Saturday, June 7, 2014

Nail Art: FingerFood's Theme Buffet #22 - Under the Sea

Well, look at this! I'm actually posting again! Things have been crazy. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding last weekend, so was running around all week and didn't have time to do a manicure for the Theme Buffet -- and to think I missed my own theme! (You can see the manicure I did for the wedding on Instagram, though!)

This week, though, I managed to grab a few minutes to throw together this manicure. The theme this time was "Under the Sea," and I wasn't quite sure what I should do. See, I did an under-water manicure for my Monochrome manicure back in April, as well as a mermaid-themed manicure last month in May. Well, this is what I came up with..... somewhat simliar, but simple and easy to fit into a suddenly busy schedule

Yeah, when I put this together, I had hoped to do something a bit more elaborate... but just didn't have the time. I was thinking of doing some sort of layered jelly sandwich effect.... but didn't have the chance. As a result, what I have looks a lot like my previous ocean-inspired manicure.

I started off with Deborah Lippmann's Va Va Voom on my ring and thumb finger. I LOVE this nail polish.  It's a bit of a pain to apply, but it's just so pretty.  It makes the perfect sunlight-reflecting-on-water sort of effect with its holographic glitter suspended in a blue jelly base.  These fingers show three coats of it to get full coverage.

Next, I took Zoya Dream and dabbed a messy gradient onto the tips of my other nails, leaving my bare nail showing towards the cuticle line. I was going for the effect you get as water appears darker the deeper it gets, but it just wasn't quite coming across right.

On a whim, I took out China Glaze Isle See You Later and realized it would be perfect for a water-like look! See, this polish is such a difficult one to use simply because it's EXTREMELY translucent, even for a jelly polish. It DID, however, work perfect over this other gradient to give you the illusion of deepening tropical waters.

Three coats of Isle See you Later (yeah, that tells you how extremely sheer this polish is) layered over the darker blue gradient and I have myself a lovely tropical sea!

Polishes / Items used in this manicure were: 
  • Blue holographic glitter (ring, thumb): Deborah Lippmann - Va Va Voom
  • Blue gradient polish : Zoya - Dream
  • Sheer blue jelly polish:  China Glaze - Isle See You Later
So, what do you think? Is it too simple?  I didn't put any sort of aquatic art on it, so I wonder if this actually comes across as an ocean. *shrugs* Oh well! It IS nice actually having a chance to do some nail art again!


  1. I love this blue mani- deborah polish looks fantastic on your nails :)

    1. Thanks! Sorry it took so long to respond. I really love this Deborah Lippmann polish.I should really get around to swatching it one of these days!

  2. Lovely manicure. I especially like the DL polish. lol, How do you all find the time and inspiration to do these nail art challenges!?! My brain freezes over at the challenge of just trying to decide which polish to use next! Thank you for the beautiful photos.

    1. Thanks! That's probably one of my favorites of the DL polishes that I have.

      With a new job and all, I've really had to cut back on doing nail art and challenges ;_; I really want to post more but just don't have the time! Now that I'm getting used to my new schedule, I may write up a bunch of posts and schedule them across the week

  3. I just love those gradient nails. SO deep and pretty!

    1. Thank you! the one thing I really liked is how they gave off the appearance of depth