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!
If I’m totally honest I’m not keen on snow. Oh yes I love it on Christmas cards and in Christmas movies. But in real life? Every single year England totally forgets what you do with the white stuff that falls from the sky. We act as though a force from some other planet has taken over the earth and we must stockpile baked beans and tinned ham in case we are never able to venture outside our front door ever again. Trains stop running because it’s “the wrong kind of snow” and the nation becomes addicted to the half hourly weather forecasts as we wait in joyful hope for the Thaw!
But!! It is very pretty and romantic and on the nails I can cope with it just fine! 😂 So I was very excited to recreate a winter wonderland scene in a safe context that wouldn’t involve me showing the world I will never master the art of skating! For the base I created a gradient with Models Own Sound Factory, Cornflower Gleam and Blueberry Muffin. I really love the MO polishes for gradients. They blend so well but I will warn you now that Sound Factory is a bit of a stainer….my cuticles have taken on a “frozen” look! 😳 Once that was dry I stamped with Nails Inc Silver Foil using images from Moyou Festive Plate 8 and then sponged on a little silver polish for a snowy effect. I just love the stag image. What do you think?
And the beauty of all this is that the trains are still running and I’m not in danger of falling on my bum every time I move and having to eat baked beans for breakfast lunch and dinner!
I don’t often need to buy back ups of polishes. I very rarely make any headway whatsoever into a bottle as I want to use something different every day but I think the Model’s Own Polish For Tans collection may be an exception! The neons really are quite unique to anything I have seen before. They positively glow in the daylight! And I can assure you that despite the collection’s name they are not just for people blessed with golden skin. I am very pale and I think they work well with my skin tone too.
So for this mani I started with a base of White Light and then using various combinations of Beach Bag, Shades, Sun Hat, Pukka Purple and Assher Blue I stamped an abstract floral image from Moyou London Pro Plate XL 23. I loved the dual effect on the nails!