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33DC Day 25: A new technique for you

The Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge calls for me to use a new technique today on day 25.

There are a few things I’ve never tried before: galaxy, ruffian, ombré, camouflage, one stroke art, acid wash, water spotted, sugar spun, jelly sandwich, pond manicure, drip and spread.

And I’ve also never tried a needle drag – also known as a dry marble – so that’s the technique I went for.

It wasn’t too hard to achieve, but I’m not overly impressed with it. I far prefer the outcomes you get with water marbling.

I used a base of Maybelline Berry Fusion, which is a gorgeous, dark fuchsia colour with a metallic finish thanks to its bright pink shimmer. While the second coat of that was still wet, and working one nail at a time, I added a line of Sally Hansen Mousseline vertically down the centre of my nail. Immediately, the colours started to merge into one another a little, which I think gave it a nice marbled effect before I’d even started. Then I took my smallest dotting tool and quickly dragged through the manicure in a zig-zag, starting at the cuticles and coming down to the tips.

Maybelline Berry Fusion and Sally Hansen Mousseline nails needle drag
Day 25: a new technique for you – a needle drag using Maybelline Berry Fusion and Sally Hansen Mousseline

I top coated the middle nail a little too soon. It looked fabulous before that, but I’ve dragged the pattern down the nail a bit.

I think this is the longest my nails have ever been. I’m surprised they haven’t broken off yet (bet I’ve just jinxed myself by saying that!)

I’m off to spend hours on browse Pinterest now for some inspiration for the next challenge.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Maybelline Berry Fusion (two coats) and Sally Hansen Mousseline
  • Tool: smallest dotting tool
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

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I actually really like this, its like one of those rippled ice creams. Its lovely!

Claire Kerr

It’s grown on me the longer it’s been on my nails, actually.

Brethil Ebontree

I love this, the blending of the colours gives this depth.

Claire Kerr

Yes, the colours merged into each other a little as soon as I added the second one. I think that helped the effect some.


Gotta say, this is the coolest new mani I’ve seen in a while. I don’t follow your blog (so I honestly can’t compare it to previous work) but this looks incredible. It’s like a needle drag + pond manicure

Claire Kerr

Thank you 🙂


I think you achieved a pretty effect!
Sometimes, watermarbling can be both frustrating and hard to nail on the first go (nevermind all the mess it also makes), so it’s good to try ‘substitute’ techniques, I think 😉



This is _hands down_ the best use of the dry marble technique I’ve seen, it has a certain depth….it looks great 🙂 Congrats!

Claire Kerr

Oh, thank you so much 🙂