Bright Mermaids

Hello and welcome!  I know I do something very similar to this every summer, but it’s just the perfect time for mermaids!

I received this mermaid themed Mani x Me box back in May, but took two months to finally get around to using it.  And when I looked for ideas for what to do with this box, I found some great inspiration from @polishedjess.  I’d originally planned to do pink jellyfish just like she did, but was too attracted to the extra large mermaid.

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@manixmebox mani time! (Pr) You can order May’s mermaid themed box now. Click the link in my bio to shop and use affiliate discount code JESS10 for $5 off your first box. For this mani, I started with a gradient of @hellomaniology’s Tranceland and Astronomical- I created the gradient with @hellomaniology’s new Classique: Pardon My French M052 stamping plate- you can also purchase this through the link in my bio and use affiliate discount code JESS10 for 10% off. Then I added some of @cuticulanailcare’s Enchanted Top Coat for some sparkle that you unfortunately can’t see in this picture, haha. All the sea-related stamping images are from stamping plates MXM007 and MXM008, which are exclusive to the May @manixmebox. Stamping polishes used are all @hellomaniology: Starfish 💜 Seashell 💕 Rose Quartz 💕 Rose Garden ❤️ Teepee Tipping 🧡 Topped with a coat of @hellomaniology’s Smudge Free Top Coat to protect my stamping, followed by a coat of @cuticulanailcare’s Piña Colada scented Timeless Top Coat. I also used @cuticulanailcare’s strawberry kiwi scented peel off nail tape for easy cleanup. I also used the adorable cleanup brush that was included in the May @manixmebox. 🐚🐚🐚🐚🐚 #manixmebox #maniology

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What I Used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  Rogue Lacquer – Peter Pan’s Flight
  • 2nd Color:  Bee’s Knee’s Lacquer – Sailor Uranus Sailor Neptune
  • 3rd Color:  Maniology – Seashell
  • Top Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Cuticula Dole Whip nail tape
  • Maniology MXM007 stamping plate
  • silicone stamper & scraper
  • lint roller sheet
  • makeup sponge
  • Maniology dual ended pencil stamper & clean up brush
  • acetone nail polish remover

I started with base coat of course, and then two coats of Rogue Lacquer – Peter Pan’s Flight.  It wasn’t opaque yet at two coats, but since I knew I was adding a gradient on top, I didn’t mind.  Then to prep for the gradient, I added liquid latex all around my nails.

After the first layer of gradient, the color change wasn’t visible at all.  It mostly just intensified the flakies.  So I was starting to worry that trying to blend two jelly-like polishes was not a good idea.

But after about three layers of gradient, the blue really showed, and the colors just blended beautifully.  It might be my best gradient yet.  And because of all the layering, the amount of iridescent flakies that got applied really helped add to the shimmering water look.

Lastly, I randomly stamped some designs using the pink polish from the box.  I loved the base so much that I changed my mind from filling the images with pink, to just stamping with it.

This design ended up very different from the original inspiration, but I’m really glad that I just followed what I was feeling.  I love this more than I was expecting.  And the glossy top coat really just brings out the shine!

Hope everyone enjoyed their week!

Update:

I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise that I picked at my thumb nail again.  Honestly I’m surprised those nails aren’t paper thin from all the damage I’ve probably caused.  But anyways, I somehow kept it to just my thumb, and all my other nails just have wear at the tips.

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