The manicure that started it all.

So, there I was, watching Scrubs on Netflix, painting my nails. I’d done a traditional jelly sandwich on my toes and loved the way it looked but wasn’t feeling glitter on my fingers. I wanted something a little softer, so I decided to do flowers between the layers.

It came out looking pretty neat, so I shared it with my fellow reddit lacqueristas.

2,789 upvotes later, I was starting to get the feeling people liked it.

The biggest thing people kept asking me in the aftermath was, “Where’s your blog or website?” Well, um, you see… I didn’t have one. But, I am smart enough to know to strike when the iron is hot. And here I am.

OliveView FashionSo, without further ado, the manicure that started it all.

My go-to base coat right now is OPI Nail Envy to combat a bad case of the peelies. It isn’t especially durable as a base coat, but my nails were getting kind of gnarly, so I’m living with the quick chipping.

The teal is Zoya’s Frieda, a jelly as smooth as water. Zoya nailed their formula out of the park. No goopiness to contend with here, just a gorgeous, flowing polish that layers perfectly. I nestled two flowers between each layer of Frieda, of which there are four, then did one last unjellied flower on top for that final pop. My topcoat is always Seche Vite unless otherwise specified. These two play surprisingly well together considering the number of layers I have here (Seche, for all its magic, does not love layers).

The flowers were done with China Glaze’s White on White and a small dotting tool. That’s it. That’s all there is to the magic. I feel like I should make up a few steps in between just to maintain a certain amount of mystique, but I don’t want to lie to my new friends.

So… that’s it. Are you happy now?! (I kid. I just love using an interrobang.) I am. If anyone really wants me to, I can make and post a tutorial for this mani. Just say the word! Clearly, your wish is my command. (Kidding again. I was going to start a blog anyway. Eventually. Maybe.)

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36 comments on “The manicure that started it all.

  1. […] week. I finally tried my hand at the “pond manicure” that was apparently started by Olive View Fashion. I think it’s an awesome look and it was reasonably easy to do as well. There’s a great […]

  2. […] flowers.  It seemed the perfect thing to try for this theme.  The original is done by Olive View Fashion, and is SO much better than […]

  3. […] l’origine de la pond manicure, il y a Olive view fashion. Elle a créé ce type de nail art et a lancé son blog uniquement parce que sa […]

  4. […] A Sarah viu o tutorial no blog Adventures in Acetone e fez no desafio das 31 unhas desse ano. Parece a criadora foi a Olive ~ Olive View Fashion. […]

  5. […] Polish Obsession and she referred to it as a “pond manicure.” From what I understand, this post by Olive View Fashion was the original “pond manicure” and I’ve loved seeing all of the variations on […]

  6. […] what I understand, this post by Olive View Fashion was the original “pond manicure” and I’ve loved seeing all of the variations […]

  7. […] previous post, I didn’t come up with the idea for the pond mani, but think it stems back to this post by Olive View Fashion. The basic idea is to layer simple designs and jelly polish so you can see the different layers all […]

  8. […] is a variation on my earlier Pond Hearts Nail Art Tutorial, which was inspired by this original post by Olive View Fashion. I just wanted to show how versatile this pond mani technique can be by showing a “halloween […]

  9. […] in my very first pond tutorial, this wasn’t my original idea. I first saw it here in this post by Olive View Fashion. It’s so fun how you can vary the looks just by changing the jelly polish you use, and what […]

  10. […] manicure, and try my very first attempt at a “pond manicure” (originally invented by Olive View Fashion).  The name ‘pond manicure’ simply alludes to the multi-dimentional depth that is […]

  11. […] my first pond manicure. I followed this tutorial on Adventures in Acetone, and it seems like this manicure by OliveView Fashion was the first to use this technique. The idea is to layer the jelly polishes […]

  12. It’s so awesome to have found this! I created a little spin-off using crackle polish and I wanted to track down the origin of the style if I could – and here you are! I gave you credit in my blog post:
    http://www.princesslypolished.com/2014/01/pretty-easy-pond-scum-manicure.html
    Someday soon I want to paint a regular pond manicure, I just need to determine what my hands can make 100 teeny copies of with a dotting tool. ;D

  13. […] been thinking about doing a “pond” mani for a while now but all my jellies are on the neon side and I wasn’t feeling in a neon mood. […]

  14. […] Jeg har haft lyst til at genskabe denne mani længe, især fordi jeg allerede ejer Zoya – Frida som blev brugt til den oprindelige manicure af https://oliveviewfashion.com/2013/04/21/the-manicure-that-started-it-all/ […]

  15. Kripa says:

    I saw your mani on MUA initially and followed the clues to reddit. Then I saw it everywhere! I’m glad you started a blog :-) I love this idea and have used it and posted it on reddit. I’m glad there is a solid source for this image now. Feel free to check out my blog too ;-)

  16. Dani Aldrich says:

    That is such a cute mani! I’ve never thought of doing a glitterless sandwich before, but I definitely will now!
    Awesome job!

  17. Just found out about this look thanks to Sarah @ Chalkboard Nails.

    I really love that you were watching Scrubs while doing your nails :D

  18. Delphi Michaels says:

    I see these allll the time now. Would you like to know when/where as I spot them? http://mynailpolishobsession.blogspot.com/2013/07/guest-post-from-honeymunchkin.html

    • You are too funny. I love seeing these! Go right on ahead and keep letting me know if it makes you happy.

      • Delphi Michaels says:

        I’m can send you the URLs when I see them but I was (and would be) doing it as a favor to you. I think you made a beautiful mani design contribution to the massive world of nail art, and figured knowing the bloggers you’d influenced would thrill you. I come across hundreds of manis weekly and while it would be easy for me to pass on to you the manis that are descendants of your original design, I would be doing it not to make me happy, but to make you happy. It’s alright, I can see my keeping you updated hasn’t been as appreciated as I’d hoped it would be. But nor did I ever ask you before now if it was something you wanted. I won’t bother you further with the examples I find. Take care, Delphi

  19. Delphi Michaels says:

    Guess what? Now the nail art mani you created has got its own name: Pond manicure. See http://nailorama.blogspot.com/2013/07/nail-art-sunday-pond-manicure.html. Did you already know this?

  20. […] This is mostly based around China Glaze Creative Fantasy, which I picked up in a semi-recent group Head2Toe order. It’s the most gorgeous royal purple jelly! I had two layers of that, then one layer of Nail Pattern Boldness Bitches Brew, then a final layer of Creative Fantasy on most of my nails, and on my accent nails I played with a design of layering painted images on the jelly layers – original manicure can be found here. […]

  21. nailsbeautiqued says:

    I saw this on Reddit. It looks amazing as if the flowers are floating in water. I must give this a try and of course I’ll credit you! :)

  22. Breanna says:

    I love this! SOO cute! I would love it if you made a tutorial. But of course, if you don’t want to that’s up to you! But seriously. This mani is adorable! Great job. And have fun blogging :)

  23. Cannot begin to tell you how much I love this manicure. Do you have an instagram which you post your manicures to (if not you should because you have some great nail art)? I posted your mani on my iG today trying to figure who they belonged to and now that I know, i really want to feature them on the features account I help run. I cannot wait to try this manicure!!! such a brilliant idea!

  24. prysmatique says:

    Yay! I’m glad the manicure has gotten you so much rep and look forward to seeing what other magical nail art jelly sammiches you will come up with next xP

  25. I originally saw this shared on Girly Bits’ facebook. It looks awesome, well done and good luck with your blog :)

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