I've been hemming and hawing for so long now about what my first post on this blog should be, and I don't think I will ever come to the perfect answer. Today I decided to just go for it! So, I bring to you the first official blog post on honeybeenails.com!
It makes sense that the first post on my blog would be from Native War Paints, doesn't it? If you've followed me on Instagram for any length of time, you've definitely seen a lot of this brand in my feed! I've been swatching for NWP for years now, and over the years have become friends with Amanda & Brian (the makers). Their new neon collection for Summer 2018 is Martini Magic - a six piece collection of neon magnetic water marbling polishes with a shimmery, silver magnetic pull. These will launch on NWP's website May 18th at noon EDT. I'll share more detailed launch info further down!
To avoid repetition each swatch you see has been topped with Cuticula Timeless Topcoat in the scent Effervescent. I used a Masura magnet that I purchased from What's Up Nails held diagonally across the nail for about ten seconds after both the second coat of polish and again after adding the topcoat. To me, the magnetic line appeared stronger after adding the topcoat and applying the magnet.
A magnetic neon pink; two coats.
A magnetic neon orange; two coats
A magnetic neon yellow; three coats
A magnetic neon green; two coats
A magnetic neon blue; two coats
Martinis and Teeny Bikinis
A magnetic neon purple; two coats
That's it for the straight up swatches, but you know I couldn't leave this collection alone without trying out some water marble designs! For the water marbling I didn't apply the magnet until after I had applied topcoat. The shimmery, silver magnetic line is tough/impossible to pick up in my photos, but it was there in person. You'll just have to take my word for that! I know some other nail artists have had luck holding the magnet over the polish while it is still in the water. I haven't tried this technique so I can't speak to its success, but it never hurts to experiment and play around to see what works best for you.
First I created a stripey water marble design; they are my favorites to do!
Next I did a swirly design. I never seem to get the pattern down correctly on all of my nails, but that's okay. I like how it came out anyway.
Native War Paints Martini Magic Collection
**One magnet will be included with full collection purchases - or - available as a $2.00 add-on purchase.**
Preorder Pricing: $9.00ea or $50 full collection
Preorder begins: Friday, May 18 at noon EDT
Preorder ends: Sunday, May 27 at 11:59pm EDT
Regular Pricing: $10.00ea or $55 full collection
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I haven't played with much magnetic polish beyond what Native War Paints has put out recently. I used one of the Sinful Colors magnetics way back in like 2012, but I know that the polish making game has gotten much stronger since then. These were fun to use, the formulas were nice, and they water marble just as you'd expect a NWP neon to water marble.
Okay guys I did it, I wrote my first blog post!
How did I do? I'd love any constructive criticism/feedback as I'm feeling quite "green" here.
Thanks for reading!