Melody’s Mermaids

Hello and welcome!  This week I did my very first collaboration post, and I was very excited and nervous for it.

It all started when a friend asked for people to join in on a birthday collab for Melody from Envy Lacquer, and I decided to join in.  And the decided theme was two of her favorite things:  the color mint, and mermaids!  Well technically, to be specific, it was The Little Mermaid movie that was the true inspiration.  Mint mermaid was a pretty self explanatory design idea, but I still wasn’t a hundred percent sure what I wanted to do.  Until I saw this post from @copycatclaws.  She used these iridescent wave stickers that looked just like the ocean, so that’s where I started.

What I Used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  Envy Lacquer – Look Alive
  • 2nd Color:  Maniology – Tranceland
  • 3rd Color:  Maniology – Lilac Clouds
  • 4th Color:  Maniology – Snowdrift
  • 5th Color:  Maniology – Shibori
  • Top Coat:  Essie – Speed Setter
  • Maniology Mini Lotus mat
  • Maniology iridescent wave nail art stickers
  • Maniology BM-SE002 stamping plate
  • Maniology BM-S187 stamping plate
  • silicone stamper & scraper
  • lint roller sheet
  • Maniology dual ended clean up brush & pencil stamper
  • acetone nail polish remover

First, I used my trusty base coat and then applied two coats of Envy Lacquer – Look Alive.  It’s not exactly mint, but I thought it would be nice to use one of her own polishes as the base color.  And then I applied the wave stickers just like Serene did in the inspiration picture.  It was a little harder than I thought it would be to get the edges to stay down nicely, but I made it work eventually.

 

Next, I stamped the bubble/seaweed background.  I tried doing a gradient from mint to light purple, but they just blended together making a light blue.  They must have been just too similar in color, or not opaque enough (?).  And of course, I forgot to add liquid latex around my nails.  But with a little bit of tape, it came off my skin easily.

I struggled a bit with the stamping polish not wanting to stick to the wave stickers.  But I was persistent, and eventually got it on all of my nails.  The last step was to add some mermaid tails.  I started with just gold tails, but they weren’t showing up very well, so I also added some dark blue ones.

 

I think these turned out great.  Everyone else went for mermaid scales, so these felt a little out of place.  But when you look at the group picture, I think they all match pretty well.  Hopefully all of our designs were a mint mermaid lovers dream come true. And I can’t forget to add, Happy Belated Birthday Melody!

 

Hope everyone enjoys their day!

Also here’s the group collage that I forgot to include earlier.  The people involved were me, Reina, Kristy, Lorraine, Bianca, and sparkleandpolish:

2-21-19 final group
Group collage!

Update:

In comparison to my Disney nails, these nails look like absolute perfection.  It’s such a night & day difference that you’d think this design was on someone else’s nails.  I’m sure it was because I was so paranoid of destroying them again, but I’m going to give the credit to some mermaid magic.  Because I was expecting at least the wave stickers to give me some trouble, but nope, everything was fine.

 

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