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Watermarble Wednesday – Pastel Neons (Hi, I’m back!)

Tadan! I’m back from my holiday! Well we were back last week actually, but boy, coming home has been a bit hard. As we flew from Australia to Finland, the total travel time back was near 30 hours, and let me tell you, that was NOT kind for my back! I had to go see a doctor on Thursday, because I was in a world of pain. With the help of muscle relaxants and pain killers, I’m now back on my feet. And I can finally get back to blogging!

Tadaa! Olen palannut matkoiltani! Oikeastaan tulimme jo viime viikolla, mutta kotiinpaluu ei sujunut ihan kivuttomasti. Australiasta kotiinpääsy kesti lähemmäs 30 tuntia, ja voin kertoa että selkäni ei suhtautunut siihen hyvin. Kivun takia menin torstaina lääkäriin, ja nyt, kiitos relaksanttien ja kipulääkkeiden, olen taas tolpillani. Ja nyt pääsen viimein taas bloggaamaan!

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I haven’t done my nails in over three weeks. I’m rusty. I totally played it safe and just watermarbled petals with Pretty Serious Pastel Pet Name Collection. (Btw, here’s a tip I picked up from Instagram for all you watermarblers: you know how you usually clear the polish from water with a cotton pick? Use a plastic (or other kind) spoon. It gathers the polish remains super easily, and you only need one for the whole session. My mind was blown.)

En ole muuten laittanut kynsiäni kolmeen viikkoon. Tuntuu että olen ruosteessa. Tämän takia menin siitä mistä aita on, ei nyt matalin, mutta matalahko, ja tein simppelin vesimarmoroinnin Pretty Seriousin Pastel Pet Name Collectionilla. (Muuten, tässä vinkki jonka nappasin Instasta kaikille teille vesimarmoroijille: yleensähän ne lakanjäämät kerätään vedestä pumpulipuikolla, eikö? Käyttäkää kertakäyttölusikkaa (tai mitä vain lusikkaa) sen sijaan. Se kerää lakanjäämät paljon helpommin, ja yhtä lusikkaa voi käyttää niin kauan kuin sietää. Kyllä helpotti hommia!)

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What was on my nails then, during the trip? In Hong Kong, I just had some nail polish on, which I eventually took off. The humidity and heat kept my nails intact there. In Brisbane, I found this random nail salon near where we were staying, and had these sheer pink shellac nails done for my sister’s wedding.

Miten sitten kynteni kestivät matkan? Hong Kongissa kynsilläni oli vielä Suomessa laittamaani lakkaa, jonka sitten otin pois. Kuuma ja kostea ilmasto piti kynteni ehjänä kuitenkin. Brisbanessa löysin sattumalta kynsistudion, jossa laitatin sitten kynsiini tämän pinkin shellac-lakkauksen siskoni häitä varten.

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So, what’s next? Well, I’m planning on doing a couple of travel posts, both from Hong Kong and Brisbane. There’s also going to be a haul post – obviously I got erm, few skin care and cosmetic products while abroad. Sheet masks, false lashes, masks, creams, so on. Later on, they’ll get their own review posts when I’ve sampled them. And hopefully soon I’ll be doing a giveaway! I hit 200 followers on Instagram quite a while back, before I left even, and I’ve been meaning to do an international giveaway to celebrate. And of course, I’ll get back on my normal nail art posting schedule! Lots of things to look forward to!

No miten tästä jatketaan? Ainakin pari matkapostausta on tulossa pikkuhiljaa, sekä Hong Kongista, että Brisbanesta. Ja tietenkin mitä ostin-postaus – mukaan taisi tarttua muutama ihonhoito- ja kosmetiikkatuote! Kangasnaamioita, tekoripsiä, voiteita, naamioita, mitä niitä nyt on. Ne saavat myös omat tuotepostauksensa kunhan olen niitä testaillut. Ja sitten on vielä luvassa arvonta! Saavutin Instagramissa 200 seuraajaa jo tovi sitten, ja aikeenani on ollut laittaa pystyyn arvonta sitä juhliakseni, mutta matka tuli vähän väliin. Ja tietenkin jatkan tässä suht säännöllisiä kynsipostauksiani, nyt kun kotiin pääsin ;). Paljon kivaa tiedossa siis!

