the nail files: minimalist mermaid

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It's week two of Sparkle Month, and I have to admit, it was a tricky one for me. I love sparkles like, a lot, but for some reason, it was nail fail after nail fail for me. Isn't that just the worst? Anyway, I persevered and ended up with a more delicate kind of sparkle than I usually do, but the good news is that it wasn't a hot mess. And thank goodness for that. Haha!

I started with two coats of Vanna and after that dried, I got started on the sparkle.

Using the nail polish bottle's brush, I wiped it a few times on the rim of the bottle to get a really thin coat, and then dabbed Oscar onto three quarters of each nail. Because there wasn't much polish, I was able to move on right away to Carly, where I used the same technique of wiping off excess polish before adding blue sparkles on top of the gold.

To finish, I used Harper to create a teal tip to each nail, but tried to blend it down some, so the line wasn't perfectly straight. The extra, larger glitter pieces in Harper really make the tips shine in natural light.

Vanna is such a wonderful, warm, creamy colour and although the formula is a bit on the thicker side, once I figured out that both coats require a floating application (meaning the brush doesn't actually touch your nail, therefore having the polish float with its coverage), it went on nicely. The thin coats of glitter dried almost instantaneously and the combo of the blue and gold micro-glitter is dainty and pretty while still having some punch.

While rocking this mani, I found myself getting distracted by all the pretty, and from my experience, that's the mark of an awesome mani. So although it took a looooooooooooong time to finally get it right, it was worth it. I think. Haha!

What are you rocking this week? Did you have a nail fail of your own? Are you a sparkly sparkle-fest? Link up and show off your pretties, guys! :D


  1. So going to have to try this manicure out sometime. It super fun and cute. Have a great weekend.


  2. It came out really well! All the more so for the creme (instead of a blue-toned white) I think. I'm going to have to try this 'floating' technique. Maybe the streakiness I get with some Julep and Zoya polishes is due to my forcing the brush onto the nail, instead of letting it hover above? Hmmmmm..... thanks!
    May your future manis be fail-free!

  3. Love glitter. I've been giving my nails a bit of a break from glitter the past week or so. I'll be back to using glitter soon.


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