Month: June 2013

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O’hara by piCture pOlish with Flag Accent

So glad I was able to do a couple water marbles and tutorials in time for the holiday. This month has been so full of swatches, not like that’s a bad thing! July should be the same way, half way through my piCture pOlish shades I have for you guys and lots of other goodies coming your way!

This time for my weekly piCture pOlish review I decided to go with O’hara! This beautiful bright red crelly filled with awesome holographic shimmeriness is my favorite I’ve tried yet! Hard to capture all the shimmer in a photo. I used two perfectly applied coats on its own and topped it with my seche vite top coat. LOVE!

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Browsing on instagram last night as I started my manicure, I came upon a little video made by the ladies over at knailart for the design on my ring finger. A simple flag design using some nail tape!  I used piCture pOlish’s Bombshell for the blue sqaure and put some of Polishedbykpt’s Discoball on top to act as the stars. Using Aengland’s Excalibur overtop of my last striped water marble to create an abstract flag design. When I showed this to my man he was so impressed by the complexity of it! Sort of like a flag but it made him question. Check out knailart’s  instagram page HERE on how to do it for yourself!

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My love for piCture pOlish shades grows everyday! Check out my other reviews of piCture pOlish shades HERE.

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4th of July Striped Water Marble with Tutorial

I’m on a roll I tell ya! Another 4th of July water marble design. I don’t know if I like this striped design or the star design more! I also did a tutorial for this striped design which you can find HERE. When using white and red in a water marble its almost unavoidable to have some pinkish color appear due to the two colors mingling together. So instead of using white in my marble I decided to try out using a clear coat, since I always use a white base for my marbles anyway.

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I started with Cult Nails Tempest as my white base coat, the polish I always use for my water marbles. I then used Butter London’s Come to Bed Red and Blagger the perfect red and blue shades for 4th of July. I also used Butter London’s Hardwear top coat for the second time in a water marble and again I found great success. I always have success using Butter London’s shades when marbling.

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I was very pleased with how fine the lines came out when using the clear coat. This is a great way to avoid that unwanted pink color. For all the steps on how to achieve this look, check out the tutorial I created for it HERE.

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Are you guys planning your design for next week yet?!

Find the TUTORIAL HERE.

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TUTORIAL: 4th of July Striped Water Marble

 

Another tutorial for the 4th of July! Check out the other one I did HERE.

1) I used Cult Nails Tempest as my white base and then used Butter Londons Come to Bed Red, Blagger and their Hardwear topcoat instead of white to avoid that pinkish color you get when you use red and white when water marbling.

You will need: a small plastic solo bathroom cup filled with room temperature filtered water; masking tape; orange sticks or toothpicks; paper towels; and polish remover with a clean up brush and qtips.

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2) As always apply a base coat of white to your nail/s and let that dry. Next rip off a piece of short masking tape and wrap it around your finger near the base of the nail. Rip off a longer piece of masking tape and wrap that around the sides and top of your finger (fingers can be wrapped individually or all at once. You may want to rip all the pieces you are going to use before you begin marbling so you don’t mess up any nails in the process)

3) Open up all your polishes and begin dropping them into the cup one after another. Allow the polishes to spread on the surface of the water as you drop each polish. If the first drop of polish doesn’t dissipate to the edges of the cup then simply place the orange stick into the water and break the surface tension so the polish anchors onto the edge of the cup. It really depends on the type of polish you are using but for this I used 5 drops of both red and clear polish and 4 drops of blue. I also ended my bulleyes design with the clear polish.

4) Once you have your nice bulleyes drag from the center out to the edge of the cup with your toothpick or orange stick and kind of anchor the polish to the sides of the cup. Wipe off the tool you are using on a paper towel so that you can create fine line designs in the water, do this after every stroke. Now drag from the center to the opposite side of the cup.

5) Next drag your orange stick from the top middle part to the edge of the cup to sort of anchor it. After wiping off the stick drag form the edge of the cup to the middle. If need be gently dip the stick into the water to create a cleaner design. But be careful the clear coat can get kinda sticky.

