Friday, 27 May 2016

ABC Challenge 'D': Dry marble nails

Another Friday, another instalment of the ABC Challenge! (Follow the link to find out more about it.) Last week for the letter 'C', I did constellation nails. Today for 'D' I chose to do this design using the dry marble method.

Dry marble nail art with thermal polish featuring Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Dry marble nail art using Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Alice' and 'Megara'

I added a little twist by using a pink-purple thermal polish, so the overall look changes depending on how warm or cold my fingers are. Read on for the details, more photos, and a video tutorial - my first video on YouTube!

I didn't start with a base colour this time, so I don't have any swatch photos for a change. I'll jump right to the YouTube video instead! As I didn't have constraints on the video length, I could show most of the process without speeding it up, and there are also explanations included. (No voice-over, though - I'm not brave enough yet!)


The polishes I used are 'Alice' and 'Megara', which are both from Femme Fatale Cosmetics' recent Enchanted Fables collection. Alice is a bright blue colour - and it's definitely blue, not blue-green - with shimmery gold flakes. Megara is a thermal polish that is bright pink when warm and purple when cold, complete with a coppery shimmer. The shimmer in both polishes are subtle, so unfortunately they haven't really been picked up by my camera, even in the macro shot:

Dry marble nail art with thermal polish featuring Femme Fatale Cosmetics (macro)
Zooming in!

You can see that there is indeed shimmer in both polishes, but they appear silver. I promise that they do indeed have gold/copper shimmer in real life! It gives them a lovely glow under both indoor lighting and sunlight. In this photo you can see the gold shimmer in the bottle of Alice:

Dry marble nail art with thermal polish featuring Femme Fatale Cosmetics
The sunlight was warming up my fingers, so it was difficult to capture the purple in 'Megara'.

I've actually had this manicure on for seven days now as my schedule over the past week was packed. (You might have noticed that the YouTube video was uploaded a few days ago - I published the blog post today to keep with the ABC challenge schedule.) I used a regular base coat instead of my usual peel-off one to make sure that it would last longer, and amazingly nothing has chipped even after day 7! I would credit the base coat for this, which is Glisten & Glow's 'Stuck on Blu', the sticky base coat that I've used before to make reverse-stamped decals.

Finally, here's a collage showing how Megara transitions from cold (purple) to warm (pink). Using a thermal polish definitely helped with wearing the same design for so long, as the manicure didn't always look the same.

Dry marble nail art with thermal polish featuring Femme Fatale Cosmetics


That's it for this design! I'll be back next Friday with my 'E' nails, which I have a plan for that I hope will work. Have a great week, leave me a comment if you liked this, and follow the links below to see what other nail bloggers have done for 'D' on the ABC challenge. Bye!



8 comments :

  1. This looks soooo cool with the thermal effect!

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    1. Thank you so much! I loved wearing this, watching the colours change always mesmerises me!

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  2. These are lovely, the combination is gorgeous!

    I have a couple thermal polishes but they are really sheer and once I build them up to opacity they are a totally different colour than the bottle. I'll have to check out Femme Fatale.

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    1. Thank you Lauren! I only own two Femme Fatale thermals at the moment but I highly recommend them, I want to get more myself :)

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  3. Aww wonderful. Loved it. The color change is so good :)

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  4. Thermal polish in a dry marble !!! That's such a cool idea !!! I was wondering how you did a gradient in your dry marble, so clever !!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yeah I love that thermal polishes can give a gradient look without the hard work of sponging ;)

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