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Back to basics with four Sparkle & Co gel polishes!

Whether you collect regular lacquers, extended wear gel-like nail polishes or full on soak off gel polishes, you always need the basics. Black, white, grey, neutrals, deep and light tones. If you like to do nail art, stamp, foundations for chromes and pigment powders, over gel polishes, you are going to want these! I threw in a super deep purple, because really, eggplant purples never go out of style! We also have today a pale dove grey, a deep neutral grey and of course, black.

#001 Black gel polish by Sparkle & Co. All of these are available now from OceansofBeauty.com. This basic, 2-coat black is an essential and the formula is aces!

#001 Black gel polish by Sparkle & Co. All of these are available now from OceansofBeauty.com. This basic, 2-coat black is an essential and the formula is aces!

#006 Cool Grey gel polish by Sparkle & Co is a soft dove Grey creme fully opaque in two coats. It's soft and delicate and perfect for any skin tone.

#006 Cool Grey gel polish by Sparkle & Co is a soft dove Grey creme fully opaque in two coats. It’s soft and delicate and perfect for any skin tone.

#025 Dark Grey is a great neutral creme, a glossy gel polish by Sparkle & Co. A great basic for your gel polish collection.

#025 Dark Grey is a great neutral creme, a glossy gel polish by Sparkle & Co. A great basic for your gel polish collection.

#024 Deepest Purple, a super deep purple creme gel polish by Sparkle & Co, is gorgeous! So easy to apply!

#024 Deepest Purple, a super deep purple creme gel polish by Sparkle & Co, is gorgeous! So easy to apply!

Here are four more creme Sparkle & Co gel polishes, one pale and the rest are deep dark! From left: an amazing black creme, #001 Black, and a perfect base for nail art or your choice of chrome and holo powders! Next is #006 Light Cool Grey, #024 Deepest Purple, and #025 Dark Grey. All swatches in two coats cured with base gel and top coats cured.

Here are four more creme Sparkle & Co gel polishes, one pale and the rest are deep dark! From left: an amazing black creme, #001 Black, and a perfect base for nail art or your choice of chrome and holo powders! Next is #006 Light Cool Grey, #024 Deepest Purple, and #025 Dark Grey. All swatches in two coats cured with base gel and top coats cured.

CONCLUSION: One of the best black gels, ever! Every one of these were two easy coats, a dream to apply, so glossy you’ll be tempted to forgo the top coat (but don’t do that 😉 and all in all, amazing!

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Three gorgeous new cremes from Madam Glam

Some of the many things I love about indie polish companies is their constant vision for thinking outside the box, pushing their own limits and constantly adding to their inventory of wonderful shades and finishes. Madam Glam is one of those companies that continue to bring it all to the table. Today I’ll be sharing some super glossy cremes. All perfect for the office or a beach party! Let’s see what we have!

From Left, Falling For You, Underground Queen and Rose Pethal. All three amazing formulas on these cremes.

From Left, Falling For You, Underground Queen and Rose Pethal. All three amazing formulas on these cremes.

First up is fast becoming one of my favorite shade types for spring and summer. Even without a tan, it makes you seem like you have one! Here is Falling For You. I think of this one as a bleached neon type of shade. Either way, it works for me.

Falling For You is described as: "Soft Baby Pink. It's like the beginning of a romance : soft, simple, amazing! The perfect pink for every romantic out there." I reached full opacity in two smooth coats, super glossy! It's quite bright without being a true neon, so no flat finishes here!

Falling For You is described as: “Soft Baby Pink. It’s like the beginning of a romance : soft, simple, amazing! The perfect pink for every romantic out there.” I reached full opacity in two smooth coats, super glossy! It’s quite bright without being a true neon, so no flat finishes here!

Another glossy pale peachy pink is Rose Pethal. Very neutral as far as nudes go and I think it would work on many skin tones.

Rose Pethal is described as: "Soft Pink Romantic yet playful, this light Pink is a must have for everyday occasion. So simple and so stylish!" I reached full opacity in this smooth applying creme in two coats. Super glossy as well!

Rose Pethal is described as: “Soft Pink
Romantic yet playful, this light Pink is a must have for everyday occasion. So simple and so stylish!” I reached full opacity in this smooth applying creme in two coats. Super glossy as well!

