Hi all!! My summer vacation on the East Coast has come to an end and I’m back at home, hopefully my blogging will be more regular. So as I alluded to in my last post I will be showing you my mermaid inspired manicure.
I started with a glitter gradient that reminded me of mermaid tails and I used a textured polish that reminded me of aquarium sand. I then added some rhinestones and some pearls from my cheeky beauty stash. Big mistake! I really need to learn restraint when applying these things! I wanted them to look like bubbles but it just ended up looking like a dildo again! Oh well! They were pretty anyways.
I added some gold stamping to mimic seaweed from my jumbo cheeky plate but it was very faint. I would go for something darker next time. The gold stamping of the scales came from the same set of plates. It turned out really well.
For this look I used:
Seche Vite Base Coat
Maybelline Color Show sea-quins
Hard Candy pee-wee purple, crush on raisin
Pure Ice twisted, shell pink
Revlon girly, whimsical
Julie rock candy
Seche Vite Top Coat
Pearls and rhinestones from Cheeky Beauty
The stamping was done using a Cheeky Beauty jumbo stamping plate.
What do you guys think? Have you tried doing a mermaid mani lately?
Next up I plan on showing you my hand painted version of Robin Moses‘ Tiki God nail art. This woman is an amazing artist and everyone should have a look at her creations and tutorials on YouTube.
the 30 Day Nail Challenge for today is Stripes, I went for a nautical theme complete with whales and mermaids. I also tried out a DIY peel off base coat that I had seen floating around the blogosphere. What sorcery is this you ask? It simply consists of painting you nails with white glue then applying your polish on top. Guess what? This actually works!!!!! I painted my nails with the glue, let it dry, created my nautical using nail polish and sealed it with a topcoat.
I thought it would be a good idea to document the wear I would get out of this experiment, I have to say that it held up really well. After a day at work I only saw a little bit of tip wear and a few corners had worn down. I wore it again today and it did not show anymore wear than yesterday. This is one trick I will be using again.
I finally indulged my desire to peel my polish today and it peeled off like a charm.
What do you think? Has anyone ever tried this method before?
My next mani for the 30DNC is animal print, I just received a boat load of nail stamping plates from Bundle Monster and Pueen so…