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Monday, August 15, 2011

Summer Lights Mani and marbling progress

I decided to try some water marbling before I removed my Salty Margarita polish....but first, my finished creation! It turned out So cool!
OK, down to business...

Here is what I used, in order.
I did 2 coats of white as a base for this, not sure why, it just seemed right. Then I sponged on the Sinful Colors blue cream diagonally, and added the SH green diagonally also...leaving a white swatch in between. The SH yellow added sort of wherever and the same with the Nina Ultra Pro frosty blue. I made a sparkly topcoat franken that has blue, green and gold tiny glitter, and little black specks that aren't glitter, but just there, lol! That went on top of this mani, though. Here it what it looked like before my sparkly franken...

I liked it like this with no sparklies! But alas.... you know me and bling!
2 coats of my blue/green/black franken TC...


The camera wasn't picking up the glitter at all, it seemed like. It isn't heavily glittered, though. I used some old SV as a base for this franken. Man alive I love how this looks, though! 2 heavy coats of SV to gloss the heck out of this.
Now, here is my progress in water marbling. This try seems to have eliminated the "blob" effect, since the polish spread out better this time. I was so happy with how it was coming out I did three over my previous mani so that I could be sure it wasn't a fluke, lol!
I think I will get some distilled water for my next try, since we have well water and it's pretty hard...that might help the polish spread out more, because that still seems to be an issue. But I am happy that I am improving at this, for whatever reason....but I do want to know what is making the difference!

Oh, and I would love some feedback on helping get my nails stronger. I bought this nail strengthener on the first pic...we'll see how it does. Does anyone out there use anything specific they like for helping nails grow/get stronger/split less?

8 comments:

Nail Nerd said...

That dark marbling is awesome! I wish there was a "perfect way" to do the marbling and then it just worked out magically every time. Hopefully the bottled water helps!

Gottwinkies said...

Thank-you! I used Essie Little Brown Dress and SH Blue me Away

Buzzwheedle said...

Nice marbling, every time I try it, all I end up with is messy fingers.
I use a strengthener for my nails and I use special vitamins (b-complex) for skin, hair and nails. And I must say it is improving.

Gottwinkies said...

Thanks, Buzzwheedle, I used to take vitamins and probably should again now that I'm *cough* a bit older...B-complex hmm?...my hair/skin/nails have always been dry dry dry!

♥neelai♥ said...

i really love them both! hihihi they're so pretty!! :) by the way thank you for always stopping by at my blog, im really really happy hun! :) thank you so much :)

Gottwinkies said...

*Neelai, thank you for your comments and you are welcome. You have lovely nail designs!

*Buzzwheedle, I forgot to tell you I had seen a YouTube video on using plain chapstick (for lips) on your fingers to keep the mess off when you are marbling...works like a dream!

Paulina said...

awesome!!

Gottwinkies said...

Paulina, you are so sweet! Thank-you!