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Earth Day Mermaid Fin Water Marble

Yes Earth Day was over week ago but being as it is the last few weeks of the semester I didn’t have time to do any festive nails. Alas I made some time this weekend to try out this combo of OPI ‘Jade is the New Black’, ‘Green-wich Village’ and ‘Mermaid Tears’. and by golly do I love it! Reminds me very much of the blue mermaid fin marble I did last year for autism awareness. I am feeling a little short of words today as I’ve been cramming so much this week so enjoy these photos!

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Rainbow Birthday Watermarble Nails and Cake with TUTORIAL

When I got out of class on Thursday I didn’t have too much of a plan for what I wanted to do the next night for my 22nd Birthday. All I knew was that I had my heart set on making a rainbow cake. Little did I know that the cake and the entire night would turn out to be just perfect! My mom is visiting from Hawaii and whenever we get together we always end up whipping up some amazing tasty treats. Mom kept asking me what I wanted to do on Friday and I finally decided that I wanted to have a few friends over for some food and good times.

This post has lots of photos as I wanted to share with you all the way I made the rainbow cake pictured below. Isn’t it just beautiful?! It went along perfectly with my funky rainbow water marbled nails, using Bettina Cosmetics shades in Red, Starfish, Yellow, Green Apple, Aqua and Purple.

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Here are the nails all up close and personal along with my falling star midi-ring form So Nailicious Boutique which I wear all the time now. As always I was having trouble deciding which design I wanted to go with and simply ended up doing them both together, one for which I have a tutorial for HERE (the outer nails). I’m still in the process of figuring out video tutorials so bare with me loves!

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Alright so lets get to the cake making. I’ve heard they have rainbow cake mixes in target now which just shows how popular they have gotten. I myself am surprised this is my first time doing this as my love for rainbows is oh so vast. First off I want to provide you with some useful links that I utilized throughout my process:

White Cake recipe from Add a Pinch– you can use a box instead but it won’t come out as tasty as if did using the recipe

Cream Cheese frosting recipe– you could also use a pre made icing to save time

My inspiration from Bird On a Cake and the tutorial I followed from Omnomicon.

If you ever feel that my recipe/tutorial is missing something I would reference the links above. I’ll put a summarized recipe at the end of this post to make it easy for you to follow if you decide to try this out for yourself!

You are going to want to start by taking out your cream cheese and butter for the icing and cake to get it to room temperature. Next start hitting up that oven to 350F. Make your cake mix and then equally separate it out into six bowls with six separate spoons. You can eye this part or using a measuring cup and spatula. Drop in your selected gel food coloring for each layer and begin mixing.

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Using gel food coloring will help the colors stand out. I found some great colors at my local grocery store and I used all but the pink and blue in the pastel pack.

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Keep mixing in your dyes till it is fully incorporated. If needed add some more coloring to the batter, take the yellow for example.

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Next with two lined (buttered and floured) 9×9 cake pans you can begin making the concentric circles of the layered rainbow cake. Begin by taking the red (magenta in my case) and pouring around 3/4 of it or more into the bottom of the pan. Do your next color but pour less of it making sure you have a nice circle that is pushing out the previous color. Keep doing this with each color pouring less and less till you get to the purple, leaving much of it for the bottom of the other pan. Do this same process in the other pan but in an opposite pattern as you will have more of the purple, blue etc. etc. Here is a photo of both pans poured and ready for the oven. I have a cupcake tutorial at the end of this post that shows these steps one by one. 

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Stick the cakes in the oven for 30 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test. I made the cream cheese frosting while they cooked. When they are done let them cool then flip them out onto a plate. I flipped one around and left the other face down so that they could be placed evenly on top of one another. A little bit of the left one came off in the pan so you can already start seeing the inside of it, so awesome!

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Spread some icing onto your bottom cake and then put them both together, as you can see pictured below.

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I separated and colored my icing the same way as the cake batter and then put them into zip-loc bags so I could pipe them out through a cut corner of the bag. My photo below is after I used them to ice the cake. I kept squeezing out some onto my fingers as it was just so decadent.