And hey, how have you been?

Mutta hei, mites teillä on mennyt?

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Watermarble Wednesday – Over a Black Base

So today I tried two new watermarbling techniques: the pattern is one I have not tried before, and also I did it also over a black base – with quite decent results!

Tänään tuli testattua kahta uutta vesimarmorointijuttua: ensinnäkin, en ole ennen tehnyt tälläistä kuviota, ja toisekseen, tein sen mustan pohjan päälle. Näistä tulikin aika hienot!

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Usually I struggle to align the patterns in the same way in each nail, but I think this time it was a strength. It’s kinda fun that no two nails are alike! (also, apologies for the odd blue hue in the picture – these are actually black and white, but lighting conditions were less than optimal)

Normaalisti kiroaisin sitä kuinka vaikeaa on saada samanlainen kuvio jokaiseen kynteen, mutta tässä se on oikeastaan vain hyvä asia. (anteeksi kuvan kumma sinisävyisyys – kynnet ovat oikeasti mustavalkoiset, mutta kuvausolosuhteet eivät olleet tällä kertaa täysin suotuisat)

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I think the thumb turned out best.

Mielestäni peukalo onnnistui parhaiten.

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I used/käytin:

  • Moyou London Black Knight
  • Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Essence clear polish

Have you tried new things lately?

Oletko Sinä kokeillut uusia asioita viime aikoina?

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Watermarble Wednesday – Blue Flowers

Today I have some blue watermarble flowers to show you. I have admired this style on Instagram for a long time, and now I finally mustered the courage to try them out myself! And they turned out great, if I say so myself!

Tänään on vuorossa sinisiä kukkia vesimarmorointitekniikalla. Olen jo pidemmän aikaa ihaillut tätä tyyliä Instagramissa, ja sain nyt viimein rohkaistua itseäni kokeilemaan sitä! Ja tuli muuten pirun hyvät, vaikka itse sanonkin!

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As you can see, I still have some trouble with the placement – honest, I don’t know how people get them always aligned properly in every finger. The alignment tends to be slightly off when I’m doing them.

Kuten näkyy, kuvion sijoittelu tuottaa vielä vähän ongelmia – en oikeasti tiedä miten muut saavat kuvion jokaiseen sormeen tismalleen samanlaisena. Kun minä teen, niin se on aina melkein mutta ei ihan.

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Here are the polishes I used/Lakat joita käytin:

  • Wild & Mild Alaska (as a base/pohjalakkana)
  • OPI Keeping Suzy at Bay
  • OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
  • OPI Gelato on My Mind
  • Sinful Colors Snow Me White

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And I added a coat of China Glaze’s Fairy Dust, to give it sparkle!

Viimeiseksi lisäsin kerroksen China Glazen Fairy Dustia säihkettä tuomaan!

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And I had to take a picture of work in progress, ‘cos that’s just so pretty.

Ja piti ihan kynsien laiton lomassa napata kuva kupista, koska se nyt vaan oli niin kaunista katsottavaa.

Have a nice day everyone!

Ihanaa päivänjatkoa kaikille!

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Chocolate Watermarble

Ah, watermarble. You most devious of techniques. Sometimes you work like a dream, sometimes you make me pull my hair out in frustration.

This time my efforts worked like a dream! I am so happy! Watermarble is still a technique that I haven’t really mastered, and getting nice results is often a long battle with water temperature and right polishes. Maybe all this practise is finally paying off?

Vesimarmorointi, vanha viholliseni. Sinä tekniikoista petollisin. Joskus toimit kuin unelma, ja joskus saat minut vetämään hiukset päästäni.

Tällä kertaa yritykseni toimivat kuin unelma! Olen niin tyytyväinen! Vesimarmorointi on edelleen minulle haastava tyylilaji, ja hyvät tulokset vaativat usein pitkää taistelua veden lämpötilan ja oikeiden lakkojen kanssa. Ehkä tämä harjoittelu alkaa tuottaa tulosta?

