Friday, September 5, 2014

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31DC2014: Blue - Gradient with watermarble

I'm so pleased with how this mani came out! For once, it looks exactly like I had imagined it in my head!

For my blue theme, I wanted to get a watery look, so I created a simple blue gradient to start with.  I used Ulta3 Spring Shower, Block Out and Pacific Splash for the three blue shades.

On top of my gradient I did a thin water marble using clear polish and white polish.  I absolutely love the mix of very, very thin lines and slightly larger lines, all in wavy patterns.

To finish it off, I added a seahorse hex nail charm. 





Seriously, how perfect are our natural surrounds sometimes?  Just look at the background to this next photo.  This is just the sky, creating a perfect soft gradient.

I'm also wearing another midi ring from Astrid & Miyu. This one is from their Zodiac Rings collection and is the Sagittarius ring (which is my star sign - with the turquoise birth stone).



 
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17 comments:

  1. WOW This is brilliant. The water marble gave the wavy effect (:

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  2. This looks awesome. I need that seahorse!

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  3. The water effect is amazing Cathy, you could just dive right it!!! Love this :)

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the final effect with the seahorse.

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  5. This is absolutely beautiful. Thank for the tips on how to recreate this lovely look!

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  6. Congratulations on the perfect manicure <3 <3 <3

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  7. Simply stunning and I love the seahorse <3

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  8. Fantastic. This has come out so well.

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  9. I love how the watermarble looks like the ocean waves! Stunning job :)

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  10. Oh my GOD. When you decided to master the art of marbling, you really went for it. This is amazing!

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  11. That is absolutely gorgeous! One of my favourites of yours ever xx

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  12. I love that effect! Your nails are beautiful too!

    www.thehoneyinmytea.co.uk

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  13. What clear did you use since I've seen comments before that most clear polish doesn't marble well. It's been a while, but I want to say that maybe they generally dry too fast even if they're not a quick dry polish? I might be misremembering though.

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    1. Michelle - the clear is just one I mixed up myself - which actually means it's just straight untinted base. I also added a little thinner to ensure it spread quickly.

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