Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday: Pond Manicure

It's the first Twinsie Tuesday post of 2015 and we are back with some all-new Twinsies in our little group! So I want to give a big welcome to Amanda, Beckie and Savannah! :)

That's the good news. Now for the bad news: this week's pond mani theme was a huge exercise in frustration for me. I did a whole pond mani and it took me about an hour. It actually came out pretty nice...until I accidentally hit my hand against my polish table and two fingers of my still-wet, still-unphotographed manicure got completely dented and smeared. Gah!!!! I was so mad!

After I'd invested all that time and effort into the mani, I honestly didn't want to try again. I made another attempt, but my heart wasn't in it and before I was even halfway done with it, I knew it wasn't going to look as nice. But rather than give up completely, I cut my losses and used the pond effect as an accent nail.

Aside from the fact that it's time-consuming to wait for all the layers to dry, this is actually a pretty easy technique to do--and if I say it's easy, then it's something just about anyone can do! For the hearts, I just drew little V-like shapes using Illamasqua Scorch and a Born Pretty nail art brush. My base was OPI Too Hot Pink To Hold 'Em, a hot pink jelly. I'm not a huge fan of jellies (too sheer for my taste) but this is a really gorgeous pink and I love that it can be built up to complete opacity without losing that squishy shine.

After our holiday hiatus, we're returning to our regular TT schedule, so hopefully I'll see you back here next week!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Beckie at Polished by Beckie
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les


  1. This is really cute! I love the layers of hearts!

  2. I like it; this would be a perfect look for Valentines Day!

  3. Boo for smearing wet nails! Love the accent finger!

  4. I feel your pain. I spent way longer on this mani than I wanted. I think yours came out beautifully and I agree with Stephanie, it's a perfect Valentine's day mani!

  5. Love it as a accent nail. I know what you man about smearing wet nails, I did that recently too.

  6. I don't blame you at all for only doing an accent nail the second time around.

  7. Girl...the struggle is real! I would've done the same!

  8. I HATE when I gash my manicure on the table before i get photographs! I woudln't have done it again since these dang pond manicures take forever! I really love it as an accent! I may do something like this for Valentine's Day!

  9. Ah that's so frustrating that your nails were ruined (I've had it happen and it is not at all a fun experience) This mani is cute though and I love it as an accent nail.

  10. BOO for ruining your first attempt. This technique does take too much time, but I like the look of it. In the end your mani turned out cute!

  11. Totally know what you mean. It's so frustrating messing up something you've been working on. Turned out great though, don't sweat it!

  12. I love this! And I always start with the accent nail just in case the rest of the nail art doesn't pan out. I'm hopeful the first go is the best and then I can just polish the rest a solid shade and be done with it.


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