So I had to decide what to do for my nails. I slowly started to piece together my ideas to create a cohesive look. All of my friends know I'm a nail fanatic (I was with the bride and the wedding party last night when I water marbled our friend's nails), so I know they're expecting something awesome. My dress is not a solid color, so I didn't want to do anything too flashy. I was contemplating doing a complete water marble, but decided that was too much for me to do today, and I knew I wanted to wear Essie Mint Candy Apple. So the game plan became MCA on all nails but my ring fingers, which will be water marbled to match colors in my dress. I was going to water marble my thumbs, too, but one of my thumbs is getting a fake nail, so I decided not to bother. I'm actively doing my nails as I'm typing this, so I'm also considering possibly Konading some or all of my other fingers. If I do it, it'll be in white and something subtle, not a full nail design. So let's see what I ended up with...
Close-ups of the Water Marbles
2 coats Essie Mint Candy Apple
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On
Essie Mint Candy Apple
Essie French Affair
1 coat Poshe
Konad White with Essence stamping plate (design also on Konad plate m4)
I had been reluctant to use MCA because it tends to be difficult to work with. This time, though, it really wasn't that bad. Probably because I expected it so I was careful. It's one of those that tends to get dry on the brush so it becomes difficult to apply. I find if you frequently let it rest back in the polish, application is much better. It did have a little drag, but I was able to get around that the majority of the time. It was somewhat uneven (not streaky, just uneven), but that was resolved with a top coat.
MCA is a pretty well known color, and despite the application problems, I still think it's worth it. It's such a bright, fun turquoise that leans more blue than green. When I think "Mint", and I think green, but this is definitely more blue.
The water marble was great, but there were bubbles. Luckily only one on each nail is actually visible when you look at the nails in real life, and even then, they're so subtle. The colors spread perfectly and easily in the water, even though MCA is pretty thick. I did not expect it to spread NEARLY as well as it did, which further proves each polish is different when it comes to marbling.
I decided to go with a simple Konad design on my thumbs just to add a bit more, and so you could notice it when I text on my phone.
What was awesome, though, was my friend whose nails I marbled the night before. She was at the pasta station getting food and the servers started asking her about her nails!! She told them I did them and they asked what salon I worked at because they LOVED them... heehee. That made me feel kinda awesome lol.
Here's what I wore that was the inspiration for my nails: