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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.

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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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Winter Collection 2014

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Winter can not come fast enough here at KBShimmer headquarters, at least when it comes to polish collections!  We have a huge winter line up for you, with 12 new polishes, 5 returning Christmas Classics, and fantastic promos.  But enough with the text, lets jump into the new polishes!  BIG thanks to Gaby of LacquerLoon for the swatch pictures in this post.

Winter Release is 11/01/14, polishes (except for Spot Sign) will show out of stock until they are release.

New For 2014

Let’s Sleigh Together:  A pale gray creally, this muted polish features hex glitters in green, navy and pale mint, circles glitters in blueberry and micro holographic glitters for shine and sparkle. 2-3 Coats Recommended

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White Here, White Now (Texture):  This snowy white polish is a blustery addition to our textured collection.  Two coats offer more coverage than any blizzard.  Please note, the full textured effect does not show until polish is fully dry.

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Holly Back Girl:  A white creally with a delicate sprinkling of red and green metallic glitters that almost appear like candy sprinkles on the nail. Best in 3 coats or layered over white.

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Pine-ing For Yule: 2014 Toys For Tots ® charity polish.  A holiday inspired glitter top coat, this polish is swimming with holographic triangle “Christmas Trees” and red star tree toppers.  Sliver holo hex and micro glitters complete this wintery polish.  For each bottle sold at KBShimmer.com from 11/01 until 12/25 $4 will be donated to Tots For Tots ®. 1 Coat Recommended.

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Turnip The Beet (Texture):  A rich sangria colored base accents holographic glitters in magenta, purple and red making this a super sparkly textured polish.  2 Coats Recommended

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Dressed To Gild (Texture):  A gold cousin to Hexy Bikini, this textured polish is rich with holographic gold glitters.  Hints of lavender and lime glitters add depth and extra shine.  2 Coats Recommended

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Too Cold To Hold (Texture):  A rich sapphire blue base is filled with holographic sliver, blue, and green holographic glitters for a bejeweled textured look.  2 Coats Recommended

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Flake Dance: Sliver holographic snowflakes dance among a scattering of smaller silver holographic glitters.  Use over your favorite cream color for an instant wintery manicure.  1 dabbed on Coat Recommended, Glitter Placement may be needed.

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Fallen Angle:  A vibrant royal blue jelly, this a-cute polish features holographic blue triangles, sliver holo hexes, and blue hex glitters with micro sparkles.  3 Coats Recommended

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Mauve On Over: A pale mauve creally base sets off a explosion of colored hexes in orange, navy and aqua. 2-3 Coats Recommended

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Deja Brew:  Like a rich cup of java, or a quality cognac, this brown polish has red undertones that set off the linear holographic rainbow.  2-3 Coats Recommended

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Spot Sign:  Like a wild cat ready to pounce, this spotted polish is ready to bring out our wild side.  Black leopard spot shaped glitters are accented by black dots, small black hexes and micro holographic sparkle.  1 dabbed on Coat Recommended, Glitter Placement may be needed.

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Returning Holiday Favorites:

Kringle All The Way: A glitter top with circle glitters in red, green, and silver.  1 Coat Recommended

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Merry Pinkmas:  A light cotton candy pink polish featuring red, green and neon glitters in a variety of shapes.  2-3 Coats Recommended

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All Decked Out: A Christmas Tree inspired polish with a deep forest green jelly base with a rainbow of hex glitters and a scattering of gold stars. 3 Coats Recommended

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Snow Way:  This snow inspired polish features a pale sky blue creally base with white glitters.  A micro sparkle glistens like fallen snow on a clear winter’s day.  3 Thin Coats Recommended, Let coats dry before moving onto next to avoid dragging.

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Sugar Plum Faerie: A soft plum violet crelly with berry, purple and lime colored metallic holographic glitters in different sizes. 2-3 Coats Recommended

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Holiday Promos:

Free Shipping For All Orders over $40 on KBShimmer.com No code needed.  Runs from 11/01-12/31

Free With a $70+ Purchase, Holly Back Girl, a white Christmas crelly polish with red and green glitters.  Use code HBGFREE to receive free polish and free shipping with $70+ purchase. Runs from 11/01-12/31

Free samples!  While supplies last, we will be sending out a sample in each order.  Samples may include scrubs, lotions, vinyl nail decals, soaps, etc.  Orders will also include a branded emery board.