And last for this post is a rich grey that is super glossy and a dream to apply. Underground Queen is a perfect grey on its own or as a moody base for nail art.

Underground Queen is described as: "Gunmetal Grey You always think outside the box? Then this shade is perfect for any season and occasion. Sophistication to another level!" As with the other two cremes I shared in this post, this applied totally opaque in two coats and dries super glossy!

Underground Queen is described as: “Gunmetal Grey
You always think outside the box? Then this shade is perfect for any season and occasion. Sophistication to another level!” As with the other two cremes I shared in this post, this applied totally opaque in two coats and dries super glossy!

In conclusion, I love all three of these cremes. No surprise there! 🙂 All of these are available now in Madam Glam‘s store.

Madam Glam offers a ton in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Metallics, and nail treatments. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, eye makeup, blushes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size beautifully and carefully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.

Also, you get free shipping for orders over $40. Check the web site often for special offers.

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*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.

Summery new shades from Madam Glam!

Today I want to share with you a few of the new shades (available now) from Madam Glam. I’ll start with four polishes today but I’ve got a ton more to share with you from this fabulous indie brand! Let’s get started!

Here they are:

Today I'm sharing the first set of so many new delightful shades that have joined the Madam Glam fam! Cremes and a jelly, From left, are: Lucky Bamboo, Cashmere, Summer Nights and Holy Yellow.

Today I’m sharing the first set of so many new delightful shades that have joined the Madam Glam fam! Cremes and a jelly, From left, are: Lucky Bamboo, Cashmere, Summer Nights and Holy Yellow.

First up is a creme that will surely get attention this summer! First up is Lucky Bamboo. So fresh 🙂

Oh how I DO love this one! My camera couldn't handle the brightness but I think I pretty much captured it's bleached out neonness (yes, I went there) of this pale green. I have not acquired a tan yet (too much rain here this spring) but these kinds of shades "luckily" will make you think you have one! Two easy coats to glossy perfection.

Oh how I DO love this one! My camera couldn’t handle the brightness but I think I pretty much captured it’s bleached out neonness (yes, I went there) of this pale green. I have not acquired a tan yet (too much rain here this spring) but these kinds of shades “luckily” will make you think you have one! Two easy coats to glossy perfection.

Next is a refreshing orange called Summer Nights.

Ahh, we all love Summer Nights and I'm excited to see this lovely tangerine creme with my favorite time of year. 2 coats.

Ahh, we all love Summer Nights and I’m excited to see this lovely tangerine creme with my favorite time of year. 2 coats.

You know it has to be summertime around the corner when the yellows show up. Here is Holy Yellow.

Ahh, Holy Yellow! You toyed with my camera but this jelly will make your yellow lovin' friends jellie! It takes 2 to 3 coats for full opacity as is the way with most jellies but dries nice and glossy. It reminds me of those lemon drop candies! Ooh, I just got an idea! Add a bit of sugary top coat for a real Lemon Drop mani! Hmmm...

Ahh, Holy Yellow! You toyed with my camera but this jelly will make your yellow lovin’ friends jellie! It takes 2 to 3 coats for full opacity as is the way with most jellies but dries nice and glossy. It reminds me of those lemon drop candies! Ooh, I just got an idea! Add a bit of sugary top coat for a real Lemon Drop mani! Hmmm…

And last for today is a delicate pale grey, Cashmere.

Cashmere glides on to a perfect and glossy finish in 2 coats. I love this kind of pale dove grey. I think it would make a perfect office appropriate shade!

Cashmere glides on to a perfect and glossy finish in 2 coats. I love this kind of pale dove grey. I think it would make a perfect office appropriate shade!

In conclusion, I LOVED every one of these. I will be posting more in the coming week. Get your hands on these now!

Madam Glam offers a ton in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Golds. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, eye makeup, blushes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size beautifully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.

Also, you get free shipping for orders over $40. Check the web site often for special offers.

Madam Glam is located here: http://madamglam.com
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On Instagram: @madam_glam or http://instagram.com/madam_glam

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*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.

Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna Collection by Vinylux

Wake up to these soft and easy-on-the-eyes shades from Vinylux Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna Weekly Polish Collection from CND. Colors and styles are inspired by watercolor impressions of luminous landscapes. I have to disclose immediately that every single one of these formulas are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. I’m not kidding! I would consider this collection sent to me by RPR Marketing a spring essential for salons everywhere and avid polish collectors in general.

Introducing CND Vinylux Weekly Polish (also available in Shellac) Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna Collection. This set of eight polishes include 4 creams, 2 glass fleck shimmers, and 2 pearly shimmers. Back row: Wild Moss (glass fleck), Salmon Run (cream), Thistle Thicket (cream) and Field Fox (cream). Front row: Creekside (cream), Blush Teddy (shimmer), Dandelion (pearl shimmer) and Fragrant Freesia (glass fleck).

Introducing CND Vinylux Weekly Polish (also available in Shellac) Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna Collection. This set of eight polishes include 4 creams, 2 glass fleck shimmers, and 2 pearly shimmers. Back row: Wild Moss (glass fleck), Salmon Run (cream), Thistle Thicket (cream) and Field Fox (cream). Front row: Creekside (cream), Blush Teddy (shimmer), Dandelion (pearl shimmer) and Fragrant Freesia (glass fleck).

CND describes this collection, available in these Weekly Polishes as well as Shellac as: “Moments of reflection as wildflowers sway in the soft morning breeze. Untouched meadows, nature’s retreat, sigh with tranquility.” They are available now.

“This season’s trends are all about unplugging from today’s digital world and embracing the simpler things. Sun-bleached tones and dreamy watercolor paintings emerge from the perfection of nature,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails are easy and softly squared – as wearable and simple as a barefoot stroll through the grass while finishes play with matte and shiny effects.”

I’d say that pretty much nails it! I couldn’t be happier with this breath of fresh air. Let’s take a look.

First up is Blush Teddy. I’m not sure what that implies 😉 But its gorgeous.

Blush Teddy is a cream with a super subtle shimmer.

Blush Teddy is a cream with a super subtle shimmer.

I’m in love with Creekside! I guess because I love the water. But it’s a stunning pale blue.

Creekside is a pale blue cream with a great formula.

Creekside is a pale blue cream with a great formula.

I wasn’t sure if I’d care much for Dandelion on my skin tone, but I think it’s one of my faves of the bunch.

Dandelion is a pale peachy pearly shimmer.

Dandelion is a pale peachy pearly shimmer.

What a glorious neutral is Field Fox!

Field Fox is a beautiful taupey nude cream that reminds me of a milk chocolate drink.

Field Fox is a beautiful taupey nude cream that reminds me of a milk chocolate drink.

Fragrant Freesia has a wonderful glass fleck effect that I love in polishes!

Fragrant Freesia is a gorgeous glass fleck shimmer polish with a superb formula, just like Wild Moss, two coats.

Fragrant Freesia is a gorgeous glass fleck shimmer polish with a superb formula, just like Wild Moss, two coats.

Even though Salmon Run was streakier in application on the 1st coat, it nicely corrected itself on the second, and still needed a third. But it turned out nice and I love this shade!

Salmon run is the only 3-coater in the set of creams but the gorgeously peachy payoff is worth it.

Salmon run is the only 3-coater in the set of creams but the gorgeously peachy payoff is worth it.

Thistle Thicket is one of those must-have greys that tend to go with everything! This would be a wonderful polish for the workplace, but also as a base for nail art. It’s got a touch of blue/lavender to it which makes it adaptable.

Thistle Thicket is another fabulous formula. A pale neutral, a greyed out blue/lilac is opaque in two coats.

Thistle Thicket is another fabulous formula. A pale neutral, a greyed out blue/lilac is opaque in two coats.

I LOVE this Wild Moss with it’s glass flecks and shimmer!

Wild Moss is the other silver glass fleck shimmer. Great formula in two coats, super easy!

Wild Moss is the other silver glass fleck shimmer. Great formula in two coats, super easy!

And just for fun, I played around with a bit of springtime nail art of Wild Moss.

Here is a little nail art, a spring tree in bloom, using four of the Flora & Fauna collection, Wild Moss, Salmon Run, Field Fox and Creekside.

Here is a little nail art, a spring tree in bloom, using four of the Flora & Fauna collection, Wild Moss, Salmon Run, Field Fox and Creekside.

