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Rainbow Water Marble | Twinsie Tuesday

We’re marbling this week for Twinsie Tuesday – whether that’s a water marble, dry marble or needle drag – and I have created some rainbow water marble nails.

Now, water marbling doesn’t always work out for me. It’s almost certainly a case of getting the right polishes for it. And for this manicure, it seems I did … and I am delighted with the result.

A couple of weeks ago, I was away near Bristol and visited Clarks Village, an outlet shop. Now the credit card got a bit of a hammering – I needed a new handbag, and my sunglasses are nine years old (but it was my birthday)! While there, I came across a shop I’ve never heard of before, called The Beauty Outlet. It had a lot of polish brands: Rimmel, Revlon, W7, OPI, etc. I was drawn to some jelly polishes from W7. They were only £2 each and as I don’t have any really sheer jellies, I thought I would give them a try. I hoped they might rival the OPI Color Paints, which I have never purchased.

Rainbow water marble using W7 Jelly Bean polishes
Rainbow water marble using W7 Jelly Bean polishes

Well, I am delighted with them. For £2 a bottle, they are awesome. Knowing that the OPI polishes are designed to be painted over a silver base, I thought I would try water marbling over a silver base. Coincidentally, I chose an OPI for that silver – I used OPI This Gown Needs A Crown. It’s possibly my favourite silver polish – I’ve decided that I’m going to need a backup of it.

Rainbow water marble using W7 Jelly Bean polishes
Rainbow water marble using W7 Jelly Bean polishes

I am delighted to say that these W7 “Jelly Bean” polishes water marbled brilliantly. Unfortunately, my camera-shy right hand looks better than this one, as the marbling has more depth of colour and is more uniform in pattern. However, both my son and my husband say they prefer this hand as the difference in the patterns is more interesting. Each to their own, I suppose.

 

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Please take a look at all the other marbled manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI This Gown Needs A Crown
  • Water marbling colours: W7 Orange Crush, W7 Crushed Pineapple, W7 Watermelon Jelly, W7 Wild Blackberry
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Red, Blue and Purple Water Marble (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve combined the two 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge prompts this week, for a red, blue and purple water marble manicure.

I used Nella Milano polishes, which water marbled really well. They spread easily in the water and didn’t split or disperse when I dragged through them. I used The Rubinator (red), True Blue (blue) and A Royal Affair (purple) for a stripey water marble effect. You can see my white undies poking through. I still get this whenever I clean up – let me know if you have any tips to avoid it.

Red, blue and purple water marble using Nella Milano polishes: The Rubinator, True Blue and A Royal Affair
Red, blue and purple water marble using Nella Milano polishes: The Rubinator, True Blue and A Royal Affair

I wanted to do all my fingers, but I hadn’t left the white base long enough to dry, so most of them didn’t work out well because I knocked them or was too clumsy getting any water bubbles off. I was left with two good ones on my left hand, so stuck with those and painted plain blue and red on the other nails (with purple on my non-photographed thumb nail).

Red, blue and purple water marble using Nella Milano polishes: The Rubinator, True Blue and A Royal Affair
Red, blue and purple water marble using Nella Milano polishes: The Rubinator, True Blue and A Royal Affair

 

 

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Red: three coats of Nella Milano The Rubinator
  • Blue: three coats of Nella Milano True Blue
  • Water marble base: one coat of Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Water marble colours: Nella Milano The Rubinator, Nella Milano True Blue and Nella Milano A Royal Affair
  • Top coats: Glisten & Glow HK Girl on the water marble nails; Sally Hansen Insta-Dri on the plain nails


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Nella Milano polishes used for this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Swirl Water Marble featuring Nella Milano Lady Lavender

Every week, I showcase a Nella Milano polish that is on offer at half price on the Nella Milano website. Instead of a plain swatch this week though, I thought I’d do some nail art. So I have some swirl water marble nails to go with Nella Milano Lady Lavender.

Lady Lavender is a delicate pinky lilac. I painted three thin coats to achieve the coverage I wanted. You could probably do two thick coats, but I think thin coats give a more even and smooth overall look.

Swirl water marble using Nella Milano Lady Lavender and also Nella Milano Chantilly Cream, Vintage Violet and Madame Pompadour
Swirl water marble using Nella Milano Lady Lavender and also Nella Milano Chantilly Cream, Vintage Violet and Madame Pompadour

My recent water marbles have all been stripey designs, and I fancied trying something different. I tried a swirl pattern, having seen one on a Hello Giggles post. The nails of the day posts on Hello Giggles are curated by Sarah of Chalkboard Nails and she always chooses great designs to be featured. This particular one is a swirl or vortex water marble, created by Arlett (@lfcmaus).

