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NEW NAILS: water marbling x2

Remember when I told you I had previously been traumatized by water marbling? I promised to give it a try during this year and seems like that happened sooner than I thought it would :D I also decided why not try more than one method while I'm at it? So I ended up using the regular water marbling technique as well as the water spotted technique.

Water marbling (the regular way) - I have no idea how you guys can get beautiful and symmertical shapes on the water, but i wasn't going for those this time, so these irregular shapes were more than ok! I used yellow, orange, pink and purple polishes for marbling, changing the color combo a bit for each nail to get a lively result.

I didn't use any base color before marbling, so they came out slightly transparent but I don't think it looks bad at all. After marbling I applied a coat of pink shimmery top coat to give it a little sparkle. The top coat smeared the marbling a little, but luckily that's only visible in pictures.

Water spotted - this marbling technique is a bit different and usually only uses one color. I guess you could do it with more than one color too, but I haven't seen anyone do that (yet). Anyway, after dropping a few drops of polish on the water surface, gently spray a little hair spray to it to get distorted shapes like this.

I didn't use this technique on the nails itself, but I figured it would be a great way to make pearls look like turquoise stones! I only had small ones and couldn't find any big ones in stores, so I had to make them myself.

It was a bit hard to dip the pearls in to the water, but I figured the best way to do that, was to apply two-sided tape on an ice cream stick and stick the pearl to it, paint it with turquoise nail polish and then dip it into the water.

Would you guess the bigger stone is actually a DIY one, when you see it next to the smaller factory made ones? I'd say I nailed it pretty well 8-)

Here's all the polishes I used! I don't think I've ever used this many polishes for one set of nails (I usually stick to 2-4 colors).

I also tried out the new Glisten & Glow latex barrier and I fell in love with it right away! It made the cleaning up after marbling sooo much easier!

What do you think about these nails? An okay result for a second first proper try? Feel free to share your thoughts!
Here's my inspiration for these nails btw
Kuva, jonka Ayaka Shinohara (@wiznail.brazilianwax) julkaisi

Here's a list of products that I used:
O.P.I: Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm? (purple polish)
Color Club: Kapow! (pink polish)
• Ciaté: Hopscotch (orange polish)
Color Club: Almost Famous (yellow polish)
Color Club: Pearl-spective (pink shimmer polish)
• Color Club: All In (turquoise polish)
• A England: Camelot (black polish)
Art Club Liner: Silver glitter
Glisten & Glow: Ctrl-Alt-Del (latex barrier)
• Big pearls from craft stores (these are from Hobby Point)
• Small turquoise stones
• Nail art studs
• Seashell shaped studs from Donki
Konad: Silver nail art deco chain
Swarovski crystals in different sizes

Btw, I joined Snapchat a while ago and post stuff almost daily! Feel free to follow me! Here's what I posted while making these nails:


  1. WoW! Siis minkä kokoinen ämpäri sulla oli kun marmoroit :). Mä tein tänään kanssa ekat marmoroinnit ja hitsi, että oli hauskaa! Water spottedea uskaltauduin testaamaan jo vähän aikaa sitten ja mä kyllä ainakin tungin paria kolmea eri reikälakkaa päällekkäin, kun kerran vauhtiin pääsin. Kuvat on blogissa kesäkuussa (You're in the Algae army now -postaus). Nää sun kynnet on kyllä aivan huiman kauniit. Ja nuo koristekivet on ihan mielettömät!

    1. sain kyl hetken ettiä sopivaa ämpäriä, mihin mahdun nää kynnet tuikkaamaan :D kunnes muistin et mulla on yks valtava hoegaardenin sammio, joka on joskus tarttunut baarista mukaan hups.. noh, ajaa asiansa hyvin marmoroinnissa kun on muuten niin ruma :D

      selitin ehkä vähän huonosti postauksessa, mutta meinasin siis sitä, että veden pinnalle tiputetaan spottedissa yleensä vaan yks väri. toki oon sellasia nähny joissa on kerrostettu useempi reikälayer päällekkäin :)

      kiitti paljon!<3

  2. These are beautiful, perfect nails for summer!
    I like how your marbling turned out vibrant and clear. I've tried once and it looked terribly muddy, faded and ugly :D

    1. thank you so much! they are quite summery indeed :D
      your experience sounds a lot like my first try with marbling... which is why i didn't dare to try it again, until now. don't give up! seems like it just takes a lot of practice before it comes out good haha.

  3. Ihanan väritset kynnet! Niin herkulliset, ihan kuin joku tikkari tai mehujätski :D

    1. mullekin tuli tikkari mieleen näistä 8D hihii, kiitti!

  4. En ikinä kommentoi, mutta nyt on ihan pakko. IHANAT!

  5. Ihanat! <3 Niin raikkaat ja kesäiset, vaikka ilmat ei nyt niinkään kesäiset ole, buu :( Haluaisin itekin kokeilla tota marmorointia mut... en oo vielä saanu aikaiseks. Ehkä joskus!

    1. haha joo, ehkäpä näillä koitan vähän kompensoida tätä surkeeta kesäsäätä... :D
      kannattaa kokeilla, tulee ihan kivaa jälkee kunhan saa sen kuvion eka onnistumaan 8D

  6. Amazing nails! Sadly my long nail and design days are over, due to kickboxing, but I will just admire yours for now! ^^


    1. thank you so much! i can assure you there's a plenty of great designs for short nails as well, so don't give up nail art just because you can't have them long ˆˆ

  7. When I saw that "not sure if ugly or not" pic on snapchat I was kinda shocked and didn't like the look. But after adding those decorations I must say these nails look amazing!

    And I was thinking if you could ever do a post of your updated makeup routine or something like that? Your makeup looks absolutely spot on nowadays so it would be great to see how you achieve it!

    1. hahah yeah, i also often doubt what the heck i'm doing with my nails, but they usually turn out OK when i add the decorations :'D i just gotta see beyond that when doing them lol.
      thank you though!!<3

      i've actually been thinking about doing one, but i don't know if it should be as a video or just pics, hmmmm. glad you like my makeup! it's pretty much the same as before too, i've just found better products and techniques :')

  8. I love these nails! they are just so perfect for summer ^o^

  9. Siisti tapa tehdä kynsiin kuviointi. Noi värit sopii yhteen ihan täydellisesti! love them <33

    1. joo tää oli kyl hauska tekniikka (ja suhteellisen nopee, jos kuviot onnistuu) :D
      kiitos paljon!<3

  10. Ihanat! Nuo kivet on tosi hienoja, pitääpä laittaa tuo tekniikka korvan taakse.

  11. Wow! are you a professional nailist? :O They are so perfectly done!


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