Free Snowman Glitter!  The first 400 orders will receive a bag of 1000 snowmen glitters perfect for winter nail art.

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Other New Items:

It is not just nail polish that is new for winter.  We have new cuticle oil scents, a new scrub scent, and a Christmas/Winter themed vinyl nail decal sheet.

We now have a total of 6 cuticle oil scents, Lemongrass, Pink Sugar, Raspberry Vanilla, Chai Tea, Peppermint, and Unscented.

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Chai Tea!

Chai Tea is now available as a sugar scrub.  This warm spicy scent is perfect for fall and winter.

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Christmas/Winter Vinyl Nail Decals

We have a new sheet with 72 fun vinyl pieces, including candy canes, snowflakes, holiday lights, peppermints and more!

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Christmas Vinyls.

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We hope that you find something to tickle your fancy this winter.  We are gift friendly, and Secret Santa friendly!  Just include a note that you would like us not to include the invoice.

Not sure what to give as a gift, don’t forget, we also have electronic gift certificates!

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Don’t forget to enjoy our Spiced Pumpkin scent, perfect for holiday gift giving!

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Discontinued Colors:

This is alist of items that will be discontinued by the end of the year. We reserve the right to pull colors early if stock runs out and will not be discounting these colors.

Lottie Dottie
Excuse Me, I Blurpled
Spring Training
When The Doves Sigh
Shipwreck
Blinded By The Bright
Sea You Around
Grayscale
Urban Camo
Rush Flower Traffic
Ice Queen
Big Tan On Campus
Would Jubilee It!
Pretty In Punk
Goldie Rocks

In addition, Lump Of Coal Soap has limited stock left, so stock up early for your stocking stuffer soap!

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Gel, Jelly, Crelly, What ?!?

Nail polish and nail art are rapidly growing beauty staples.  As nail polish grows, so does the terms we use to describe nail polish.  Have you wondered what a creally is?  What is the different between gel and jelly?  Listed below are some of the most used terms below with examples, hopefully this helps you navigate the polish world!

Did we miss anything, have a burning question?  Ask below in the comments and we will do our best to answer, and add to the post if needed!

Terms:

3 Free:   A polish that does not contain Toulene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) & Formaldehyde in its ingredients.

4 Free:   A polish that does not contain Toulene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) & Formaldehyde, and Formaldehyde Resin. KBShimmer is 4 Free.

5 Free: A polish that does not contain Toulene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) & Formaldehyde, and Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

Boutique/Boutique Polish: Polish companies that may be owned and designed by one (or a few) people, but are made and bottled in labs. RBL, Cult Nails are examples. Some companies in this category may select predesigned polishes from a lab vs. designing on their own, but still often connect directly with the consumer.

Crelly:   A polish finish that can be layered to cover the nail line, but still has some sheerness to allow glitters to show through.

Example: Oh Splat!  A white crelly polish that has a rainbows worth of glitters that shine through.

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Crème/Cream:   An opaque polish with a glossy finish.  Usually opaque in 1-2 coats and that completely covers the nail line.

Example: Stonewashed, an opaque polish that covers in 1 coat.

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Duochrome:  A polish that shifts between two colors depending on the angle and lighting.

Example: Lilac Dreams (Now discontinued), a lavender polish that shifts to pink depending on angle

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Foil Method:   The technique used to remove glitter (and gel) nail polish.  A cotton ball/cotton pad and pure acetone is placed on nail, the foil is wrapped around the finger and cotton and left for 5-10 minutes.  Glitter or gel polish should slide right off.  Tutorial Here

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Gel: Polish that is cured or hardened with a special light. This polish is most often found in salons, and will not harden without the use of special lights.  This is a type of polish, not a finish.

Glitter Top Coat:   A type of polish finish that has glitter suspended in a clear base, best worn over a cream color.

