My Aggravation for Today

I won’t even admit how long I spent on these nails because I can’t believe it myself. But, to give you a hint, we watched A Princess Bride, 101 Dalmatians, and Tarzan while I was doing them. I mean, I did have to start over at one point, but still.

This is also the first time I’ve tried both water marbling and French tip style nails. While it didn’t end up perfect, for it being the first successful time I’ve done either of these techniques, I’m quite proud of them. Who knows when I’ll try them again!

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The colors for the marbling are all China Glaze: Turned Up Turquoise, Jamaican Out, and Frostbite, the black is an unnamed black striper, and I topped it all off with China Glaze’s Fairy Dust. I’ve had Fairy Dust for a month or so and I quite like the subtle affect it gives. I can see I need practice with the striper, as you can really tell on my ring finger, but it’s not as noticeable in real life, so I’ll just remember it for next time.

I taped off the tip of my nail, applied the water marble, then made the smile line with the black striper. I might put together a tutorial of how exactly I did this if people ask for one, but it was pretty straight forward.

Dark Argyle

I decided to try something new this time. After watching more YouTube videos on nail art than I would ever admit, I figured out what pattern I wanted to try with the green/gray color I was already sporting. I found a deep red and a gold and then went to town.

Dark ArgyleThe colors I used are all OPI: Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!, I’m Not Really a Waitress, and Oy-Another Polish Joke! Nein!… pulls different colors on different people. This is a pretty accurate depiction of the color that I’ve seen while wearing it (maybe a bit more green in life), but I’ve seen it pull more gray on other people. I think it just depends on your skin tone. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but it definitely grew on me.

To do the design, I happened to have a few stripers that had been given to me a while ago. I grabbed the white striper, wiped off the polish, and created the triangles and lines. When I did the manicure last night, I wasn’t sure the red was bright enough to show, but I definitely like the darker tones in contrast to the gold. I’ll probably be revisiting this color combination.