31 Days of Halloween- Day 8: Magick Marble!

Good morning again.

I decided that I could not let this Halloween season fly by without at least one water marble. So I did just that.

Forgot to rub the cuticle oil in. Fingers have been dying from all the swatching and art. I apologize if this icks you out.

I didn’t want straight black and orange. So I threw some purple in there (since I love the combo of black and purple for Halloween too). Also, these are all glitter or shimmer polishes. I didn’t want flat cremes for something that I thought should be flashy. 😀

I started with a base of Zoya Tanzy to hide any screw ups (that’s also the orange glitter polish that I used in the water marble itself). I also used Oke.Doke. Purple Nurple for the delicious purple color. Finally, I used Fantasy Makers Black Magic (new version) for the black (you will be seeing it by itself soon).

I love all the patterns except for the index finger. But after I redid it four times, this is what I was left with. It’s the last one I did, and apparently water marbling was done with me before I was done with it. LoL

I really enjoyed this look, and if I had the patience, I’d do a full mani of it. 😉


P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Halloween haiku giveaway!

Independence Day Nail Art

Ok, so one mani wasn’t enough (Yes it totally was, but you get my point).

I decided to get up early this AM and do a water marble.

Now y’all know I’m not the best in the world at this water marble BS. But I have to say I’m pretty proud of this one–even if the colors are crazy and the patterns are all wonky. I also have to say that I don’t know how you ladies who do these all the time (and on all of your fingers!) don’t go nuts after the first few. My ADD kicks in so bad around the fourth nail, that I want to say to hell with it and photograph what I have. It took me about 4 hours to get these done.

Exhibit A--Left Hand

Exhibit B--Right Hand

Exhibit C--OMG She's Got Two Hands!

The red is Wet ‘n Wild Red Red, the white is ChG White On White and the blue is MAC Spirit Of Truth.

To my American friends: Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. If you drink, don’t drive–do the Watermelon Crawl. 😉

NOTD: Pure Ice Wild Thing + Nail Art

I don’t know why I don’t have more Pure Ice polishes. I really kind of like them. The pigments on the two creme polishes I have are absolutely awesome.

Today I want to show you Wild Thing. It’s a vibrant chartreuse green, bordering on fluorescent.

This is two coats with a coat of Seche Vite.

I also got a creative hair last night and wanted to try another water marble:

The green (looks yellow) is Wild Thing, the pink is Sally Hansen Digital and the blue is China Glaze Blue Paradise.

NOTD: Finger Paints Shades of Dark

Well after my nude nails from my last post, I decided to grab one of my vampiest (is that even a word?) shades.

Outside, indirect light

This polish always looks black, but it’s really a dark purple. I knew if I could barely tell it was purple, a camera would never be able to pick it up either. But you can kind of see it in the bottle. Maybe.

Indoors, OttLite

I’ve only worn this twice (including now), but I used it for my very first practice water marble. Observe:

There’s a turqoise, a pink and this dark purple. Can I duplicate this pattern? No. I have tried.

Swatch: China Glaze Lemon Fizz + Mardi Marble

You won’t normally catch me wearing a yellow mani.

There are many reasons. Mostly, it’s because yellow and yellow accessories don’t look good with my skin tone. In fact, the only reason I typically buy a yellow polish is for nail art.

In this instance, there’s a reason I have this swatch going on. I was making a Mardi Gras water marble (more on that in a moment), and I needed a light enough base coat to hide any bald spots when I screwed up. Enter China Glaze Lemon Fizz.

Yellows are notorious for being streaky and generally a pain in the nuts–this one is no exception. To cut down on the streak-fest, I waited for each coat to be completely dry before applying the next coat. Even then, I still had horrible cuticle drag and bald spots. Anywho, this is 4 coats. I suggest layering it over white if you’re wanting to wear this as an actual mani.

Now, under the Mardi Gras water marble, I only have one coat. But it wasn’t there for opacity–it’s there to hide screw ups.  😀

And boy… am I bad at this whole water marble thing. It’s the drawing of designs and dunking the fingers in said designs where I screw up the most. Take my latest entry:

ChG Paper Chasing, Grape Pop & Hard Candy Splendid

This is 3/4 OK and 1/4 fail. I’ll let you guess the fail nail, and then I’ll confirm in a moment.

I began with the index finger. I got all of my drops of polish in and pulled the design. Then, I thought, “Crap, better dunk a nail before you screw this up again.” So I dunked. And it wound up OK.

Knowing I would fail horribly at duplicating the pattern, I tried on my middle finger. Pattern was a little loose. Maybe I didn’t do as many drops of polish or whatever. Still wound up OK.

Now… the ring finger. I don’t know what I was doing, but apparently it wasn’t what I thought I was doing. I doubt I had enough polish drops and I really really doubt I pulled enough pattern in. I probably didn’t dunk my finger in at the right spot either. So… yeah…

Pinky nail? Pretty good. I like it at least. If you’re not looking for a pattern, that is.

Overall, too much yellow in the mani as a whole. Just for my taste.

Oh, and I apologize for the blurry pic. Apparently, my camera wanted to throw up and couldn’t focus properly. It’s probably better this way.  Ha!