January 30, 2014

Purple Pond Manicure

So the first Lazy Blogger's 31 Day Challenge of this week is to recreate something. Kirsten, my Lazy Blogger partner in crime, is a very nice person and recreated something of mine from this challenge (check out her take on my teeny tiny flowers here!) while I on the other hand am a big jerk and recreated something else... THE POND MANICURE! I love the original one with flowers (see the original by Olive View Fashion here) so much that while I've been itching to do a pond mani for 'tutorial day' or whatever, I couldn't think of anything except doing flowers. Thus I present to you my purple pond nails!

Purple Pond Manicure - a jelly sandwich with tiny flowers layered in delicious purple jelly polish! | Manicurity.com


Purple Pond Manicure - a jelly sandwich with tiny flowers layered in delicious purple jelly polish! | Manicurity.com

A pond manicure is basically a jelly sandwich, but with nail art between the layers instead of a glitter polish. For mine I used Deborah Lippmann's Call Me Irresponsible, a purple jelly polish, and I did little white flowers with a needle-point dotting tool. It was a little tricky for me to find jelly polishes in my stash that were sort of clear jellies; I feel like a lot of mine are sheer but sort of creamy/cloudy (not like in a gross way, in an intentional way). Of course once I was all done with this I remembered that ALL of the Milani Neon polishes are super clear jelly polishes! Derp!

Purple Pond Manicure - a jelly sandwich with tiny flowers layered in delicious purple jelly polish! | Manicurity.com

The hardest part of this manicure is all of the waiting in between layers :( I am impatient and my impatience is what kept me away from nail polish soooo long ago - before I learned the literal wizard science-magic that is quick dry top coat. [It might give me cancer or make weird babies or whatever, but I love me some quick dry.] Anyway, really the point of this is that I'm not sure if you QD TC more often between the layers (which seems disastrous because quick dry + layers = unhappy) or just at the end as I did? It felt like it took me all day to do one colored jelly layer, dot the tiny flowers, then wait for those dots to settle down and dry so that the next layer of colored jelly polish wouldn't drag white smears all over my nail.

Purple Pond Manicure - a jelly sandwich with tiny flowers layered in delicious purple jelly polish! | Manicurity.com

Basically I love this effect, but it takes some dedication out of your day (maybe more time than I would like). Have you tried the pond manicure technique? Do you have any sage words of wisdom about the process? Share in the comments!

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13 comments:

  1. I love these pond manicures! I have hardly any jellies in my polish stash (honestly, I don't know why, I don't dislike them or anything!) and seeing manis like these make me realize I have to buy more polish! I need jellies!!

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    1. . Make your own jellies that coordinate with your existing polishes!

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    2. . Make your own jellies that coordinate with your existing polishes!

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  2. This is lovely! Your so creative :)

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  3. i'm SWOONING over this! i love purple, so this is so pretty!

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  4. this is just gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. One of the most beautiful pond manis i've seen xx

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  5. You are not a big jerk. These are just gorgeous!

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  6. Wonderful!!! I did similar with dots.

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