How to Make Watermarble Decals

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Today I’m going to show you how I make watermarble decals! After I accidentally discovered this method, I vowed to never dunk my finger in water again! My watermarbles aren’t perfect, but they are a far cry better than what they used to look like and on top of that, clean up us a lot easier!

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More Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Swatches!

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I swatched a couple of the Sally Hansen Velvet Texture polishes for you in this earlier post. I was bummed that I didn’t purchased the black one so when I went back to the store and saw it was still in stock, I snatched it up! Along with the blue one….

This first one is Sally Hansen Velveteen. This is a tar black but it applied quite nicely. Nothing like tar. :) I really enjoyed wearing this. It’s a very unique black texture and I can’t wait to do some nail art on top! This is two coats shown.

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Sally Hansen Regal is a cobalt blue. This color really pops! This is also two easy coats.

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If you don’t like texture, then these aren’t for you. But, if you’re like me, and you love texture, then you might want to be on the lookout for these little guys!

Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail art

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For this mani, I started with Sally Hansen Crushed which is from their new, limited edition, velvet texture collection. This dries super fast and into a cool matte finish which makes it perfect for nail art. I used a design from this Cici&Sisi stamping plate set and used Konad Black as my stamping polish. I know it’s not a very seasonal design, but I don’t want to flood your eyes with snowflakes. LOL. It’s not winter in all parts of the world, so this mani is for the southern hemisphere folks! Or for folks in the northern hemisphere that wish they were in the southern!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I know this time of year is super busy for everyone. The fact that you’d make time for little ol’ me gives me the warm fuzzies.

Christmas Sweater (?) Nail Art

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This mani is a twist on the traditional Christmas sweater – both with the colors and the pattern!! I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Plush which is from their new velvet textures collection. Then, I used a design from Vivid Lacquer plate VL 035 which is full of sweater designs. I don’t know if this counts as Christmas sweater nail art…if anything, it’s Halloween or Valentine’s Day! But here it is and you get to see it today. I stamped with Sally Hansen Rapid Red from their Insta-Dri line. I love stamping with SH Insta-Dris because they are easy to find and quite reliable in their performance.

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Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Swatches

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I saw a new display from Sally Hansen!! What a great day! :) This is their new velvet texture collection. I picked up three of the colors that spoke to me.

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Plush is an aqua color. I love the texture of these polishes. It’s a mix between a super fine texture and a satin finish. It’s very unique and I am so glad I decided to pick these up.

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Sally Hansen Crushed

Crushed is a medium purple. This is two coats.

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Sally Hansen Lavish

Lavish is a dark, dark purple. It’s almost an oxblood color.

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For something a little extra for this post, I did some stamping over Lavish. I used Pueen plate 73 and Sally Hansen Sterling Silver. The velvet texture shows through the stamped polish which I really like. I have more stamping using Plush and Crushed coming up later this month so make sure you’re following me somehow so you don’t miss it!

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Red and Green Christmas Art

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I saw this Sally Hansen Royal Shyness in a display at Target a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if it’s part of a new collection or an old one, but I’m a sucker for matte polish so I picked it up. Tis the season for Christmas nail art, so I grabbed the Cici&Sisi holiday plate and my Konad Red to stamp the designs on my nails.

Before we look at the nail art, here is Sally Hansen Royal Shyness on its own. This is two coats without a top coat. This will also be perfect for manicures in March!

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And now here is the mani with the holiday designs stamped on top. The red looks a little black on top of the green, but I still think it looks pretty festive!

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I promised I won’t do Christmas nail art all month! :) I have some awesome swatches from a new indie collection for you tomorrow. :) Also, don’t forget to enter my current giveaway by clicking here!

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Sally Hansen Red Carpet

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I saw this Sally Hansen Red Carpet polish on display at Target a few weeks ago. Seeing as I’m a sucker for jellies and for reds, it found itself in my shopping basket. I’m so glad it did!!! This is two coats. Sally Hansen Red Carpet is a deep red jelly with red shimmers packed in it. It is so beautiful!!

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Frilly Music Notes Nail Art

Today’s mani starts with a base of CDB Lacquer Sunsweet Berries, which I originally received as a press sample. Once dry, I stamped a design from this Cici&Sisi Set using Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare. I kinda love how the purple subdued the pink. I was drawn to the music notes nail art idea and I liked how this one wasn’t just notes. It has fun, frilly swirls also!

