NOTD: Something Blue!

Well, I’m back on a blue nail polish kick, but I’ve really been missing nail art so I decided to dive back into nail art with this look.

somethingblue | by themani-ac
The base on my pointer, middle and ring fingers is two coats of Zoya Lillian. Then I have two coats of Zoya Purity on my thumb and pinky, to which I then added the marbling. I also added just a little bit of silver leaf to go with the silver striping tape on my ring fingers. I topped everything off with Essie Good to Go.
I looooove how this came out. It was subtle, but so pretty. And.. it went with my engagement ring!  Hence the name of the NOTD, it was definitely part of my inspiration.
I’m really going to try to get back into the swing of nail art, I promise.

NOTD: Watercolor!

I thoroughly enjoyed my last marble, so I decided to do another, more colorful version!

I’m also tired of snow and ready for spring and summer.

Anyhow, my base for all nails is two coats of Zoya Purity topped with Essie Good to Go. On my thumb, pointer and pinky I created this watercolor effect with Paula Dorf Perfectly Purple, China Glaze Too Yacht Too Handle and Zoya Talia. What I did was thin out each color with some acetone, then apply it to the nail in patches. Then I took more acetone and blobbed it on to thin out the color and create the effect.

I thought it would be too much to do on all the nails so I left my middle and ring fingers white and added the triangle studs. Then topped everything with another coat of Good to Go.

I looooove how the watercolor effect comes out, and it’s super quick and easy! What do you think?

NOTD: Marble and Burgundy!

I finally feel like I’m getting my groove back!

Alright! The base on my middle and ring fingers is two coats Zoya Willa, I topped it off with Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat. When that was dry, I thinned out some Zoya Willa with acetone to create the grey texture in the background, then used a thin striping brush and Willa to create those veins/cracks, and finally added a little bit of gold leaf. Of course, topped it off with more Big Shiny Top Coat.

For the other nails I used two coats of Zoya Sloane, and when that was dry I added some gold striping tape, and topped everything off with Big Shiny Top Coat.

I love this so much, I think this is one of the best marbles that I’ve done! What do you think?


NOTD: Matte Marble Take 2!

So, I’m still not feeling very Halloween-ish… I’m more feeling white nail polish haha


My base here is Zoya Purity (surprise!). Then I dry marbled with more Purity, Zoya Ziv and Essie Leggy Legend. Of course, that wasn’t enough for me so I added some silver striping tape and matted out the whole thing with Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat.

I love how this came out! The gold and white matte marble is so pretty. What do you think?

NOTD: Marbled and White!

So after my Halloween fail, I decided to go in a completely different direction.


My base is two coats of Zoya Purity on all nails. Then I used Purity, Zoya Lillian, Zoya Talia and Essie Leggy Legend to do the marble. I decided to do a dry marble using my stamper. What I did was add a few blobs of polish in every color the nail and gently blotted it with my stamper to get the marbles effect. After the marbled nails were set, I added studs to the white ones and topped  everything off with Essie Good To Go.


This is a close up of my marbled thumb because I love how it came out! (sorry if it’s a little blurry)

I absolutely love this technique. I don’t have the patience to water marble any more and I think this just comes out better for me most of the time. What do you think?


NOTD: Grey Marbled!

I’ve been lacking some inspiration, so I decided to try a technique that I haven’t done in a while.


Ahhhh, marbling. My base is two coats of Zoya Purity, and topped it with Essie Good to Go. Then I thinned out Zoya Willa with some nail polish thinner and dabbed it on all my nails with a nail art brush. Then I took acetone and dabbed it over the black so it marbled. After I liked how it look, I added a coat of Essie Good to Go to seal everything in.

Overall, I really like how it came out, much better than the last time I tried lol. What do you think?

NOTD: Blue and White Saran Wrap Marble

I haven’t liked any saran wrap manis I’ve done… until now…


I freehanded the shape with Zoya Purity, so I had a white base. Then I used China Glaze I Sea the Point and more Purity for the marble. Before I did the actual marbling, I used Proclaim White Super Bond Hair Glue as a barrier for easier cleanup. For the marbling I put drops of the white and blue on my nail and then laid pieces of ‘saran wrap’ (I used pieces of those plastic bag you put fruit in at the grocery store) on the drops, flattened it out and when lifted it off. For some of the nails I had to do it a few times to get the desired effect.

When I was happy with the marble I topped it off with Essie Good to Go.

I really love how this came out! My boyfriend said it reminded him of a teapot lol and it kind of reminds me of those porcelain plates (because of the blue and white), so he was happy that he got it. What do you think?

NOTD: Matte Marble

I’m liking making everything matte lately!


My thumb, pointer and pinky are two coats of Zoya Caitlin. My middle and ring fingers have a base of two coats of Zoya Purity. Then I watered down some Zoya Dove with some nail polish thinner and applied it with a nail art brush, just randomly, to get that marbled look. Then I tinned down some Zoya Willa and used a thin nail art brush to create the black lines, then added Essie Leggy Legend for a gold accent. And to jazz up my other nails, I added the snazzy cut out triangle studs. Finally topped everything off with NYC Matte Me Crazy.

I like how this came out! I was envisioning it for a couple days now. I like it matte, but I also might like it glossy. What do you think? Should I add a glossy top coat?

NOTD: Marbled!

I saw this mini tutorial on Instagram on a new way to marble and I had to try it out.

marbleThe polished I used are OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest, Zoya Chantal and Essie Leggy Legend. I dud have a base of Chantal on before I did the marbling. So with this technique, what you do is dab some blobs of polish on a stamper and then stamp it on your nails! Pretty easy! You need to make sure that you have a decent amount of polish on your stamper, or it won’t marble, the colors will kind of just meld together into a muddle mess. It took me a few tries to get it right.

I did use some Proclaim Super Bond Hair Glue around my cuticles to make cleanup easier, but it will pool and you will have to do some cleanup. I also topped it off with Essie Good to Go!

I love how this came out! I definitely want to try it out with some other colors, make try to make it look like a galaxy next time. What do you think?

NOTD: Dry Marbling!

I really wanted to do some water marbling, but epic failed. So, I decided to attempt dry marbling!

drymarble2Instead of trying to dry marble on the actual nail, I decided to try making some nail polish stickers! Kind of like reverse stamping. So what I did was take a piece of parchment paper, then used Zoya Ziv, Remy and Belinda to make the marble. I painted a square of Ziv, then did stripes in the order of Belinda, Ziv, Remy, Ziv and then created the pattern by dragging a dotting tool through all the polishes. Then I let them dry overnight so I’d be able to remove them.

Once they were dry, I gently peeled them from the parchment, trimmed them and ten applied to the nail, just like you would a reverse stamp. And topped them off with Essie Good to Go.  drymarbleAnd this is what I got! The pointer and middle looked really good! The ring and pinky and kind of rough. I also had a tough time with cleanup because of all the glitter lol. I think I’d stick with less glittery polishes next time, and maybe something that looks less like Mardi Gras. What do you guys think?