Friday, February 8, 2013
Ok, guys. Rarely do I get so excited about a manicure that I HAVE to post it on a Friday night when I know no one will probably see it, but I just couldn't wait! A few weeks ago, I saw a tutorial on how to get the O.P.I. Spotted look without actually using Spotted. As this polish is not currently available in the US (France only, s'il vous plait!), I was intrigued and wanted to see if it worked. However, the tutorial called for spray hand sanitizer which I've had some trouble finding for some reason. Basically, I kind of forgot about it. Then, just a couple of days ago on Pinterest, I found this. I had to squint to figure out what the secret ingredient was for this tutorial, but, after I did, I knew I had to give a try! Turquoise is one of my favorite stones, and as I do spend a good part of my week making jewelry, I thought it would be fun to have some stones on my nails lol
Take a look:
Are they not fantastic?!? I was really worried because for most of the time I was working on this manicure, it looked a lot like mud. Once I got the top coat on, however, it was like POW!
....more after the jump....
I started here with 2 coats of Sinful Colors Aquamarine (compliments of my dear friend Shannon). Then I set things up similar to a water marble; a small bowl of water, the polishes I wanted to marble with, paper towels and a cuticle stick. I used Vaseline around my cuticles and fingers to make clean up a bit easier. It also really helps soften your cuticules so I highly recommend it as opposed to taping things off. Now for the secret ingredient! Rubbing alcohol! I poured some into a small spray bottle. Very handy!
Basically, you work this manicure pretty much like a water marble. I dripped a drop or two of my first polish, a nameless turquoise blue Cynthia Rowley, into the bowl of water. After the drop spread out over the surface of the water, I spritzed it with the rubbing alcohol. The alcohol causes the polish to bead up and look sort of shredded. Then I dipped my nail into the water, used the cuticle stick to clean up the excess polish and pulled my finger out. I used a paper towel to clean up the excess polish on my fingers.
After the Cynthia Rowley dried, I repeated the process with Sinful Colors Muse, a dusky purple-y brown creme, Essie's Absolutely Shore (a barely-there light blue creme) and Wet 'n' Wild's Black Creme. (Yes, you read that right, I basically did a water marble times 4. Yes, I know I'm crazy) Et voila! Turquoise nails!
I used a thin coat of Seche Vite between each layer of polish, just to keep things even and drying quickly. I also reapplied the Vaseline as necessary. After everything dried, I used a gold nail art pen (Sephora by O.P.I.) to add some flecks of metallic sparkle.
I can't get over how much this actually looks like stone! I'm particularly proud of my pinkie nail. It reminds me of a fossil.
This manicure was labor and time intensive, but so completely worth it. I kept catching myself staring at my nails all day, which is a sure sign that they look great! What do you guys think? Am I just crazy to spend so much time on one manicure? Have any of you tried this technique?
Thanks so much for reading!