6) Repeat step 5 on the same side of the marble a couple more times till you have a nice striped looking design.

7-9) These steps show the process of step five in a little more detail.

10) The end design should look something like this. We didn’t want to drag our stick through the whole design, the middle, since we are using a clear coat

11) When you find the best striped design in the cup slowly and gently dip your painted and taped nail onto the design and and let your finger slide into the water.

12) Leaving your nail submerged use another stick to pick up the excess polish on top of the water. Once you have done this, slowly pull your finger out of the water. If there are any bubbles where your cuticle meets the nail dip it back in so the bubble can be popped in the water.

13) Slowly take off the masking tape around your finger, you don’t want to knick your beautiful design.

14) Using a q-tip dipped in polish remover clean up the large amounts of polish around and under your nail. Then use a clean up brush dipped in remover to clean up the rest of the polish around your cuticle. I tend to use a clean orange stick to remove some of this polish away as well.

15) Wait around 20 minutes or so before you apply a top coat and make sure its a non smear one too. Thats always the worst feeling!

Note: since you are using a clear coat you need to work kind of fast because it dries faster then the regular colors, but don’t rush let it be fun!

If you decide to try out this design or are ever inspired by me please tag #muckinginspired on instagram I would love to see it!

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If you found any parts of this tutorial confusing or have any questions for me please feel free to comment here, on instagram or you can even email me!

What kind of nails are you guys planning for the holiday next week?

 

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4th of July Star Water Marble with Tutorial

Oh my oh my yes lovelies it is the weekend! Finally a 4th of July water marble! And lemme tell ya its a beauty! Using all Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear colors I’ve created this magical star marble pattern. I’ve also created a tutorial for this design, which you can find HERE. I haven’t done a water marbling tutorial for so long!

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Now I didn’t just come with this idea on my own, I followed my nail guru Collette of Simple Little Pleasures on youtube. She really helped me get into marbling since she has over 80 videos just for it! I may be the “Marbling Queen” but she is like the marbling Goddess! I suggest you check her out till I get myself a youtube setup.

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Each nail ended up having a small imperfection to it that I decided would give the chance for me to address some marbling issues. 1) Pointer- you cant really see it in this photo but in the very middle of the star there is the slightest white hole. This was due to me dipping my stick in the middle too much. 2) Middle- Right on the tip there is a slight knick, something that can really make your marble look sloppy. This one was placed nicely and can be overlooked. 3) Ring- on the top of the star you can see a slight darker line of blue. This happens sometimes when you are taking your finger out of the water. Some polish that is stuck to your cuticle, possibly a bubble creates this. 4) Pinky- placement for this type of water marble can be very though at times. The pinky has a slightly larger top point then the others. I hope these slight imperfections show you guys some ways to help make your manicure look nice and neat.

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I used Sally Hansen’s Cherry Red, White On and Pacific Blue, all which can be found in your local Wal-greens, CVS, and Walmart. A very popular cheap brand that I always find works great for water marbling. I then used some of Lacquer Lust’s ‘I Like it On Top’ specail effect top coat to give it that extra shininess! It always makes a water marble pop! Even though this is a star design my man says it looks like fireworks. I’ll just have to agree with him on that since they are for 4th of July!

Have a look at my other blog post for the tutorial on this design HERE.

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Find the TUTORIAL HERE.

 

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TUTORIAL: 4th of July Star Water Marble

Here is the tutorial for ther star water marble design, sort of firework looking :)

You will need: Three creamy polishes, I used sally hansens Cherry Red, White On and Pacific Blue; a small plastic solo bathroom cup filled with room temperature filtered water; masking tape; orange sticks or toothpicks; and polish remover with a brush and qtips.

