Monday, March 2, 2015

Pipe Dream Polish Neon Watermarble

I'm very excited to share this mani with you today!  I finally got my hands on a set of Pipe Dream Polish A Night In Vegas Cremes collection and they really are all they are chalked up to be.  Read on for more pics and info!

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Watermarble with Pipe Dream Polish's ANIVC collection

Glam My Mani vinyls were a press sample. Other polishes were purchased by me.
was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.


So April from Pipe Dream Polish had a restock with a surprise release time and I was so lucky to actually successfully order a full ANIVC set!  Thanks to USPS, I had to wait a bit until they actually arrived (seriously, what is UP with their service lately?!?  It Grade A SUCKS!) but they are here!

L-R: OPI Nail Envy, OPI Alpine Snow, Pipe Dream Polish High Roller, VIP Pass, and All In, Zoya Willa, KBShimmer Clearly On Top


And to celebrate, I went to the back of the beer fridge for some Maple Mistress imperial ale.  Mmmmmm, this beer is delicious.  It is brewed at Saucony Creek Brewing Company in PA, it's a pumpkin based ale, and sits at 9.5% ABV.  It has notes of roasted butternut squash and natural maple syrup, along with delicious fall spices.  I believe it is only available in fall, but it's the perfect beer that hits the spot with only one serving.
Mmmmmm.... beer.  With my mani station mess behind it.

I began by taping off my Cindy hand, because we all know the Cindy hand is for experimenting.  At least, mine is.  I had already painted one coat of OPI Nail Envy on both hands.  I used blue painter's tape since that's all I had available at the time.  It worked out pretty well in my opinion.
Painters Tape used to tape off my fingers for water marbling

Next I painted one coat of OPI Alpine Snow.  Since it was being used as an undie, I didn't worry too much about the coverage or if it was patchy.  I couldn't really clean up because of the tape, so first lesson learned: paint the white base before using the tape.
One coat of OPI Alpine Snow for the base

I didn't get a shot of the polishes in my cup, but I'll explain it from start to finish.  I used a recycled plastic container to marble in.  It's a small ricotta cheese container that has been washed out so there is no residue to hinder my water marbling.  It's a bit deep for my needs, so I feel like I end up wasting a lot of water.  That's important to me because I used bottled distilled water, not just tap water.  I'm not sure if my water choice made a difference, but OMG....  These polishes spread like a fifty-cent hooker... I mean, like a dream... they spread like a dream!
15 oz plastic container I use for watermarbling

Top shot of plastic container for watermarbling

I used High Roller (neon green), All In (neon blue), and V.I.P Pass (neon purple) for this marble.  I dropped the polishes in the water in the following order: HR, AI, HR, VIPP, HR, AI, HR, VIPP, HR (and so on and so forth).  I don't recall how many rings I had, sorry.  I just kept dropping until I felt like I had a good mix.

The tool I used to create the design was a sewing needle stuck into an eraser on a pencil.  This gave me great control to create the design.  First I drug the polish from the center up and then down, then I drug it from side to side, cleaning off the needle after a few passes.  I tried to keep the lines close together, but after I dunked my first two nails in I decided I could make them a little looser.

I dipped two nails at a time so I didn't waste my polish.  The circumference of my cup was wide enough that I could have fit all four fingers at the same time, but for me that was just too many nails to keep track of at once!  My first two fingers were a learning experience.  I knocked my ring finger (first pic below) slightly against the side of the cup and messed up the tip, but it came out pretty well!  My pink finger (second pic) was a disaster.  I caught it on my qtip that I was using to clean the extra polish from the water, so I thought I could just re-dip it... nope, since I dug into the white base too.  Another lesson learned... steer clear of your nails in the water!

Very close line design for watermarbling

Whoops.
FML.  How to fix this...?

With the exception of the tragedy that is the middle of the nail, that double dip looks kind of cool!

I dropped more polish, made another design, and dipped my middle and index fingers next.  They turned out much better, but I ended up dipping my middle finger parallel to the water so I caught some air bubbles between my nail and the design.  Boo.  I just touched them up by dotting with the same color.  For my thumb, I made sure to dunk at an angle and that I went much more slowly.  That helped so much!  I slowly pulled it out at the same angle.
Cindy hand, first full mani watermarble

I used the same technique for my left hand, except I painted my white base before taping.  I used the same design, and made sure to dip my nails at an angle.  Wonderful!  My index finger caught a weird part of the design, but whatever.
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Pipe Dream Polish ANIVC watermarble

Successful marbling!!  OMG!  My favorite was my thumb.  This was before topcoat.  I let them dry a bit and then topped them all with KBShimmer Clearly On Top quick dry topcoat.
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My thumb turned out to be my favorite  =)

And my pile of tape.  It was so pretty!  Lol
I could have made them in to a painting.  Don't laugh!

My initial intention was to stamp over the design with black.  Since I have no good black stamping polish yet, my first attempt was on my Cindy pinky finger.  Thank goodness.  Next came the nail vinyls, since I wasn't going to freehand a design and ruin this mani.  ;-)

I settled on my anchor vinyls from Glam My Mani.  They are the bomb!  I only wish I would have gone at this a bit differently but lesson learned for next time.  I used the decal part of the vinyl and centered them on my index and pinky nails, making sure there was no space between my nail and the decal.  I painted over my nail with Zoya Willa, then while it was still wet I used needle-nosed tweezers to pull the vinyl up (I did one nail at a time).  I should have gone back and touched up the little spots you can see where I dug into the surrounding polish when pulling the vinyls up, but I top coated before I realized that.
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Neon Watermarble and Anchor Nail Vinyls

You can see where I really messed it up on my Cindy hand.  I tried to touch it up with my cleanup brush, I don't know who had that novel idea... Oh yeah, beer.  I let those dry a bit so I didn't smear them, then top coated with another coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.  
Clean up brush is not good for detailing!

