These nails were inspired by the mermaid like color of Zoya’s Charla (reviewed here) and Little Nails Mermaid/Fish Scale Nail Tutorial (here). Little Nails has some great nail art designs and is definitely worth checking out. The first problem that I came across is that I do not have a dotting tool, so I decided to make one with things I had at hand. I used a bristle from an old brush as the functional part of the tool and for a handle I glued the bristle into the eraser of a pencil. You can try to just push it in to the eraser, but it tends to come out when you switch dotting colors. It may not be pretty, but it is functional and free 🙂
Once you have a dotting tool you then have to pick out your base polish and find coordinating colors for the scales. I used Zoya’s Charla for my base, I applied two coats to all my nails and allowed it to dry. Then I went to my polish stash and tried to coordinate scale colors I chose 4 different blues (Urban Outfitters- Green 9 and no name blue jelly, OPI- Azure For Sure, China Glaze- For Audrey) a gold shimmer highlight (Orly- Ingenue).
So one you decide what colors you are going to use you need to set up an area that allows you to dot and change the color on the tool quickly and efficiently. My set up is pictured below, I loosened the lids on all the bottles and put a small dot of polish on my strip of aluminum foil. You want to keep the bottles open because as you work your paint dots will start to dry up if the dots are too big, or will quickly be used up if your dots are too small. I also soaked a portion of paper towel in nail polish remover to clean the dotting tool between dots.
To make the scales I started with the first row close to the base of the nail and I dotted different colors across the nail, overlapping them like the scales of a fish. I avoided placing dots of the same color next to each other, but if it doesn’t bother you then I think you can get away with using fewer colors of nail polish.
This was a really easy manicure to execute, but it can be a little bit time-consuming. Even though my scales didn’t come out perfect I still love the final result.
Here is the second of my Zoya polishes as promised. Charla from the 2010 Sparkle Collection is described as: a tropical blue sparkling metallic. An expensive-looking metallic shade for summer. Thankfully the formula is excellent and dries quickly and lasts forever, maybe there was something wrong with my Gemma? Honestly I wore this polish for 5 days with minimal tip wear without a top coat.
Somehow this beautiful blue base with green flecks manages to combine a glass flecked look and a foil-like metallic sheen. The end result is a mermaid like color that stays beautiful for days, even without a topcoat! It was a tough one to remove and left me with smurf blue finger tips :/but I guess it had to have some kind of drawback. I liked Charla enough to try a close up shot a few days after I first put it on to show how well it wears, so over all I would say this polish is definitely worth getting. I hope Zoya has another great deal like this (click here or here for a link to my earlier posts) where you can get two polishes for the cost of shipping
Does anyone remember the great Zoya nail polish promotion? You know the one where you received any two polishes of your choice for the price of shipping? Well I almost didn’t until my package finally came in the mail… I ordered mine on the 6th of January and it is now the 7th of February and they are finally here and I have gotten around to trying them out. Many other blogs I read got theirs within 2 weeks after ordering, mine took nearly twice as long. It might have just been due to the promotion, I am not really sure.
First up is Gemma it is described as: a light muted olive-green with an overlay of blue and violet duochrome shimmer. Unique, hip and cutting-edge yet subtle enough to suit any wardrobe. I picked this mostly because of the light shimmer in the bottle, the name, and the fact that I am lacking greens in my collection.
As my first Zoya polish I am honestly not blown away by their formula, maybe it is just particular polish but it went on very thin, took forever to dry, and peeled off within 12 hours. Seeing as how I had to apply 4 coats just to make sure I didn’t have any streaky lines. I am surprised that it even dried completely. I will say that I loved the color and the duochrome shimmer is beautiful in certain lighting.
Personally I love the color, but the flaws with the formula and wearability outweigh the originality of the color. My second Zoya polish Charla is up next.
I’m sure most polish enthusiasts have already heard about Zoya’s great offer, but just in case you haven’t through January 9 Zoya.com is offering two free bottles of polish per customer/household. All you have to do is pay $6.95 for shipping. Just pick any two colors you would like (excluding True and Fleck Effect Collections) and add them to the cart. Then you have to enter code ZOYA2012 at checkout. This is a great deal considering Zoya polishes normally retail for $8 each.
I have not tried Zoya polishes yet, but this was a deal I could not pass up. I decided on the polishes Charla and Gemma.
Charla is described as: a tropical blue sparkling metallic. An expensive-looking metallic shade for summer. The color reminds me of the Disney movie The Little Mermaid on the website.
Gemma is described as: a light muted olive-green with an overlay of blue and violet duochrome shimmer. Unique, hip and cutting-edge yet subtle enough to suit any wardrobe. I picked this mostly because of the light shimmer in the bottle, the name, and the fact that I am lacking greens in my collection.
This means Zoya reviews coming soon 🙂