Example: Clown Puke, our multi-colored glitter topper.

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Holo/Holographic:   A type of glitter that reflects and refracts light, giving off a rainbow shine when viewed in the light.

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Indie or Indie Polish:   Nail polish that is designed, created, and sold by independent owners. Most often, this term is used to mean that polish is hand blended and bottled by the designer directly for sale to the public. Indie company owners often connect via social media directly with the consumer. KBShimmer is owned by Jason and Christy Rose, who still hand make most of the products offered, and are proud to offer unique glitter combinations to adorn your nails.  You can find Christy running the KBShimmer Facebook and Instagram Page.

Jelly: A colored polish that has a transparent finish that may show the nail line. Jelly polishes are not the same as gel polish.

Example: I Got A Crush On Blue, a blue jelly polish with holographic glitters

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Linear Holographic:   A version of holographic glitter finish that is so micro fine, when applied the glitters line up to form the rainbow effect in a line, strongest in sunlight or direct light.

Example: PT Young Thing, a silver linear holographic polish

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Mainstream:   A polish made by a large company such as Zoya, China Glaze, OPI, which can be found in larger stores such as Wal-Mart, Ulta, Sally’s Beauty. These polishes are mass made and there is little, if any direct interaction between the owner(s) and consumers.

Multichrome:   A polish that shifts between multiple colors depending on the angle and lighting.

Example: Pigment Of My Imagination, a polish that shifts from golds, to reds and orange, to blue and indigo depending on the angle.

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Nail Line/Visible Nail Line (VNL): The nail line is the area where the nail passes the skin at the tip of the finger, often this area is whiter in color and therefore can show if polish is sheer or if too few coats of polish are used.

Example: You can see the slight VNL on the ring finger, this is our jelly polish, Bell Of the Mall

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Quick Dry: A type of polish that is designed to dry to the touch in 1-2 minutes, and get fully hard within 5-10 minutes. Clearly On Top is a Quick Dry Top Coat, but KBShimmer polishes themselves are not quick dry.

Example: Clearly On Top

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Texture: A glitter polish that dries to a rough, bumpy finish.

Example: Partners In Lime

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Vinyl Nail Decal: A sticky nail art sticker made of vinyl that can be left of the nail to create nail art.

Example: Tribal Pieces from the Tribal Vinyl Decal Sheet.

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Vinyl Nail Stencil: A vinyl nail piece that is intended to be placed on a nail, then removed to show the color underneath in a pattern.

Example: Wavy Lines

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Big Thanks to all the bloggers who have sent us photos to use, including The PolishAholic, Nail Polish Wars, Adventures in Acetone and LacquerLoon.

 

And lets not forget to throw in a few memes.

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Summer Fun Giveaway

KBShimmer Celebrates its 6th Anniversary with Special Edition Polishes
In celebration, KBShimmer is giving away a gift bag of goodies including a Kindle!

Join KBShimmer at the beach with the Special Edition, three-polish Anniversary set. To celebrate our sixth anniversary, KBShimmer is helping you get in the summer spirit with a beach themed giveaway pack including an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite with a $25 gift card, the polish set, a set of the brand new nail vinyl sheets, lotion, and a sugar scrub, all wrapped in a polka dot towel inside a large beach bag. The polish collection has two bright summer creams and a flashy textured holographic polish.

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Beach Please: A bright, near neon pink cream with purple leanings. Beach Please is perfect for long summer days on the water. Covers best in 2-3 coats.

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Hexy Bikini: The latest addition to the KBShimmer textured polish line, Hexy Bikini combines holo glitters in silver, teal, and pink and reflects beautifully under the light of the sun. It’s perfect in two coats. Add a topcoat for even more sparkle.

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Shore Thing: Escape to tropical waters with this bright aqua-mint cream with blue-green undertones. Covers best in 2-3 coats. Shore Thing is so beachy, you’ll feel like you’re in a tropics no matter where you are.