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SquareHue Decades Collection 1900 for 01.15

I’m so excited to present my review of the 2015 Decades collections for SquareHue. They’ve started out with a bang and some pretty buttery smooth shades with the January box, 1900. I love how the included description cards now have a swatch box that you can apply a sample of it’s corresponding shade. There is even enough room for a notation of how many coats you need for each shade. And on the back of the card there is a paragraph of history to give you a sense of what that decade was like. Very clever! Let’s take a look.

SquareHue presents the beginning of what looks like to be a fabulous year of the 2015 Decades Collection. 1900 is the collection for 01.15 with Gibson Girl, First Flight and Victorian End.

SquareHue presents the beginning of what looks like to be a fabulous year of the 2015 Decades Collection. 1900 is the collection for 01.15 with Gibson Girl, First Flight and Victorian End.

Here is the first shade, Gibson Girl, which applied in full opacity in two buttery smooth coats. The first coat had me a bit concerned as it was a bit streaky, but it leveled out quickly, and the second coat brought it all together. I used the two other shades for the accent nail just for fun.

Gibson Girl is a delicate mauvey rose in a high gloss creme. 1900 was the heyday of the Gibson girl fashion with it's fluffy topknots and broach clipped high collar lace blouses.

Gibson Girl is a delicate mauvey rose in a high gloss creme. 1900 was the heyday of the Gibson girl fashion with it’s fluffy topknots and broach clipped high collar lace blouses.

Reminiscent (and this is what this year’s collections are all about, reminiscing) of the dawn of human flight, First Flight is a nice pale grey. 2015 does seem to be the year of greys and this one is very palatable.

First Flight is a high gloss creme with a hint of shimmer. This is three coats and applies buttery smooth. This one celebrates the launch of the Wright bros. flying machine on December 17, 1903.

First Flight is a high gloss creme with a hint of shimmer. This is three coats and applies buttery smooth. This one celebrates the launch of the Wright brothers’ flying machine on December 17, 1903.

Last we have Victorian End. With the death of UK’s Queen Victoria in 1901, the world would soon see itself at war only 13 post. Fashion and attitude did find itself skipping across the pond to the United States and we truly saw the end of the Victorian age. But enough of history! Here is a pleasant purple so named for the Victorian End.

Victorian End is a high gloss creme with a hint, just a tiny one of shimmer. 1909 was to mark the end of the innocent era.

Victorian End is a high gloss creme with a hint, just a tiny one of shimmer. 1909 was to mark the end of the innocent era.

Stay tuned for my next SH post on the 02.15 collection, 1910.

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50 Shades of Grey LE Collection by OPI

I received all six shades of the 50 Shades of Grey LE Collection by OPI, from Loxa Beauty this week. From vampy cool toned red to the smoldering deep toned grey (w/just a hint of blue-tone), this ensemble will surely inspire you to paint your nails and go to town! I have to say, the some of the formulas were on the thin side of application, but each only needed two coats to opacity. I had a bit of trouble with pooling on the red, Romantically Involved, but it only happened on one nail. The fluidity of the formula took me by surprise. Each creme dried quickly, applied smooth and dried glossy. Here are a couple shot of the bottles.

From left: My Silk Tie, Romantically Involved and Cement the Deal.

From left: My Silk Tie, Romantically Involved and Cement the Deal.

I like how the grey shades were sort of stepped, and I plan on trying a gradient when I get the chance. Then the other three took on a different personality from snappy silver, sparkly silver with blue glitters and sexy red.

From left: Embrace the Gray, Shine on Me and Dark Side of the Mood.

From left: Embrace the Gray, Shine on Me and Dark Side of the Mood.

You can now get all six shades from the LE Collection of 50 Shades of Grey by OPI now from Loxa Beauty! The film adaptation of the 2011 romance novel by British author E.L. James is due to be released in theaters on February 13, 2015.

“Surrender to the passion. Surrender to the color.” Pick up your OPI 50 Shades of Grey polishes today at Loxa Beauty!

• Click – My Silk Tie

My Silk Tie is a pearlescent silver but also on the shimmery side. I used two coats, but depending on your style of application you might want three if you have trouble with brush strokes. I used Dark Side of the Mood on the accent.

