Hello lovelies,

 

It's Friday and that means ABC Challenge! This is the third week of the challenge so the letter is C! I have chosen the word CARVING to represent this week because the design is actually done by carving. I'll explain later, let's have a look at the nails...

 

ABC Challenge: C is for Carving | Nail Art Challenge

 

This design is not my original, it is a recreation of Sam Biddle's rose tutorial. Sam has shown this carved out rose design on one of her live Facebook sessions and I loved it so much I had to try it too! It's done using gel polish and Be Creative (Sam Biddle's brand) pigments.

 

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Step 1 - Colour base - do your regular gel polish application - base coat and 1-2 coats of white gel polish. Cure but don't wipe the sticky layer. I've used Color Club Foundation + Primer and French Tip gel polish.

 

Step 2 - Pigment gradient - using small fluffy brush and Be Creative pigment in Pretty in Pink, dab the pigment into the centre of the nails in a circle pattern. Next, use a Heather Heaven pigment and apply it around the first circle and overlap the pigments a bit so they blend in. Then use the darkest purple pigment (Flip Flops) and cover the rest of the nail. Use a large soft brush (old makeup brushes like blending, blush brush etc. work great for this) to sweep all loose pigment off the nail.

 

Step 3 - Carving the design - at this point the nails have a cool circular gradient and it's time to add the rose design. Sam recommends using her nail art pen to carve out the rose but I substituted this for pointy dotting tool and it worked too (this dotting tool is a tear shaped, not completely round). I've started in the middle of the nail and carved out the rose petals just as I would draw them on paper. There's no need to use a lot of pressure, the carving is very easy.

 

Step 4 - Seal the design - use a gel polish topcoat to seal the whole design. Try floating the brush just like with regular topcoat to prevent any of the pigment to transfer on the topcoat brush. I've used Color Club Seal + Shine Top Coat. Wipe off the sticky residue.

 

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ABC Challenge: C is for Carving | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: C is for Carving | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: C is for Carving | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: C is for Carving | Nail Art Challenge

 

Pretty easy and beautiful, right? I've applied Color Club Matte-ified Gel Top Coat in the end and the result was quite nice as well but I think I prefer the glossy version that reveals the subtle shimmer of pigments. This would work with other gel polish colours as well but I've used white because it makes the pigments bright and the white carving creates a nice contrast. I like this technique very much and big thanks to Sam Biddle for showing it to us in her live session. You can see the recording and Sam's tutorial HERE.

 

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and don't forget to check out Sam Biddle's work, she's a great nail artist and educator :) Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

 

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Hello lovelies,

 

Let's take a little break from nail polish and have a look at what's new in the world of JORD Wooden Watches. I like to wear these so from time to time I show you some of the new pieces. I have promised to review one of their new limited edition Delmar Drift colour combinations. I haven't seen the Delmar Drift watch before and I thought it might be unisex but upon receiving it I've realised this is definitely a male watch. It is massive so I couldn't model it well on my teeny tiny hands so I enlisted the services of my husband.

 

About: "Our signature Delmar series is known as a watch closet chameleon, appealing to various personalities who value the bold design and color contrast. As a thank you to our Delmar fans we are releasing a much requested, limited edition grouping. We'e paired Bamboo, Red Sandalwood, Dark Sandalwood, and Green Sandalwood with vivid carbon fiber faces in an arresting array of hue and grain. Deviate from the norm and indulge in a new Limited Edition, Delmar Drift."

 

Let's take a look at the watch first...

 

Review: JORD Delmar Drift Wooden Watch | Limited Edition
Review: JORD Delmar Drift Wooden Watch | Limited Edition
Review: JORD Delmar Drift Wooden Watch | Limited Edition
Review: JORD Delmar Drift Wooden Watch | Limited Edition

 

All JORD watches that I've got come in a nice wooden box and this piece was no different. The packaging is well-thought and includes a little branded pillow that the watch is wrapped around, little wooden medallion attached to each watch with a logo, instructions booklet and the wooden box with carved logo.

 

The Delmar Drift watch I've received has a large rectangular watchface with Pearl Carbon background and it's made of Green Sandalwood. Despite this watch being on the large side, it's still very light compared to a metal watch. I couldn't feel any rough or sharp edges and the watch looks very nicely done. There is a wide variety of colour combinations and different woods so there's one for everyone.

 

Features:

  • scratch resistant mineral glass
  • double locking fold-over clasp
  • movement: Citizen Miyota 2035
  • 1 year limited waranty
  • case width: 44mm
  • band thickness: 26mm - 36mm
  • band length: 225mm
  • The natural Green Sandalwood is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils
  • The Delmar is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM).

 

Review: JORD Delmar Drift Wooden Watch | Limited Edition

 


I've been wearing another JORD watch (Ely series, picture below) a lot in the past year and it's one of my favourite watch!

 

Review: JORD Delmar Drift Wooden Watch | Limited Edition

 

 

JORD wooden watch would be a great option for a Father's Day, graduation, birthday present or any other occasion, don't you think? My husband happily accepted this piece and is wearing it as an alternative watch.

 

If you'd like to get your hands on one of the limited edition Delmar Drift pieces, you can purchase them at JORD website.

 

I love me some JORD watch - by the way have you seen the ladies Frankie watch? It's so beautiful! Do you own any wooden watch yet? Stay tuned for some nails soon ;)

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie

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