Whats up nails Mermaid flakies

Last week I got some new lovely products from Whats up nails to try! The package included flakies, magic shifting powders, glitter confetti, nail vinyls and water decals, and as you probably already know I’m a huge fan of their products.

Since I haven’t used any flakies before I decided to try them first. The flakies comes in a jar that contains 0.4 grams, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it actually is quite a lot! The jar is packed full of the flakies and I think they will last for years.

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I applied the Mermaid flakies over two coats of Lady in black from OPI, and I applied them while the polish still was wet. The application was super easy, and I found that the finger was best if you don’t want that much coverage, and using a fan brush was best if you want a lot of flakies over the whole nail (like I have here). You don’t need to finish with a special top coat like when you use powders.

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I think the flakies are so beautiful, they give such depth to the mani! I could not stop staring at my nails while wearing them. Depending on the light they shift from green to blue, in some lights they are just green, in others they’re just blue.

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You can’t have mermaid nails without a little bit of mermaid scales patterns on top, can you? Though I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful flakies too much so I just stamped the pattern on two nails.

Hope you like these as much as I do!

May favorites

I remember saying last month that I thought May would bring some more chrome manis, and guess I was right! May was the month that I experimented a little more with the chrome powder. I tired it with nail vinyls and the result turned out so much better than I though it would!

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It’s so hard to pick a favorite from these, but If I had to pick one I would be the chrome scales.

Which one do you like the most?

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?

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 10 | Ugly Christmas sweater

For day 10 of 24 days of Christmas by Hanninator I made some ugly Christmas sweater nails (I think they’re cute rather than ugly).

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The base is my favorite white polish Alpine snow by OPI. I spammed the pattern using stamping plate B003 Sweater weather from What’s up nails, glitch and o’hara from piCture pOlish.

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Have a nice weekend!

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!