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NOTD: It’s Candy Sandwich

“It’s candy!”

That’s what my husband said when I showed him this manicure, so hey, let’s go with it for the name.

The basic premise here was to do a manicure that combined a white base with a colorful glitter, and somewhere along the line I decided to make it a sandwich.

Actually I had a hard time figuring out where to stop with this one. I started with a base coat and two coats of Revlon Colorstay Calla Lily, which probably would be classified as a sheer rather than a jelly (hence I’m not calling this a jelly sandwich manicure). Calla Lily is a translucent white polish with a very subtle gold shimmer in it. This manicure was a much better use for it than my earlier, ill-fated water marble attempt .
Then I added a layer of glitter, in the form of Ulta’s Pinata-Yada-Yada which is a mix of small and micro hex glitter in a clear base. It’s got a ton of colors in there, but my eye mostly sees silver, gold, turquoise, green and hot pink.

Macro of Ulta’s Pinata-Yada-Yada

I followed that with another layer of Calla Lily and a layer of Poshe topcoat because I thought I was done, but then I decided I wanted a little more opacity on top so I added another layer of Calla Lily and another Poshe. Again, because I thought I was done.

But then I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I did accents on my ring fingers and thumbs by brushing on a bit of Pinata-Yada-Yada from the tips to about halfway down my nails, just to give a little sparkle.

Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada

Detail Of Accent Nail

In retrospect, I probably should have stuck to just a single top layer of Calla Lily, but I still like the way it came out. What do you think? Should I have stopped earlier?

NOTD: Sneeze Breeze Tips

I was dying to try out The Hungry Asian’s Sneeze Breeze and knew I wanted something simple that would really show it off and let it shine in all its glittery glory. I was inspired by this Black Ice New Year’s Eve nail art from Polish and Pearls, but in the end I chickened out and ended up with something much more basic. This is two coats of Orly Black Vinyl with two coats of Sneeze Breeze on the tips, plus one coat of Poshe.


Water Marbling: Lessons Learned

For your viewing pleasure, this is my first attempt at water marbling intended to be worn in public. What I mean by that is the first time I stumbled across the concept of water marbling and watched a video tutorial on how to do it, I had to give it a try immediately. It was just with the first bunch of polishes I could grab, and I had absolutely no intention of leaving it on, i just had to try it on one nail. That was many, many months ago. It actually came out well in terms of execution but the colors weren’t right since I hadn’t actually tried to pick ones that went well together.

So now what you see here was an attempt that actually was intended for public consumption. Let me say upfront that I know the photo isn’t that great, and neither is the condition of the manicure. I don’t have any excuse for the photo other than that the lighting was bad when I took it and it’s just what I had to deal with. But as far as the manicure, I had already been wearing it for a week when I took this, so please forgive the chips, nail growth, etc.

Overall I’d give myself a C+/B- on this in terms of how happy I was with it. I learned a few valuable lessons, which I’ll share in a second.

Before I get to that, here are the colors I used. The base color on all of my nails is two coats of Zoya Jolene (hot pink). For the water marbles on my two ring fingers, I used Zoya Jolene, Zoya Robyn (neon blue), Zoya Jancyn (neon orange), Orly Rage (shimmery bronze) and Revlon Calla Lilly (sparkly white). I used Maybelline Express Finish Base & Top Coat as the basecoat, and one coat of Poshe as the top coat.


First: Don’t be an idiot that uses a polish she’s never tried on before AT ALL in a water marble. I bought the Revlon Calla Lilly specifically because I wanted a white to use in water marbling (and because I had a coupon for it at Target). But what I realized too late is that it’s actually very sheer, so it just wasn’t a good choice to use in this type of nail art. If you look on my right finger you can see a faint hint of glitter just about where the glare spot is. That’s the Calla Lilly. On my left finger, you’ll see a huge wide open space in the middle of the nail that butts up against a nice swirl of Orly Rage: that’s the Revlon Calla Lilly. So using a visible color here would have made a huge difference. Duh. This is the part where I confess that I actually hadn’t tried on any of them before; I had recently purchased all of these colors (the Zoyas in particular with water marbling in mind) and hadn’t used any of them yet. Double duh. That said, the others were great.

Second: I think I used too much of the Jolene, i.e. the base color, in the water marble design. I wanted it to be tied in to the rest of the manicure, but I think I ended up with spots where it just looked blank because it was the same color as the base.

Third: Orly Rage looks absolutely amazing in a water marble. I loved, loved, loved the way it looked. It really drew my eye to it. I would actually catch myself staring at it sometimes. Will definitely use it in another one.

So that’s the long and short of it. Perhaps next time I will graduate to a full set of water marbles, though I have to admit that the thought is rather daunting. It’s a very cool process that is very difficult to control. But if it comes out right, so, so cool!

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