Winter Watercolor

S&M 6 December 2015 A

The chill in the air inspired me to do some winter-themed nail art this week.

S&M 6 December 2015 B This is Gelish Medieval Madness topped with 2 coats of My Secret Santa, from the Gifted With Style holiday trends collection. I created watercolor decals using FingerPaints Artistic Azure, It’s Azure Thing!, and Fall-ing for You, and stamped with Bundle Monster Plates BM-14 and BM-319 and Konad plate k20.



Color blocking


The polishes I used are:

  1. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro in “Baby Pink”
  2. FingerPaints  in “Eclair Creme”
  3. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in “Tailored Crème”



You’ve likely seen this trend from Ciate and from other bloggers. After finishing my version I realized why the polish should match the flocking powder…


I used one coat of FingerPaints “Well-Cultured Pearl” and then one coat of FingerPaints “Private Collection” on top of that.  Once that was dry, I applied top coat to the entire nails, and used tweezers to pick up globs of flocking powder and press them into the nail.  I used Recollections brand (from Michael’s craft store) black flocking powder.

As I mentioned before, Ciate offers sets of matching nail polish and flocking powder.   The reason that you should use matching shades is that the flocking powder will either not adhere to all parts of the nail, or it will start to fall off gradually, and the polish below will show through the gaps.  If you do what I did, the lighter-colored polish underneath is going to be very visible and it does not look as pretty.  My photographer took this photo immediately after I was done with the design so the flocking hadn’t started to thin out yet, but by the next morning it was very thin.


Black Liquid Sand

The OPI Mariah Carey Liquid Sand set includes “Get Your Number”, “Can’t Let Go”, “The Impossible”, and “Stay the Night”.  This design features the intriguing black polish with magenta glitter called “Stay the Night”.


For this design I applied two layers of FingerPaints “Bid on It Berry” on the middle finger and thumb.  Once that was dry I laid down nail art tape in two stripes down the nail.  Then I applied two coats of the liquid sand enamel to those nails, back to back as quickly as possible.  As soon as the second coat was on, I pulled the tape off, revealing the berry-colored polish beneath.  On the other 6 nails I applied three coats of the liquid sand enamel, allowing each one to dry thoroughly before applying the next.  Later, I applied a thin layer of top coat.

I have used several of OPI’s Liquid Sand polishes so far, and they are really nice.  They apply evenly and dry more quickly than I expected.  My only complaint is that the “liquid sand” appears slightly white after the polish is thoroughly dry.  I think you’re not supposed to apply top coat so that you won’t smooth over the texture, but I found that a thin layer of top coat fixed the whiteness issue while retaining the textured feel of the polish.  I hope you can see that in the photo.