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You can ice your cake anyway you like, I did it the way below. Placed one of the lei’s my mom brought with her for me around the cake as we were so proud of its outcome.

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Alright now for a few photos that are bound to make your mouth water!

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As I mentioned before I did a quick rainbow cupcake pictorial for you to see the water each layer is poured. These came out great as well!

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What you’ll need:

  • Ingredients for white cake found HERE or two white cake mixes and ingredients
  • At least six gel food colors (if you only have four primary colors you can mix them to make two more)
  • Two 9×9 round pans or cupcake tins large (12)/small (24)
  • Cream Cheese icing and Zip-loc bags
  • Six bowls and spoons

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Make cake batter and equally separate it into six bowls with separate spoons.
  2. Color the separate batters with gel food coloring fully incorporating each color adding more if needed for vibrancy.
  3. Flour your pans and begin pouring your colors one after another. Pour out around 3/4 of the first color on the bottom of one pan leaving some for the top of the other. Keep pouring one color after another doing less and less each time till you get to the last color.
  4. Repeat this process in the opposite fashion of colors for the other pan.
  5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cakes pass the toothpick test. Make icing during this time.
  6. When cakes are done let them cool before taking them out of the pan.
  7. Flip them out leaving one face down. Ice this cake and place the other on top.
  8. Pipe out icing as desired and enjoy one crazy awesome cake!

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I wanted to thank you all so much for all the thoughtful birthday wishes I received this year, it was truly humbling and I couldn’t of asked for a better birthday this year!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about my post! I am so excited I get to share this totally awesome occurrence in my life with you all!

Thank you so much for reading!

Corynn <3

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I Love Nail Polish Birefringence and Accents

You know when you just really need to paint your nails but you have zero time in the world to do anything creative and then you magically create something that is just as eye-catching as any other design?! That happened to me earlier this week, Sunday night to be precise, when I combined the likes of ILNP ‘Birefringence, Color Club’s ‘Harp On It’ and a Moyou stamping design. I tell you magic just happened! The houndstooth design from Pro plate 18 is an ideal accent for my thumb as the design is a little wide for my other nails, but the way it sets everything else off is just uh, like I said, MAGIC!

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Whenever I am in need of a quick awesome mani to keep me going I grab one of my ILNP multi-chromes. This week many others and myself will be getting their pre-orders from ILNP most recent spring release including some amazing new colors. Using Birefringence seemed even more appropriate this week as we ring in these new shades! Litterally kept looking back at my photos that I had taken, fortunately outside, as the two accent nails are a perfect pair for this beauty. Well actually I kept looking at my nails all week really and still am now as Glisten & Glow’s ‘HKgirl’ Topcoat its keeping these bad boys fresh. I always get compliments when I wear this shade as it is quite the eye-catcher.

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I can’t believe it’s so close to March as my birthday is the 21st!!! I always get so excited about my birthday month! The first week of this next month is already going to be a crazy and super busy as I have two exams and then I am going to New Orleans for a Medical Convention! Gona have to whip up a nice Mardi Gras design as it will have just been ending when we get there!

If you want more of Birefringence you can check out my other post I did awhile back HERE.

Thanks for reading my rambles!

Corynn <3

 

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Oceanic Bettina Water Marble & Moyou Stamping

Holy smoly! That was the longest absence I have had from my blog/IG/Facebook ever! I didn’t do my nails for almost over two whole weeks! YEESH! That’s what being a Bio Premed student is all about I suppose at times, just grinding down and doing your best. I gotta say my classes this semester are pretty advanced but I am loving the material. After having three exams this week it feels so good to have a few hours to devote to my creative side. Although I did ponder for quite awhile on what combination of colors I wanted to marble with yesterday the design I settled on stole my heart and is still looking so fab on my nails right now.

