It’s a double post kind of day!
Check out my friend Julia’s Halloween-themed water marble manicure! Orange & black marbling with gold glitter tips!
Lookin’ good, ghoulfriend.
Here’s my friend Kim, spotted at the office with a shiny orange mani. Perfect for Halloween! Kim is real fancy, so she got her nails did. She knows it was an Essie color and thinks it was Brazilliant. Either way, she looks *brilliant.*
Ha! Varnish posted on Revlon yesterday, and now so am I! What are the odds? Especially considering that…
I had never purchased a Revlon nail polish before. The selection has always seemed very limited, and the colors never looked like nail polish colors to me; it just looked like Revlon was making nail polish versions of their lipsticks. Blah.
But lately, Revlon’s been stepping up its game. Recently released Revlon Royal and Revlon Starry Pink have been well-liked by nail bloggers I respect… so I figured what the hay! I spotted Revlon Royal at my neighborhood Walgreens and took a chance.
Revlon’s Matte Suede in Emerald City speak to me in an number of ways. First, I am from Seattle, so the Emerald City will always hold a special place in my heart. Secondly, this nail polish is so pretty with it’s deep shade of green and tiny flecks of lighter greens!
Admittedly, it took me a very long time to get used to the idea of matte colors. I mean, like many females, I tend to like things that are shiny and have sparkle. However, matte is the newest fashion in nail colors and, with much hesitation and reservations about the absence of shine, I think I am starting to dig this trend!
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. — Buddha
But did you know that 3×5 cards are useful for a variety of things? Of course, we all know they are good for remembering speeches/presentations and for flashcards when you are studying. In addition to these practical tasks, I also use 3×5 cards as bookmarks, to write quotes on and then tape to my bathroom mirror, writing to do lists, writing grocery lists, as a ruler, and……..
wait for it……(dramatic pause)…..
As a swatch for my nail polish!
If you are like me, obsessed with nail polish and cannot keep your mind from thinking about the glistening colors that will soon be swept across you nails, then you too have a TON of nail polish sitting at home. This, as you know, makes it quite difficult to choose a new color- What if the color is basically identical to one you already have? What if the new color is just a shade off?- Sacrilege!
Never fear….just grab yourself and handy dandy 3×5 card and start painting it with the already existing colors you have that you are trying to match! Then carry this card with you wherever you go (seriously, mine is always in my day planner!), so that the next time you are out and about and happen to stumble upon some interesting polish, you can assess your current stash for appropriateness and need.
This is especially helpful when choosing the perfect ombre nail shades:
Therapist met with Nails to build rapport and encourage fashion forward statements.
Nails presented as clean, simple, slightly uneven, and difficult to engage.
Therapist explored goals with Nails. Nails disclosed desires of becoming more even, well groomed and “fabulous.” Nails shared feelings of ambivalence as she described excitement and fear when discussing goals. However, Nails did report “motivation.” Upon further discussion on feelings of fear, Nails reported a lack of knowledge on how to attain said “fabulous” appearance. Therapist empowered Nails to seek supports and engage in appropriate self-care in order to achieve goals. Therapist suggested to Nails three different self-care items to begin behavioral change to address goals.
Therapist requested Nails to complete the following behavioral change steps:
1. Coat Nails in base coat, one that restores strength and vitality.
2. Coat Nails in Essie’s Case Study.
3. Dab small amount of top coat onto tip of both ring finger Nails. Quickly sprinkle small amount of Mac Reflects Glitter to wet top coat, beginning first stages of “fabulous” goal attainment.
4. Double coat both ring finger Nails in Love & Beauty’s Golden Girl, finalizing “fabulous” goal.
5. Coat Nails in thick top coat.
Therapist encouraged Nails to allow for personal reflections between each step while Nails dry.
Nails responded to behavioral change steps with compliance and motivation. Nails reported feeling “relieved” and “thankful” upon completion of goals.
Therapist will follow up with Nails to continue to build rapport, discuss “fabulous” satisfaction, and future goals. Therapist will also encourage Nails to seek supports and fashion advice from her community.
If you Google “Water Marble How-To / Tutorial,” you’ll get about a zillion hits. How do you sift though the rubbish and go straight to the crème de la crème? Allow me. I’ve done it for you.
Absolutely Required Reading & Watching
Have No Fear
My number one takeaway was that this Water Marbling business is not as scary as it sounds. I didn’t dive right in; I was well-prepared, and that was the key to my (relative) success. I haven’t perfected it yet, but I learned a lot to share with you.
The GLOSS Notes Version
This tutorial teaches you how to create a subtle Half Moon manicure using two different shades of gray, one glossy and the other matte.
Step 1: Coat your nails in a base coat. As usual, used Sally Hansen’s Double Duty, because it works as a base coat and top coat…and that is just plain efficient! However, any base coat you prefer will do.
Let dry completely.
Step 2: Coat your nails in Essie’s Chinchilly. A single, thick coat will do, as we are going to cover 2/3 of our nail with another polish.
Step 3: Using Avery Reinforcement Labels (which you can find at any local drug store), place one label onto each finger, making sure the center of the circle is lined up with the center of your cuticles.
Also, I suggest you start with just one hand, as labels on both hands may make the painting process cumbersome.
Remember, this is not an exact science, so just have fun with it. Play around and see what works best for you.
Step 4: Coat the tips of your nails in Zoya’s Loredana Mat, which is a matte polish. One coat is plenty here, just make sure to cover tips completely and neatly.
Let dry completely.
Step 7: If you have not already done so, repeat step 3-6 on your second hand.
Step 8 (optional): Using the same base/top coat (Sally Hansen Double Duty), polish your nails off with a thick top coat.
This step is optional because once you cover your nails in a top coat you will lose the matte effect of Zoya’s Lorendana Mat.
I did use a top coat on my nails as this helps my nail polish to last much longer than without a top coat.