So today's look is actually one that I did while we were on holiday in Texas, and there's a really good reason for it - I can't watermarble in England! I'm not sure if it's a temperature thing, or just that I have a hard time finding distilled water, or what the deal is, but I have tried it a fair few times with lots of different polishes and water types and temperatures, and it just never works out. SO... when I saw that the Llama Nails Technique this week was water marbling, I knew I was going to have to do some serious forward planning. These are also the last pictures of my long square nails before ThatDay(tm), so this post is a bit bittersweet for me on that note anyway, but just look how pretty!
I also managed to not get any bottle shots, because as I said we were on vacation and I didn't have my lightbox with me, so I apologize if these pics look dramatically different than my usual ones. I started with a base of Sinful Colors Dream On on all my nails, and then did a three-color marble, using Sinful Colors Let's Talk and Endless Blue and China Glaze Up All Night.
The water marble is pretty self-explanatory, so I don't really feel like I need to go over that much. I wasn't trying for any real design other than a basic petal pattern, and I did two dips - one for my index, middle, and ring fingers, and one dip for my thumb and pinky.
I loved the way the cremes and the shimmers played together in the marble, but I wasn't satisfied with the overall look (plus I wanted to play with the new crystals I'd just picked up that day), so I added the varying sizes of iridescent rhinestones on the thumb and ring finger.
Everything is sealed in under a good generous coat of SV, which sadly only protected those rhinestones for about 2 days before they started falling off. C'est la vie.
And since I don't have any macro shots for ya, I thought the next best thing was this side-by-side that captured the way these iridescent stones flashed in the light!
So, can we all just take a minute to say a final goodbye to my long squares? It's not that I don't like the almonds, but I was just so proud of myself for making it through a whole 2 week vacation with them intact, only to lose one literally 3 miles from home. It's kind of like the bottle of honey mead that I oh-so-carefully brought from England to Texas intact, and then lost the entire thing by banging it on the counter and smashing it when Mom and I were about to drink it. These things keep me up at night. Sorry. </rant>
In any event, I hope you guys enjoyed this look, and be sure to check out the other water marbles from the Llama ladies below. Have a great week, and I'll see ya soon!