Sunday, June 16, 2013

W: Whirled Away and Re-fresh Mint, China Glaze

Well. I had some ambitious plans to do a water marble mani for W, but that failed at that. So here was my back up, a glitter, from the Cirque du Soleil collection.


Whirled Away, China Glaze.


Re-fresh Mint, China Glaze.


Below is my failed attempt at water marbling.  I had tape all the way around my finger, but I had it on so long I got tired of it and took it off.  Now I know why everyone tapes the sides of their fingers.  Anyhow. I spent an hour trying to get a suitable marble pattern in the water.


My problem was the polish kept setting too quickly.  I don't know if it was the polish or I was just not working fast enough..... I watched a bunch of videos, and tried a bunch of different polishes, no luck. I also used room temperature tap water, then tried room temperature filtered water.  It did not seem to make a difference.  I had to give up.  I may try again later.

I have new found respect for ladies that can water marble!

The base color is Orly's After Party in case you are wondering.  Sinful colors Savage is the marbling color I really wanted to work with.

Well that is it for today.

11 comments:

  1. Don't know if this helps you but it did help me: don't start moving the colours with the toothpick from the most external colour. Move the second or third ring. Does that make sense? I had no idea about this trick and it changed my approach to wm!

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    1. Oh wow, thanks, Simona!!! I will have to try that!

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  2. Would've liked to see a watermarble, but this is gorgeous too! <3 Reminds me that I still haven't picked up any polishes from this collection lol

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  3. this look very cute :) I agree with steamy nails. :)

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  4. I did a video on my YouTube channel with tips and tricks for water marble, it's in Italian but I added english subtitles, maybe it can be helpful! In general, I agree with Simona, when you start drawing your design with the toothpick, don't use the more external circles of color.
    Water marble can be a pure matter of luck: you can use all the tricks you want, but you have to be lucky with the nail polishes you decide to use.
    Talking about your manicure: I love colors like Refresh Mint, they relax me a lot! :D

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    1. Thanks Cristina! I will try this again sometime and take a look at your video.

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  5. I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check out my blog post to learn all about it :) http://theperfectlypolishedlife.blogspot.com/2013/06/liebster-award.html

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  6. Gosh, those big white hexes are enormous, but I kind of like it. Very graphic.

    In my experience, water marbling is just a whole lot of experimentation, and sometimes some polishes just will not work. Take sooooo much patience, so I don't often attempt it.

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    1. Thanks Cait! I noticed, what you are saying about how some polishes don't work very well. Yea... I don't have time to experiment right now. Maybe later.

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  7. My experiences with watermarbling have been so awful that whenever I so much as THINK about trying it again, I want to reach for a tranquilizer. For what it's worth, I don't take tranquilizers. My hat's off for anyone who makes beautiful nail art with this technique.

    Love the Whirled Away and Refresh-mint combo! That Cirque du Soleil collection had some special polishes, and Whirled is one of them.

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