Sonntag, 1. April 2012

Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge: Day 8, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

So here I am with my take on the last day of our Girly Girl Nail Art Challenge. I'm kind of sad that this is going to be the last challenge manicure... Anyway, today's theme is "girl's just wanna have fun", so I don't really want to start with the sad stuff, haha.

I had some trouble coming up with an idea this time. Since I was travelling last week, I didn't get around to prepare some ideas and mani's in advance. Work this week was also more tiring than I anticipated, thus I realised that today's mani had to be rather simple. I settled with trying the acid wash technique which I have seen on several blogs over the past weeks. Inspired by the coloful manis of my fellow challenge bloggers, I decided to use bright colors also.

Here's my first try on the acid wash manicure:

The polishes I used for this mani are essie Navigate Her, depend 295, Manhattan 51K and essence Sundancer. I got the depend polish when I was travelling in Sweden last week and it's really amazing. I wish the bottles were a bit bigger though...

I was also surprised just how easy it is to achieve this manicure. I prepared this over a total of 3 days because of my lack of time. I just painted a new coat of color on top of the previous every night. On the morning of day 4 I simply took a q-tip, dipped it in acetone and started scrubbing lightly. The acetone melts the different coats of polish quite fast. The longer you scrub, the more the layers are going to show up. I think I needed a total of like 15 minutes to do both hands and I'm confident that you can be faster once you get the hang of it.

Obviously, it might be best to use one coaters because you don't have to melt away so much polish if you are doing as many colors as I did or even more. The depend polish worked great. 51K on the other hand needed two coats and when I started scrubbing, it started to discolor the yellow... I don't know, but the consistency of the polish+acetone was a bit weird. I also think that this kind of mani is actually a great way to touch up a manicure.

What do you think? Have you tried this technique before? What are your results like? Got some tips maybe?

So this was my last girly-girl manicure... This past month has been a lot of fun, I got to know a lot of wonderful new blogs and I was also really overwhelmed with the feedback I got during this time. Thank you everybody, who took the time to comment! I was, and still am, really happy to read all of your comments!

I'm pretty sure this won't be the last challenge I'm participating in, but on the other hand, I'm still sure that I can't handle the daily kind of challenge. If anyone knows of a challenge with a similar time frame or wants to create their own, I'd gladly participate!

Please take a look at all the awesome nail art everybody else has been doing to!

Stephanie of A Little Polish
Kelly of DevilishPolish
Jodi of Captivating Claws
Danielle of Lacquer Lover
Elly of Polishable
Olivia of Unprofessional Nails
Kate of This Charming Kate
Bethany of  A Plethora of Nails
Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady
Eugenia of Talon-ted
Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Amanda of Nox Nails
Ashley of Smashley Sparkles
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Emily of The Lacquerologist
Jess of LuvMyLacquer
Tressa of O' Natur Nail
Amanda of Berry Polished 
Robin, Erin, and Anna of Polished Cousins
Bonny of Over Stuffed 
Taylor of REJOICE! 
Jess of Nearly Natural Nails


  1. This looks really cool, I hadnt seen this technique before, great job :)

  2. Boa ... sieht toll aus ,bin begeistert!!!


  3. Very nice! I have been wanting to try this technique for a while and it's nice to hear that it's not as hard as it looks!

  4. das sieht sooo cool aus :)

    Liebste Grüße

  5. i havent tried it yet but i love the colors you chose for this! looks great

  6. Wow, this takes me back. I used to wear this kind of thing on my body during the 90s :p love a bit of tie-dye ;)

  7. This def looks fun! I can't believe I haven't seen this technique. Thanks for explaining it. Can't wait to give it a try.

  8. Perfekt für den sommer! *__*
    Noch zu deiner Frage, wegen dem Tattoo es kommt im literarischen Klassiker der Geschichte vom Prinzen Genji vor und in der Sammlung der Zehntausend Blätter^^
    Aber es ist eher eine Haltung ;)

    Liebste Grüße <3

  9. I think your acid wash is the best I've seen so far. Really like these colors with this effect.

    1. I'm glad you like it. I'm actually really surprised about the response to this mani, since it wasn't planned out at all...

  10. This is the first time I've seen these acid wash nails and thought "wow"! Great job!

  11. This is a really cool mani that I would love to try myself. You mentioned that a daily challenge was a little much, and I heard about a weekly one recently that you might be interested to participate in. I myself have not been able to participate, but thought I would share with you regardless. You can find the details here:


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