April favorites

I feel like I’m saying this every time it’s time for a monthly mani favorites, but I can’t believe that it’s already May!

This past month I’ve done some really cute spring manis, I love my pink flower mani soon much, and the easter mani is so cute! I have also done quite a few chrome powder manis, but I chose to just include one in this collage, because I have a feeling that May will bring some more chrome manis.

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Please let me know which mani you like the most!

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Whats up nails Alchemy powder

Hi guys, how are you? I haven’t been very active here lately, but I’ve just been so busy with work.

To compensate for my absence I have something really cool to show you today, chrome nail powder! You may have seen these powders all over Instagram last year. When they hit the market we were told that you could only use them with gel polish, otherwise the chrome finish would be ruined. I have used gel polish previously, but I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to it, and I wouldn’t want to risk the health of my nails by trying it again. But recently I learned that the powders work with regular polish too, just as long as you use them with a water based top coat.

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by Lena from Whats up nails, asking if I wanted to try some of their new products (of course I said yes!). One of the things I got was the Alchemy Powder, and obviously I had to try it immediately!

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Isn’t the result just magical!? I could stare at my nails for days!

Here’s how I applied the powder using regular polish:

1. Apply a base coat. I used Ridge filler from Essie to get a smooth surface. I know from experience that any imperfections will show up when you use chrome polishes.

2. Paint your nails with a black polish. Black is what Whats up nails recommend, but other colors will work too, though I think the result won’t be as intense over a lighter polish. I painted my nails with two coats of Lady in black from OPI.

3. Apply a top coat. I used Gel Setter from Essie to get a smooth and glossy finish.

This step is not necessary, you can skip it. I used top coat to get smooth surface but applying one more coat of polish also increases the drying time.

4. To protect the skin around my nails I used Cuticle protectors from Born Pretty Store.

5. After letting the top coat dry for approximately 2-3 minutes (just so it’s dry to the touch) I started applying the powder, and a little goes a long way!! You don’t need much powder at all, so make sure that you don’t use too much.

6. Gently buff the powder on your nails using your finger. The more you buff, the better it looks, so give it some time.

7. When I was happy with the result I took a fan brush and gently swept it over the nails to remove any leftover powder.

8. Time for top coat! This is the step where it all can go wrong, so make sure that you use a water based top coat, otherwise the mirror finish will be ruined. I used Secret top/base coat from Little Ondine.

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The wear time when you use powders with regular polish is not that long, but I don’t mind since I change my nails almost every day anyway. I will continue experimenting with powders and see what combination will work best for me!

What do you think of this duo chrome look? And have you tired any powders?

Hufflepuff

A while ago I was invited to a Harry Potter themed nail art group on instagram, and since I’m a huge HP fan I was super excited to join. The first theme we decided to create was house pride. This was a bit tricky for me at first, since I didn’t know which house I belonged to. I’ve actually thought about this before, that I should be sorted but I just haven’t figured it out. I kind of knew that it would be either Hufflepuff or Slytherin, and I was happy when the sorting hat finally said “Hufflepuff!”.

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For my Hufflepuff mani I obviously had to use Hufflepuff from Pahlish, which is the base for the design. To create the stripes I used Gift wrap stencils from Snail vinyls and Midnight Mischief from Painted Polish. The background for the other two nails are created using stamping plate BP-30 from Born Pretty Store and I just can’t cope-cabana from OPI. Then I used black and white acrylic paint and Detail brush 24 Dance from Whats up nails to paint the H and the badger over the leaf pattern. I finished off the design with two coats of HK Girl for a super glossy result!

I am so happy with these nails and I’m really impressed with how my badger turned out, so be prepared for a lot of photos of these nails!

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I hope you like these nails as much as I do, and I’m really looking forward to making more HP themed manis in the near future.

Any HP fans out there? Let me know in the comments which house you belong to!

Neon water marble

Yesterday I had some fun playing around with polishes. I did a water marble which I haven’t done in forever, so it was about time! I wanted it to be colorful and fun so I went for my Cirque Colors Vice shades and I love how they turned out!

First I painted my nails with a white polish, I used Alpine snow from OPI, then I covered my skin around my nails with Simply peel from Bliss Kiss to get an easy clean up. For the water marble I used Plastik, Rehab, Electric Daisy and High Roller from Cirque Colors, and they turned out to be perfect for water marbling! To create the pattern I used the #7 Water marble tool from Pure Color/Whats up nails.

I have a tutorial for this mani which you can see here.

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At first I thought about using holo polishes for my water marble, but instead I decided to put a holo top coat over the finished result. So here I used one coat of We Trippy from Cirque Colors and I really like the result.

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If you thought I was finished here you were wrong. I’ve seen people stamp over their water marbles with really cool results, so I just had to give it a try. I used one of my new favorite stamping plates, Feeling shapely! 07 from Lina nail art supplies tighter with my favorite black stamping polish Midnight Mischief from Painted Polish. And I’m really digging this look too.

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Hope you like my water marble, and I really hope that I’ll marble soon again because it was really fun!

December 18 | Ornaments

Hi there! So yesterday something sad happened, I broke my middle finger nail. It has had a cut for almost two weeks now, and I have tried to fix it with the teabag method just so it could grow out a bit before I had to cut it. Unfortunately the nail wanted to break even more and there was not much to do but to cut it, so I’ve unwillingly joined the nub club. The good thing is that I have a couple of Christmas designs left to show, but I wish that I would have been able to get all 24 with my nails still long and pretty.

Today is day 18 of 24 days of Christmas by Hanninator and I’ve made some ornaments.

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For this mani I used The spy who loved me from OPI, Space race from H&M and stamping plate B003 Sweater Weather from What’s up nails.

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December 13 | Snowflakes

For day 13 of 24 days of Christmas by Hanninator I made snowflakes. I think this is the fourth mani with snowflakes that I’ve made in just a few weeks, I guess you could say I’m obsessed! ❄️

I wanted to make some snowflakes over I believe in manicures and then I saw a mani that I loved, so I had to recreate it. And I love how they turned out!

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As I said the base is I believe in manicures and used it together with It’s frosty outside, Alpine snow and stamping plate B003 Sweater weather from What’s up nails.

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December 7 | Christmas sweater

What is Christmas without an ugly Christmas sweater? The last couple of years it has exploded, hasn’t it? I actually got myself my fist christmas sweater a few weeks ago and it’s a really cute one! How do you feel about these sweaters, yay or nay?

Well, the patterns we see on those sweaters make great nail art, so thats what I’m wearing on my nails today.

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The red polish I’m using here is called Cinnamon sweet and it is from OPI’s 2014 Gwen Stefani holiday collection. The white polish is as always Alpine snow. To create the sweater pattern I used Christmas sweater stencils from What’s up nails. The stencils are from last year but you can find some that are similar here.

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I felt like the nails needed to be mattified, so I used Matte top coat from OPI and here is the finished result.

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Which version do you prefer, matte or glossy? I like the matte version the most!