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The Limited Edition Beach Trio launches on August 1st, just in time for KBShimmer’s birthday. The two creams retail for $7.50 each, the textured polish for $8.75 and will be available at www.HarlowandCo.org and www.KBShimmer.com. For a limited time, this trio will be available for $21, only at www.kbshimmer.com. This giveaway will run from July 21 to July 31, winner must have a US shipping address.  Prize will be sent via FedEx with signature confirmation.  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cleaning up now will make final clean up much easier.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Here is the nail after vinyl decals are removed.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.  customerservice@kbshimmer.com  We would love to see them!

 

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Gradient Tribal Nail Art Using KBShimmer Nail Vinyl Decals

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Here is the look after clean-up.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Place on the pinky in desired positions.

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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.

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

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2014 KBShimmer Summer Collection


Summer Collection Set For Release June 20th, 2014

We are excited to announce the addition of 12 new colors launching this Friday  10 glittery shades and two bold creams will be added.

We adore glitter top coats and with almost a dozen creams in our collection it was time to bring more glitter pairings to our line. We are adding 4 new glitter top coats that pair well with many of our cream polishes. In addition, we are bringing in two new cream colors, including a near neon peachy orange ideal for pedicures, and a cream inspired by the 2014 Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid. We are also bringing in more creally and jelly polishes to round out the summer collection.

In addition to polish, we are branching into nail art products with 6 varieties of nail vinyl decal sheets. Nail art is a booming area in the fashion and beauty industry. Even so, nail art is not always easy to create for the home polish lover. I struggle myself with more complicated designs.  With these nail vinyl decals, it is a breeze for the home user to create wearable nail art that looks professional.  Come back soon for nail vinyl tutorials.

Nail vinyl decal sheets will retail for $5 each. Each glitter polish will retail for $8.75 per 15 ml bottle, while the creams will retail for just $7.50 per 15 ml bottle.

BIG THANKS to Gabi from Lacquer Loon for the swatches below.  Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/LacquerLoon and on IG @lacquerloon

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The Glitters & Holos:

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Mixed Peelings – A creamy off white polish with citrus and fruit colored glitters in neon green, lemon yellow and watermelon pink.

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Look High And Holo – A raspberry jelly with a rainbows worth of holographic glitters in hexes and squares.

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Peak My Interest – A melon pink colored polish with triangle glitters in white, pink and dark aqua.

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SkinnySeaYouAround

Sea You Around- This deep emerald green near teal jelly features fuchsia and silver circle glitters, light blue squares hexes in a base with scattered fuchsia micro slivers and micro sparkle.

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Mint-al Vacation- This light aqua seafoam has two personalities. In low light, is has a beautiful white shimmer, but in the sun or bright light, you can see a holographic rainbow of color.

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Periwinkle In Time – A periwinkle colored creally polish loaded with holographic glitters in aqua, navy blue, sliver and violet.

Glitter Top Coats:

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Scribble Me This – A graffiti inspired glitter top coat featuring mini stars, triangles, and neon glitters.

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SkinnySweetWave

Sweet Wave – A Bright pastel candy inspired glitter top coat with white, mint, periwinkle and watermelon colored glitters.

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SkinnyRedWhiteAndBluetiful

Red, White & Blue-tiful – A limited edition top coat with mini red, holographic sliver and holographic blue stars. Small red, silver and navy blue glitters along with micro holographic sparkles complete this patriotic polish.

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Happily Ever Aster – A floral inspired glitter top coat with purple, lavender, light aqua and white glitters swimming in a sparkling base.

The Creams:

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Radiant Orchid – Radiant Orchid, 2014 color of the year, is the ideal shade to transition nails from spring to summer and even fall.  This pink toned purple has fuchsia and mauve undertones.

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You’re So Shellfish – Near neon peachy orange perfect for summer pedicures.

Nail Vinyl Decals:

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KBShimmer products can be found at Http://www.KBShimmer.com. For sales outside of the US visit http://www.HarlowandCo.org.

KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose. KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter grabbing brush for easy application. KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish top coat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps and other skin care products.

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If you would like more information about KBShimmer, contact Christy Rose by emailing sales@kbshimmer.com or visiting Http://www.KBShimmer.com.