My Silk Tie is a pearlescent silver but also on the shimmery side. I used two coats, but depending on your style of application you might want three if you have trouble with brush strokes. I used Dark Side of the Mood on the accent.

• Click – Romantically Involved

Romantically Involved is the one crimson shade in a creme finish and it represents the "red room of pain". Two coats.

Romantically Involved is the one crimson shade in a creme finish and it represents the “red room of pain”. Two coats.

• Click – Dark Side of the Mood

Dark Side of the Mood is a a dark slate creme with the tiniest hint of shimmer in the right light, but just barely there. Two coats.

Dark Side of the Mood is a a dark slate creme with the tiniest hint of shimmer in the right light, but just barely there. Two coats.

• Click – Shine for Me

Shine for Me is a stunning shimmering teal and blue-sparked silver mettalic microglitter. Great for an accent nail with other shades from this LE collection. I found it dried slightly textured but added a coat of Gelous on top, smooth as a baby's hiney. I applied one thin coat over My Silk Tie as a topper, a great combo (and one thin coat over Dark Side of the Mood so you could see it layered) but you could definitely get away with it being opaque on it's own in 2-3 coats.

Shine for Me is a stunning shimmering teal and blue-sparked silver mettalic microglitter. Great for an accent nail with other shades from this LE collection. I found it dried slightly textured but added a coat of Gelous on top, smooth as a baby’s hiney. I applied one thin coat over My Silk Tie as a topper, a great combo (and one thin coat over Dark Side of the Mood so you could see it layered) but you could definitely get away with it being opaque on it’s own in 2-3 coats.

• Click – Cement the Deal

Cement the Deal can best be described as a light stone creme. Two coats accented with other shades from the collection.

Cement the Deal can best be described as a light stone creme. Two coats accented with other shades from the collection.

• Click – Embrace the Gray

Embrace the Gray, a soft taupe-y grey creme which reminds me of cement that has just been mixed. Two coats.

Embrace the Gray, a soft taupe-y grey creme which reminds me of cement that has just been mixed. Two coats.

Conclusion: I liked this collection and felt like they all were very complimentary with each other. I loved layering the Shine on Me over My Silk Tie…total win there. I love reds and one would think with all the reds I own, I’d have a dupe. But nope! I looked and this is unlike my other reds. The thin formula is workable and makes this one worth it. I’m not a huge fan of grey/gray 😉 but they do gradient nicely together. My fave grey in this collection is the Dark Side of the Mood. What do you think? Got it, want it, on the fence? Loxa Beauty also has the set of minis as well!

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I can’t personally expound much on the “Grey” trilogy, other than the 2nd installment of the books is named Fifty Shades Darker and the 3rd is Fifty Shades Freed. Both were published in 2012. But from what I’ve read from reviews of the trilogy, the story line is steamier than a July picnic in Louisiana! I may not be able to handle that, but I had no trouble with these fab polishes.

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Water marble tutorial using SquareHue’s Prague (11.14) Collection!

I’ve been pretty much avoiding water marbling like the plague lately. Not because I don’t like it. I LOVE the look! But cleanup can be a bit of a challenge and for my blog, I do take closeups! I have noticed a popular method for prepping messy manis such as water marbling and sponge gradients, using liquid latex type protectants. In the past, I’ve used school glue, tape (yuck) and petroleum jelly. All have their merits, but not enough to make me want to pursue these designs on a regular basis. I am not personally allergic to latex, so no problemo. But if you are, there are some online liquid rubber “type” protectants that are now latex-free! So, on with the tutorial and the finished project. Here is the collection I used for this mani.

The Prague Collection (11.14) by SquareHue. On the left is the base color I used for the accent nail that I marbleized. It's called Parizska. It's a pinky concrete grey with silver glitter flecks. The top raisin shaded shimmer is called Vaclavske Namesti. The glossy sage green creme is called Na Prikope.

The Prague Collection (11.14) by Square Hue. On the left is the base color I used for the accent nail that I marbleized. It’s called Parizska. It’s a pinky concrete grey with silver glitter flecks. The top raisin shaded shimmer is called Vaclavske Namesti. The glossy sage green creme is called Na Prikope.

Each photo explains the steps so I shall just dispense with each photo in succession.

