Category: Tutorials

Hairspray Water Marble

For today’s Indie Appreciation Week post, I decided to do a nail art method I’ve been wanting to try for some time now. Hairspray water marbling is similar to regular water marbling, except you spray the polish with hairspray rather than using a pointed object to make the design. The hairspray cuts through the polish and produces a cool abstract design. I decided to layer multiple colours for this look, so I used Steel City Reflections‘ Sun Bleached Bones as my base, Beyond the Nail‘s Supernova, Asteroid and Comet for the marbling, and Cuter Cuticles‘ Cutie Guard to help with the cleanup.

First, apply the base colour and let it completely dry. I used Sun Bleached Bones from Steel City Reflections, which is a satin white with a hint of shimmer. This polish can be opaque with two coats, but I love how it looks sheer, so I only applied one coat for this manicure.

I find it easiest to water marble one nail at a time, so I applied my Cutie Guard from Cuter Cuticles around my first nail only. Make sure to cover at least half way up your finger because polish tends to get everywhere when water marbling.

Add a few drops of the first polish colour (I started with Asteroid from Beyond the Nail) into a small dish of water. If your water is too cold, the polish will harden, so make sure it’s at least room temperature. Once the polish has spread out in the water, spray with liquid hair spray (not aerosol), and dip your nail into the polish faced down. Use a q-tip to remove excess polish from the water before pulling your nail back out. Repeat this step with all other polishes.

After layering all three colours, there is quite a mess of polish around the nail. At this point, peel off the Cutie Guard to reveal wonderful, clean skin – no cleanup required. Repeat this process on each nail and apply a top coat once dry.

I really love how this manicure turned out. Although time consuming, I find hairspray water marbling to be a lot easier than regular water marbling, so I would definitely recommend it to beginners.

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Review: Cuter Cuticles Mani Bombs and Cuticle Oil

Tonight’s Indie Appreciation Week post takes us back to when I made my first indie purchase. It was a time when my weekly manicures were increasing in frequency, and I found myself changing polish every 2-3 days. All that acetone took a toll on my nails and cuticles, and I was desperate for a fix. That’s when I discovered Cuter Cuticles and placed my very first order. Now, almost a year later, Sammy’s handmade cuticle oils and mani bombs have become a necessary part of my nail care routine.

As you can see, my nails and cuticles get pretty dry after a round of swatching and mending a cracked nail. But don’t worry, Cuter Cuticles can save them!

This Sweet Tarts Treasure Bomb is ready to drop into a bowl of warm water. Treasure bombs are a bit more special than regular mani bombs because they have a surprise hidden inside. Who doesn’t love surprises?

The bombs fizz up and release an intoxicating scent. I honestly can’t say which scent is my favourite because there are just so many to choose from and they all smell divine.

Now just soak your fingers and relax. Be sure to wear at least a clear coat of polish if you plan to soak for more than a few minutes – too much water can be damaging to your nails. This is also a good time to search for the treasure if you used a treasure bomb.

After soaking for a few minutes, slather on some cuticle oil and enjoy your treasure. This smiley face ring was the perfect treasure, as it complements my happy, healthy cuticles.

Daisy Nail Art

For the first day of Indie Appreciation Week, I want to showcase some of my favourite and most used brands. I created this manicure using Easy Peel liquid latex, vinyls from My Nails Did Vinyls, and polishes from Echoes Polish and Beyond the Nail. Please excuse the bump on my index nail – I had to mend a crack.

I first applied the base colour, I’m Trouble from Echoes Polish, and then put Nail Experiment’s Blue Easy Peel around my accent nails.

Next, I placed my custom daisy chain vinyls from My Nails Did Vinyls, making sure to leave a bit hanging off the edge for easy removal.

I then sponged on two coats of Beyond the Nail’s Holo Blue Microglitter. I removed the vinyls immediately, before the polish dried, to ensure crisp lines.

Finally, I removed the Easy Peel and applied a top coat. As you can see, using Easy Peel made the cleanup for this nail art quick and hassle-free.

Welcome to Midnight Hour Beauty!

My name is Sarah and I’m a beauty-holic. I paint my nails at least twice a week and spend far too much money at Sephora. I’m currently building my freelance business as a makeup artist and nail technician, and am taking a makeup course to help me along that path.

I’m also a bit of an insomniac. It’s about 1am right now and, as usual, I’m sitting here working away on my computer. Most of my posts will probably go up late at night, as that is when my brain truly comes alive. But don’t worry if you’re not a night owl, you crazy morning people can just see the posts when you wake up.

The Midnight Hour Beauty blog is about pretty much anything related to cosmetics and beauty. Expect to see posts ranging from product reviews and tutorials, to daily looks and must-have favourites. I’ll even have a diary series to chronicle my days at beauty school.

Come back Tuesday to see my review of GLAMGLOW® SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment!