Showing posts with label water marble. Show all posts
Showing posts with label water marble. Show all posts

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

01 September 2014

The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2.0, Day One: Red

Hi everyone! Today's the day that myself, Kelli of The Nail Polish Challenge, and Lindsey from Wondrously Polished start our challenge. In case you missed it, I introduced it in this post. All of us have done the original 31 Day Challenge, and we felt like we wanted to do something a bit different this year, so we modified it to make it more interesting, and more challenging!

Red marble nail art
Red marble nail art

08 March 2014

Essie Resort 2014 Nail Art: Water Marble, Interrupted

Hi everyone! I will have swatches of the new Essie Resort collection this weekend, but in the meantime, here's a fun water marble that I'm very proud of. I'm hoping to create more nail art looks with this collection, because I'm itching to do more spring nail art looks. I'm so over winter and ready to put the whole thing behind me!

Essie Resort 2014 water marble nail art

07 March 2014

The Nail Bites: Lynnderella Aquamarine Calm

Hi everyone! So the other week I posed the idea of doing shorter, bite-sized posts that would be mixed in with my regular posts. Well, I figured my new shortie posts should have their own name...The Nail Bites! ;)

Every week the Love Lynnderella Facebook page hosts a giveaway, and you can gain extra entries by posting a mani with the POTW (polish of the week). This week it was Aquamarine Calm, so it was the perfect opportunity to pull out one of my untrieds.

11 December 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Red, Gold, and Green: Day One: Lynnderella Spumoni

Hi everyone! This month's Digit-al Dozen nail art week started yesterday, but I missed it on account of the Beginner Blogger's Bootcamp post. So it looks like I'll be playing catch-up later this week! The theme of red, gold, and green obviously ties into the upcoming holidays. And despite the fact that I generally like holiday-themed nail art, I'll admit that I'm finding this week hard in terms of coming up with unique nail art ideas.

Lynnderella Spumoni with water marble accent nail

14 November 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Disrupted Water Marble

Hi everyone! Monday we had the distressed poppies, and now we have disrupted water marble. Notice a trend? ;) You may have seen similar designs like this here, this is my favourite way to do water marbles. It's not a perfect water marble, nor is it a water-spotted water marble (see no spots!), so I've dubbed it the disrupted water marble.

Black and white disrupted water marble

18 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Twenty, Water Marbled: Holographic Water Marble Fail

Hi everyone! I don't do this too often, but the mani I'm posting tonight I actually consider to be a fail. I knew this would happen when I started the 31 Day Challenge - an instance where I wasn't happy with a design and didn't have the chance to redo it, and today's the day. One of my major goals with this blog is to inspire others, but this blog is also meant to capture my growth as a nail artist. And with that growth comes it's ups and downs.

I started off by wanting to do a water marble with several holographic polishes from A England. I began with a black base using Orly Liquid Vinyl, then did a water marble with A England Tristam, Saint George, and Lady of the Lake.

The technique itself was not a problem. These are actually good polishes to marble with as they don't dry too fast allowing you to move them around in the water. The problem is that the marble effect is really hard to see. It's somewhat better in person, but difficult to capture on camera.

So here's where I need your help. I'm wondering if I should try to do another water marble with these polishes. If so, what should I do differently? Should I work with a lighter base? Maybe do the water marble over a grey or white base? I really love how these polishes disperse in the water, so I'm not quite ready to give up on the idea.

So there you have it, one of the few times I'll post a fail. What do you think - should I not do posts like this, or should I have waited until I could post a successful water marble? Have you had a water marble fail?


08 June 2013

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! For only one polish, this post is fairly picture heavy! Tatiana, the maker of Lumina Lacquer was kind enough to include this polish in my last order, and I can't believe it took me so long to try it! Man Eater is a classic glitter bomb, and while I love Lumina Lacquer polishes, my initial impression of this polish was lukewarm. I initially tried it over a lighter polish, as you can see below. But it wasn't until I layered it over a darker polish that it really popped! I then added some nail art on the accent nails, and ta-da! Each time I try this polish, I love it more and more!

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater

Man Eater is a clear-based polish with a mixture of matte grey, black, and silver holographic glitter. There's micro-glitter, hexes, moons, stars, hearts, and tiny bars. The glitter is perfectly suspended, and I had great glitter payoff in just one coat. No issue with the formula, just a little bit of fussing to make sure it spreads out fairly evenly. One thing to note is that the grey glitter is predominate, while the holo glitter is more like an accent. At first this rather bothered me, but after awhile it grew on me, and it makes the polish more unique, in my opinion.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Full Steam Ahead)

I first layered it over Essie Full Steam Ahead from the Summer 2013 Collection. Meh, what can I say!? It looks okay, but the glitter doesn't really stand out.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Full Steam Ahead)

I then tried it over Essie Midnight Cami, a dark midnight blue. I think this polish is really strong layered over a darker base colour. I could also see it over black, or a dark purple or green. For the accent nails I decided to do a water-spotted water marble using some colours that would complement the glitter in Man Eater.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

For the two accent nails I started with a base of Zoya Dove, a pale grey. Then I used the following polishes for the water marble: Liquid Sky Lacquer Tripindicular (a magenta holo), Essie Midnight Cami, Zoya Jules, and A-England Dorian Gray. I used hairspray to break up the polish and create a spotted/irregular effect.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

I really love how this turned out. I told you I wanted to explore this water-spotted water marble technique and I love how it turned out here. My middle finger looks looks so unique! And Man Eater provides the perfect accompaniment.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (Ring from Joe Fresh)

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, through Norway Nails, and Mei Mei's Signatures. Follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think of this? Are you tired of my messed up water marbles?! :P

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

26 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 10: Wrath

Hi everyone! Today's nails don't look very wrathy, but trust me, I started these with the intent to complete the challenge for today's prompt. However, things didn't go according to plan.