1. PREPARE & PROTECT: You can use any number of latex protectants that are widely available for general body art use. There are also tinted options on the specifically for nail art cleanup. This one I picked up at a party supply store dries clear. They all dry quickly, smell funky, and peel off easily. For watermarbling and sponging manis, I have also used petroleum jelly, Elmer's Glue and tape. Liquid latex seems to be the easiest.

1. PREPARE & PROTECT: You can use any number of latex protectants that are widely available for general body art use. There are also tinted options on the specifically for nail art cleanup. This one I picked up at a party supply store dries clear. They all dry quickly, smell funky, and peel off easily. For watermarbling and sponging manis, I have also used petroleum jelly, Elmer’s Glue and tape. Liquid latex seems to be the easiest.


2. Base color. You can see that the liquid latex has dried to a clear finish on the skin. Using an eye defining brush you can get really close to the cuticle making cleanup a breeze. I used Parizska from the SquareHue Prague (11.14) collection.

2. Base color. You can see that the liquid latex has dried to a clear finish on the skin. Using an eye defining brush you can get really close to the cuticle making cleanup a breeze. I used Parizska from the SquareHue Prague (11.14) collection.


3. Open bottles of the polishes you've chosen to marble with, 2 or more colors. Have a cup of cool water at the ready.

3. Open bottles of the polishes you’ve chosen to marble with, 2 or more colors. Have a cup of cool water at the ready.


4. Starting in the center (no exact science here as you can see how offset mine ended up!), drip one drop of alternating polishes as directly over the middle of the previous drop as many layers as you wish.

4. Starting in the center (no exact science here as you can see how offset mine ended up!), drip one drop of alternating polishes as directly over the middle of the previous drop as many layers as you wish.


5. Pull from the center ring out to the sides in any direction of your choice, gently with a toothpick. Do not roll, if you do, see the result (UPPER RIGHT CORNER) it can pull too much of the polish layers. Oh well, it's modern art anyway! ;-)

5. Pull from the center ring out to the sides in any direction of your choice, gently with a toothpick. Do not roll, if you do, see the result (UPPER RIGHT CORNER) it can pull too much of the polish layers. Oh well, it’s modern art anyway! 😉


6. Bend fingernail facing straight level of the water and dip slowly. With the other hand take cotton swabs and gently roll around the perimeter of the unused polish rings pulling up remaining polish. Set aside and lift finger up.

6. Bend fingernail facing straight level of the water and dip slowly. With the other hand take cotton swabs and gently roll around the perimeter of the unused polish rings pulling up remaining polish. Set aside and lift finger up.


7. After releasing the finger from the cleaned up water, you'll see the design on the nail. Let dry about a minute. No fear, that messy finger will be cleaned up easily.

7. After releasing the finger from the cleaned up water, you’ll see the design on the nail. Let dry about a minute. No fear, that messy finger will be cleaned up easily.


8. I know this looks hopeless if you've not tried this. And I am still practicing. But when you're confident the nail is dry enough, start peeling!

8. I know this looks hopeless if you’ve not tried this. And I am still practicing. But when you’re confident the nail is dry enough, start peeling!


9. No, that's not skin! LOL that's the liquid latex I'm pulling away with tweezers. SO easy!

9. No, that’s not skin! LOL that’s the liquid latex I’m pulling away with tweezers. SO easy!


10. Topcoat with your choice of clear, glitter, even 18k gold! I used the one by Sephora by OPI. The colors in this collection by Square Hue were so earthy and "old world" I thought the gold would really set it off.

10. Topcoat with your choice of clear, glitter, even 18k gold! I used the one by Sephora by OPI. The colors in this collection by Square Hue were so earthy and “old world” I thought the gold would really set it off.

So although there are a kazillion water marble techniques out there and a kazillion more tutorials, I wanted to share my experience with you. You know how it is. You watch a bunch of Youtube videos and read that many more blogs, then come up with what works best for you. The look of this one is subtle and using these muted shades, I think it has a certain antiquey European charm. Here is the finished project!

The finished look!

The finished look!

For 2015 SquareHue will be featuring their Decades Collections beginning in January. Shipments have already begun and are landing in mailboxes as we speak. January’s collection is called 1900 (01.15). I haven’t received mine yet but the colors look beautiful from images I’ve spied on Instagram! So Victorian 🙂

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