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

  2. This looks awesome. I need that seahorse!

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

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

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

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

  7. Simply stunning and I love the seahorse <3

  8. Fantastic. This has come out so well.

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

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

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

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

  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.

    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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