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Water Marbled Easter Eggs


Watermarbling is one of the hottest trends in nail art, but this technique has been long used by paper and silk artists to bring beautiful swirled décor to the world.  Today, I am using nail polish and faux eggs to product colorful swirls on eggs perfect for displaying on Easter!

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Needed Supplies:
-Cup or bowl with 3.5-4 inch opening (red solo cups work great!)
-Wood skewer or toothpick
-Distilled water (room temp)
-Faux Eggs (I got mine at Wall-Mart)
-Nail Polish
-Painters Tape
-Paper towels

Polished used: KBShimmer Let’s Not Coral, KBShimmer Shore Thing, KBShimmer Sky Jinx, and KBShimmer Radiant Orchid.


The possibilities are limitless!  You can further decorate with stickers, nail vinyls, glitter.  These eggs make a unique addition to any Easter table!

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How To Use KBShimmer Nail Vinyl Decals

We are so excited to now be offering our vinyl nail decal sheets in 6 different patterns (set for launch 06/20/14).  These are a new product for a lot of people, so we have a step-by-step tutorial below showing how to use the vinyl pieces as a peel off stencil.  To see how we use them as a leave on sticker, see our Tribal Nail Art post.


For a long lasting manicure, start with clean nails.  Use KBShimmer pH Prep to clean and prep nails for base coat.


Follow by applying a base coat like Basic Training.  Let dry before moving on to next step.  Completely dry polish is key when using vinyl decals.


Use a polish that applies in 1-2 coats.  You want polish to be dry, and too many coats will risk the bottom layers not being dry enough.  I am using Radiant Orchid for my bottom color.


Cleaning up now will make final clean up much easier.


I strongly suggest that you use a quick dry top coat like Clearly On Top to ensure your nails are dry before the next step.  Using a quick dry top coat will also make cleaning up any mistakes easier.


Again, making sure the polish is dry is key for a good turn out.  Wet polish will pull up with the vinyl.


I find using a tweezers to remove the vinyl from the sheet works best for me, preserving the manicure on my other nails!  Here we are using our Zig Zag Nail Vinyl Decals.


Stick the vinyl to your hand to help remove some of the stick.  If they are too sticky, they can be difficult to remove, or can pull up polish.


Using a tweezers helps me place the vinyl pieces, but you can use your fingers.  There are so many ways and design possibilities with these, but I have chosen to line them up for a repeating zig zag pattern.


Press the vinyl pieces firmly.  Doing so will help polish not seep under the vinyl, leaving you with crisp lines.


Now is the fun part.  Cover the vinyls with 1 coat of your accent color.  I love textures, holographic colors, polishes that cover well in one coat and have visual interest.  For this tutorial, I am using She Twerks Out.  If you want your color only in certain areas, or want different colors between the stripes, use the brush carefully apply polish between the vinyl pieces.  Since I am wanting the same color over the whole nail, I don’t worry about “coloring” between the lines.


Once your coat of polish is on, you want to start removing the vinyl pieces as soon as possible.  If you wait too long, you risk pulling up the accent polish you just applied along with the vinyl pieces.  Only paint the accent color one nail at a time to prevent the polish drying before you can get the vinyl removed.


Here is the nail after vinyl decals are removed.


Clean up any polish you got on the skin and cuticle area.  If you used a quick dry clear coat before applying vinyl pieces, you can also use the clean up brush dipped in acetone to clean up any polish that may have bled under the vinyl.  Lightly dab polish you want to remove with the brush.  Repeat if needed, keeping brush damp, but not dripping wet with acetone.


I now follow-up with Clearly On Top to smooth out the manicure, add shine and protect the nails.  Make sure to apply top coat to the very tip of the nail to reduce chips.


Finished nails!!  Repeat on additional nails if desired, or use technique as an accent nail.



