Kiko Polishes - Twin Post with Pie's Eyes

Saturday, 2 February 2013

I am very excited about today's post... I have teamed up with Lyndsay from Pie's Eyes to bring you a twin post featuring Kiko polishes.  First off, I have to explain that I wholeheartedly blame Lyndsay for my polish obsession and depleted bank account!  She has been a friend of mine for many years and is always "enabling" me to buy more polish by telling me or showing me about things I need!  She is also really rather excellent at stamping and does some beautiful creations, ( Fire Tiger, ridiculously gorgeous snowflakes and this lovely pink ribbon manicure being my most recent favourites) so if you haven't seen her blog, do hop over and check it out.

Right, onto the actual challenge!  Lyndsay introduced me to Kiko polishes last year and we thought it'd be fun to pick a few colours that we both have and do some nail art with them.   For some ridiculous reason I thought I'd give water marbling another go as that'd be a challenge in itself.

Kiko Polishes

We decided that Kiko 336, 343 and 279 would be great colour choices, as they are really vibrant colours and obviously would work well together. 

Kiko Polishes

So, onto what I actually did.  Right, I know that a lot of people are excellent at water marbling and do some freaking brilliant creations, but I just hate doing it!  I am SO hit and miss with it, and it frustrates me after all the prep work (white base coat, taped up nails, water, polish in place, etc) that I really don't know for sure until I pull my finger out whether I've got a winner or not, and more often than not I end up taking it off as it looks AWFUL.  Or I do a great one and then dink it before it's dry.   So with this in mind, I stupidly decided to have another go *rolls eyes at myself*  So, as predicted, I had a bit of a disaster.  In fact the only nail that is genuinely watermarbled using the usual method is the middle finger on my nail below.  While that looked great, I couldn't recreate it again at all on any of my other nails.

Kiko Polishes

So, I had noticed on Pinterest a lot of tutorials for dry water marbling, and thought, hell, it can't get any worse, so I decided to give it a go, and SUCCESS!  This was so easy.  I didn't take any photos of the process as I wasn't sure whether it was going to work, but I will do one in the next week or so.  Basically you paint some polish onto a plastic sandwich bag, blob more colours on here there and everywhere, use a pin/needle/cocktail stick, drag the polish about a bit to get your water marble effect and then leave it to dry for an hour.  Then, you can cut the watermarble to size and peel off and stick to your nails.  I decided to paint my nails in base colours and then stick strips of the marbled polish to the base / tip / centre of my nails, and then finish off with some polka dots and top coat, and after originally crying into my bowl of filtered room temperature water feeling that failure was on the cards, I'm pretty damn pleased with my final manicure.

Kiko Polishes

Kiko Polishes

Kiko Polishes

Kiko Polishes

Kiko Polishes

Kiko Polishes

Kiko Polishes

So, what do you think?  Now, please head over to Pie's Eyes and check out Lyndsay's Kiko manicure with the same colours.  Go, go, go....!


13 comments:

  1. This is so nice!! You are very good att nail art!
    I love this!

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  2. OMG, i'm totally in love with your nails and how they look it.
    Well done girl! :)))))))))

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  3. Ummm... AMAZING & GORGEOUS!!! I <3 this! I too get such hit and miss results when I water marble, I am SO gonna give this technique a try!! :)

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    1. Definitely try it, it's tons easier! Thank you xx

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  4. You have properly shown me up with your skills! They look amazing.

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    1. Thank you Lynds. You are the stamping queen though :-)

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  5. wooow this is an amazing manicure! I love it!

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  6. These are absolutely stunning - I love love love how much detail you've used! X

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  7. This manicure is more then amazing!

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