The prompt for Day 10 of the challenge is as follows: "Find something that blows your top and express it with your art."

When I think of the things that blow my top - child abusers, people who are mean to kittens, able-bodied people who don't move on the escalator or let anyone pass them - I just couldn't think of anything that I would want to express in a nail art design. And I'm not the type of person who really gets angry a lot.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

But one thing that does really irritate me is splatter manis, I've tried the technique several times, with not much success. I really loved the water-spotted mani I did for Day 9 of the challenge, so I wanted to build on that. Like last time, I started with a base of OPI MY Vampire is Buff. I did a water-spotted water marble with Illamasqua Stance and Venous.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

My plan was then to do a simple splatter mani on top, but it didn't exactly work out as I hoped. So I took Orly Luxe and did another water-spotted water marble on top to try and save it, also to add some interest to the design.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

In the end, this really doesn't go with the theme, but I much like the design. I'm really liking this water-spotted technique, so expect to see more designs like this. I've been thinking about the idea of working in a series, where you take an idea and explore it in several works over a period of time. It's something that we were told to do when I was in art school, but I believe it also applies to nail art. For example, if you like roses, do ten designs with roses, but do something different each time. Maybe I'll do a series of water-spotted water marble designs.

What do you think of this design?

25 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 9: Wrath

Hi everyone! How was your day? I was supposed to work on my dissertation today, but I felt so tired that I didn't get much done. I probably should work on it over the weekend, but I also have a bunch of stuff I want to swatch and review for the blog. Blogger problems I know. ;)

But I finally got a chance to start on this week's challenges. The prompt for today is as follows: "Get mad trying, again, that technique you know it's going to be a fail." Well the only technique I've really failed at is the sugar spun mani, and I have no desire to revisit that again any time soon. So I decided to do a water marble. I haven't done one since the Advent Calendar challenge I did back in December. But a water marble is one of those techniques that can go horribly wrong, so I thought it would be appropriate here.

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

There are some people who can do very perfect water marbles. Corynn Musser, aka @mucking_fusser on Instagram, immediately comes to mind and her work is so beautiful. But while I appreciate the skill, intricacy and talent that goes into these perfect water marbles, I'm more interested the chaotic, disruptive, unpredictable aspects of the technique. So when people started doing the so-called "water spotted" technique, I knew that was right up my alley.

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

To make this even "wrathier" I used red and black. My base is my beloved OPI My Vampire is Buff, the red is Colorama Deixa Beijar from their Cremoso line, and the black is Orly Liquid Vinyl. Basically I dropped the red and black in the water and moved it around with a toothpick as if I was doing a water marble. Then I sprayed hairspray into it, which caused it to break apart and spread. The black didn't really want to break apart, but the red was perfect for this technique. I assume that it's the different brands that account for this.

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

I know that there are imperfections in this, a few places where there were bubbles, that sort of thing. But overall, I really love how this turned out. I enjoy looking at how the polish spread and moved in the water, and each nail is so different and unique. I plan to explore more with this technique.

What do you think of this? Have you tried the water spotted method?

22 December 2012

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, Day 21: Water Marble

Hi everyone! So it looks like the world didn't end today, lol, but I guess that means I still need to finish my dissertation. Darn! I was kind of hoping for a good ol' fashioned apocalypse to get me out of that one! ;)

I decided to do today's challenge instead of doing one of the ones that I missed. Today is water marble, and so I did mine with three polishes that I just bought from Harlow & Co.: Enchanted Polish Bruised Nutcracker and Ballerina Sprinkles, and piCture pOlish Cosmos. These are gorgeous polishes and I can't wait to show you them on their own.

Enchanted Polish Bruised Nutcracker, piCture pOlish Cosmos,
and Enchanted Polish Ballerina Sprinkles

Let me qualify these pictures by saying that this is my very first water marble manicure. It's true! I say that because I know that this isn't a perfect water marble. There are many mistakes including some bubbling, and I messed up on the pinky, hence the strange blobs.

Water marble manicure

But I'm also very proud of it. It was water marbling that first got me into nail art and nail polish. I remember seeing it on a friend's blog and my initial reaction was something like, "OMG, how did she do that??!!!" I looked up tutorials on YouTube, and remember being so enamoured by the process. After that I started reading nail polish/nail art blogs and collecting polish. And it's all been downhill from there! Just kidding! But despite the fact that I've been interested in water marbling for some time (that was about six-seven months ago), I never attempted to do a water marble mani. That is, until today. So I am proud of myself for finally taking the plunge.

Water marble manicure

I'm not going to go into the process of doing a water marble mani, there are plenty of tutorials by people more experienced than myself. But it was easier than I thought. I suspect that the problems I had would improve with practice. I do think this is not bad for a first attempt. I also love the colours that I used and how well they go together.

Water marble manicure

What do you think? Have you ever done a water marble?
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