Monthly Archives: October 2013

Water marbled nails

I love the look of a well-done water marble manicure. Unfortunately, I have had such difficulty executing it. All the tutorials I watched/read made it look so simple, but it took me many (more than I’d like to admit) attempts to even get one successful nail.

Many small details go into making this manicure work. The temperature of the water has to be just right (room temperature or just slightly cooler is best), the polish has to be just right (I really only had success when I used the same brand polish for all my colors), and the height from which you drip the polish has to be just right (just a few cms above the water). I feel like Goldilocks trying to make this work. My biggest problem is getting my polishes to spread in the water no matter the temperature/ brand polish/ etc I use.


Despite all the above, I finally got a few nails that worked! I used OPI Koala Berry (pink) and OPI Eurso Euro (blue) for this combo.

Anyways, if you have any suggestions to make this manicure less high-maintenance, please leave comments below! I’ll keep trying!

Half moon manicure

My 80s themed neon manicure – not so work appropriate for a doctor. I changed it up this evening using the half moon technique I’ve been seeing everywhere. Definitely still an amateur at this, but my left hand turned out great. Can’t say the same for my right!


I started out with a base color of Zoya Carey, which is a great light grey neutral even on its own. Above is just one coat which is sufficient.


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80s night manicure

Like a good child of the 80s, I relish the opportunity to celebrate my favorite tacky decade. A local bar had three 80s cover bands playing, so of course I had to go in head-to-toe 80s regalia. Perfect time to try out my new neon glitter polish I purchased from Etsy!


The polishes I used: Sephora by OPI A-Ha! Moment, then 2 coats of Lush Lacquer’s Glowsticks (fantastic glitter polish purchased on Etsy), then Orly Glowstick (neon yellow).

I love Lush Lacquer! I bought 3 of their glitter polishes in miniature size and can’t wait to try the rest out.

More nail stamping

After practicing a lot, I finally have a nail stamping win!


And with flash:


Much better than the previous attempts!

Base color: Revlon Raven Red

Stamping color: Revlon Coastal Surf

Stamping plate: Gals GA21

I initially wanted to have a lighter shade of blue, but the ones I own are too thin for transferring. Coastal surf is a great stamping color, so I tried it and I think it looks pretty good!