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!
As you saw over the weekend, I recently joined “the cult” (aka purchased some polish from Cult Nails). If you want to see swatches of my 5 acquisitions, head over to this post. The rest of this week will just feature nail art with the polishes! And today’s polish is….In A Trance.
Apparently, military green was a thing a few months ago, and I just missed it. Which is sad, because this color is spectacular! Deep greenish-brown with hidden gold shimmer. It is elegant and deep without being gaudy. And it did not give me lobster hands! However, I could not decide what to do with it, until I stumbled on Miss Candy Nails.
I modified her version slightly to stretch out the middle gold loops. But overall, I really like this! Simple, elegant, and a really cool color.
- Green: Cult Nails – In A Trance
- Gold: Maybelline – Bold Gold
- Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
If you don’t have anything in military green, I can without hesitation recommend In A Trance…if you can find it! It was a limited edition polish, and I got it for $3 rather than $12 on sale. But good luck!
This is one complicated manicure. My friend and her fiancé came to visit (at the beach) and he requested something spectacular: a different sea creature on each nail, with the nails painted in an ombre from pale blue to deep blue to match the depth at which that creature would be found. He wanted me to try and do each to scale but that’s where I drew the line. I did tell him that this would take hours, so he offered to do one of the hands! I did the ombre (7 different nail polishes, no I don’t remember which ones I used), and then when that was dry we got to work on the sea life.
My friend’s right hand, the deep-sea hand was painted entirely by me. From the middle of the ocean (thumb) to the deepest part (pinky) we have a marlin, a dolphin, jellyfish (that glow in the dark), a squid (also glows), and an angler fish (obviously glows). I’m actually really proud of the thumb, I somehow pulled off blue-on-blue! Maybe. Please forgive the bubbles, that was the base coat and this photo is shown before topcoat.
Her other hand was done by her fiancé! It took me about an hour to do the right hand…it took him almost 2.5 hours to do the left! However, I must say, I was very impressed with the result, given that he has never painted nails before!
He did the shallow-water animals, from pinky (shallow) to middle water (thumb): coral reef with clownfish, seaweed with otter, crab battling an octopus, and a sea turtle. I am particularly impressed with the battle, but it was very 3D and did not take kindly to topcoat!
Our finished creations: the deep water
And the shallow water.
What do you guys think? Suitably impressive? Sorry about the lots-of-nails-that-aren’t-mine thing, I did a lot of other people’s nails recently and they all seem to want to show up on my blog! I have one last other-nail post this week, then its back to my nails for a while 😀