Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Presents Pond Mani - Making My First Polish

Christmas Presents Pond Mani

Who's done all their Christmas shopping already? There is only one week left until Christmas so time to get those final presents... on your nails!!

I was looking for something to ask for Christmas and I found the most perfect Christmas present ever! A lot of indie polish brands that make gorgeous polishes don't ship to Belgium or shipping is crazy expensive, so I figured why not make my own? If you can't buy it, make it!

I found an amazing website, Micamomo, which supplies nail polish ingredients and has a ton of glitters, flakes, mica powders, liquid pigments, and suspension bases to choose from. All their suspension bases and liquid pigments are 5 free and checked against the current EU Cosmetic Regulations! If you just want to dip your toes into the polish making businesses, they also have a couple beginner kits which are perfect for trying out (and making sure you don't spend all your money ๐Ÿ˜‚).

One downside when ordering suspension bases and/or multiple liquid pigments is that shipping to Europe (UK is cheaper) is quite expensive since these are classed as dangerous goods.

For this polish I used a liquid pigment and they are so pigmented! I was trying to make a jelly but added too much liquid pigment at first, although I used their recommended amount for jelly polishes (there might have been a small measuring error though ๐Ÿ˜„).

If you are interested in a tutorial on how to make your own indie polish let me know below!

Christmas Presents Pond Mani

The Christmas presents are stamped using my favorite jelly stamper (ID=26498) from and the Christmas plate (ID=36245) from their 6th anniversary gift bag. I first applied 2 coats of Holly Berry. One coat would be enough but my jelly wasn't sheer enough so I needed to use up some of the polish to make room for more suspension base. Then I stamped 1 or 2 presents per nail using "Jupiter Princess" by New York Color and added 1 coat of Holly Berry. Repeat this one more time and then stamp some more presents on top and apply a top coat.

If you don't have a jelly polish no need to worry!! You can achieve the same effect by mixing your favorite red polish with a clear polish or top coat. You can see how it looks in the tutorial below ๐Ÿ˜‰. I mixed around 5 drops of the gel look top coat by Hema and with a tiny bit of "Life of the Party" by Essie. For me the little bit of leftover polish n the brush after removing all the excess polish was enough to create the right opaqueness for a jelly. Depending on how sheer your polish is, you might need a bit more or less.


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