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I’ve been on a stamping kick ever since I got some plates from Moyou London and this mani using Sailor plate 05 is my favorite to date. The marble background using Bettina Cosmetics ‘Aqua’, ‘Ocean’ and ‘Peppermint’ was just calling for these ocean themed stamps. Sally Hansen’s ‘White Out’ worked great for an opaque stamping shade and Moyou’s designs always transfer so well. I think the seahorse design and the marble underneath it is my favorite of the four I choose to use. Before stamping I added Nail Pattern Boldness’s ‘Alpha Nail’ which always gives any mani that extra lovely shimmer. Too glad that I won it awhile back in a giveaway from Llarowe.

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Totally could have just left the marble w/o the stamping but my plates were calling me and I had some extra time to play. Can’t go without showing you all the marble on its own now can I?! In the photo above you can really see the effect Alpha Nail gives to these colors although it is very hard to photograph the purple shimmer that is also given off.

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My love for Bettina enamels is ever-growing as I’ve mentioned before they are amongst the best to marble with. They only sell them in Florida and Puerto Rico but you can order them from their SITE as well for pretty cheap.

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Now it being Friday I am gona have to go with NPH on this one…

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Those exams drained so much from me I need a day off! HAA!

Hope you all enjoyed this design as much as me! Thanks for reading!

Corynn <3

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First Day of Winter Water Marble

I have shared over 20 different shades with you all this week (check them out if you missed any!) and now it is time to let the mucking Holiday Nail art begin up in this piece! About to put on my Red shirt and do the Ron just had sex dance…

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I am rolling right along as I’ve already gone through some trial and errors with my swatch sticks and now know exactly which designs I want to share with you before the actual big day. It has been raining here non stop for the past couple of days, I wish it was snow, so it has been quite gloomy. But that didn’t stop me from doing a nice festive manicure for the first day of winter!

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I was inspired by  @banicured_ a quite creative artist on Instagram who I stumbled upon a little while ago. She did some snowy water marbled tips which is such a genius plan, I knew right away that I had to recreate this look. Having lots of leftover loose snowflake glitter from the polishes Lumina Lacquer sent me it was only meant to be that I used these for this manicure. Recently got a big order of LVX polishes from a Hautelook sale two of which were ‘Fantom’ and ‘Celeste’. They were quite perfect colors and formulas for this design. The above and below photos are without topcoat so thats why the snowflakes look a little raised off the nail. 

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Here it is with 3 coats of Glisten & Glow ‘HKgirl’ topcoat as I really wanted to smooth out those glitters! This design has got to be a new favorite of mine as it utilizes the marble in such a different way. I’ve done a french tipped marble before but nothing so artistic as this!

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Now to keep watching Christmas movies and backing sweet treats! Man being off school feels great and I am just loving this Holiday season! Happy First Day of Winter to you all!

Corynn <3

*the images on the photos came from @Shii_overlays & @dazzlingoverlays*
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Precision Nail Lacquer 60’s Retro Glam Nested Triangles

Provided For Review

My nail life has been so full of swatching lately, I feel my creative work has subsided in these past weeks. I was sitting there trying to think up of a way to use some Precision Nail Lacquers I got a few weeks back and I didn’t want to simply swatch these shades or even marble with them, I needed something new. Roaming around on Instagram and what do you know I see a lovely tutorial by Lacquertude for this nested triangle chevron look.  As I had just tried half this look with yesterdays post on Bsquared Lacquer’s Change the Game I felt confident enough to go the extra length with the added triangles. I used Precision Nail Lacquers Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (pink), Creme De La Creme (white), and Twist N’ Shout (orange). The black is of course Aenglands Camelot which was a great way to set off all the other colors. This took around 2 1/2 hours altogether with placing the tape and waiting as I didn’t want to risk it messing up. I used HKgirl topcoat in between each taping, it dried reasonably fast and only smeared one layer on one nail (accent white).

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Here it is without the black as I liked both versions. This one isn’t as bold but these colors can’t not be bold as they are super neon. My camera just couldn’t handle all the brightness!

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Precision Nail Lacquer is 3-free and can be found on their website HERE for only $5.95. You can also check them out on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.

 

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