Elegant Stone Marble Nails

Looking for some subtle nail art for spring?  How about trying a marble design?  I’m not talking about water marble, I’m going for the rock!

I started by painting my nails a pale pinkish-gray color.

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The color is Thrilling from Formula X.

Next, I used the alcohol ink technique to provide a wash of gray ripples throughout my base color.  I colored a part of a plastic bag with my gray permanent ink marker (Sharpies or BiC Mark It pens are perfect for this) and then dipped a small brush into rubbing alcohol and mixed it with the marker ink applied to the plastic bag to make alcohol ink.  I dabbed the mixture over my nails to my liking, creating a smoky effect.

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Rubbing alcohol and a Stone Grey BiC Mark It pen were used to create the wash of grey color on my nails.

I could have easily freehanded the veins in the marble, but I went the stamping route for this one.

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BPX-L020 from Born Pretty Store was my plate of choice for this manicure.

Using the pattern from the bottom row, far right side, I transferred the design to my nails with b.m.c. nail lacquer in iced silver.

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The finished veined marble look.

I love how simple this design is, and it is the perfect color for spring.  I think this also works great for the working professional because the pattern is so subtle, and the neutral color is non-offensive and goes with everything.

Hope you enjoyed this one!  Happy polishing!

Holiday Stamping over Magnetic Polish

I’ve been on a gel polish kick lately, mostly because I keep using a peel off base coat underneath it now that I know what a pain it is to remove!  It’s such a shame sometimes because I do love the shine and the finishes of the polishes by Madam Glam, but a girl’s gotta paint.

This week I tried out a magnetic polish from Madam Glam.  I’m not ordinarily a fan of magnetized polish because the magnets don’t always work so well over curved nail beds.  However, the benefit to using a magnetic gel polish is that if you don’t like the effect, you can easily “reset” your color with another swipe of the applicator brush and try it out again.  The downside is that if you wait too long to cure your polish after applying the magnet, your design will fade as the polish starts to spreads out.  I did not want to get stuck curing one nail at a time, so you will notice that the magnetic effect does not look overly strong in my swatch.

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Flying Purple from Madam Glam applied straight from the bottle.

I used a magnet from China Glaze that I purchased separately seeing as the Madam Glam magnetic gels don’t come with one.

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This item from China Glaze has three different patterned magnets for use with your manicures.

Simply brush a layer of magnetic gel over an already cured layer of the color, balance the magnet over your nail for a few seconds, then remove it to see the pattern in the nail polish.  If you don’t like how it looks, brush the gel out and try it again.  It is one of the huge benefits to using a gel polish for this technique as the design won’t set until you cure it under a lamp.

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Flying Purple with the star magnetic effect applied on top.

The polish looks pretty enough on its own, so I didn’t want to do anything too crazy.  I opted to put some light holiday stamping as an accent nail using Jumbo Plate 6 from Cheeky Beauty.

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Cheeky Jumbo Plate 6 is great for your holiday needs.

I used the silver bells on the far right, 2nd row down from the rectangular images.  I only wanted one set of bells, so after stamping the image, I isolated the part I wanted to use by cleaning off the excess polish from the stamper using some Scotch tape.

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The silver bells were stamped with b.m.c. nail lacquer in iced silver.

Of course, within a few hours after doing this, the polish on my ring finger managed to completely peel off thanks to the super effect peel off base coat from Ünt that I used.  I didn’t want to change my nails quite so soon, so I applied a different polish to replace the lost chip instead.

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I opted to use the aptly named Silver Bells color from Finger Paints as an accent nail color.

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This time I stamped on a holiday ornament with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black. The image is on the far right side of the plate in the first row of rectangular designs.

I think all the different manicures here look cute and festive.  Do you have a favorite one out of the pictures here?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy polishing!

 

 

Subtle Snowflake Nails

First blog post of 2016!  Happy New Year!

I’ve been feeling lazy, but I just got my January Julep Maven box, and it had this pretty light blue holographic color in it:

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Tali by Julep, one of the colors in the January 2016 maven box.

I wanted to use Tali as the base color for a snowflake themed manicure, but as is the case with a lot of things I do, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

I knew that the final result would be pretty low contrast with the silver and white stamping polish colors that I wanted to use.

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From left to right: b.m.c. nail lacquer in white and iced silver and Tali by Julep.

How successful the manicure would turn out depended on how opaque the polish would stamp over it, and sadly, b.m.c. nail lacquer didn’t perform so well at that task.  That was a shame because I had the perfect snowflake plate to use with the polish.

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Holiday goodness: plate BPL-032 from Born Pretty Store. The stamping for this mani was done with different parts of the large image on the left.

I started with iced silver to provide some subtle snowflakes in the background.  The polish is hardly visible unless the light hits my nails just right, but I assure you that I stamped all my nails with some snowflakes.  The holographic base polish has a lot of silver undertones so I didn’t expect the stamping to show up that well, but I was hoping for better results than this.

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Super subtle stamping with iced silver stamping polish from Bundle Monster (b.m.c. nail lacquer).

I was hoping to get very opaque white snowflakes in the second round of stamping, but they came out fairly light again.

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No top coat added here yet, but that base color still looks dazzling!

The finished look is pretty, but it leaves me itching to try doing snowflakes one more time with better contrasting colors.  We’re hardly into the winter season, so there’s still time to do this again!  Besides, the barely there snowflakes are a perfect commentary on the not so wintry weather that NYC has been having lately.

Stay warm, and happy polishing!