Month: December 2014


TUTORIAL: Water Marbled Christmas Tree Holiday Nails

Yay more holiday nails! Feels great to be able to relax and do my nails whenever I please. It took me a little while to get sick of my previous manicure which is way this design is coming to you all a little later then I would have liked it to. But thats fine because this manicure is super fab! I love utilizing a water marble to make it look like something else. I did these water marbled Christmas trees last year with the snowy background and I had to do them again so I could make a tutorial; check it out down below or on my YouTube!


The above photo is the glossy version and then I put some matte topcoat on it below. I like the matte version more since you can really see all the details. For the water marble I used Rescue Beauty Lounge ‘Recycle’ and ‘Become One’ which work perfect in the water. One question I get a lot about marbling are which type of brands work best. Just to briefly mention a few I’ve seen success with OPI, Zoya, Sally Hansen and Wet N’ Wild creams. It really is just a lot of trial and error. To block off the trees I used some straight Nail Vinyls and for the snowy background I used Cult Nails ‘Time Traveler’ along with some acrylic paint. The ornaments and star are some from eBay that I got awhile back. With this water marble I got to try out a new to me product from Kiesque that does the job of the masking tape. Liquid Palisade, the purple stuff in my video, is sort of latex that helps prevent cleanup for many types of nail art. I hope to have a full review of this product in the coming weeks, I think I am really going to like it!


I had lots of fun with this manicure and can’t wait to wear it for the next few days leading up to Christmas. The tutorial I made is a little on the long side and I ended up taking two minutes off of it before finalizing the video. This lead to me sacrificing some of the tips I added in during some portions of the video. If you have any questions or concerns at all please let me know!

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I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!

Corynn <3


Graduation Nails!

I GRADUATED YOU GUYS!!! College is just a memory now as I’ve obtained my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a premed concentration! This weekend was so much fun with all my family and friends. My mom came all the way from Hawaii and got us all leis to wear during the graduation and I was looking superfly in my pink crown glasses it was all so fabulous. My photo even made the official website as seen below, pretty awesome I gotta say.


For such a momentous occasion I HAD to do a rainbow water marble, it being my favorite color and all. I didn’t have much time to choose any new combos so I went with Pipe Dream Polishes A Night In Vegas collection, which as you may have seen in recent weeks is such a perfect collection. I went with a design that I hadn’t done yet with this collection, since I’ve done so many, and it is just PERFECT!


Here are my nails and my cap! I decorated it with various things from Michaels Craft Store and I love the way it came out. The rainbow unicorn on top and eye in the middle are so me, well really the whole thing is!


I got surprised with this lovely cake to celebrate and it even says “you nailed it”! Perfect raimbowy goodness and so yummy!



I seriously still in shock that I am all done! These past four years has had its up’s and downs but it was all worth it. I now plan to take some much needed time off for myself in the next couple of months. Which means….. lots of time for nails!!


I didn’t have time to make a tutorial for my nails but I just may have some now since I’M DONE! So let me know if you’d like one!

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TUTORIAL: Water Marbled Christmas Tree Ornaments

When I first started water marbling two years ago I had the great idea to use this technique on ornaments for the holiday season. I had already gone beyond just doing it on my nails and marbled my phone case so I figured why not do it on ornaments and give them away as presents! Anything homemade is a perfect gift for the holidays and the ones I made and gave out to my friends and family are on their tree again this year. I love making gifts and other knickknacks at home and the fact that this incorporates one of my favorite techniques makes it all the better. Granted you may get a few bubbles here and there but its nothing compared to the outcome. You can purchase big or small ornaments in any color you desire there is so much room for creativity! Just make sure you have polishes that work well in the water and you’ll be good to go!


Watch the below video from my YouTube to see how I made these ornaments! It includes a bunch more details and ramblings on this technique!

Make sure to check out my other holiday creations if you haven’t yet and always tag #muckinginspired so  I can see them! :D

Peppermint Swirl Water Marble
Holographic Christmas Trees

Only two more finals till I graduate! AHH can’t wait!

Corynn <3


TUTORIAL: Peppermint Swirl Water Marble

Oh yes peoples! It is time to start getting into the water marbles for the holidays! I took a break from studying from for my finals, the last ones at that, to do this peppermint swirl water marble! It took me a bit to find the right combo of red and white that didn’t blend and had the right proportions of colors. I settled on OPI’s ‘Red Hot Rio’ and LVX’s Fantom’ which right both of these needs. I put Lacuqer Lust ‘I Like it On Top’ to give it a little sparkle and shimmer but its kind of hard to see. Not my best work as there were some bubbles here and there but I didn’t have to redo any nails and that saved me some time as I am just so busy! This is a great design for the holidays as it is eye-catching and quite cute.


Check out the video tutorial on how to achieve this deign below! If you stay tuned afterwards check out the playlist for another special holiday video!

I have one more week of class till I graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Biology and then I will be taking a break to spend some more time on nails! I can’t wait!

Corynn <3


Holographic Christmas Tree Skittle

Provided For review

Now that it’s the first day of December its time to start dishing out the holiday designs! This manicure was so unintentional. I totally did not have this vision of Christmas trees to go along with Cirque Colors ‘Knickerbocker’ from their Metropolis collection but by golly gee do they look ever so fab over this dark chocolatey brown cream. Using holographic shades to create the trees made this design stand out all the more. Besides Color Clubs ‘Harp On’ all the rest are shades from Lacquer Lust’s Birthstone collection which you may have seen me recently use in my Thanksgiving day manicure. Amethyst, Emerald and Ruby are currently up for grabs in my mucking many millstone giveaway along with many other equally amazing prizes! The trees were blocked off using skinny straight vinyls from Nail Vinyls which like always showed impeccable application and use for this type of nail art. I fished out some glitters from Lumina Lacquer’s The Snow King for the star on top and sealed it all off with HKgirl topcoat from Glisten & Glow


Hmm shiny closeup, not macro, closeup as I just zoomed in on one of my less blurry photos. And why does a hair always have to be in the best picture I get… WHY?! I need to create a little vacuum thingy that sucks up all the hairs from a nail area. That would be the day.


Although this design is pretty easy I wanted to go ahead and make a tutorial for it. Check it out below!

What do you all think of this design? Was the purple nail too outta wack to fit with the others? How do you feel?

I have some more holiday tutorials in the works which I hope I can get done in-between these last few days of class!

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Corynn <3