I used Lady Lavender plus three other complementary Nella Milano colours: Vintage Violet, a medium purple/mauve; Madame Pompadour, a mid dusky blue; and Chantilly Cream, a white.

The polishes marbled wonderfully, spreading well in the water. Even though these polishes always dry beautifully and speedily on the nail, they stayed very pliable in the water for the time needed to marble them.

Swirl water marble using Nella Milano Lady Lavender and also Nella Milano Chantilly Cream, Vintage Violet and Madame Pompadour
Swirl water marble using Nella Milano Lady Lavender and also Nella Milano Chantilly Cream, Vintage Violet and Madame Pompadour

I don’t think I’ve used quite the same technique as Arlett. Hers is quite an even swirl, whereas mine is more jagged. The way I created the pattern was to firstly take four strokes out from the centre to the edges, and then take four into the middle in between those. Then, starting near to the centre, I spiralled outwards through the polish to create the swirl pattern.

It’s a shame that I didn’t get identical patterns on both nails. I didn’t have as much white on the ring nail, and I also didn’t manage to dunk my nail centrally, so the centre of the vortex isn’t in the centre of my nail. But I do love the effect and will definitely do this pattern again.

Lady Lavender is this week’s specially priced polish. It’s half price at £4.47. And you can get an extra 20% off this or any other Nella Milano polish with the code Kerrspecial.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain nails: three coats of Nella Milano Lady Lavender
  • Water marble nails: Nella Milano Lady Lavender, Nella Milano Chantilly Cream, Nella Milano Vintage Violet and Nella Milano Madame Pompadour
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Lady Lavender was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Orange Watermarble Stripes (52 Week Challenge)

The themes for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are orange and outlines. I chose to create some orange watermarble stripes, using decals.

These have been watermarbled without dragging through the image. I have wanted to use this technique for ages, to make (slightly curved) wide stripes on my nails. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it’s been disastrous. Previously, when I have dipped my nail in the water, it’s ended up a slushy mess.

So this time I tried it by letting the watermarble dry into a decal first.

Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris - Black
Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black

It was still a bit messy. I let it dry in the water for over an hour, nearly two, but it was very pliable when I took it out and you can see a resulting slight stretch in the pattern on my ring finger. I would have preferred to cut it for the cuticles edge, but it was too soft, so I had to use acetone and a clean up brush, meaning it’s not as sharp and clean as I would like.

Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris - Black
Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black

I used OPI A Roll In The Hague, Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. They all marbled well. However, it’s still not entirely the look I was aiming for. I wanted mainly white, with different widths of black and orange stripes. I didn’t pay attention enough to what I was doing though.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain orange nails: three coats of OPI A Roll In The Hague
  • Watermarbled nails: OPI A Roll In The Hague, Clavin Klein Ebony Hate Chris – Black, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Pink and Orange Water Marble (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve chosen just the pink and orange prompt for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. I wasn’t up to adding in the stained glass or mosaic element as well.

I had the idea of doing a plain water marble that I’ve seen a lot of recently. It’s where you don’t drag anything through the rings of polish, but instead leave them so that they create curved stripes. I wanted to use so many drops of polish that the very centre circle was really small, and then I wanted to try to capture that part on the centre of my nail. But I just couldn’t get it to work. Not dragging through the polish seemed to make it far too thick, and it just pooled on my nails in a mushy mess.

So I went back to what I always do and created my favourite stripey pattern. The colour combination reminds me so much of fruit salad sweets.

I used two Revlon Colorstay polishes, which I picked in up Poundworld. They worked brilliantly for marbling. The pink is Passionate Pink  and the orange is Sorbet.

I used Sorbet in the plain orange nails. It is very sheer and even four coats didn’t give a very solid-looking colour. And it certainly didn’t seem to match the orange in the marbled nails. So instead I painted two coats over white, which gave it more vibrancy.

Pink and orange water marble using Revlon Colorstay polishes in Passionate Pink and Sorbet
Pink and orange water marble using Revlon Colorstay polishes in Passionate Pink and Sorbet

Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case when I use white undies, my clean up takes away more of the top coat, leaving a thin line of white around the cuticle edge. I always hate it in the photos, but it’s not too noticeable in real life.

Pink and orange water marble using Revlon Colorstay polishes in Passionate Pink and Sorbet
Pink and orange water marble using Revlon Colorstay polishes in Passionate Pink and Sorbet

 

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Water marbled nails: Revlon Passionate Pink and Revlon Sorbet, over one coat of Barry M Cotton
  • Orange: two coats of Revlon Sorbet over one coat of Barry M Cotton
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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