Dry Marble Nail Art with a Tutorial Video

I recently saw a great nail design on Pinterest by Sam of FingerFood that made me think of mocha or hot chocolate which she called Mocha Coffee Chocolate Frappuccino. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a coffeeholic. I loved the look of the design and the rich colors work perfectly for cool weather drinks. It has a marbled look but it isn’t water marbled; it uses a technique called dry marbling. Sam referenced a YouTube video for No Water Needed – Marble nail art Tutorial by Robin Moses. It’s this tutorial video that I will be Pintesting.

This is the Mocha Coffee Chocolate Frappuccino nail art that caught my eye. Can you see the swirls of coffee, chocolate, and whipped cream? Yum! Starbucks anyone?Mocha Coffee Chocolate Frappuccino

If you’ve been following my blog, then you might remember the Four Leaf Clover Water Marble Nail Art post. It didn’t end well and, to this day, is still the Pintesting with the lowest score. I haven’t tried the technique since then, so I approached the dry marble technique with a bit of trepidation – even with a video tutorial. After all, the water marble was a video tutorial, too. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained. So let’s start this Pintesting.

The Pintesting:

This is the tutorial video. It used similar colors as the Mocha Coffee Chocolate Frappuccino with a couple of substitutions; Robin used a French manicure base color rather than the milk chocolate taupe and instead of black I used a chocolate brown.

I also made a video so that you could see the whole process rather than step-by-step photos.

So there you have it. One of the things that I really like about this is that because the swirls are random it isn’t hard to do “the other hand” whether you’re right or left-handed. There’s plenty of forgiveness as long as you don’t overdo it.

Now for the results.

Mocha Coffee Chocolate Frappuccino

The Pintesting Results:

Overall Results: 4.3 Pins

4 Pins Overall

Accuracy:  This manicure technique performed rather well. Perhaps a bit of practice would bring this from 4 to 5 Pins, but as it’s my first attempt, this will get 4 Pins.

Pintesting Rating - 4 Pins

Difficulty: The technique of dry marbling is not difficult but there is definitely a fine line between pretty swirls and a muddy mess, as Robin warns in her video. I tried this a second time with not so great results. (Maybe it’s not a great idea to do manicures late at night when you’re tired.). Due to the need for caution, I’m giving this 4 Pins.

Pintesting Rating - 4 Pins

Time: As manicures go, this one takes a bit longer than a straight up single color polish but not horribly so. The trick to “pull” the polish from the edges was brilliant and helped reduce the drying time since it reduces the excess polish. 4 Pins

Pintesting Rating - 4 Pins

Cost: According to a Glamour Magazine survey, the average woman owns 25 nail polishes at a given time. This means that the “average” woman has the supplies to do this technique in any number of color schemes. If, however, you have to purchase each of the 4 polish colors, you’d probably spend about $20 which is the cost of a good manicure so I’m giving this 5 Pins.

Pintesting Rating - 5 Pins

Practicality: I thought this was a cute manicure technique with lots of different color options. It can be as elegant, seasonal, or whimsical as you choose to make it based on the colors. The mani lasted nearly a week without chipping and, due to the swirls, when I did get a small chip on the tip of my nail it wasn’t very noticeable.  5 Pins

Pintesting Rating - 5 Pins

Butterbeer Frappuccino

Many years ago, when my youngest daughter was in middle school, she was given a very controversial book as required reading in school. As a loving mother who was very involved in my kids education, I was very concerned due to conflicting things I had heard about this book. However, I was also open-minded enough to not rely on the rumors, so I asked for the book and told my daughter that if I read it and thought it was appropriate, then I’d let her read it. If not, then I’d ask the teacher for an appropriate substitute.

It is our CHOICES

It took less than a day to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I couldn’t put it down, and I was hooked! Ever since then I’ve stood in line for every book and movie release. I was so excited to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando and to see the shops of Hogsmead, ride the rides, buy a wand and other Hogwarts apparel, and to try the Butterbeer. Oh. My. Goodness! It was love at first sip! The taste was exactly as I had imagined from every description in the books.



Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw this pin for Butterbeer Frappuccino from the Starbucks Secret Menu. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to see if Starbucks could do some real magic.




I ordered the drink and even showed the barista the website so there would be no mistakes.

Pin Test

This is the results minus a few test sips. While it wasn’t exactly like the Butterbeer that I had at Universal or my imagination, it was pretty close and very good.

So the Pin Test results are:

Overall Rating: 5 Pins

5 Pins Overall - LARGE

Accuracy: While it lacked a bit of the buttery-ness that was in the WW of HP version, the caramel and toffeenut mixture was very close. The cream base of the Frappuccino was perfect without adding the extra flavor of vanilla. I’ve seen recipes for home made Butterbeer that call for cream soda and butterscotch with melted butter that might be a bit closer – maybe – but it would be a lot of work for a bit of uncertainty. Going to Starbucks is much quicker and easier. 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins - SMALL

Difficulty: Go to Starbucks (or other coffee shop) and order the beverage. 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins - SMALL

Time: There were several people in front of me in line, so it took several minutes to place and get my order. But since there was no work on my part, and I did get my drink in about 5 minutes – 5 Pins.

Rated 5 Pins - SMALL

Cost: One grande custom Frappuccino was less than 5 dollars, which is quite a bit less expensive than the one at Universal (NOT counting the price of admission). 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins - SMALL

Practicality: Order drink, pay with the money you got from Gringots. Accio Butterbeer! 5 Pins

Rated 5 Pins - SMALL