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Press Release: Sally Hansen and NYC Color Sparkle for the Holidays!

Press Release: Sally Hansen and NYC Color Sparkle for the Holidays!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Sequin Overcoat Collection ($7.99): Layered over your favorite Complete Salon Manicure Color, the  seven chic shades of shimmering sequin polishes will instantly amp up your manicure. The polish features a Precision Brush that’s rounded to fit the curve of your cuticles and perfectly shaped to hug the contours of your nails. Available shades are: Blush Over Hue, Crown Jewels, Over the Rain Blue, Radiant Royal Blue, Strawberry Shields, Open Mica Night, Cheery on Top

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Sally Hansen Big Glitter Top Coat (4.99) : Craving more sparkle and shine? These multi-dimensional top coats add a big, bold glitter effect and show-stopping shine to any of your favorite Sally Hansen nail colors. Brush it over a solid color for a healthy dose of glitter, or take even shimmery colors to the next level of shine. Available in Goldi-Flecks, Blue Moonlight and Meteorlight

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NYC New York Color Big City Dazzle Sparkle Topcoat ($1.99)Take your nails from the office to after-hours with a quick-drying coat of sparkle from NYC New York Color. Apply to bare nails for sheer shine effect or layer it over your favorite nail color for a bold, eye-catching look.

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Winter Butterfly Nail Art

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I don’t care if it’s almost winter, I want some Butterfly Nail Art! LOL!! I hesitated to post this because of the season, but I decided that I don’t care! I like it too much not to share. I started with CDB Lacquers Warrior Spirit which I originally received as a press sample. Then, I used a design from this Cici&Sisi plate set and Sally Hansen Petal Pusher to stamp the butterflies on top. Some of the wings are cut off so they actually look more like leaves, but I really like how it looks anyway.

 

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80’s Horror Movie Mani!

Today’s mani is a double-duty one for two challenges. First, is Crumpet’s Nail Tarts. The Crumpet’s Challenge prompt is 80’s. I could have done a crazy, neon, colorful mani but I decided to go with an 80’s horror movie, Halloween! I loooooove 80’s horror slasher flicks. Just love them. I can’t get enough of them. I don’t think this mani does Michael Myers justice, but it’s the best I could do with my inept free hand skills.

Also, this mani is for Lacquer Legion After Dark prompt! You do not want to be caught after dark if Michael Myers is in the area!! Watch out!

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Many polishes were used in the making of this mani:

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HPB Oct. Halloween Mani Link-Up: Graveyard Nail Art

I am a member of the Hobby Polish Bloggers Facebook group! It’s a great resource to get ideas and help troubleshoot with other bloggers! Today’s nail art is part of our new monthly linkup post!

I started with Sally Hansen Wax Poetic which I think is limited edition….at least it was in a special display at the store! It dried quickly and into a gorgeous matte/wax finish. Then, I used the special Cici&sisi Halloween plate to stamp different graveyard nail art designs on each nail. I used Bundle Monster Black as my stamping polish.

First, here’s a shot of Wax Poetic all on its own. I really love the look of this!

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Konad vs. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

On my Facebook page, a fan asked me to compare the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri to Konad. She reported that she noticed the SH was much lighter than Konad and asked if that’s normal. I decided to do a side-by-side comparison to find out!

Konad is a special polish made specifically for stamping. In fact, they don’t even recommend using it as a regular painting polish (per their online instructions). I buy mine on Amazon.com

Sally Hansen is found in drugstores. Only recently did SH release a black and a white Insta-Dri, and even then, it’s still limited edition. SH Insta-Dri is notorious for being good for stamping so when I saw the display, I bought all of them!

The design show is from Vivid Lacquer plate 036.

Let’s see how they compare side-by-side:

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I didn’t even bother labeling the nails because I think the difference is clear. The SH is much lighter than the Konad.  I think the crispness is about equal.

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So why buy one over the other? If you’re looking for a quick fix, SH is the way to go. It’s easy to find (except for limited edition colors) and it’s inexpensive. If you really want the opaqueness and you can wait a week or so for shipping, then Konad is the right choice for you. You have to order online, but that is worth it for the right product.