We think our new nail vinyl decals are a easy way to add a fun look to manicures.  Do you have a manicure using KBShimmer nail vinyl decals and polishes?  Send it to us to share on our website and social media outlets.  We would love to see them!



Gradient Tribal Nail Art Using KBShimmer Nail Vinyl Decals


Nail vinyl decals are a fun way to add art and design to your manicure.  Today, I am going to show you step by step how to create the summer look below using a gradient technique with Life Rose On, You’re So Shellfish and Chick Me Out along with Eclipse and our new Tribal Themed Nail Vinyl Decals.



First, start with a white base to make the gradient colors pop.  I used a white from Wet and Wild, but any white will do.  You can see the white on my middle two fingers.


Next, using a cosmetic wedge, paint on a stripe of each color.  I did this twice for each color as the sponge sucks in the polish.


Take the sponge and position above nail you want to paint.  In a dabbing motion, use sponge to apply polish to nails.  Try and move it top to bottom a tiny bit to blend the color.  Do this quickly and lightly, as too many dabs or lots of pressure will pick up the polish from the nail leaving bald spots.



Repeat on additional nails by again painting stripes on the wedge, touch up any blank spots around nail edge with corner of sponge.


Clean up fingers with acetone and brush.  Cleaning up now will make additional clean-up easier later in the process.



Here is the look after clean-up.


At this point, you can just let the colors dry.  But I like to use Clearly On Top to ensure that the polish is completely dry before moving on to the next step.


Either way, make sure to wait at least 20 minutes before moving on to the next step so vinyl decals do not ruin polish when removed later on.  Adding a top coat will also help smooth out the look of the gradient and, if you happen to get some polish that seeps under the vinyl decals, the clear coat will provide enough of a barrier between the gradient design that you can use a clean up brush and acetone to remove it.


When removing nail vinyl decals from the sheet, I like to use a tweezer to grab and place vinyl.  These fine point Tweezerman tweezers are my go to.  Some pieces may have additional cutouts inside that need to be removed before use.


I remove the desired vinyl pieces from the sheet and place on my hand.  I then remove and place on my hand once more for pieces I want to later remove (those being used like stencils).  This will help remove some of the adhesive that can pull up polish (if polish is not fully dry).


Using your tweezers, place the vinyl decals into nails in the desired positions.  Press firmly to ensure that polish will not seep under vinyl decals.  Some of these pieces will actually stay on the nail, but for longer pieces like straight lines, let one end overlap the nail for easier removal later.


We will start with the pinky nail. Paint on a coat of Eclipse, a black cream.  Use a polish that covers in one coat, as you do not want polish to dry before removing vinyl and do not have time for multiple coats.


Here is the pinky nail covered with paint.  Wait not more then 20-30 seconds before removing vinyl.  If using a quick dry polish, remove right after you finish painting.  Only paint one nail at a time, if you do more the polish may dry before all pieces are removed.


Using your tweezers, remove vinyl by pulling the free edge up that touches the skin or hangs off the end of the nail. Pull away from your nail in a steady motion.



Then, move onto the point finger nail and repeat process on that nail.




The thumb is next.  The thumb has three pieces to remove.




Next, we will move to the middle finger.  This finger has two pieces that overlap for easy removal, and in the middle, the large diamond will also be removed.  Since there are no areas of the diamond, we will use a different technique for removal.


Paint the nail like the others. Quickly remove both the upper and lower stepped vinyl decals.


Using the pointy tip of the tweezers, carefully pierce the center of the diamond vinyl.  “Hook” the tip of the tweezers, and pinch tips to help pull up the diamond piece.  You can also use a safety pin.  If you prefer, you can also try and catch the edge of the diamond and pull up to remove.


Here is it removed.  At this point, the ring finger has a vinyl piece on that we will be leaving in place as a nail sticker. Clean up excess polish on cuticles as done previously with brush and acetone.


We can also use the bonus smaller diamonds and triangles as accent pieces.  For the middle finger, we will be using a smaller diamond from inside the ring finger piece.


Center  in the blank diamond area and place on the nail with the tweezers.  Press down firmly.


From the pointer finger vinyl decal pattern, we can pull tiny triangles to use as accents on the pink nail.


Place on the pinky in desired positions.


When last decals are placed, ensure all pieces are stuck to the nail by pressing firmly and follow with 1-2 coats of Clearly On Top to add shine and a protective finish to the nails.  It is perfectly fine to use top coat over the vinyl decals to seal in place. Nail Vinyl decals are not reusable.


There you go!  A fun, summery tribal look made easy with vinyl decals.





Nail Art For “Shorties” – Guest Post by Dani of From Polish With Love

Good morning Polish Peeps!! I’m Dani and I’m the nails behind From Polish, with Love! I’m so excited to be doing a guest post over at KBShimmer’s blog!! KBShimmer is one of my favorite indie polish brands so this is quite the honor!! Christy sent me some of the new Spring 2014 Collection to review and I knew as soon as I saw the creams that I wanted to do some nail art but I recently had a break so I figured what better opportunity than to do some nubbin’ ( or shorties ) friendly nail art!! The techniques I’m showing you today are so easy to do and really will work for any length. This is also my first step-by-step tutorial so please bear with me!!

This is what you will need. If you don’t have dotting tools, household items will work!! You can use the end of a bobby pin, toothpick, anything really!

Polishes are Pansy-Monium, Sky Jinks, and A Touch of Glass. You will need a good base coat and top coat. I used KBShimmer’s Basic Training base coat and Clearly on Top top coat. Tools needed are a striping brush and dotting tools of various sizes
First you want to start off by prepping your nails with a good base coat. I like using KBShimmer Basic Training Base Coat. It really helps the polish cling to your nail and extends the life of your manicure!! It also helps to create a smooth base to start.

I applied A Touch of Glass on all nails and let completely dry. You really need to allocate time for this so you don’t disturb your base. If you’re pressed for time, just apply a coat of Clearly On Top and let dry for a few minutes and you should be set to continue with the art since it dries pretty quickly!

1. For my index finger, I decided to do a funky french tip with just some simple lines. I started off with applying Sky Jinks with my striping brush in two over-lapping lines.

2. I then applied Pansy-Monium in two thicker lines just below Sky Jinks. Apply top coat and you’re done!!

3. For the middle nail I decided to do a combo of lines and dots! I started off by taking my striping brush and with Pansy-Monium, making 3 lines vertically down the whole length of my nail but leaving plenty of space in between each line. This is where the dots will go!!

4. Then using a small end of your dotting tool and Sky Jinks, make dots down each “row”. Seal with top coat!

5. For the index I decided to do a simple “cloud” design!!

I started by taking Pansy-Monium and using the applicator brush, making 3 thick lines starting at a bit above the middle of the nail bed and making my way down to the tip. You want to cover the whole nail, no spaces. The edge of your cloud needs to be staggered so it’s best to not make them all the same height. If your “cloud” edge isn’t as rounded the first time, you can always take some more polish on your brush to the ends of the cloud to fine tune them!

6. Let Pansy-Monium dry or apply Clearly On Top and you can finish off the cloud with the same above steps using Sky Jinks!!

7. For my pinky I decided to do a funky gradient “dotticure” so you will need various sized dots for this one.

I started off randomly dotting Sky Jinks in different sizes on my pinky. *Please excuse the blurry pics. My camera decided to misbehave and wouldn’t focus as hard as I begged!

8. Then taking Pansy-Monium, I filled in some of the empty spaces with assorted sized dots. I then took Sky Jinks once more and made a few more dots til it was to my liking!

I hope you liked the easy nail art I created with these 3 shades! I know sometimes having shorter nails makes you feel like you have no room for nail art but hopefully these designs will change your mind! I have short nail beds and I find these all very flattering!! Show those nubbins some love!!!!

