Sunday, September 25, 2016

Beachy Gradient with Water Marbling - Inspired by Ane Li

As most of you may know the nail community lost an amazing member this past summer, the incredibly talented Ane Li @ane_li. She was definitely one of my favorite IG nail artists and she was the inspiration behind this manicure I'm going to share with you guys today.

This beautiful white and clear water marble look on top of a beachy gradient is one of the last looks Ane Li posted on Instagram and I fell in love with the look the minute I saw it. Judging from the comments the it has gotten, everyone else loved it too. I wanted to try to do a similar look myself, though I struggled quite a bit finding a clear polish that would work for water marbling.

I started the mani doing two coats with Essie Sand Tropez (yes, once again I'm using Sand Tropez...). The I did the gradient by sponging four Essies on each nail: Sand Tropez, Blossom Dandy, Garden Variety and Hide & Go Chic.

I also wanted to try the gradient look with matte top coat (L'Oreal Matte Top Coat), just like Ane Li had done too. I really loved it and I actually wore the matte gradient look for couple days alone before adding the water marbling on top.

I haven't done water marbling for ages and I have to say my water marbling skills were a bit rusty. Also, like I said, I struggled quite a bit finding the right combo of clear and white polish that would work for water marbling. It was especially hard finding a clear polish that would work. Pretty much everything seemed to dry immediately when I dropped them into the water and I didn't even use any quick drying clear polishes. Finally after I went through my whole stash of regular clear top coats, I managed to find somewhat working combo. The white that I used is Gina Tricot White and the clear polish is Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D Top Coat. Using this combo I managed to get some sort of water marbling pattern, though still I had to be really really quick and I couldn't do anything too advanced and had to stick with quite simple pattern. 

In the end I managed to do the water marbled pattern on all my nails and I really loved the finished look. It reminded me of a summery beach with gentle waves. I also wanted to try the water marble look with matte top coat, so I added a coat of L'Oreal Matte on top.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polishes: Essie Sand Tropez (2 coats) | gradient: Essie Sand Tropez, Blossom Dandy, Garden Variety, Hide & Go Chic | water marbling: Gina Tricot White, Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D Top Coat
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, L'Oreal Matte Top Coat

Thank you Ane Li for the all the great inspiration <3 font="" nbsp="">

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hand painted... something?

I'm trying to refresh, keep up and improve my hand painted nail art skills by just doing what works the best for it - painting some nail art by hand on regular basis. So that's basically what I was doing with this mani, though I'm not so sure what I ended up with.

I got the inspiration for the look once again from Instagram, this time from @nata3110nata. The original look was (maybe?) done with some nail art stencils, but like I said, I wanted to practice my freehand painting skills, so that's what I did here. I also kinda went my own way with all of the designs and in the end I didn't really know what I ended up with...

I used Essie Take It Outside as my base color (2 coats). Then I painted the blue details with using a detail nail art brush and Zoya Sunshine. Finally I added a coat of top coat to smooth it all out a bit. I only used one coat of top coat, so that the Zoya PixieDust still had some of that texture effect, but it wasn't as rough as it would have been without the top coat.

Even though I'm not really sure what these patterns are trying to be - or if they even need to be anything - I still quite liked the look. There was quite a lot happening, but still with the muted base and the beautiful blue it wasn't too much.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polish: Essie Take It Outside (2 coats)
Nail art: Hand painted with Zoya Sunshine and detail nail art brush
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Random Indie Swatch Spam with KBShimmer, FUN Lacquer and ILNP

I have a little indie swatch spam to share with you guys today with four GORGEOUS polishes!

KBShimmer Sun & Games is a golden holographic polish packed with gold microglitter. This is such incredible golden bomb, I can't even believe it. This was part of the 2015 summer collection and a think it's really a great shade of gold. It's not really that easy to find golden glitter polish that doesn't immediately scream Christmas (but of course this could easily fit to a Holiday mani too). I used three thin coats and a coat of top coat to make it all smooth. 

FUN Lacquer Adventures is from the 2015 LE collection. It has a clear base with holographic glitters, holo shimmer and small green flakies in it. This is really unique shade, I don't own anything quite like it. I used three coats here with a coat of top coat.

FUN Lacquer Daydreamer is another shade from the same FUN Lacquer 2015 LE collection. The collection was limited edition, so these aren't probably too easy to find these days, but I thought I'd show these anyhow as they are both so pretty. 

Daydreamer has blue and holographic glitters with holo shimmer in a slightly blue-tinted base. It's another stunner and quite unique one also! I used three coats with a coat of top coat with this one too.

ILNP Homecoming is a dark eggplant purple holo with golden shimmer. This was part of the 2014 fall collection, but it's still available (yay!). Purple polishes were my favorite ones few years back, but lately I haven't been so much into the shade. Nevertheless, this one is simply just gorgeous! I looooooooove that golden shimmer, so pretty! I used two easy coats here with a coat of top coat. Did I already say that I love than golden shimmer? Oh yes, I love that golden shimmer!

Which one out of these four is your favorite?
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