Thursday, March 22, 2012

Oh No!!! I broke my arm!!!!!

Hi Readers!  Don't be alarmed--I broke my arm patting myself on the back with this mani!  SERIOUSLY!  I am in so much awe over this one I feel like I'm dreaming when I look at my hands.  I guess I was on a high with water marbling since my shamrock mani turned out so the other morning at 4am I was checking out youtube and came across this fantastic tutorial.  I'm not sure what made me think I could pull it off I simply loved it and wanted to try it.  And here it is readers--be prepared for a buttload of pics!
Holy Hannah right???? This mani is a gorgeous thing of beauty! I mean where was this mani for Sarah's dotting tool contest??? LOL!  I love my left hand best.  Here's a close up
I think my ring finger turned out the best!  I love how cool the thumb is though too
The trick is to use the sheer polish with black so you can still see all the beautiful colors of your mani underneath.
Here's a nice pic of it with flash
And you know I love looking at it from this view
Here's the right hand--not as great as the left hand (it's freaking hard to marble your right hand when you are right handed)
Here's my wonky looking right hand in "mani" stance.  What the heck is up with my stupid point finger anyway???
I feel like a was too dot heavy with the ring finger on my right hand.  I was too scared to try to remove them and do it over though LOL!
The camera man I have sucks quite honestly.  He took a zillion 2 hands together pics but shakes like he's 120 instead of 20!  So this is really the 
only "good" one
I had an observer during the making of the mani.  
Geez Baxter the least you could have done was helped with the clean up!


I used a bunch of polishes to make this mani and this was not a quick process. I'm not a good marbler, I have a lot of bullseyes that don't work.  This entire process of both hands took me over 3 hours.  I think it was worth it.  Basically you do the gradients on your nails then using a black and sheer polish or even clear if you can find one that spreads you water marble over the gradient.  After all your fingers are marbled then you dot on the white dots in the areas of black to simulate butterfly wings.
Here's a shot of the polishes I used
Basically I used a lighter creme and then sponged a darker metallic or glass fleck finish on the tips.  For the marbling I used Dollar Store LA Color Craze black and my sheer pink was Nina Ultra Pro in Pink Frost.  The beauty of Pink Frost is because it's sheer you can still see the shimmer on the tips through the polish.  I wish my camera was better to show this to you.


What do you think of this mani readers?  Seriously I broke my arm patting myself on the back and couldn't wait to show it off to my nail polish friends.  I'm friends with both Colores de Carol and Let Them Have Polish on Facebook and when both of them replied to my picture telling me how awesome it was I almost passed out! To receive recognition from the ladies who you are always copying is quite an honor!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a fantastic day!

31 comments:

  1. i hate you for this, you know that? we could always lament that we both sucked at watermarbling, and you hadta go and perfect it! ;)

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    1. Let's not get carried away Igor, I've only done 3 marbles I really liked so far lol!

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  2. This is absolutely stunning. I LOVE this!!! :D

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    1. Thanks! I really love this one too!

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  3. I absolutely love this and I cannot wait to try it for myself. Way to go Laurie!!! See? You so awesome!!! <3<3<3!!!!

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    1. I can't wait to see you do this! Had it not been for your awesome talent I would never have even tried to do stamping or nail art!

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  4. Wow! That is amazing! All the dots you added make it look like butterfly wings. Gorgeous!

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    1. I always say I can't dot for shiz either and yet here I was rocking some dots lol!

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  5. This is so stunningly amazing! I hate you so much for being so talented (I don't really!) :) xxxx

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  6. This has got to be the most bad ass water marble I've ever seen, it's amazing. I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Whaaaat! Okay, okay... simply amazing-- that doesn't even describe the beauty! No wonder you broke your damn arm, lol!

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  8. GORGEOUS!!!! I have to try this for myself one day!! ;D

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  9. WOW!!!! I can't stop scrolling through these pictures!! LOVE IT!!!

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  10. I'm joining the chorus line! I love it too! x

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  11. Thanks everyone! This really wasn't hard to do I wish you would all give it a try!

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  12. Oh... here it is!! LOL.. I love it! I love the blues the best!!

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  13. This is STUNNING! If I weren't a failure at water marbling I would attempt this :P

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    1. I seriously was a failure until this! It's really not as hard as it might look. I urge you to check out the tutorial and give it a try!

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  14. Wow Laurie!!! I saw this on FB the other day but had no idea it was yours! LOL That's what I get for being behind on my blog reading. GREAT JOB!

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  15. That's so beautiful! You did a fantastic job and I'm so jealous of your skillz! Love the cat! (get a lil table top tripod!)

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    1. Thanks! I'm definitely thinking of getting a light box set up in the near future

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    2. chalkboard nails explain how to get an awesome lightbox with almost no money http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2012/03/intermediate-nail-photography-lightbox.html this manicure is breathtaking seriously and deserve a better lightwork, love your manicures XOXO

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  16. I saw your pic of this mani on your banner and had to see how to do it. I feel so cheated, but so happy at the same time. I thought it was gonna be super hard and scary. I love it! Thank you so much for linking to the tut. I am watching all of her videos now.

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  17. lol really late commenting - bit newer to nail polish and all the blogs, but OMG wow, I love this mani right here! And all your water marble turn out pretty cool. I have not had a successful one yet haha

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  18. HOLY MOLY! I saw this on your header and had to search your water marbles to find it because I. AM. IN. LOVE. WITH. IT.

    I hope hope hope you don't mind that I am pinning this for all my nail polish junkie buddies to see. And will likely try my hand at it later today. I will link back to you!

    If this upsets you just shoot me an email and I will take it down?

    Absolutely following! :D

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  19. This is such an amazing water marbling manicure...awesome :)
    I am a new follower of your's and a baby blogger among perfectionists like you. Love your manicures :)

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