Well, in honor of reaching 10K followers on Instagram, MoYou London is hosting a challenge/contest!
Today's post is my first attempt at the challenge. The theme for May 4th was "Fantasy." I was planning on doing a mermaid-inspired manicure, so it worked out perfectly for this theme!
Much like any NOTD challenge, each day of May has a different theme. You can see the list on MoYou London's Instagram feed. Each number corresponds to a day of the month. Since today is May 4th (For Star Wars fans, May the 4th Be With You!), the theme for today was "Fantasy."
I've been wanting to do a mermaid look for forever, but didn't feel like painting on all of those scales freehand. I just got a ton of new MoYou London plates, including the one with this scale pattern on it, so figured I might as well put it to good use!
This scale pattern is from MoYou London's Sailor Collection 05, a collection of marine and scale designs. LOVE. I stamped using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep, which is officially my favorite stamping polish EVER. Look at that combination of stamping + polish. Love it to death!
So, aside from the stamping, this manicure features a subtle gradient base using a dusty aqua blue creme (l'Oreal - Now You Sea Me) and a gunmetal/pewter grey (Essie - Fair Game). I stamped the scale pattern over this gradient, but felt like something was missing. My mermaid look needed more sparkle! So I added a coat of a fine, shimmery microglitter (butter London - Frilly Knickers) to add a nice shimmer to the scales.
The accent nail started with two coats of Essie - Fair Game (the pewter grey) to create a solid-colored base for the glitter. I then added two more coats of Essie - Hors d'oeuvres, a silver/platinu gold polish with various types of glitter. I really love how the larger glitter pieces in the polish almost look like fish scales when they're on the nail <3
So, what do you think? Is it a good mermaid look? Does it fit the Fantasy theme? I think it's fun and suits the warmer weather we've been having lately <3
Polishes / Items used in this manicure:
- Aqua Blue: L'Oreal - Now You Sea Me
- Pewter Grey: Essie - Fair Game
- Silver Glitter (ring finger): Essie - Hors d'oeuvres
- Silver stamping: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Silver Sweep
- Fine iridescent glitter: Butter London - Frilly Knickers
- Stamping Plate: MoYou London - Sailor 05
You can find out more about MoYou London's challenge contest by visiting their Instagram account at http://instagram.com/moyou_london/ . The list of challenge themes, as well as the rules, can be found on this post, and there's a FAQ that was posted the following day here.
Are you taking part in the challenge / contest? I'd love to see your entries, so feel free to post what you've done in the comments!