly bright, seeing as summer is practically over.  😦   I’m in denial and am trying to get used to the fact that I’m going to have to get used to more muted, darker shades soon for the course of fall and winter.   I also wanted to use a couple of new shades that I haven’t tried out yet.

green glitter nail polish, baby blue/aqua nail polish

Club Prive is a baby blue (with an aqua tint) from L’Oreal and is a part of their permanent collection.  It is sheer but milky and I found that it required about 3 coats to be perfectly opaque.

Club Prive Nail Lacquer by L'Oreal - swatch

I used Club Prive as my base and then layered on a generous coat of Mermaid Tale, by Orly, from their Flash Glam FX Collection.

Mermaid Tale nail polish overtop of Club Prive

Click me – so you can REALLY see my glitter!

Mermaid Tale is a full on glitter polish with a clear base.  It is made up of both small and medium sized glitters in a variety of green and blue shades.  

mermaid tale nail polish over a blue polish

I had a lot of fun with this manicure and am really looking forward to trying out “Mermaid Tale” in a Jelly Sandwich!

Tell me, are you still clinging on to summer colours?  Or have you already made the transition into fall?

xox,

Shannon

mermaid nails


Magnetix II: a new collection from China Glaze

China Glaze Magnetix 3-in-1 magnet, magnetic nail designs, green magnetic nail polish

China Glaze is back at it this fall with “Magnetix II”, a whole new collection of Magnetic Nail Polishes and another 3-in-1 Magnet with all new designs.

Fall 2012 Magnetix Collection by China Glaze

This magnet has a bullseye/circle design, a striped design (straight vertical lines this time) and a square patchwork design.circle, square and straight line magnet by China Glaze

circle, square and striped magnetic nail designs by China Glaze (Magnetix II fall collection 2012)

As for the nail lacquers, this collection is much brighter and more vibrant than the original Magnetix Collection which was quite muted.  What I love about Magnetix II is that is has a great variety of shades, some are darker where some are super vibrant and rich.  So whether you are wanting some fresh new fall shades, or are clinging on to the last moments of summer this collection likely has something for you.

Take a look at these swatches from China Glaze:


Gold Fusion

Positively In Love

Bond-Tastic

Get Charged

Sparks Will Fly

Con-fused?

You can currently pick up these polishes in store at a Sally Beauty Supply location, at your local salon, or on-line at Ebay.  At Sally Beauty Supply, they are $6.99 CAD (magnet sold separately at the same price).  Today, I grabbed Bond-Tastic and Con-Fused? but I must tell you that in store I had a super hard time deciding which shades to pick.  They are ALL so pretty.  And remember, they don’t need to be used with the magnet, so it is always good to pick up a shade you see yourself wearing by itself too.

magnetic nail polishes in green and orange

Con-Fused? is a rich emerald green shimmer polish and when used with the magnet a deeper darker shade of green is brought out creating a very cool 3D effect.

green magnetic nail polish by China Glaze

China Glaze Magnetix 3-in-1 magnet, magnetic nail designs, green magnetic nail polish

Whereas Bond-Tastic is a rusty brown/burnt orange shimmer polish with steel grey undertones (this is actually a hard colour to find as a regular nail polish, so this one will be performing double duty for me).  The magnet brings out the lighter orange/steel undertones found in the polish.

orange magnetic nail polish by China Glaze

For a full tutorial on how to create these magnetic designs, please click here.

What I like:

  • Always creates a fun and unique look, the magnets can be twisted and turned to create different patterns every time.
  • The colours in this collection are so pretty, I’d be happy wearing them with or without the magnet.
  • If you screwed up a nail or aren’t crazy about how the pattern turned out, throw on another coat of polish and try again, it isn’t necessary to start from scratch.
  • These polishes are much more opaque than the ones in the previous Magnetix collection.   While the instructions have always said to do one coat of polish and then immediately apply the magnet, the original Magnetix Collection was too sheer to get nice results.  With Magnetix II though, one coat is all you need.
  • I absolutely love the bullseye design and I found I had the most consistent results with this design.

What I don’t like:

  • The natural curvature of my nails result in only the centre of the nail changing under the magnet.  The pattern generally doesn’t reach the edges of my nails (unless I angle the magnet more to one side than other, but then the other side won’t get any design).
  • It takes some messing around to get the patterns to come out nice and clear.  I had a hard time getting the patterns to come through as prominent as they show in pictures.  You have to hold the magnet as close as possible to the nail, without touching it.  I wish the magnets were stronger (which I’ve heard is the case with some other brands).

Important Tip: Be fast getting the magnet over your wet nail.  If you take too long, no pattern will appear at all on your nail, or it will be very faint.

How do you feel about magnetic nail polishes?  Are you a fan?  I want to hear about your experiences!

Thanks for reading!

xox,
Shannon

Con-fused? and Bond-Tastic magnetic nail polishes with new 3-in-1 magnet, by China Glaze


A red, white, blue and green nail marble

It had been far too long since I’d put any effort into how my nails looked.  So I decided to go all out and do a nail marble, instead of just painting them a single boring colour.

Depending on how familiar you are with Nail Marbling, you might want to first visit my full picture tutorial “The Art of Nail Marbling“.

I wasn’t actually blown away by how this manicure turned out.  I found it, just “okay”.  I blame it on my being rusty!  But I figured I’d still post about it and let you all take a peek anyway.

funky nails

To start out, I used a white basecoat: Paper Mache by Fingerpaints.  I did two coats and let dry.

White Nail Polish by Fingerpaints

Then I taped around each nail on one hand using scotch tape.

tape around your nails using scotch tape

For my marbling colours, I went with a green, red and blue nail polish – all from China Glaze.  (I’ve used these polishes multiple times for nail marbling and have never had any problems getting them to expand in the water.)

tutorial for nail marbling

I decided I wanted a lot of white in this manicure, so I alternated each colour with a drop of white in between (again, using Paper Mache nail lacquer by Fingerpaints as my white).   My bullseye pattern ended up looking like this:

water design in for nail marbling

Using a toothpick I created a design.

white, blue, red and green nail marble

 

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