Friday, September 20, 2013

31DC2013 Day 20: Flowery Water Marble

Watermarbling is a fickle mistress -- one day it works great and one day you spend five hours trying different color combinations to find something that will work. Guess which one I experienced for the watermarble day of the challenge?

I'll give you a hint, it wasn't the pleasant one!

For some reason I just could not get anything to work with me this time. I tried a ton of brands, different water temperatures, types of water, vessels for the water, marbling tools... the universe was just NOT having it. It's even more frustrating because I've been able to successfully marble a number of times before.

Finally, I was able to achieve success using Zoya Malia and Zoya Kristen. I was much too fed up to do more than two nails. Oops, I mean, it was totally intentional to use the watermarble as an accent! Yeah...

I also added some 2mm square pastel studs from Born Pretty to spice things up. I rushed the application a bit so unfortunately a few bubbles developed, but you can't see them in person, I swear! These studs come in the cutest colors and I love the square shape. Be sure to use the code "CKG10" for 10% off if you're purchasing!

This is also the first time I've embellished my marbled nails! I added some dots with Malia in some of the larger spaces, and I really like the way it turned out.

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My watermarbled nails from 2012!
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  1. I had a similar experiece myself :D I love how yours turned out!!

  2. These look great!!. Worth the hastle!! GxXx

  3. Cathy - More Nail PolishSeptember 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I love the extra touches you added to the marbling. Marbling is a very fickle mistress indeed, but for once was lucky enough to experience the pleasant one.

  4. Aw, the story you told.. I felt for you..but I must say that I liked your end result, like if something good came out of all the bad. I really liked the color combination, and the fact that you used the marble's as accent nails and the rest studded. Thumbs up! :D

  5. The marbling looks great as an accent! Love as always!

  6. I love the colors and the accents!

  7. Absolutely LOVE these nails.

  8. The marbled nails look so great!

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  9. They look amazing! I like the whole look!

  10. lovely nail art

  11. perfection! and i love those matching pastel studs!

  12. Intentional or not, I love this mani to bits!


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