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Mix And Match Manis – Guest Post From Jenny of Lavish Layerings

Hi everyone! This is Jenny from Lavish Layerings and I’m honored to be guest posting for KBShimmer today! I’ve long been a huge fan of their glitter polishes and I have recently been doing a number of nail art looks utilizing their new creme line, which is equally fantastic!How many of you would like to give nail art a try but just don’t have the time? I really enjoy nail art and I often do full blown nail art manis when time permits, but sometimes I cheat a bit. If you only do the nail art on a few nails instead of ALL of your nails, the task doesn’t seem quite as daunting. I have seen more and more ladies on my favorite blogs and on Instagram doing looks like these, and I like to call them Mix and Match Manis or accent nails. There are so many nail art techniques that are very simple, but when incorporated in the right way can add a lot of pizzazz to your manis without a lot of fuss.

First up, I thought we would start with a simple glitter gradient. I started off with a base of Sky Jinks on all of my nails. I then used 1 coat of Squared Away on all of my nails except the middle two. On the middle and ring finger only, I did a glitter gradient. No special tools needed; just use the brush parallel to the nail to dab on glitter to about halfway down the nail.
Sky Jinks and Squared Away

The trick to a glitter gradient is to wipe off most of the excess polish before you begin dabbing so that you don’t get big clumps of glitter in one spot. If you want, you can even place glitter pieces exactly where you want them using the tip of your brush. Once you get your gradient how you like it, just topcoat and you are done! Now you have a little more interest in what would have been just a normal glitter mani with very little extra effort! Squared Away is discontinued from KBShimmer’s line (I’m sure you can find it on blog sales still), but you can use this technique with any glitter topper. It would look very cool with one of their newer glitter toppers, Rush Flower Traffic.

Next I have a mani that I doesn’t really incorporate nail art so much, but it still has some added visual interest. For this mani, I chose two polishes that I thought complimented each other well: A Touch of Glass and Laugh Myself Lily. I used Laugh Myself Lily on the middle two nails and A Touch of Glass on all of  my other nails. After A Touch of Glass had dried completely, I added a single pink stud at the base of each of those nails. Be sure to seal in the studs with topcoat after you apply them (I used 2 coats of topcoat).

A Touch of Glass and Laugh Myself Lily
The contrast of the glitter and creme polishes is really nice and the studs compliment the pink glitters in Laugh Myself Lily to make a really cohesive look. If you don’t have any nail art studs (or don’t like something sticking up off of your nail), you can use pieces of glitter in the place of them or even use a dot of a contrasting polish made with dotting tool/bobby pin to acheive a similar look.

This next look incorporates a nail art technique from The Nailasaurus, a blogger who (to me) is one of the pioneers of the idea of these Mix and Match Manis.  This mani was inspired by Watercolor, which I used on my pointer and pinky nail here. The name and beautiful colors of this polish made me want to incorporate a nail art look that looked like a watercolor painting. I had recently seen The Nailasaurus’s tutorial for Nimbus Nail Art, and thought this technique would be perfect to acheive that effect.

Life Rose On, Watercolor, and Sky Jinks

For this technique, you only need a few creme polishes, acetone, and cotton swabs (Q-Tips). I started off with a white base and then used Life Rose On and Sky Jinks to do the Nimbus effect. Basically, you dab some of your creme polish on a disposable surface (I used a paper plate) and then thin it out with acetone until it is very runny. Then you use a cotton swab to dab random dots all over your nails and then repeat with your other color(s). The Nailasaurus’s tutorial is very thorough, so I will let you refer to that for a full rundown of the technique. I will say that I believe that I thinned my polishes even more than hers and made sure that my cotton swab was completely soaked in acetone so that the effect was very light and ethereal, like a watercolor painting.

Finally, I have a little more of an advanced technique for you. I know so many people want to give water marbling a try but are hesistant to do it because it is SO time consuming. I good way to get your feet wet is to start out with only doing a few marbled accent nails. For this mani, I used Honeydew List and Life Rose On. I used Honeydew List as my base and then added the marbled accents on my middle nails. After I got done with the marble, I went back in and added a few random dots of Life Rose On with my dotting tool to add a bit more interest.

