Just can’t get the hang of it…

I love seeing all the great marble manicures on Instagram and blogposts. The thing is, I don’t seem to get them right at all. At first, I was using water that was too cold, so it would harden before I could play around with it. Another time the polishes just kept separating in the little container. Another polish would push through the other rings of polish, and rip the design up…The latter is what happened again to me for this one…

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One of the other reasons I don’t attempt them as often, is because of the clean up. Luckily all nail bloggers have been utilizing the liquid glue method…and it is just great for my purposes of marbling.

Smear it around the nail bed, and voila. Protected. Unless you are like me and forget how far up you applied it…and dip your finger even deeper.

Oh, I also use a Soju-Jjan (or a shot glass), which I wrapped in plastic wrap. I didn’t want to ruin it, and found this is one way I can avoid it.

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Anyway, the nail bed is a mess as I kept screwing up. So reapply, reapply, and reapply…

Even when I look at the pattern…it looks too…gross. Like polish that was thrown up. Yes…unfortunately that is the only way I can think of putting it at the moment.

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(Finally started using felt for removal, and LOVE IT)

Anyway, is there a polish method that you just can’t get the hang of?? I can’t be the only one right?! OTL

Holiday Nails Gradient Up!

HOliday Nails Gradient Up

I like gradients a lot. But it seems I do better when I work with glitters. I guess its just easier

HOliday Nails Gradient Up
I used
China Glaze Party Hearty
American Apparel Smoke Dazzle

Party Hearty is not as dense as I would have liked it to be, so I used Smoke Dazzle to help fill in the gaps. I applied Smoke Dazzle to the tip of the nail first, then applied Party Hearty. To have it look more sparse, wipe the bush in the bottle a few times, to get off as much excess as possible. Then kind of dab the nail. Then move further down and apply a another coat. One tip for glitter gradients is that it does get a tad thick, so when it is a little dry, press down on it with your finger. Lightly. That will help to flatten the glitter, and to get rid of bubbles or whatever.

HOliday Nails Gradient Up

Previous Posts on Holiday Nails
Holiday Nails 1 Lipstick & The Art of Seduction
Holiday Nails 2 Silver & Baubles
Holiday Nails 3 Just Be-Claus, why not?
Holiday Nails 4 Rich Evergreen Greens
Holiday Nails 5 Red Green Somewhere in Between
Holiday Nails 6 Ornaments
Holiday Nails 7 Gingerbread Man
Holiday Nails 8 Starry Night
Holiday Nails 9
Holiday Nails 10

Holiday Nails 11 Glittery Green Gradient
Holiday Nails 12 Oh Christmas Tree
Holiday Nails 13 A dash of silver and red…
Holiday Nails 14 Stamp Happy
Holiday Nails 15 Shimmer & Shine

You can also check out the series from last year.

*This post contains products I have purchased with my own funds, and ones I have received for review purposes(noted with *)*

Holiday Nails: A dash of silver and red…

Holiday Nails

So technically today should be day 15 of the series, but since I skipped Wednesday and Thursday, I figured I would label this 13, and do the next two on the weekend.

Anyway my exams are finally done, and I have rested up a bit today…so there shouldn’t be any more delays! *fingers crossed*

Holiday Nails
I used
China Glaze Ruby Pumps
AA Silver Jazz
Claires Chunky Silver

I applied Ruby Pumps to two nails, and Chunky Silver to the other two (I went back to Chunky Silver for the thumb). I then applied tape to the pinky and index, and painted a coat of the opposite colour. After peeling it off, I added the rhinestones.

But this mani reminds me of clown pants…not fun ornaments like I had hoped lol

Oh well :P

Let me just say, if you like red, and glitter…it will be in your best interested to give Ruby Pumps a try. It was my go to colour a few years back. And for good reason!

Anyway, I met up with my friends for our annual Christmas drinks. We went to Joey’s at the Eaton Centre. It was my first time at that location…and I can’t say that I enjoyed the service completely. Let me just say this. It is important to be attentive to your customers…but not to the point that you are in their face constantly, and disrupting their flow of conversation. Extremely annoying. Plus, if you want to go, you need a reservation. My friend waited awhile (40 mins) so that we could get our seat…and this was for 8pm O___O. Well the plus side is that I got a lot of nail polish from my friends, so I can’t wait to try them out and share posts on them :D

Hope that you all have your Christmas shopping done, and excited to sit back and relax with family and friends.

Holiday Nails

Previous Posts on Holiday Nails
Holiday Nails 1 Lipstick & The Art of Seduction
Holiday Nails 2 Silver & Baubles
Holiday Nails 3 Just Be-Claus, why not?
Holiday Nails 4 Rich Evergreen Greens
Holiday Nails 5 Red Green Somewhere in Between
Holiday Nails 6 Ornaments
Holiday Nails 7 Gingerbread Man
Holiday Nails 8 Starry Night
Holiday Nails 9
Holiday Nails 10

Holiday Nails 11 Glittery Green Gradient
Holiday Nails 12 Oh Christmas Tree

You can also check out the series from last year.

*all products in this post were purchased with my own funds*

Holiday Nails: Silver & Baubles

Nail art does not have to be difficult. Really. I know when you see some of the experts do their thang…or browse a nail bloggers account for inspiration, it can be daunting.

But you can keep it simple. K.I.S.S! Okay :P

So today we have…

Holiday Nails Silver Baubles
I wanted to do something that was relatively quick, easy, and doesn’t require a lot of materials. Since I liked the effect of the half moon deal from yesterday’s nail, I wanted to use that again for today.

Holiday Nails Silver Baubles
I used American Apparel Metallic polish in Silver Jazz, and applied three coats to my index, middle and pinky. I applied two coats on my thumb and ring finger, by outlining a rather deep half moon. While the polish was still tacky, I used an eraser on the other end of a pencil, and picked up the plastic rhinestones and placed them on the nail. I initially wanted to fill in the entire silver part on the thumb and ring finger with the rhinestones, but will probably do that for another day. After I let it dry just for a little bit, I sealed it all off with one coat of Seche Vite on the nails, and added a second coat for the thumb and ring finger, to make sure those rhinestones stay.

I do like the American Apparel nail polish. I bought mine when they had some awesome deals on Groupon, and ended up being about $3 each (if memory serves me right). I probably wouldn’t pay $9 for them, but then again I don’t pay more than $5 for any of my polish, OPI and Essie included. But you could easily use Sally Hansen Xtreme in Celeb City, or any silver for that matter. Or even any colour. Doesn’t have to be silver. I kept it silver as my rhinestones are silver. Creates texture, but keeping it streamlined at the same time.

Holiday Nails Silver Baubles
The effect of that bare space really appeals to me for some reason. I have a few more Holiday Nails to show you, that utilizes that concept.

Previous Posts on Holiday Nails
Holiday Nails 1 Lipstick & The Art of Seduction

You can also check out the series from last year.

*all products in this post wee purchased with my own funds*