Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cotton Candy Water Marble

I love water marbles, but they take so much time.  There is a lot of trial and error with the polishes to get them to work properly.  It is very frustrating, but can be oh so rewarding.  I was trying to get some inspiration the other day, so I stood in front of my polish rack.  A polished jumped out at me, and then it's 4 siblings came right along.  I originally intended to do a dry marble.  I did a test on paper that looked interesting.  When I tried to do it on my bare nails to test it out however, the polish ran and pooled everywhere.  Now I remember why I didn't care for the Sally Hansen HD High Definition line.  Pretty colors, but so thin and runny.

These are the 5 colors I used, and in what order.

I used a white base to make the polishes look more like what they do in the bottle.  In the future I might try it again with a silver foil base to bring more of a shimmering quality.  I had a few problems with bubbles, but I haven't figured out what was the cause.  Maybe different water.  One thing I did learn though: Always keep the same exact amount of polish drops in your water!  A few nails looked slightly more pastel than neon, and then I realized why.  I wasn't cramming as much polish into the glass.  I had to do some adjustment on the color to get it fairly close to what it really looks like.  I am not that red, Haha.

Sorry, I didn't get a good photo of my right hand.  This is almost a week later.  I am pretty hard on my hands at work, so there is some tip wear.  Also, cleaning up with the brush around the cuticles with my left hand is pretty hard.  No one cares in person however.  They all raved about these nails...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I don't do nails very often on other people.  I find it awkward to paint nails that are attached to someone else's hands.  I do however, enjoy giving someone a manicure that they truly enjoy.  I was out shopping the other day with my brother's girlfriend, and we happened to see some of those glue on nails with designs.  She saw a set that she liked, and I offered to paint them.  I didn't follow them exactly... and I can't tell you what polishes I used.  I frankened them from the few polishes she had, and I wouldn't recommend the recipe even if I had it.  The greenish color took 4 coats before it was opaque enough.  These were finished at midnight, so I had no light to take a photo.  Hope you can still get an idea of what they look like.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

SYN Cosmetics: Red, Blue, and You

This is a newer indie company that does eyeshadow pigments, glitters, blushes, and now nail polish. Kellen is constantly expanding her product line to add in fun, new stuff. I have one of her glitter polish topcoats today for you.

Red, Blue, and You has quite a fun mix that is perfect for the 4th of July. It has: blue squares, red squares and bars, silver hex, shimmer, and shards. It was easy to work with. I didn't have to scoop around the bottle for glitter. I put it over black for a good contrast. The matte topcoated photo is one coat of RB&Y. The shiny photo is two coats.