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Disney Princess Manicure – Little Mermaid Edition

Today’s Disney Princess Manicure is based on Princess Ariel, the sassy-but-scaly star of the Little Mermaid!

Everyone's favorite disobedient lady-fish!

This Little Mermaid’s polish scheme is based on her flaming red hair and shimmery green tail.

Ooh la la!

They kinda look like strawberries when you turn them this way...shhhh...

I used Hard Candy Lava as a base. Hard Candy, as you probably know, relaunched sometime recently with a Wal Mart exclusive cosmetics line. They’re nothing like they used to be (look at these old Hard Candy polish links if you want to be depressed for the rest of your life), but they have some stellar shades.

Best. Color. Ever.

Lava is my favorite. I LOVE this color. It’s probably in my top 5 of polishes I currently own. It’s a very warm orangey red with massive amounts of gold sparkle. The red itself is a bit translucent, so you definitely need at least 2 coats for full opacity, but the translucence allows the flecks to show through and give the polish tons of depth. </gushing rant>

I put a coat of Sinful Green Ocean over the red because it looks like an ocean in a bottle, with big iridescent flakes that flash purple like Ariel’s classic shell bra.

Sinful Colors aren’t universally loved – some people really hate the formula but I personally think they’re great. You can pick them up for very cheap at drugstores, they have a fantastic range of colors, and apart from the occasional dud bottle I think they go on fine. Certainly not any worse than most other major polish brands.

For the mermaid tail-look, I used Splash Nail Art Glitter in Tropic Teal. This loose glitter combines small teal glitter pieces and larger green iridescent hex glitter. I love that the bigger iridescent pieces almost look like fish scales!

I applied this loose glitter by taking the cheapest of my clear top coats (it doesn’t matter which; you’re just using it as a binder) and dipping it into the glitter pot. A little goes a long way! I put the glitter on the base of my nail and then basically just pushed it around the edges and brushed upward to achieve an ombre effect.

Protip: Don't clean the polish up around your cuticles until AFTER you take your ultra-close-up macro shots. Wait...that's horrible advice...

I’ve already gotten quite a few compliments on this manicure – it’s one of those paint jobs that does amazing things in real life. The glitter is crazy, kinda like our girl Ariel!

That's what you get for listening to a talking sea gull.

Momentary nostalgia: If I had a dime for how many times I tried that “bursting out of the water and tossing your hair over your head” thing while swimming, I’d be able to buy King Triton’s castle. Any girl from my generation that says she didn’t do it, too, is lying.

Oh, and don't forget: it's okay to sell your mortal soul to a cephalopodian witch in order to be with a man that has so little in common with you that aren't even classified as the same species. Thanks, Disney!

Disney Princess Manicure Part 2 – Sleeping Beauty Edition

Continuing from my Cinderella post, I’ve done a new Disney Princess manicure! Today’s is based on Princess Aurora, from Sleeping Beauty.

Can you see the comparison?

I always thought her dress ended up blue at the end of the movie, but she’s usually seen in the pink version for all the Disney Princess stuff. It’s grown on me, I have to admit, and of course I enjoy any excuse to paint my nails pink.

For this paint job I used Avon Nailwear Pro in Cotton Candy (seen above) and Viva Pink (seen below). As I said in my last manicure post, I really like the way these Avon colors go on. Very easy and so pretty – Cotton Candy is a perfect baby pink, and Viva Pink is quintessential Barbie pink. Both dry quickly to a creamy finish with no shimmer.

I painted the two Avon pinks in a design reminiscent of Princess Aurora’s gown, and then as an accent I added – wait for it – AURORA Borealis Swarovski rhinestones! I’m so clever it hurts. No lie, though, these babies were blinging like nobody’s business.

Bonus dark-but-blingy rhinestone shot:

I didn’t wear this mani for long because A) I’m fickle and easily bored, and B) I  knew those rhinestones would start popping off sooner than later. I only attached them using Seche Vite topcoat, and I don’t like the way the facets of the rhinestones lose their luster when you seal over the top of them. If I did this one again, I’d commit to a drop of nail glue to keep the AB stones stuck down soundly!

Part three is coming up for the Little Mermaid – I’m typing carefully because it’s drying on my nails right now.

Oh and by the way: I swear this is still a vintage fashion blog. Just…+1 additional obsession! Anyway, Sleeping Beauty is old enough to be vintage and this manicure is based on a dress. I don’t see a problem!

My Cinderella Manicure

So here’s my confession: I LOVE nail polish. Seriously, majorly love it. Some might say I’m addicted to it, to which I would reply, “Yeah, so?” I’m a dedicated reader of Scrangie, All Lacquered Up, Polish or Perish, Vampy Varnish,  and all the other ladies in the nail polish swatch-and-review blogging circle. They’ve inspired me to start showing off my manicures!

I couldn’t resist starting with this one:

Cinderella Manicure

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This mani consists of 2 coats of Avon Nailwear Pro in Vintage Blue, with 2 coats of Confetti’s Ice Ice Baby over the top. It’s finished off with 2 coats of Seche Vite, the best-est ever for an ultra gloss top coat.

I wore just the Vintage Blue for a couple days and LOVED it – Avon’s formulas apply like a dream and dry quickly. This color, a cream, went on smoothly without the gloopy unevenness and streakiness that creams are prone to.

Ice Ice Baby is what I would consider a base standard for an iridescent clear glitter – not as exciting as some, but classic and lovely. The iridescence ranges from pink in indirect light through to greens and blues. Here’s another picture for more glitter detail:

Cinderella Manicure

Ooh sparkly...

Isn’t it pretty? I’m calling it my Cinderella manicure, because it reminds me of the Disney Princess and her beautiful blue gown!

Cinderella

Yeah, yeah, blah blah blah, home by midnight, I'm listening. Have you SEEN this dress?!

Cinderella

What time is it? Daddy, a watch doesn't really go with this outfit.

Let’s see: blue, twinkly, feminine, and sweet. Sounds like Cinderella to me!

I think I’ll see which other Princesses I can distill into manicure form – it’ll make me feel like I’m polishing for a purpose – and if the results are good, I’ll post them here!