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Twinsie Tuesday ~ Marching Orders ~ Water Spotted Mani

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Hey dolls! The theme for this week’s Twinsie Tuesday was to receive marching order from a fellow member. Heather of Peace, Love, Polish tasked me with creating a water spotted mani using fall colors. I’ve never attempted this type of mani, nor did I ever have any intentions of trying it. Water spotted manis are like water marbling’s little sister. You all already know that water marbling is not my thing, so I didn’t have very high hopes for this look.

I began with Cult Nails Afterglow, a coppery brown filled with pink shimmer. The formula was great and applied evenly in two coats. I’ve had this shade for awhile and I’m so glad I got around to wearing it. Next, I added an accent nail of Cult Nails Ay Poppy, a bright orange creme that was opaque in two easy coats.

I followed these tutorials (1, 2) to create the water spotted accent. I tried using Afterglow for the accent, but because of the sheer shimmery nature, it didn’t spread that well. I sprayed a small amount of perfume into the water, but the spots were rather large and not very cute. The first try was a definite fail. Luckily, I applied Ay Poppy as a double accent, so I had one more nail to practice on. For the second attempt, I used Cult Nails Lamestain, a deep oxblood creme. Lamestain spread over the water much easier. This time I flicked rubbing alcohol over the polish using a toothbrush to create the spots as mentioned in the second tutorial above. Here’s how it turned out!

Cult Nails Afterglow

Cult Nails Afterglow

While I do believe these colors compliment each other nicely, I’m not really a fan of the water spotted look. I’m just glad it worked on the second attempt because I was dreading having to start over. Looks like this are just way too messy for my tastes. My hubby joked that it looked like I was doing a science experiment in the kitchen. I’m thankful to Heather for pushing me out of my comfort zone so now I can say I tried this at least once. What are your thoughts on water spotted and water marble manis? Be sure to check out the assignments of the other Twinsies below.

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Traci at DrinkCitra

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  • Peace, Love & Polish

    I am glad it challenged you! I love reds, so naturally I love this! I have a love/hate relationship with working outside of my comfort zone too :)

    • http://www.refinedandpolished.com KayJay at Refined & Polished

      Thanks for the push girl!

  • Maribeth

    Wow! Super pretty! I am awful at water marbling too, so I would’ve been very intimidated trying this as well. You did a great job!

    • http://www.refinedandpolished.com KayJay at Refined & Polished

      Thanks love! I’m just glad I didn’t have too many fails before one nail turned out decently.

  • Anne Thompson

    Awesome, I love how it turned out! I don’t like doing water marbling either, and I have tried the spotted look once and it sucked big time!

    • http://www.refinedandpolished.com KayJay at Refined & Polished

      Thanks! I think it really depends on what you use to make the spots. Try rubbing alcohol next time.

  • http://www.nailslikelace.com/ NailsLikeLace

    I love it! I think the water spotted nail looks really awesome!! :) At least you can say you don’t like it with having actually tried it though!

    • http://www.refinedandpolished.com KayJay at Refined & Polished

      Thanks girl! I can successfully cross it off my list.

  • Marisa (Polish Obsession)

    I have yet to try this technique. I agree that these colors compliment each other. Love that Cult Nails!

    • http://www.refinedandpolished.com KayJay at Refined & Polished

      Thanks! Afterglow has to be one of their most underrated polishes. It’s so pretty.

  • http://sexxystarr1009.blogspot.com/ ChiChi Bee

    I never really like water marble just because I can’t get it right. I love the look of Water spotted but I don’t want to go through the trouble and I can’t get the actual polish.

    • http://www.refinedandpolished.com KayJay at Refined & Polished

      Sounds like we’re in the same boat with this one.

  • http://drinkcitra.com drinkcitra

    Ooh fun hehe. I try to stay away from manis that require a bit of mess, but I’m glad you got to try this out! It looks awesome!

  • http://thegirlwiththegreennails.blogspot.com/ SairaA

    I stay away from marbling because of the thought of it being so messy, and I’ve never tried water spotting either. Maybe I should give them a chance though :o

    • http://www.refinedandpolished.com KayJay at Refined & Polished

      Ehhh…I doubt I will try either again. lol

      • http://thegirlwiththegreennails.blogspot.com/ SairaA

        :p I’ve ordered some of the nail bibs to encourage me to try them out, and to help use some of the stash!