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.
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.
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.
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!
Today I have another stunning polish from the Laquerlicious Christmas collection to share with you. This is Warm Sugar Cookies and well, even if it wasn’t a gorgeous shade I would have needed it for the name alone! Luckily it is a delicious shade. A nude base, which I often struggle with with my fair skin tone but this is also full of pink and gold glitters and flakes which gives it a glorious warmth and glow on the nails. Application was smooth and opaque in two easy coats.
So never one to leave a polish alone, I decided to reflect the name and colours of the polish with a few additions. Using Nails Inc Gold Foil and Moyou Festive Plate 1 I stamped a cute little gingerbread man and some candy swirls.
Sorry one been atop for a few days. I have a stinking cold but if you don’t get too close to your screen I’m sure you’re safe to keep reading! 😁
Okay I’ll be honest the real name of this gorgeous KB Shimmer polish is Hexy Bikini but it’s one heck of a sexy glitter! And although it may have a rather summery name I thought it was perfect for a glittery festive mani too! Yep I love to twist things to my advantage!
Hexy Bikini is a textured glitter polish and there’s a lot going on in this little bottle! It is jam packed with holo glitters in silver, teal and pink. I would say that it is best worn alone as it has a thickish consistency that is perfectly opaque in two coats. But of course sponged on or applied carefully and thinly I think it could still work as a topper and in a glitter gradient.
I decided it would be fun to pair it with some straight vinyls and black polish to accentuate the sparkle. I started with two coats of Nails Inc Black Taxi – a perfect patent black. When that was dry I added some straight vinyls and applied Hexy Bikini over the top. And then finished with a couple of coats of top coat to seal it all together.
I was really pleased with the result and excitingly we had sun. Very rare in the English winter so I could capture this glitter in all its sparkly glory!
Remember with vinyls to wait until your base polish is completely dry. Possibly even wait for a few hours, as it is still slightly soft the sticky vinyls will lift up the base, and always remove the vinyls while your topper polish is still wet.
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!
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!
Forget Me Not is the most glorious electric blue with a subtle scatter holo and a fine silver shimmer. The formula was perfect. Opaque for me in two generous coats with top coat.
Well, as it is the Christmas season I couldn’t resist adding some snowflake decals. I felt they set the stunning colour off beautifully. What do you think?
What do you think of Picture Polish? I am quickly becoming an addict! There really is something quite special about each one! If you have enjoyed reading this please do comment and come and find me on IG at http://instagram.com/clairestelle8
I am obsessed with all things Disney so I was incredibly excited when Glam Polish brought out a Disney inspired collection called Never too Old to be Young. This gorgeous glitter topper is from that very collection and is named after a song from Cinderella! And you really do feel like you are fit for the ball when wearing it!
It is a clear base packed with turquoise, pink, periwinkle and holo silver glitter in various fun shapes! So versatile I had so many ideas what to do with this but in the end I decided to pick out the various colours in a gradient. I used Nails Inc polishes in Power Pink, Chelsea Physic Garden and an unnamed Instyle periwinkle. I then popped on just one coat of the glitter topper. There were no issues with application and no need for fishing. Glitter perfect!
I love the stars in particular! What do you think?
Such a versatile polish! I have too many ideas what else I can do with this! Expect to see this featured again!
I should warn you before you read any further that this post could end up costing you dearly. So if you treasure your pennies then stop right here. There’s always been a lot of hype about the Australian Indie Polish Brand Picture Polish. I managed to resist until I got my first bottle Pirouette a few weeks ago which I absolutely loved. But maybe that was a fluke? Well, I am now a completely lost cause having experienced Twinkle! I want all the Picture Polishes now!
Twinkle is a difficult polish to describe and that is just one of the reasons I love it. Is it lavender, pink, lilac? Well yes to all depending which light you are in! In daylight it has an ethereal quality that shifts from pink to lilac and the subtle silver shimmer lends a slight iridescent quality to this creme polish.
I used two coats for full coverage. It is a little thicker in consistency than I am used to and I may use a thinner next time but it applied well and was self levelling so I had no problems with how it appeared on the nail. I added a dotticure and some wavy chevrons using nail vinyls and PP Bright White. and a star gem for added twinkle! Get it??
Now a word to the wise if you are a little strange like me and take photos of your nails, while holding bottles of polish to share with various social media, ( yes my family despairs of me…). Be aware that your fingers should be arranged very carefully to avoid obscuring the ‘t’ on the bottle or it suddenly becomes a much more amusing photo than you intended…. On the positive side it scaled down my numerous photo options as there weren’t many that didn’t provide a chuckle!