It's finally Monday and I get to post my first Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge manicure, yay! I've been really waiting this day to arrive and I actually did this mani already on Saturday as I just couldn't wait anymore and wanted to start doing the challenge. The two themes for this week are Will You Be My Valentine? and Something Other Than Pink and I decided to do the latter one first since I wanted to save the Valentine's Day mani for later this week.
I just recently bought couple of those Dance Legend Aquarelle Top coats which are a bit similar than for example OPI Sheer Tints, but apparently have way better formula. I don't have any of those OPIs but I've really wanted some polishes like that for a while now and so I finally ordered Sisley and Chagall from MiNails. I thought they were the perfect ones to use for this Something Other Than Pink theme since obviously they are not pink and I wanted to use them with black which really suits the theme too since it's definitely not pink.
Originally I wanted these type of polishes because I wanted to use them with stamping. You can make so many gorgeous manis with these if you have a white base, then you stamp some black pattern over it and finally color those white areas with the aquarelle polishes. I tried to do that already ones, but I really suck at stamping and so I didn't get anything done. So to make it a bit more easy to me, this time I used a black base (one coat of Essie Licorice) and then used white water decals over it and then painted over those white decals with the Dance Legends.
I wanted to use both, the beautiful purple Chagall and the stunning turquoise Sisley, so I decided to do a gradient with the two over the white water decals. These have quite different consistency than regular polish and doing the gradient wasn't really the easiest thing to do. They needed quite a few coats and doing several coats made them act a bit gooey, but in the end I still managed to do what I wanted.
I really loved this manicure and the look you can get with these polishes! I really need more of these Aquarelles, they are amazing.
I also took some pictures before I added those Aquarelles on top just to see how it looked before:
Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Essie Licorice, Dance Legend Aquarelle Top Coat Chagall and Sisley
Top coat: Zoya Armor and Fast Drops
Decorations: white water decals
So yay, that was my first #ablecs15 mani and I can't believe how excited I was to share it with you. It was really great to get this new challenge going and I can't wait to see what you all do for this challenge, I hope many of you will join in with us!