I can tell you that Pipe Dream Polish wears extremely well.  At least the ones I used.  Since I didn't have time during the week to do any other manis, I kept this on for seven days.  SEVEN DAYS!  And I had minimal tip wear.  No cracks, no chips, nothing!  So this shot below is on day seven in natural light.
PDP ANIVC Watermarble in natural daylight

Do you own any Pipe Dream Polish A Night In Vegas Cremes?  What is your favorite color combination?


50 comments:

  1. Wow. I don't own these but I can see that the hype is real! This looks amazing! I really like the color combination you chose. I'd probably do bkue, green and yellow. :0)

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    1. Thank you! It was surprisingly fun to marble with these!! I like that combo suggestion, thanks!

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  2. This is awesome! I love water marbling so much I started a group on Facebook. Need to get my mitts it's on these polishes lol x

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    1. Thank you! That sounds like a fun group!

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  3. These are beautiful and I love the anchor nail vinyl!

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  4. I love the anchor vinyl so much! And you're marble too.

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  5. Gorgeous, perfect, awesome, amazing marble! <3

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    1. I'm always inspired by your marbles, Pish! <3 Thank you!

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  6. I like the little peekaboo anchor, how it shows the marble inside! Very pretty

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  7. Since I'm obsessed with Anchors I'm in love!!!

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  8. I have been jonesing for the ANIVC collection... was still asleep when the restock happened, so I missed it. The "50 cent hooker" comment had me laughing, the office I'm waiting in thought I was crazy

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    1. Hehehe! Yeah, I've been jonesing too, just spent the better part of the restock morning at my PC clicking refresh. Success!

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  9. I have been jonesing for the ANIVC collection... was still asleep when the restock happened, so I missed it. The "50 cent hooker" comment had me laughing, the office I'm waiting in thought I was crazy

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  10. Your watermarble is way to perfect!!! I wish mine turned out as good as yours did!! It is amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Phoebe! These polishes definitely made it easy. =)

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  11. Very cute :D Love the honesty of your water marbling experience too!

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  12. This is so much fun!! So jealous you snagged a set of the Pipe Dreams!

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    1. Thank you! I've been pining for a long time over these!

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  13. LOL, I LOVE the play-by-plays in this post. And beer goes great with manis! :D

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    1. Haha, thank you! Beer goes great with a lot of things!! ;-)

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  14. WOW IT GLOWS! I don't have any Pipe Dream Polish, but man, I've seen so many stunning water marbles using these polishes, yours included! I don't know how you applied tape with wet nails, or if you waited for them to dry (when you did your swatching hand). Love this though...So gorgeous!

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    1. The color in these polishes is soooo bright IRL, oh my goodness. And thank you so much!! After I marbled my Cindy hand I topped it all with KBShimmer Clearly On Top (I waited to use the vinyls until after I did my swatching hand). It's a pretty fast quick dry, so I didn't have any trouble with using the tape, although I did move slowly and very carefully. =)

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  15. These look great! I'd love to be able to grab a mini set of her polishes. Maybe someday. :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get yours soon! =)

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  16. BEEER!! A girl after my own heart!!! If there is a unique brew, I'm all for it. Maple Mistress sounds so delicious!!! Back to the mani, I'm so jealous you were able to get your hands on the A Night In Vegas Collection!! It's on my wish list and I definitely need to pay more attention to restocks so hopefully I can luck out and get these for myself!! Great watermarble!

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    1. BEEEER!! =D Love it. Thanks for the compliment! Are you signed up for the newsletter? I believe that's currently the only way she's announcing restocks. That's the only way I knew about the last one. I hope you get your hands on a set soon! =)

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  17. Gorgeous! PipeDream Polishes are simply the best for marble, I'm so glad you were finally able to nab a set! I hope to catch a restock soon cause I don't want to marble anymore with mine till I have secured backups.

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    1. Thanks, Roselynn! They are, I was seriously blown away from the first drop of polish in the water. I can see why you need backups!!

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  18. These are amazing! Watermabling can be a pain in the ass, but yours came out great. The vinyls are just the icing on the cake!

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  19. Sigh. You're really making me regret not getting these during the restock. I loved the hooker comment, I lol'ed. Also, considering these where kinda coknails, they really came out great. I'm a lightweight so there's no way I could drink and do any type of nail art, although I did do swatches under the influence of NyQuil. Once I saw the result when I woke up the next day, I determined it was a bad idea.

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  20. Your watermarble is gorgeous. Whole nail world is crying for these beauties. I also love to look at the watermarbled tapes around my nails hehe.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anita! I know, I was very lucky to snag a set. I've been wanting them for so long. And at least I'm not the only one that admires the pretty tape! ;-)

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  21. I don't own them - I gave up trying to get them months ago :P This mani is fantastic though!!!

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    1. I was on the verge of giving up too, Shawna. I just got lucky this time around. ;-) Thank you! =)

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  22. This looks fantastic! One day, when everyone else has already ordered these... twice... I will own this collection. In the meantime, I'll enjoy everyone else's manis.

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    1. Lol, I hear you. Patience is a virtue, right? ;-) Thank you!

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  23. I'm so jealous! I've been wanting this collection forever. Your watermarbles are stunning!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I wish the weather would get the hint and that Spring would come soon. No such luck. :-p

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