Polish Alcoholic and Beauty Expression by Luchessa are hosting a valentines day nail art contest (more details here)! I cannot resist this kinda fun, especially when you throw an indie gift cert into the mix. 🙂 Here’s what I came up using my new Formula X by Sephora polishes….
These nails were intended to look more valentinesy because I was trying to do a heart-design water marble. Shaaaaa, as if. I kinda suck at water marbling. But I figure I have to keep trying or I’ll never get better!
I used black and clear in my marble. I really like to use clear in my marble just to be different. I like how you get a gap between the swirls so the base color shines through. And these vampy base colors are stunning for v-day so I def want them to shine through! The rules of this contest are to use at least three polishes so these are the three I’m wearing….
Black Cream- Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora
Metallic Gold- Bond, Ionic Bond by Formula X for Sephora
Red Glitter- Atom + Eve by Formula X for Sephora
Wish me luck, and for your viewing pleasure…here are the other fantastic entries:
We’ve made it to the halfway mark of Short And Sweet in Texas‘ nail art challenge! Day 15 is all about water marble..if you don’t know what it is here’s a good youtube video by DearNatural62. If you’ve ever water marbled before then you know how fun it is to pick out a bunch of cool colors for your swirly design! But have you ever thrown a clear polish in the mix??? That’s what I’m experimenting with today- water marbling with clear polish!
I started by painting my nails with a cool combo of 3 neon colors. It looked awesome so I took some pics which I may share on day 22/neon day of the challenge 🙂 Then I did the water marbling technique using only 2 polishes- clear and black. So basically I dripped drops of black, then clear, black then clear, etc into the cup… and when I swirled it around with a toothpick I got this cool black design with clear ‘spaces’ in between. The spaces allow the bright neon to show through from underneath. Pretty neat! Then I made a few polka dots using my black polish and a dotting tool just to spice it up (and fill in the gaps).
And in case you are wondering how clear polish works for marbling…. other bloggers have said that topcoat or clear polishes don’t spread well in the water. I actually experienced the opposite- I found that my Sally Hansen Nail Shine Miracle actually spread better than all of my other pigmented polishes! This is great news for me since I thought I hated my Nail Shine Miracle- I never use it as a topcoat since it bubbles and takes forever to dry. But now that I know it works for marbling- it has a new purpose in my stash!
I like how bright this design is in real life- it’s kinda crazy lookin! I went outside during sunset and my polish was so neon it nearly jumped right off of my fingers! Too bad I didn’t get that cool ‘signature’ swirly marble design though- I wound up with these black and clear stripes instead. No matter what I did I just couldn’t get my polish to drag properly with the toothpick. So no swirls for this girl…. but my black and clear stripes still look cool! Water marbling… why you so tricky?