Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Around the Whirled


Day 64

So I must say, I am completely overwhelmed by the huge response that the contest has gotten- I didn't expect all the super-sweet compliments about the blog, etc!! I'm so glad that I have such awesome readers!!! I'll be posting comments on there to respond to people who've asked questions, or a few in response to certain comments, so keep an eye out in a little bit!! :)

Today's nails are inspired by a design sent to me by the lovely Jillian N. who is amazingly photogenic. ;) (she'll know what I'm talkin' about) She sent me a picture of her awesome red and white marbling design that she did for Christmas, so I decided to try them myself, but added green into the mixture. BTW, China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, while incredibly gorgeous, is VERY VERY hard to marble. It kept breaking apart into chunks. (you can sort of see what I'm talking abut on the right index finger) *argh!* It took 3 attempts at the nails to get this result, which I finally gave up and accepted, since it was 12:48 a.m., and I needed to wake up in 5.5 hrs. Plus I was in the middle of making raspberry chocolate chunk brownies for the office holiday party today!! :-P mmmm But anyway, sorry its not perfect, but what can ya do, you know?

Also, reader Sami expressed interest in seeing a before cleaning and after cleaning pictures from marbling, after her marbling attempt came to a messy end (which, I assured her, is normal :-P) So here you go! :)

Before cleaning:



After:

Left:




Right:




I used China Glaze White on White as a base, with Pure Ice 611 Platinum over top, then marbled with Pure Ice 611 Platinum, China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, and Zoya Isla. I had to add in the Pure Ice 611 Platinum with the colors, otherwise I kept getting a black/brown color. Like I said, this combination was frustrating. I love Emerald Sparkle, but I have a reaaaaally hard time cleaning it off my fingers and cuticles. Topped everything off with 2 coats of the amazing and glassy Seche Vite top coat!!

9 more days until Christmas!!

30 comments:

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  2. OMG the first pic freaked me out. But it looks amazing after clean up!

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  3. so messy right? These remind me of peppermint christmas candies! Awesome.

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  4. how do you marble? i really like it!

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  5. I really think I need to learn about how to do this marbling thing...I'm seeing it on more blogs and liking it! (Plus my duochrome nail polishes would probably make a great background.)

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  6. Christmas Candy Nail Design, I Love IT

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  7. WOW! That looks so cool! There is a way to avoid some of the mess by taping around your nail with regular ol' tape. I saw it on youtube. I really need to try marbling.

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  8. they were awesome before cleaning too!!!

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  9. I love marbling, but I use tape around my nails to help keep clean-up to minimum. I love these colors! Good job!

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  10. Can you give a how-to, or do you have a link to where you learned this? I tried to google it but I'm not really coming up with much

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  11. Woah. I thought the first picture was the final result.
    Can you maybe to a how-to for marbling? I would really like to know how to do it and you seem to know what you are up to. :)

    www.simmsie.blogspot.com

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  12. And here I've been, thinking you just get them all perfect on the first try. Had NO idea you do so much cleanup. I feel a lot better.

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  13. Very cool! Do you have to actually remove all of that nail polish with regular acetone? wow. What kind of remover do you use? (I always have a really hard time removing nail polish)

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  14. Thanks everyone!

    LiAnn- you totally should- there are endless possiblities- and even if you use the same colors as someone else- they'll be different!!

    Polish'd Cindy & Jackie- thanks for the Tape idea- that will realllllly help lol. I thought about putting cuticle oil on my skin first too, wonder if that'd work.

    Kelly & Simmsie, here is a tutorial that might help- otherwise google 'water marbling' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74h2N9s7P7o

    leendaadll- sometimes I get them right on the first go without much on my finger/cuticles, but this color combo was giving me lots of problems. I don't recommend the glitter polishes for marbling, unfortunately.

    Laurenglass- oddly enough- I use the Target house brand (studio tools) for my remover- I have both acetone and non-acetone. they're inexpensive, and work well, and come in large bottles which I go through in about 2 weeks. lol

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  15. I love those! Definitely going to have to try water marbling. I'd love to see a post of your entire process. :)Like how much time between coats, etc. I love to paint my nails but can never seem to get them to dry without screwing them up or getting bubbles and what not.

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  16. The marbling is gorgeous! It's so festive! And the "before" picture looks SO otherworldly...

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  17. I actually love the "before" picture. It's very unique and creative. Kinda like you were wearing finger-gloves or something, lol. Love the choice of colors though! :D

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  18. I was wondering how you were doing the marbling without having polish all over your fingers! LOL! You're giving me inspiration to try nail art!

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  19. I've recently started marbling my nails and found that petroleum jelly around the nails helps significantly with clean up. It's still messy, but it works pretty well.

    Nice job.

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  20. wow! incredible technique you've got going.

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  21. If you dont want to use tape, you can use Vaseline on the fingers, around the nail before you begin.

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  22. beautiful . ♥ , until lack words : )

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  23. I'll bet the Vaseline would work better than cuticle oil because it isn't as likely to float on the water...

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  24. Do you use a brush to clean up around your nails/cuticles?

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  26. Looks hideous when not cleaned up!! But wow - how effective! Beautiful!

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  27. That looks really cool. Come to think of it, the design somewhat resembles my 2nd grade Christmas ornament. I always did like that one.

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