09 December 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Winter Wonderland: Day One, Holiday Water Marble

Hi everyone! When I tried the new Cirque Live It Up collection (see my review here), I knew I wanted to do some holiday nail art with these polishes. Of course this week's Digit-al Dozen theme of Winter Wonderland was the perfect opportunity. So I'm kicking off Digit-al Dozen week with a simple holiday water marble with glitter accents.

Holiday Water Marble


About this design: 

I tend to avoid conventional water marbles for good reason - I find them so hard to do! So while this look is very simple, it was very challenging for me. The two water marble nails I did multiple times - my middle finger I did twice, and my ring finger four times! Cirque's Holo-day Cheer was the perfect accent. This polish is actually limited edition and you can read more about it in my review post.

Holiday Water Marble

Holiday Water Marble

To get this look:

  • Base: Pure Ice Superstar!
  • Glitter: Cirque Holo-day Cheer
  • Water marble: OPI Jade is the New Black, Essie Snap Happy, Orly Luxe
  • Top coat: Girly Bits What a Rush

Holiday Water Marble

Final thoughts: 

These Cirque glitters are difficult to incorporate into nail art. I learned the hard way that they don't work well for glitter gradients, so you're pretty much confined to accent nails. In this case, I like the combination of glitter and water marble. And the challenge of trying to do a conventional water marble makes me want to do more.

Holiday Water Marble

What do you think of this? Are you clueless like me when it comes to doing water marbles?

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22 comments:

  1. What a festive water marble that turned out. Its so pretty and that glitter pairs so well for the holiday season too.

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  2. I would not have guessed you had issues watermarbling, it looks great! I personally have issues watermarbling. I rarely do more than one finger as well. I can get the polish to spread, I just mess up the designs. It never looks how I want it to.

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  3. The gold base stands out perfectly against the marble! I have only attempted the technique once.. and it sucked, lol!

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  4. This turned out beautiful!! Teach me your ways! lol

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  5. Well, your water marble hard work paid off, I love how they turned out! Especially that green, I love the effect is has!

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  6. I love a good skittelette!! The watermarbling is spot on, of course, and the Cirque is just a perfect touch!

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  7. That watermarble is super gorgeous! Nicely done!

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  8. Your winter watermarble blows mine out of the water - probably why I've left mine until the end of the week!

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  9. These are so lovely! I'm in the same boat as you and absolutely loath watermarbling...I'll only do it when I really must! Yours look great :)

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  10. Hi Meghan, I enjoy the balance you achieved in this mani! It looks so pretty when a metallic polish is added to a watermarble, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. I really love the glitter paired with the water marble. It's great!

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  12. Watermarble is a nemeses! Yours turned out beautifully! Fabulous job!

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  13. I love it! The glitter accent nail is such a cute touch!

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  14. I love it! The glitter accent nail is such a cute touch!

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  15. Perfect Christmassy colours! The glitter topper is just gorg! I hear you about the water marbling difficulties. I wish I could figure out how to get it done without a million air bubbles showing up (though they are fun to pop).

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  16. Perfect water marble manicure! The colors are so lovely!

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  17. I love the watermarble over the shimmery gold! So pretty! I might have to copy!

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  18. Your watermarble is spectacular! Love this!

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  19. This looks great... Love the Christmasy vibe!

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  20. The watermarble over the holo is fantastic!

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