Me? I use both. Usually which one I pick just depends on which one is closer! LOL! You really can’t go wrong. If you didn’t have them side-by-side, you wouldn’t know how different they are.

China Glaze Breast Cancer Awareness Mani

China Glaze recently released a Breast Cancer Awareness collection. Most of them are re-promotes. I saw the display in Sally Beauty and saw one I couldn’t live without. China Glaze Strawberry Fields! It’s freaking gorgeous and I don’t know how my collection was surviving without it. It’s a hot pink creme jam packed with golden shimmers. Just stunning! I’m not going to blibber blab at you about it, I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

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I used Sally Hansen Liquid Gold to stamp on top. This polish is no longer available, at least not in most places. I used a design from Cici&Sisi and my new firm stamper from Messy Mansion.

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I picked gold stamping to complement the gold shimmers in Strawberry Fields. I hope you like today’s nail art and don’t forget to do self breast exams! If you need to, ask your significant other to help. At least that’s what my RN told me! ;) :P

Guest Post at The Musing of the Wife of a Jedi!

I’m guest posting today!!! This post can be found on The Musings of the Wife of a Jedi! I have been following and admiring Jen’s work for a while now, so I was honored when she asked me to do a guest post! I hope that you’ll click on the picture to go visit her site, see my art, and see all the gorgeousness that she posts as well!!

 

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60’s Nail Art

This week’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts prompts are 60’s and textured/matte. I decided to break up the two prompts this week so this post is just 60’s inspired. I googled “60’s Fashion” and found this dress which looked like it would make a pretty cool manicure.

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I picked out these five polishes: Sally Hansen White On, Sally Hansen Rapid Red, Sally Hansen Black Out, Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (original formula), and Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (original formula).

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French Spiderweb Nail Art

Ready for some more Halloween nail art?? For this mani, I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Cinna-snap which I think is from their limited edition Halloween collection. I then taped off the tips and used Sally Hansen Scaredy Matte which is for sure from the limited edition collection. Finally, I used the spiderweb design from Cici&Sisi Plate 01 and Bundle Monster White to create this design.

First, here’s a swatch of Cinna-Snap all on its own. It is a creamy, vampy blood-like color. Perfect for the season.

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Press Release: Sally Hansen Halloween 2014 Collection

I just got the official press release for the Sally Hansen Halloween 2014 collection! If you follow me on Facebook, you already saw my excited post about this! But here is the OFFICIAL announcement for you. :)

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Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color ($4.99): Fast Dry Nail Color for high-speed style. Available in  Pumpkin Queen, Scaredy Matte, Omghost and Night Fright,

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Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips ($9.99):  The no dry time nail polish strips now available in Skull and Crossbows, Hallowscene, Kiss my face and Little Black Lace

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Big Glitter Top Coats ($5.99): Top coats that bring extra dimension and style to your nail color. Available in Dressed to Thrill and Costume Glitters

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Fuzzy Coat Textured Nail Color ($5.99): Transforms yoru nails with 3-D fabric finishes and amazing texture. Available in Witch-ful Thinking and Fur-ankenstein

 

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Halloween Watermarble Decals

I first discovered the watermarble decals technique on accident in this post. I know I’m not the first to ever do this, but I did discover it on accident on my own! I decided to try again. While the results aren’t perfect, I feel like I’m getting better and better. Plus, cleanup is slightly easier than a traditional watermarble! There still is some, but you don’t get polish all over your fingers like you do when you stick your finger in the water (with or without tape!).

I used Sally Hansen Night Fright and Sally Hansen Pumpkin Queen, both of which are from their Limited Edition Costumize Your Nails Halloween collection. I hope they make the black part of their regular collection because the Insta-Dri line really needs a black (and white!) as a regular offering!