I want to give a huge thanks to Christy for having me today!! I hope you all enjoyed my very first step-by-step tutorial!!! Now that I have gotten my feet wet this won’t be my last! Make sure to check out my blog and Facebook for more nail art!! Have a great day!!!


BIG thanks to Dani for such a detailed guest post.  I rock short nails often, so it is lovely to see nail art that works for any length of nail.  Thanks again Dani!  Christy – KBShimmer

Using KBShimmer Polish With Gel Polish – Guest Post By Michelle of Manic Talons

Hi there!

I’m Michelle from Manic Talons and gel polish is my “thing”.  If you’re a gel user you know firsthand that gel polish is seriously lacking in certain finishes, such as crellies, unique glitter bombs, duo and multi-chromes, and linear holos.  All of these are areas that KBShimmer has covered in spades!  So I’m going to show you three ways to get the best of both worlds by pairing KBShimmer polishes with soak off gel polish.

 Layering Polish on Top of Gel

Layering is the simplest way to pair traditional polish with gel.

1)       Do a complete gel manicure start to finish.

2)       Once you remove the tacky layer from the final top coat, apply the KBShimmer lacquer directly on top of the gel.  There’s no need for a separate base coat as the gel takes care of that.

3)       Finish with a fast dry top coat and you’re done.

Layering in this manner is awesome for several reasons.  First, the gel provides serious strength to your nails.  Second, regular polish dries much quicker over gel, so the wet nail wait is decreased.  Third, regular polish applied in this manner over a soak off gel manicure wears like iron!  I have had regular polish last for over a week on top of gel with minimal tip wear.  Finally, you can remove the polish with non-acetone remover without harming the soak off gel manicure if you want to change things up!

Want to see a layered manicure?  I started with a basic white soak off gel manicure using Couture Ooh La La French.  I then applied two coats of Oh Splat! on top of the gel and finished with a fast dry top coat.  The result is this gorgeously opaque mani with incredible depth.



The Regular Polish (RNP) Sandwich

The second way I like to pair regular polish with gel polish is to sandwich the regular polish between layers of gel.  This one can be a bit tricky, but once you know the method the possibilities are endless!  So, how do you create a successful RNP sandwich?

1)       Apply your soak off gel manicure.  This is your usual process with one slight modification.  When applying each layer of gel, be sure to wrap the tip a bit deeper than you might usually.  I like to wrap the gel so that it overflows approximately 1.5 mm under the tip of the nail.  If your nails are shorter, you may not be able to wrap quite this deeply, but wrap as deep as you can without getting the gel on the skin under your nail.


2)       After removing the tacky layer, apply a thin coat of your KBShimmer polish of choice.  Cap the tip as usual, but not quite as deeply as you did with the gel.  The trick is to leave a margin of gel exposed under the tip of the nail so that the final gel top coat can bond with it unobstructed.  Allow the coat of polish to dry before applying a second coat if needed.  At this point, you might choose to apply a fast dry top coat to speed things along, but it is completely optional.

3)       Now we wait for the polish to COMPLETELY dry.


If you used only 1 thin coat, wait at least 1-2 hours before proceeding to step 4.  If you applied two or more coats or used a thicker coat, allow a minimum of 4-6 hours.  The dry time is crucial to creating a successful RNP sandwich.  If the RNP is not completely dry before adding the gel top coat, the top coat will chip off within hours.  Or worse, the RNP will wrinkle under the top coat and destroy your beautiful manicure.

4)       Once the RNP is completely dry, apply a layer of gel top coat.  Be sure to wrap the top coat deeply like you did with the base gel manicure.  This allows the top coat to grab the gel under the tip of the nail and completely seal in the RNP.  I usually apply two coats of gel top coat just to be sure I have completely covered the RNP, but that is definitely optional as it tends to add thickness to the nail.

