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Reddit Week 7: Black and White Nails

Aww yeah, I'm going to lead off today with announcing that this mani is a success because my male co-worker noticed my nails and commented on them!  Considering I'm a programmer in an all-male office, this is quite the accomplishment.  Anyway, Reddit is currently running a 52-week challenge over at /r/redditlaqueristas and the theme this week is black and white.  Give I've been having more success with water marbling lately I wanted to try and reproduce this pattern.  I actually think I got really close!

I've been playing around with different combinations of water temperatures, cup sizes and polishes and I think I found the right combination as my polishes spread out absolutely perfectly last night.  After adding two coats of Orly Dayglow as a base colour, I dropped in Nicole by OPI Razzle Dazzler and more Dayglow into coldish water - not the warmer water I used the night before.  It seemed to make the difference as the polished behaved just like all the videos.  I experimented with different swirly patterns and had the best luck going from edge to edge through the centre, then swirling it a bit, then drawing sections in to the swirl as needed.  Voila, black and white swirly nails!







The Verdict: I love how these came out and I'm so happy to have finally gotten a water marble to work like the videos.  It's so much fun drawing patterns in the polish I might just have to try more of these.  I have this rainbow version that won't get out of my head but I've been unable to execute - I have to try it again now :)

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