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Chocolate watermarble

I went with three shades of brown and one cream to get a chocolate-y effect. It’s like white and milk and dark chocolate swirls all together, which is what I wanted.

Näihin suklaisiin kynsiin käytin kolmea eri ruskean sävyä, sekä yhtä kermansävyä. Tuloksena oli juuri sellaiset eri suklaiden sekoitukset jotka halusinkin.

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Quite frankly, I’m hungry just looking at these.

Näitä katsoessa iskee kyllä suklaanhimo.

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The above is the mattified version (Ella+Mila Matte-ly in Love). I liked both versions.

Ylläoleva on mattainen versio (Ella+Mila Matte-ly in Love). Pidin kyllä kummastakin tyylistä.

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And a bottleshot of all the polishes I used; Wild&Mild Alaska, Ella+Mila Lovers Suite, Sandy Toes, Pour the Bubbly, and Sand Storm. I love these little elephants.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to comment!

Ja vielä kuva lakoista; Wild&Mild Alaska, Ella+Mila Lovers Suite, Sandy Toes, Pour the Bubbly, ja Sand Storm. Rakastan näitä pikkunorsuja.

Kiitos kun luit, ja kommentit ovat tervetulleita!

Tallenna

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#watermarblewednesday – Oil Slick Watermarble

This week’s prompt was “oil slick”, and it is THE reason I joined the challenge this month! I had NO idea what an oil slick watermarble was, so I did some digging in Instagram, and it is gorgeous. There weren’t many posts under #oilslickwatermarble, but I did find an awesome tutorial. Most of the pics were rainbow hued, so I decided to use something more subdued:

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Polishes used: Kiko 379, 523, and 345.

LOVE. For some reason it kind of looks like aurora borealis. Awesome effect.

I added some China Glaze Fairy Dust on top to make it look more like the night sky:

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Topped with China Glaze Fairy Dust

The technique is very easy: you just drop polishes in a cup of water as usual, to form circles, but rather than drawing formations, you dip your finger in the middle of the rings. Then you clean up the surrounding polish and sloooowly begin raising your finger from water. There were few variations to this technique: some did it in a way that they slowly raised the whole finger out of water (the polish slides off, forming these awesome slicks), but the video I used as a instructive method had the nail raised halfway out and then dipped in again. Well, you can see it better in the link above. Easy. Fun. Interesting.

But there is one thing to warn about: use a ton of liquid latex (or “peely stuff”, as it seems to be better known as) because this is messy! When you do more common styles of watermarble, you draw the polishes into formations, and this thins it out – in oil slick, there is a LOT of polish on your finger! So much that it drips off, which makes the effect.

All in all, I will definitely do this again!

Have you tried this technique?

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Rainbow Starburst Watermarble

I feel like the title of this post should be like, the name of my super secret awesome power in my signature anime, that I whip out when bad guys are having the upper hand, and it totally turns the tables! With a semi-pornographic morphing scene, of course.

It’s a mouthful.

Here it is anyways:

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Used a bunch of Kiko nail polishes, what on earth were they?

Okay, so I need practise xd. Admittedly though, this is my first time doing starburst pattern, so I’m not perfect with it yet. Who of us is?

The colours are a bit.. psychedelic! I used primary colors, or as close to them as I could get: yellow, orange, red, dark blue and green. But in all, this was easier than I thought, even as my starburst is not perfect. I am trying not to be perfect. It’s a thing.

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A Diseased Dish

More challenge nails – originally I had planned to skip this, since water melon nails are done to death, but lo and behold, I ended up doing them. I had also planned on doing water marble instead of gradient, but it was just one of those days when water marble refuses to work. Water marblers everywhere know what I mean. Moon was possibly in a bad position, or the tides hadn’t come in, or I had been cursed by an evil sprite.. who knows? It wasn’t the day for it.

And since the previous water spotted nails were such a success, I did it on top of this gradient too. The result: a fairly… sick water melon. Or a water melon from Hell? What do you think?

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Kiko 534, 288, 48, Essence Color Booster