 

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Believe in Angels? Believe in Me…. Enchanted Polish Vampires Suck

Happy Thursday, everyone!! It’s time for another edition of Golden Oldies Thursday. Today’s prompt is brown. I was scrolling through my polish excel file and saw Enchanted Polish Vampires Suck. YES. YES. This is the one. I haven’t used it for a year. I swatched it for you originally here. That was a long time ago and I have grown a lot since then!! It was time to bring this beauty out of its box. Vampires Suck is a brown linear holo. This is two creamy, delightful coats. I was actually able to snag a backup bottle in the recent restock so I don’t even have any guilt using it! That’s the perfect storm! I picked a design on my Cici&Sisi plate that would let the majority of Vampires Suck show through. I love pink and brown together, so I selected Sally Hansen Sumac Sonic as my stamping polish.

I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It took me a long time to even like any other vampire lore. I did read some Anne Rice, which I enjoyed. I also watched True Blood through season 4. It just kinda got stupid after that! But I will rewatch Buffy over and over and over again. This means I will officially say that I do not think vampires suck, but I do love this polish!

 

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Nude Ivy Nails Stamping

I’ve never really done a nude/negative space style nail art. So, I thought I would step outside of my comfort zone and try one out! I got Zoya June from Lisa at Insomniac Manicures. She is the biggest Zoya fan on the face of the planet! It was very nice of her to part with June, even though she already has one. :) This is two coats of June. As you can see, she is a very sheer nude. It’s kind of like “your natural nails, but better”. Then, I used Cici&Sisi plate 07 which came with the most wonderful squishy stamper. I stamped with Sally Hansen Mint Sprint to create the natural leaves effect.

 

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Love is a Crime

Today’s nail art started with two coats of NYC Fashion Queen, which I originally received as a press sample and swatched for you here. I applied two coats of Fashion Queen and once dry, stamping it using Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare. I picked a design from my Cici&Sisi stamping plate 07. In the pictures, I think it looks like I actually stamped with the gold, which I find interesting. :)

As a reminder, here’s what the beautiful Fashion Queen looks like on her own.

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Fall Leaves Nail Art

This is one of those manicures that looked way better in my head than on my nails. I wanted my nails to look like fall leaves and instead I think they just turned out looking like a mess! I thought I would “help” by painted leave veins on….not sure it helped at all! LOL! I truly love the fall in the Pacific NW so I might try again with a different style. I absolutely love the gloom and the rain. It’s like this weather was meant for me. I was made to live in this city! I am so much happier when it’s raining…and so much crankier when it’s sunny!! The only downside is the trouble with taking pictures of holo polishes, but that’s just a small price to pay for the glorious rain!!!

 

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Watermarble Nail Art Decals

Today’s mani was an experiment for me. If I can get the technique down a little better, I’ll write (and film?) a tutorial. I discovered this technique on accident. I was trying to do a watermarble and I got frustrated. I had the design in the water, but it was just ugly. So I left my desk and went out to do yard work, leaving the polish in the water as punishment for its misbehavior. Upon my return, I dumped the water out in the trash and the polish slid right off it like it was made of plastic. I was like….What? What is this chemistry magic? It had the consistency of a decal! And then a lightbulb went off above my head. I thought, “I wonder if I could recreate this decal on purpose with a pretty design!” It certainly would save on headache and cleanup!

So that’s how I did this watermarble today. I made the design in the water then let it sit while I ate lunch, folded laundry, etc. Then, I came back, applied a base coat and gently pulled the polish out of the water. (I did one nail at a time so the basecoat is still wet when you apply the decal, otherwise the polish won’t really stick to your nail). I cleaned up and voila! Here is my result. The pinkie nail is a bit messed up, but each nail thereafter gets better and better. I’m excited to try this technique again!

I used Sally Hansen Lively Lilac, Sally Hansen Sumac Sonic, Sally Hansen Black Out, and China Glaze Fairy Dust (of course!).


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Texture Stamping Nail Art

I love stamping over texture for a number of reasons. First, and most importantly, I love the look of it! But I also like how texture polish dries really fast so there’s little waiting time. Also, it can help mask mistakes that creme polish just draws attention to. That’s a win-win-win! :D For this mani, I started with two coats of OPI Magazine Cover Mouse which is a red texture polish with golden shimmers. I got it at TJ Maxx for super cheap. I recently realized that they frequently rebottle and rename OPI polishes to sell at TJ Maxx. That makes my heart sad. I like to know the original collection. I think this one was NOT rebottled though. I’m pretty sure it’s from last year’s Minnie Mouse collection…but I’m sure someone will tell me if I’m wrong!



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