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!
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!