Honeydew List and Life Rose On

There are a million tutorials for water marbling out there that you can find via Google search, so I will not bore you with yet another one. I will however give you a few tips and tricks that I have learned along the way to help you have a successful water marbling experience.

1) Be sure you are using filtered water (I used bottled water) and not tap water for your marble. If you don’t do this your polish won’t spread properly.
2) Be sure your water is room temperature or even lukewarm to help the polish spread well across the water’s surface.
3) Do not set up your marbling station in front of a fan or vent. The blowing air will cause the polish on the surface of the water to dry too quickly and you won’t be able to create your designs.
4) After you tape off the skin around your nails, brushing a little nail oil on the small bit of skin/cuticle that is between your nail and the tape will really aid in clean-up.
5) After you dip your nail in the water, be sure to completely remove the excess polish off of the surface of the water before bringing your nail back out of the water or it will get on your nail and mess up your design. Just blow on the surface of the water to dry the excess polish (if it is not already dry) and drag an orangewood stick across the surface of the water to collect the dried polish.

I really hope that you all have enjoyed my post! Although it may be a bit basic for you nail art experts out there, I hope it will inspire some of you nail art newbies and those of you who are pressed for time to explore these techniques a bit! Another cool thing about Mix and Match designs is, you don’t have to stop at two different nail designs if you don’t want to! You can take a peek at ChitChatNails to see the history of the Skittlette Mani where you have 3 or more different complementary nails. Basically, the possibilities are endless with this sort of Mix and Match mani.

A special thanks to Christy for allowing me to share with you today! If you want to see more of my nail art designs, be sure to check out my blog, Facebook, and Instagram!

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

Stamping With The Spring Creams – Guest Post by Kirby of The Mercurial Magpie

Hey, everyone! I’m Kirby, the blogger behind The Mercurial Magpie!  I’ve been a big fan of KBShimmer ever since I discovered the world of handmade polish and I’m super excited to be posting here today!

So, let’s talk creams. To a polish lover, are they always the most exciting thing? Your first thought might be no, but I say…YES! You see, they’re incredibly versatile. On their own, they can be a nice palette cleanser or pop of color for an accent nail, maybe even a base for nail art! But oh, reader, their appeal for me doesn’t stop there. One word- stamping!

It’s the first question on anyone’s minds when they read about new cream colors- “Yes, yes, you claim it will fold my clothes, wash my car and have dinner on the table when I get home from work, but WILL IT STAMP?” Is that just me? It is? Oh. Well, regardless, it’s certainly the first thought that I had when the press release for these came out. I’m happy to report that for the most part, they do! I tested them all out and some of the lighter shades are very subtle if not stamped over a light base, but the darker colors all work perfectly. I have three combos to show you here today!  The first combination I did was to use Pansy-monium over My Life’s Porpoise. I used KBShimmer Clearly On Top as a top coat for each of these. I used a flower design from the Moyou London Suki 01 plate that kind of reminded me of the  KBShimmer logo.

kbshimmer-my-life's-porpoise-with-pansy-monium-stamping

The second combination I did was using Eclipse over Chick Me Out. This color combo was screaming for a bee stamp, but unfortunately I didn’t have one! What I do have is a plate full of awesome bird stamps, so I used a couple of designs from Messy Mansion’s MM14 plate.

kbshimmer-chick-me-out-with-kbshimmer-eclipse-stamping

The last combination I did was using Sky Jinks over A Touch Of Glass This felt like a very ocean-y duo so I decided to use this cute fish stamp from Moyou London’s Sailor 05 plate.

kbshimmer-a-touch-of-glass-with-kbshimmer-sky-jinks-stamping

There are plenty of ways these shades can be mixed and matched for stamping & I hope this post inspires you to try some out yourself! I’d love to see them if you do! If you’d like to see more from me (including some future KBShimmer-centric posts!) you can check out my blog (http://www.themercurialmagpie.com/), my Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/themercurialmagpie) and my Instagram (http://instagram.com/themercurialmagpie#).  Thanks for reading!