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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


Summer 2012 Nail Polish Collections feat. China Glaze, Fingerpaints, OPI and Orly

China Glaze Crackle Glitter

Even though Spring has been fighting to make an appearance around here, the 2012 summer nail polish collections are starting to hit the shelves.

China Glaze has been releasing their Crackle Glitters collection this month, featuring four bright funky shades.  They are receiving fantastic reviews saying the glitter creates a much nicer look than standard creme crackles.  I must say I am excited to try them!

China Glaze Crackle Glitter

From left to right: Glam-More, Gleam Me Up, Jade D and Luminous Lavender

Hitting stores next month is their gorgeous Summer Neons collection.  Featuring 12 new shades!!

Summer 2012 Nail polish collection by China Glaze

Top Row: Love’s a Beach, Hang-ten Toes, Beach Cruise-R, Under the Boardwalk, Ride the Waves, Splish Splash
Bottom Row: I’m with the Lifeguard, Sun-Kissed, Orange you Hot?, Surfin for Boys, Flirty Tankini, Pink Plumeria

I am looking forward to seeing what these look like in store because I do already have some neon China Glaze polishes and I don’t want to double up if they are too similar.  There are some really beautiful shades in this collection though, I can’t wait for them to come out in Canada at the Sally Beauty Supply stores!

Summer Neons by China Glaze

Finger paints (a brand exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply)  is coming out with a collection of neons as well, featuring 7 new shades.

neon polishes by Fingerpaints

OPI is hitting the shelves this summer with two unique collections.  Minnie Mouse featuring gorgeous pinks and a beautiful top coat complete with hearts…

Minnie Mouse summer 2012 collection by OPI

…and Spiderman!

Spiderman Nail Polish collection for summer 2012

Orly has a couple of collections due out as well.  First they have their Dark Shadows collection in honour of the movie hitting theatres May 11 starring Johnny Depp.

Orly 2012 summer nail polishesOrly 2012 summer nail polishes

And to not miss out on the neon trend, they are also releasing their “Feel the Vibe” collection for the summer of 2012 as well.

Orly 2012 summer polish collection

So tell me, is there anything you absolutely can’t wait to have or perhaps something you have already ran out and purchased?

Isn’t summer the best!?!?!

xox,

Shannon


Bright Block Manicure

Neon Manicure

After my and Samira’s whirlwind visit, upon arriving home, I almost immediately got sick.  Feeling not so hot resulted in a lot of couch time.  I have a hard time just sitting and watching TV and not doing anything else at the same time.  So I decided to put some time in and create a manicure I really loved.  You might remember what happened, last time I was sick.  I created a very lengthy scotch tape manicure using my new Hunger Games colours…and although I loved the idea, I wasn’t crazy about the colours together when I finished…

So this time, I made sure I would love the finished result.  Best way to do that – GO BRIGHT!

First let’s look at the colours I used:

Bright Neon Polishes

From left to right: Purple Panic, Hi Def, Hook Up, In the Lime Light and Sexy in the City

I started out by painting my nails different colours.  You can see that I originally wasn’t planning on incorporating yellow into this manicure, but once I started making the blocks, I couldn’t resist.

Neon Green Nail PolishNeon Manicure

Use a fast drying top coat on your neon manicure and give it a couple of minutes to set.  (I have the best results using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat)

From here, I simply started by creating one block on each finger until each finger had a contrasting block of colour.

Let’s take a look at creating blocks:

First, using clear scotch tape place a strip vertically on your nail.  Clear tape will work the best because you can make sure it is sealed nice and tight to help avoid any bleeding.

Scotch Tape Manicure

Then, using another piece of tape, place one horizontally on the same nail.

Block Nails Tutorial

Once your tape is on and you have a good seal, choose a contrasting colour and paint the exposed portion of the nail.

Neon Nail Tutorial

Once the exposed portion of the nail is filled in, you want to remove the tape before the polish is dry.  (This way when you lift up the tape, it won’t pull up the polish with it.)

Block Nail Tutorial

Your nail should like something like this when done your first block.  Be sure to use your fast drying top coat again and move onto your next nail.

After you have a few nails complete, your manicure should look something like this:

Bright Block Nails tutorial

I wanted to make sure my manicure had a “random” look, so I placed the blue block in different quadrants on each nail.

From this point, you simply repeat for each nail until you have four contrasting colour blocks on each finger nail.

Neon Block NailsBright Block Nails

I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat in between each colour to help speed up the process, but it still takes a long time.  Pop a movie in and you will be good to go! 😉

Neon Block NailsNeon Manicure

I have to say, that this is probably my most favourite manicure that I’ve ever done.  I can’t remember loving my nails this much, ever.  What is so cool about it too, is that you can really choose any colours you want.  You could even incorporate the ombre nail trend into your nails by using all shades from one colour if you wanted.  I’d love to hear what you guys think about this look and if you see yourself giving it a try!

xoxo,

Shannon


A Spring Time Nail Marble

Bright neon marble

Hey Everyone!

So with the record breaking beautiful weather we had been having this March, I was inspired to do a Spring Time Nail Marble.  I went with bright colours this time to try to capture all the sunshine we’d been receiving here in Ottawa.

To start out, I used a basecoat to prevent the yellow from staining my nails.  I then painted all my nails with two coats of Orly’s Hook Up Nail Polish.

***I chose to do a yellow base for this nail marble because I wanted the colours to show up very bright and vibrant.  Giving them a bright yellow background to lay on top of, does just that.  Please keep in mind that you will have to adjust your base depending on what colours you use.  For example: purple on top of yellow might end up looking sort of brown.  You can always use white to be safe, but it can also lighten the colours a bit and almost wash them out in a sense.  When in doubt, experiment and find a combination that works for you!***

Bright Yellow Nail Polish Swatch

Once dry, I taped around my nails with scotch tape and was ready to start my nail marbling in the water.  Here is a look at one of the designs:

Green yellow and blue nail marble

The polishes used are:

Green – Paper Chasing by China Glaze

Blue – Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Polish in Pacific Blue

Yellow – Orly’s Hook Up (same as the base used above)

Here is a look at some of my nails before the removal of the scotch tape:

Blue green and yellow nail marbling designs

 

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How Do You Like Your Crackle?

Multi-Coloured Crackle Nails

Looking for a way to spice up your Crackle?  How about instead of purchasing an endless range of colours…you try changing the way you use them?

***Please note: I continue to purchase an endless range of colours anyways***

Thanks to an ad in an Avon catalogue, I got the idea of creating a multi coloured nail look underneath the crackle nail polish.

Here is what I decided to use:

Sexy in the City by China Glaze – beautiful metallic jewel toned blue

Hook Up by Orly – lovely fresh spring time yellow

Sexy Silhouette by China Glaze – gorgeous jewel toned pink that gets darker and darker with your number of coats, it is a very rich shade

Black Mesh by China Glaze – crackle nail polish

China Glaze and Orly Nail Polishes

From Left to Right: Sexy in the City by China Glaze, Hook Up by Orly, Sexy Silhouette by China Glaze and Black Mesh Crackle by China Glaze

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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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