5)       Remove the tacky layer, apply cuticle oil, and enjoy your longer lasting manicure!  I just removed a RNP sandwich mani from my right hand that lasted the full 2 weeks without a single chip.  It could have gone longer, but the growth was driving me nuts. 😉

Want to see an RNP sandwich?  I thought you might.  I started with a base gel manicure and used Couture Royalty as my gel color.  I then topped it with one coat of KBShimmer Clown Puke, waited for it to dry, and finished with two coats of soak off gel top coat.  The gel top coat pairs really well with this one and smooths the glitter effortlessly.  I seriously LOVE this polish!  Every time I dipped the brush, I discovered a new glitter I hadn’t seen before.  I’m quite certain there are more shapes, colors and sizes in the bottle that are not represented here!


 Nail Art and Accents

The final way I like to use regular polish with gel is for basic nail art.  In this manicure, I did a RNP sandwich on the index and pinkie nails and dotted the middle and ring fingers with Pigment of My Imagination.  I also use RNP for stamping regularly.  When using RNP for nail art, it still needs to dry completely before adding the gel top coat, so the amount of time will depend on the thickness of the layers in the artwork.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned a few new tricks.  I invite you to swing by my blog at for gel polish swatches and nail art combinations.

Thank you, Christy, for inviting me to share these methods!


St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art By MadamLuck

Hello everyone.  I am super excited to share today’s post with you.  Last week I saw some nail art by Suzann of Amateur Manicure on and I knew I had the perfect idea for some St. Patrick’s Day nail art.  I reached out to nail art expert Amanda from MadamLuck to bring my idea to life, and I have to say she did a stunning job!!!   Scroll down to see the steps to create this stunning manicure.


Amanda started with one coat of our new black cream, Eclipse.   Then using Bunny nail image plate HD-B for the clovers, she stamped those over the black use a white polish.  Now, here is the trick, with the white stamped over the black, you can layer a jelly polish, like Get Clover It, to create a stunning layered look.  Follow with a coat of Clearly On Top for a smooth, shiny finish.



Isn’t that lovely!  This technique can be used it so many ways.  I could see space stamping done with I Got A Crush On Blue over for a unique galaxy manicure, or Witch Way done up for Halloween.  What ever color, the white will make the jelly polish pop!

Do you love St. Patrick’s Day?  Here is a bonus manicure from MadamLuck using Daisy About You, Honeydew List, and Clearly On Top.  Striping was done with acrylic paint, and clover jewels complete this festive look.


Thank you so much Amanda for helping out with this post.  And if you love nail art, run over to Amanda’s sites to see any or stunning work.

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St. Patricks Day Art – Guest Post By Nidia of Lit From Within

Hi, I’m Nidia, and I run a little blog called Lit From Within.  I have loved KBShimmer polishes for a while, now, and jumped at the chance to show y’all a little nail art featuring one of these lovelies.

I’m not Irish, but I married an Irishman, and besides, who doesn’t like a little green on St. Paddy’s Day?  I was inspired by Robin Moses Shamrock nail art to show off a little o’ the green today.

I started with Deborah Lippmann Pearly Queen, a pale nude with green shimmer.  I just wanted the green pearlescent effect in the background.

Here’s the star! KBShimmer Get Clover It, a green jelly polish with light and dark green, blue, and gold glitters.

It can be tricky to get glitter exactly where you want it sometimes, so after laying down two coats of the polish, I painted a cosmetic sponge with another couple of coats of Get Clover It.  The sponge soaks up some of the base, and then you can dab the sponge on the nail, and it just deposits the glitter where it touches.

Genius, really.  Not my original idea, of course, but one I borrowed from Nail Wish.

Sinful Colors Pistache makes a nice light green contrasting line above Get Clover It.

A teeny nail art brush and some SOPI Give Peas A Chance, and there are the shamrocks, ready for St. Paddy’s!

Topcoat smooths out the nail art and makes sure that all the glitters are nice and shiny.

