Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The irk-some Ruffian

Good evening all.

How's it going? Three days into January and so far so good? Hopefully you are doing great, but if you aren't, take heart because things can and will get better. 

Okay. I thought I'd try water marbling again because I had an 'good' experience during the 31 Day Manicure Challenge I did last year. Oh my goodness. I spent about two hours painting a flawless white base colour, dripping polish with anticipation, making rubbish patterns, cursing the water, the polish, my fingers and the cup. In the end, I was left angry...and still wearing a white base colour. I grabbed the first colour I could find and whilst painting over the white, it occurred to me that I had never created a Ruffian manicure. 

 I'm not sure why it's called 'Ruffian' but I love it. My husband doesn't. He thinks it's irk-some and it reminds him of 'pus at the top'. Erm, cheers :-\  I should be offended, but I'm not because he is one of my biggest fans.

I didn't use any tape or manicure guides. I painted one layer of pink over the white with a steady hand and then one layer of purple over the pink. A little dab of glitter and there you have it - pus nails!

So, do you like them? With the right colours you could continue layering perhaps. Oh, by the way, hubby just looked over and said 'I like the concept'. Yeah, you're too late mate, I saw your involuntary shudder when I showed you my masterpus, I mean masterpiece :-p!

Thanks for reading folks and thanks for your comments.



  1. These are really cute. I think the colours look great together.

  2. Well thank you Holly! I'm glad they didn't weird you out, lol! x

  3. Love this idea, never seen it before! May give it a try. ^_^

    ~ Lauren <3


  4. I really like this one :)

    How long does it take you to do a polish and how long do you leave the nails to dry between coats? Do you use a fast drying polish? I tried to do the stamping for NYE & the whole thing got smudged :(

    Any advice?


  5. I love how this came out! It's so neat. I don't think I'd be able to control my hand so well. I also love the colors you used. I've only seen a Ruffian with two colors.

  6. @ Bailey, to polish first use one layer of base, two of colour and then the fast dry top coat ( check this post to see the topcoat I used for this mani http://ash-lillyslacquerlust.blogspot.com/2011/06/east-asian-inspired-mani.html )
    You can get it at Boots or you can try any other fast dry alternative. When dry, stamp on your image. Use the topcoat again but fill up the brush and put a big drop of polish on and float it down the nail. Don't let the brush touch the surface of the nail or you may smudge. Practice makes perfect hun...I still smudge mine ;)

    @Marijo, thank you:) I've only seen two colours but I thought 'why not'. I'm not a traditionalist; I'm a rebel, me! Lol!

  7. hehehe, the wrath of water marbling....that was totally me~

    As for your Ruffian mani-CUUUTE!!!! I never would have thought to do anything like this! Definitely going to have to give this look a try!

    Thanks for the inspiration <3

  8. Cute! I still haven't tried a Ruffian manicure yet (because I'm terrible at free-hand nail art), but your double base colors look really cute together!

    Also, I believe the ruffian manicure is called that because it became well known at the Ruffian Show when CND did the design. All Lacquered Up has a link to the original design: http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2010/06/get-the-look-the-cnd-ruffian-matte-moon-manicure.html

  9. Hahahaa, funny...I have wondered why it is called a ruffian...and I will probably never try one. I don't have lovely long nails like you. Ruffian combo colors are awesome together....Good job!

  10. That's really pretty :) It is beautifully done.


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