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Some festive marbling!

Published December 15, 2014 by clairestelle8

Are you bored of Christmas nails yet? I do hope not because I’m a woman on a festive mission right now. Although I can see that I’m going to run out of ideas soon so start expecting Easter manis soon with bunny rabbits and baby chicks…..

Well, one of my favourite looks for a manicure is a watermarble so today I’m showing you a couple of very different looks you can achieve. The first uses very traditional Christmas colours. I used two polishes from the Laquerlicious Christmas collection: Merry and Bright ( a gorgeous vibrant red packed with shimmery red, gold and holo glitter, and Hollydays ( a bright green with shimmery lime green glitter) and then for the accent nail I created a watermarble with Nails Inc King Edward Street, Floral Street and Queen Victoria Street.

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I really loved this look! What do you think? I then decided to go for something a bit more unusual. A few days earlier I had gone for a pink and white watermarble and I was struck at the time how much the stripes reminded me of candy canes.

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So I decided to recreate the marble on two nails for a pink candy cane mani topping it with some China Glaze Fairy Dust for a bit of added sparkle. The polishes I used were Models Own Princess Pink and White Light and I stamped candy cane images from Moyou Festive Plate 3 on my middle nails.

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I should warn you that pink candy cane nails are liable to make you feel very hungry and if you have a sweet tooth like me it can be a dangerous temptation to have staring at you on your nails! Go on have a candy cane now and make me feel less guilty about eating four in one go! 😉

Watermarbles are notoriously difficult but there are a few tips I have found can make them a little easier. Use a smallish cup rather than a large bowl, make sure your water is room temperature, not too hot or cold. I haven’t found there is any difference between tap and bottle water. And your polishes are best if they are of a thinner consistency so I sometimes thin them if they are a bit too thick to marble well. I haven’t had much success with holos or glitter polishes. And be prepared for quite a few fails before you get something you’re happy with. Oh and the clean up is not fun! Some masking tape on your nails will help a little!

Where to buy and follow:

Laquerlicious : http://www.laquerlicious.bigcartel.com
http://instagram.com/creativenailchick

Models Own: http://www.modelsownit.com
http://instagram.com/modelsownofficial

Nails Inc: http://www.nailsinc.com
http://instagram.com/nailsinc

Moyou: http://www.moyou.co.uk
http://instagram.com/moyou_london

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Thank you for reading! 🙂 xxx

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Christmas candy nails!

Published December 4, 2014 by clairestelle8

A treat for you all today! A break from snowflakes! One thing you should know about me is that I have an excessively sweet tooth. I say I love my coffee but if I tell you my signature drink is a Starbucks caramel macchiato with just half a shot of espresso and extra caramel drizzle I think you will get some indication just how extensive my sugar problem is! So I always love the sugary treats of Christmas!

The polish I’m wearing today is called Peppermint Twist and reflects the glorious colors of the red and green candy canes and candy of the season. It is another polish from the fabulous Laquerlicious Christmas collection. Such a fun polish! The base is a white crelly – always my go to finish when I don’t know what polish I fancy – they never disappoint, and it has a subtle red shimmer and micro red and green glitters through it!

Never one to leave things alone I decided to add some freehand (please be kind!) stripes in red and green to reflect the name Peppermint Twist. What do you think? My freehand certainly needs a bit more work but it was fun to try!

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The polish was a dream to apply. No fishing required and opaque in two easy coats. I will be using this again through the season and beyond!

Go to Laquercious shop here to find out stockists in your country: http://www.laquerlicious.com/bigcartel and follow Michelle on IG at http://instagram.com/creativenailchick for news of all new collections!

If you have enjoyed reading this please do comment and come find me at http://instagram.com/clairestelle8

Thanks for reading! 🙂