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1.) Apply a base coat of white to your nail/s and let that dry. Next rip off a piece of short masking tape and wrap it around your finger near the base of the nail. Rip off a longer piece of masking tape and wrap that around the sides and top of your finger (fingers can be wrapped individually or all at once. You may want to rip all the pieces you are going to use before you begin marbling so you don’t mess up any nails in the process)

2.) Open all the polishes and begin to drop the red and white one after another into the water. Allow the polishes to spread on the surface of the water as you drop each polish. If the first drop of polish doesn’t dissipate to the edges of the cup then simply place the orange stick in water and break the surface tension so the polishes anchor onto the cup. You really want to let the polishes dissipate all the way so that you can minimize bleeding of the polishes since you are using white. I used three rings of red and white and one blue ring in the middle to create the star.

3.) Once you have your nice bulleyes drag from the center out to the edge of the cup with your toothpick or orange stick and kind of anchor the polish to the sides of the cup. Wipe off the tool you are using on a paper towel so that you can create  fine line designs in the water.

4-7) Now to create the star drag out from the middle another 4 times. Do this very gently and slowly for that will help you maximize your blue in the design.

9-10) Next very slowly and gently drag from the outside into the middle of the star, not dipping your stick into the middle.

11.) To clean up the middle and create the star dip your tool into the middle and pick up the excess polish that has been dragged to the center.

12.) You should now have a nice looking star, withe blue in the middle.

13.) With your polished and taped finger find the area you want to dip. Slowly dip your nail onto the design and let your finger slide into the water.

14.) With an orange stick pick up the excess polish floating on the top of the water.

15.) Once you have picked up all the polish slowly take your nail out of the water. If there are any bubbles where your cuticle meets the nail dip it back in so the bubble can be popped in the water.

16.) Take off the masking tape and clean up your nail with a q-tip and then a fine brush dipped in polish remover. Wait as long as possible before adding top coat since you don’t want to ruin your awesome design!

If you find any of this confusing or have any questions please comment below, on instagram or email me!

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Lumina Lacquer- Walking on a Dream & Crushing Candy Review

Well hello there awesome peoples! Yesterday I got back home from a nice trip visiting my mom up in ze mountains. Thankfully I am back in an area with service which just feels great, haa!

Out of the many polishes I received to review when I got back home I had to use these new Limited Edition beauties from Lumina Lacquer; Walking on a Dream and Crushing Candy.

Here is the breathing taking gorgeousness of Walking on a Dream. This polish is filled with lots of pastel glitters in a shimmery bluish base! The glitters in this beauty range from butterfiles, hearts, stars, hexes and circle’s in so many pretty pastel colors.

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The shimmery blue base in Walking on a Dream was worth enough to layer over a water marble! I used Tillie Polishes Bows & Bandeaus and Sarong So Right for this side chevron marble design. Hard to capture in a photo, its almost got a holo quality to it in the sun.

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I then decided to use Zoya’s Marley on my pointer finger and Tillie Polishes Bows & Bandeaus on my pinky for a sort of soft look. I applied one awesomely dabbed coat of Walking on a Dream overtop of it all and topped it off with Seche Vite. Just WOW! How much more can this pastel perfect glitter bomb get?!

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Mmmk I gotta say I was one happy little girl when I saw that Tatiana had included her new shade Crushing Candy in my swatch package as well! Do I really have to describe this baby?! Oh, okay okay I shall! This glitter bomb is filled with circles, circles, circles! White, blue, green, yellow and red circles galore! And just to add that extra sweetness lots of medium pink hexes! All this in a clear base with tiny mirco glitters.

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Here is a closeup of Crushing Candy overtop of Butter London’s Slapper, but for some reason I think my Seche Vite top coat turned it into a greenish blue color instead of its original bright turquiose. But hey it still looks bombing.

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Because I just love colors SO much I did a kinda skittle mani using Cult Nails ‘Ay Poppy!’, the BL color like I said, Zoya’s ‘Ali’ and Floss Glosses ‘Con Limon’. All bright and beautiful colors that help those primary colors in Crushing Candy stand out.

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Both Walking on a Dream and Crushing Candy will be available on Friday June 28th at 11:00 am PST along with two other new colors Dream Catcher and Purple Summer! All found on Lumina Lacquer’s store HERE.

Check out Lumina Lacquer’s FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to stay up to date on restocks and new colors as well as the occasional giveaway!

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