Bottle shot:  Deborah Lippmann Pearly Queen, Sinful Colors Pistache, and KBShimmer Get Clover It. (Not pictured, SOPI Give Peas A Chance.)

If you liked this nail art, and would like to see more from me, I invite you to check out my blog, Lit From Within, or any of my social media: Facebook, Google+, Bloglovin‘, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Thanks again, Christy!


Thanks Nidia for the great post!  I hope this inspires a lot of nail art!

Multi-Chrome Nail Art – Guest Post From Life In Lacquer


I’m Jade from Life in Lacquer and I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to post for you all today!

Life in Lacquer is a blog I write about nail polish and all related things! I am from the countryside in the UK and have been a nail technician since 2010.

I have recently become the proud new owner of 3 KBShimmer multi-chrome polishes. They make me think of all things futuristic so I thought I would so for a design featuring geometric patterns. They look like they could be designs for a spaceman’s costume!


I used a white base and then hand painted on Pigment Of My Imagination. This polish so amazing! I see mostly purple but there are flashes of deep blue, gold and red. It’s like a super pretty oil slick! It was quite tricky to capture all the colours but I think I did a good job.

I then finished of the design by adding a black outline and little diamantes.

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I CANNOT stop staring at these nails! I don’t think I am going to get much done and that to me is a sign of a great polish. Plus I now have it on my toes too. I may just paint everything with it HA!

It is opaque in three thin coats or you can you it as a topper over black.

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I hope you have enjoyed my design and thanks for reading!

Jade x

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Thank you Jade for such a wonderful post!  Jade provided so many wonderful pictures I could not help but fill the post with them!  If you want to see more art and swatches from jade, head over to her blog, and Facebook



6 Step Galaxy Nails Using KBShimmer Polishes


I have to be honest, I am not good at painting my nails, or nail art.  My hands shake, I am not one that can draw, so my nail art is usually stuff I can stick on, dots, or accent nails.  When I saw all of the galaxy nail art popping up on the web and Instagram, I wanted to try it out, and found it to be surprising easy.  In just 6 steps, you can have the galaxy on your nails.

I created a video for you to show you how easy it is.

If you want to play along:


And here is the video!



“Extend-A-Mani” Guest Post By The Pointless Cafe

I’m so excited to be able to guest post here at KBShimmer’s blog! I live where there is no Autumn, so I pretty much keep Autumn on my nails the entire season. Today is no different!

I’ve done one of my “Extend-A-Mani” posts for you using KBShimmer polishes today.


I was wearing Dior Cosmic Violine, which is a brown/burgundy crelly and had a bit of tip wear. What to do? Well KBShimmer makes errthang better, right?  So I pulled out Cocoa Nut, 24 Carrot Bold and Every Nook and Cranberry and went to work.


On my thumb and ring finger, I just layered one coat of Cocoa Nut over the top. On the rest I did a really quick gradient over Cosmic Violine using 24 Carrot Bold and Every Nook and Cranberry. I use a plain make-up sponge and paint on strips of what I’m using and just dab over each nail a few times and Voila! I use an Elf concealer brush and straight acetone for clean-up around my cuticles.

First, here it is matted (I used butter LONDON’s Matte Finish)


And then I used KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat. I love matte finish, but in this case I preferred it shiny.


And close-ups…


I really love this mani. 24 Carrot Bold and Every Nook and Cranberry are great on their own but they also layer well and gradient well.  I do love versatility in a nail polish!

What do you think? Come on over to my blog, Pointless Café, and see me sometime! (Yes, I said that in my best Mae West voice.)

Thanks so much to Christy for having me! ♥

A Note from KBShimmer:  We are always excited to have guest bloggers, and Sheila does such amazing work!  Thank you!  Shelia used Cocoa Nut, a 2012 winter polish that was retired this spring.  Due to the many requests to bring this polish back, we have!  Cocoa Nut is now live on our site and will be available thru the end of the year.  So get this cool weather favorite while you can!