I love painting nails inspired by children’s books…and I’ve been wanting to try The Rainbow Fish for a while! I just haven’t had the time (until now).
The inspiration came from Adventures in Acetone, although I decided to stay true to the book and use only creme polishes for the scales other than the rainbow silver scales. I do wish, in retrospect, that I had used a lighter pink (even though I don’t actually have a good one)!
The story is about the joy that one person can get from sharing. Its quite a nice message! It also was one of my favorite books growing up (not that I wanted to be taught to share with my sisters) but because the shiny fish scales were just so pretty. This mani is a bit darker than I imagine the fish being, but still pretty and suitably colorful! Who wants to play with silver holo? 🙂
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Teal: Salon Perfect – Escape to Neverland
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
These took FOREVER to paint because I had to do one scale at a time, and couldn’t put two wet dots next to each other or they’d run! I still love the end result though 😀 Hope you enjoyed! It looks like I wasn’t the only one to do Rainbow Fish this year!
I painted my nails blue…and then got stuck. What to do with blue nails? There were SO MANY OPTIONS. So, I turned to one of the queens of nail art, and tried to loosely duplicate a mani 😀
I started off trying to re-create the sea turtle mani by yagala, but got sidetracked. I used stamps instead of free handing…and then decided that if I was going to be wearing gloves over this mani (which I will be, yay for lab work!), that I should probably steer clear of lots of 3D bits. So I added a glittery topper. And then some silver. And I kinda just had fun with it!
The base color is Over the Moon by Color Club, one of the famed halo hues polishes. I bought it to replace Nfu Oh 065, which has dried to an unusable glop despite being over half full. I have to say though, I am not disappointed in Over the Moon! I used two thin coats here, but I probably could have gotten away with one. The polish is ever so slightly thick, but not hard to work with. And it is holo-y as ANYTHING. Oh my god.
I need to convince myself not to go hunting for the rest of the halo hues polishes…so far I only own this blue one and the silver (Harp On It). And they are both amazing! Gah.
~ Blue: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ White/silver glitter: whim – Frosted Cupcake
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ Stamp: hehe – 012
Hope you enjoyed the jaunt under the sea! Even if my poor turtle is a tiny bit disproportionate. Whoops!
Double stamps! And still blue, so it somewhat counts for this weeks theme. I really just wanted to play around with some new stamping plates I was sent to review from Lady Queen Beauty 🙂
I started off with a blue metallic base (you guys are going to see a LOT of metallics in the next few weeks…I’ve been back on a shimmery kick!). Once that was dry, I applied three colors of blue to the stamp and swiped my scraper to make them form a gradient, which was applied to my nails. I ended up adding an orange starfish too, just for fun!
~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Estelle
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Stamps: hehe – 012, 024
The second plate (with the starfish, 012) has a whole bunch of sea-themed stamping patterns…I can’t wait to make an underwater jelly aquarium mani! Only…I don’t actually have a blue jelly. So I might have to make one. *crosses fingers*
Plate 024 also has a really cool pattern that looks like a mix between a space warp and fireworks that I just know I’ll be using for New Years! Anyway, if you want to pick up either of these plates, head over to Lady Queen Beauty. They are both $2.99, but you get 15% off with my discount code BPLC15. Enjoy!
Lots of things for review today! I have a crystalchrome flakie by Mentality (named Funhouse) and goldfish framework stickers from the Born Pretty Store! I knew I wanted to layer the green flakie over a similar-colored base, so I went for a pale mint. It ended up looking a bit like a shallow tropical pool, so I grabbed the goldfish decals and went to town!
Much like the other crystalchrome flakies, Funhouse is a fairly dense glitter topper that would be opaque in three-ish coats, but is shown here in one coat. Funhouse is predominately an aqua-green glitter, that shifts golden green-green-aqua-purple at sharper angles. I love it.
The complicated part of this mani (because adding awesome glitter to a base is easy) was the fish. The Born Pretty Store supplied me with golden goldfish outline decals (check out the link to see what I mean), that you get to paint around and in to create a goldfish with a gold outline. I pulled out four polishes (purples/reds/oranges) and tried to create a cool looking fish!
Honestly, my fish don’t look quite as nice as the demo one on the Born Pretty Store website. Next time around, I’m going to basically make my own sheer jelly and use that so more of the gold from the decal outline is preserved.
Embarrassingly, I actually thought the outlines were water decals and tried to soak them off their white sheet in water….they are stickers. Very thin stickers (which makes them ideal for art and I really liked the thinness) but stickers all the same. Whoops!
~ Teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Teal glitter: Mentality – Funhouse
~ Purple: Julep – Lucy
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Gold glitter: Mentality – Sideshow
On a positive note, with these fish I did finally a use for my Julep jelly polishes! I don’t much care for them usually since they take 3 thick coats to be opaque on their own, and the bubble on my nails…but using them in fish totally works! To pick up the beautiful shifting Funhouse, head over to the Mentality Shop. For the goldfish decals, check out the Born Pretty Store (there are $2.21, with an additional 10% off if you use the code LY5X31). Enjoy!