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30 Day Challenge Day 20: Water Marble

I’ve made it to Day 20, two-thirds of the way through the 30 Day Challenge. Hooray! The challenge themes are real-deal from here on out, starting with today’s water marble.

water marble: cult nails manipulative and revlon fashionista

Water marbles are tough for me. I’ve played around with them a few times, including this earlier attempt where I definitely learned a few good lessons. I think that the success or failure of a water marble is largely dependent on the polish choice. If the polishes don’t look good or behave well, you’re sunk (pun intended)!

It took me a little while to pull together the color choices on this one, but I have a lot of blue polishes that I really love, so I decided to go that route.

water marble: cult nails manipulative and revlon fashionista

I started with two coats of NYC French White Tip and used it plus Cult Nails Manipulative, (pale aqua with shimmer) and Revlon Fashionista (deep teal). Revlon Fashionista is my untried for 30 Days of Untrieds. Just having an untried in here violates the water marble rules I set for myself after my last attempt, but that’s just the way it goes when you’re in the midst of a challenge!

water marble: cult nails manipulative and revlon fashionista

For this one, it was actually the untried Revlon Fashionista that performed the best. The drops easily spread out across the top of the water. Both Cult Nails Manipulative and NYC French White Tip refused to spread very much. In general the whole thing dried pretty quickly, so I had a few tries that fell apart before I even got to finish drawing the design. I used a dotting tool to add some Revlon Fashionista.

water marble: cult nails manipulative and revlon fashionista

And cleanup was a real bitch on this one. The blue polishes, primarily Revlon Fashionista, really didn’t want to come off of my skin. Sorry for the mess, I really did try very hard to clean up but to no avail.

30-Day Challenge, 30 Days of Untrieds

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NOTD: Mermaid-ish Manicure

Summer’s in full swing here, and the heat’s been rolling in. Thank goodness we have a pool! Just looking at that inviting blue water is enough to cool you down, which is what led to this water-inspired mani. This color combo of turquoise/green/blue brought mermaids to mind, especially with the sparkly aspect of the glitter.

This is two coats of Zoya Wednesday topped with a coat of Poshe. Zoya says Wednesday is best described as a “faded dirty medium turquoise with green undertone and an opaque cream finish.” Well ok then.

On the accent nails I added one coat of Color Club Fly With Me, a lime-green shimmer, and then I dabbed Revlon Radiant on the tips to about halfway down the nail. Radiant is a mix of micro and medium hex blue and turquoise glitter plus silver medium hex glitter in a clear base. Topped everything off with another coat of Poshe.

You can see from the pictures that I didn’t do the best job with the application of Fly With Me on the accent nails, but I don’t think it was as bad as depicted here. I think there was a fair amount of shrinkage near the cuticles overnight (did this at night, photographed the next morning). There’s just no way I was that off.

That aside, this was a really fun manicure to wear. I really love this color combo for summer.

What colors are you having fun wearing this summer?

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?

Recent Haul

Sorry for the long absence, life got in the way! Rest assured, just because I wasn’t blogging about nail polish doesn’t mean I wasn’t buying nail polish. Here’s a quick look at a recent haul, meaning you can expect a closer look at several of these soon.

A collection of nail polishes from Revlon, Essie and others

From left to right:

Essie Matte About You: a mattifying top coat that I’m very eager to try out over a glitter polish. I’ve seen that on several blogs and really love the look,especially over a black base.

Revlon Whimsical: probably best known as a dupe of Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter In The Air, it’s a fun shade for summer, very light and soothing.

Lush Lemony Flutter: I’ve seen rave reviews of this cuticle butter on several of my favorite blogs, so I wanted to give it a whirl.

Revlon Fashionista: an intriguing blue, which I thought might pair well with Whimsical.

Aphrodite Lacquers RumRunner: Rebecca is now making waves in the indie polish world with her new Evil Indie Polish Queen line, but this one is from her earlier SandBar collection, which is still available on Etsy.

Essie Set In Stones: from Essie’s luxeffects top coat collection, this one is described by the company as “disco mirror ball chaos.” Yes, please!

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.

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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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