Monday, November 21, 2011

Share the Love: Day 1, Guest post from Rachel of Top Coat It

Happy Monday everyone! :) I hope you had a great weekend! I have something really special for you today!! Me and four other bloggers have put together Share The Love week! We all have themes for our manis and will be guest posting on eachothers' blogs and then finish off the week with our own blog. I am pleased to have Rachel start the week off on my blog! She is a really awesome blogger and I couldn't be happier that she is part of Share the Love! Enough blabbering, her swatches speak for themselves. :)

Hello everyone! I'm Rachel from Top Coat It. I'm so happy to be joining you here on The Polished Panda on the first day of our Share the Love journey. Thank you for having me, Heather!
I'm still pretty new to this nail blogging world. There are so many creative ladies out there and I'm learning so much. When I first heard about water marbles I was blown away that you could put polish in water and do cool things with it. My first couple attempts were messy, gloppy failures. I had no idea what I was doing. It takes some trial and error and practice, but you can get some awesome results. You just have to play around with color combinations and patterns.

I'm loving these colors together! I started with a green base color of OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window (I love this green!) I wanted the green to stand out the most. The purple is Jordana Purple Bright and the grey is Essie Power Clutch.

Using the green as the base color as opposed to white deepened the purple a bit, but I like it.

I used white as a base on my thumb so the purple is more vibrant. The con to using white as a base instead of one of the colors you are marbling with, is if you end up with any bubbles or flubs, you're going to see the white showing through, like near the cuticle on my thumb.
These are nails that get noticed. Isn't it disappointing when you do an awesome mani that you're proud of and no one says anything about it? I hate that. What's worse is when you've spent a lot of time on a cool mani and it chips. Maddening!
In the next week or so I'll be posting a tutorial on how I do water marbles on my blog, Top Coat It, so watch for that. I'm happy to answer any questions. I hope you'll give water marbling a try and don't be discouraged if your first or even second or third attempt aren't so pretty. Keep trying.
Tomorrow I'll be Sharing the Love and guest posting on Nailed: A Nail Polish Blog with another fun mani. Be sure to check it out! Thank you again to Heather for hosting me today.

Thank you so much Rachel for your AWESOME post! Those are really great colors! I can't believe I still haven't tried water marbling! This post definitely inspired me to give a try asap ;)

If any of you would like to check out the other lovely ladies involved and see my guest posts, just click the links for their blogs!

Amanda of Amandalandish 
Chelsea of Nailed (I will be posting on Chelsea's blog today!)
Rachel of Top Coat It


  1. I want that water marbling color scheme in a scarf, it's just so gosh darn amazing! Love, love, love.

  2. amanda, that would be such a beautiful scarf!!! dying.. LOVE this color scheme!!:]


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