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Swamped Marble

I’ve had this sitting in my folder since January  and since today is Saint Patrick’s Day, the green and gold is totally appropriate! I mostly just like green 🙂


Back when Zoya was having a sale, I bought two very similar green cream polishes. Jace is the second of the two green Zoya cremes…and honestly, I like her less than Tilda, the other. As it turns out, Jace is almost in the middle between Shawn (a darker yellow-toned green) and Tilda (a bright true-green)…which since Tilda dries darker than expected means that the spectrum of shades covered is actually much smaller than I thought. I do not need all three polishes, whoops!


The other sad part is that Jace takes three coats. And not three thin coats, three medium-thick coats. I even tried to use Jace as a jelly, but it is just slightly too opaque for that! The polish does self-level nicely and dries down to a super squishy high shine finish, but I want my two-coat perfect coverage Zoya creme, and this polish isn’t!


I’ve been seeing a lot of creme+glitter water marbles recently, and I love how they look like the clouds swirling around a foreign planet (like, if someone did them in brick red, orange, and white, it would look like Jupiter). So, I tried to make one in green! It actually WORKED (first time I’ve gotten glitter to spread and behave in water!), but I need to figure out the ideal way to swirl the actual design before I try this again (…which is how I got the “Sea or Sky” to work).


My thumb, which I did last, actually came out best. Frequently with water marbles, I am so fed up with trying to get the polish to behave that I give up by the time I get to my thumb, but I was inspired this time. And it looks awesome (if I do say so myself).

~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Green: Zoya – Jace
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Gold glitter: ILNP – Clockwork
~ Green glitter: Butter London – Jack the Lad


You can barely see any of the green glitter, and it was the least spread-able, but I wanted to use it anyway. Low and behold, the ILNP ultra holographic metallic polishes spread really nicely in water and actually behave well! I’ll need to play more with this….stay tuned! Hope you enjoyed!

Robustly Red Marble

Well, I’ve already done my best water marble for this challenge, so now you guys have to endure my somewhat-less-than awesome one! Sorry!


I kept pulling different colors for this, because half of the ones I initially wanted to use didn’t marble nicely 😦 so I ended up with shades of red and a nude, rather than an orange-purple-red-nude-silver combo like I wanted!


~ Silver base: Darling Diva – Diamond
~ Nude: Zoya – Charlotte
~ Light red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Medium red : OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love


I double-dipped my ring finger and had to re-do my pinky. Overall, this was a fail. I tried so hard too! A better marble is coming up on the 30th, I promise.


Ah well, apparently marbling in front of my AC unit is not my best idea yet!



I really had no idea what to call this. I got inspiration from Tiffany White because OH MY GOD WATER MARBLE! In addition to now lusting heavily for the A Night In Vegas collection, apparently there is a clear polish MEANT for water marbling? Which would be GREAT because I’ve been trying to clear marble for a while and I can’t find a single polish that does it. I need it.


ANYWAY. I went nuts. I started with the rainbow water marble base you saw last month…and then tried to emulate Tiffany with chevron decals and black. Only I had to use a matte black because matte + rainbows = awesome. But there was too much black (I guess my decals are smaller than hers?) so I added lots of dots. And then I just gave up because it looks like a unicorn puked on my nails.


I actually can’t decide if I like these or if I’m going to have a rainbow-induced seizure.


~ Rainbows: see last month’s post
~ Black matte: Mentality – Rascal
~ Green: Essie – The More The Merrier
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie


So, enjoy the rainbows! And lines and dots and woah. I think I’m off rainbows for a while!


Retro Slats

This mani was…um…a pain in the butt. It has been a while since I water marbled, and I thought it was time to do so again! Which went great…until I tried to dip my pointer and pinky in at the same time (you know, to save polish) and I double dipped. Both of them. Because I couldn’t clean around them without taking them out of the water.


So, in the wake of my somewhat failed water marble (did I mention that I used a black shimmer that decidedly turned see-through? That is why there is so much golden-pink. That was all supposed to be black shimmer), I decided to say forget it, and stamp over it. Using something interesting enough that you can’t tell I messed up 2/5 nails 😀


Enter the Born Pretty Store stamping plate 21. I have had this plate for MONTHS and never used it (because I’m silly sometimes) but (a) it stamps great and (b) all the designs are full-nail and high-coverage. Yay!


~ Light pink: NYC – Tickled Pink
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Veronica
~ Black shimmer: OPI – Black Satin
~ Gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – PB-21


Basically, I have found my new rescue-a-mani stamping plate. BP-21, you are the best! It is on sale for $2.24 right now at the Born Pretty Store, and don’t forget to use my 10% off code LY5X31!

Cosy Watermarble

My boyfriend reminded me that I hadn’t done a water marble in a while. So, I had to do one! I am actually rather pleased with how this came out.


The colors I chose did some…interesting…things in the water. The green almost got swallowed up, so you can barely see it (but it is there) and the red bled all over the nude on two of my nails but not the others! I still like it.



It is insanely difficult (read: impossible) to marble with glitters, but I wanted my mani to have some sparkle, so I added a bit of glitter jazz over one color on each nail. Ta-da!


~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Grey: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Glitter: Cult Nails – Center of Attention


Hope you enjoyed!

Mummies aka Flying Spaghetti Monsters

I hate my boyfriend. I showed him these nails saying “look! They’re mummies!” and he replies, at full volume “FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTERS! You should make a Pastafarian post!” So here, spaghetti monsters that I swear are actually mummies.


To make these, I followed one of the mani youtube tutorials. Last year, I hand-painted mummies and it took FOREVER so this year I went the water marble way! Much much faster, but less mummie-like. I can see why my boyfriend was confused. I also matted them this year, which was an awesome idea. Although, they look too clean to be long dead. Fresh mummies!


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Tan: Zoya – Chantal
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


Happy Halloween! Enjoy collecting candy! I will be out being all formal and rehearsal-dinnery. I wish I could wear a costume, but I don’t think the bride would approve!

Purple Grey Swirl

I seldom manage to get my boyfriend involved in nail art (he is properly appreciative, but doesn’t generally participate!) but the other day I asked him to pick two to three colors for my nail art, and he responded with “purple and silver!” So I went with it.


This nail art is just a random water marble involving two shades of purple and a grey, with some silvers dots. Not the best water marble I’ve ever done, but it is rather cute! Also, my nails are rather long 🙂



– White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
– Light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
– Dark purple: Zoya – Malia
– Grey: WOW – #333
– Silver: A England – Excalibur



***Other news: I am (yet again) entered in a nail art contest over at Nail Polish Canada. If you haven’t yet, I would be very much obliged if you clicked this link, scrolled to the bottom, and voted for ‘flightofwhimsy’. Thank you! 🙂 ***


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