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Easy Mermaid Nail Art

21/08/2016

Today I have some quick and easy mermaid nail art to show you. I wanted to use two polishes I have from The Haven Collection from Powder Perfect and thought that they would make a pretty mermaid tail colour. I had to choose something really easy as I’m not very well at the moment. I was actually in hospital between now and the last post I wrote and I’m still in a lot of pain, so don’t be too hard on me with this mani. Powder Perfect The Haven is an exclusive collection for Live Love Polish, but I was able to pick up a couple of the colours when there was a small release in the Australian Powder Perfect shop – I regret not getting them all now.

Easy mermaid nails using Powder Perfect Precious Moments and Cherish
Easy mermaid nails using Powder Perfect Precious Moments and Cherish

To create this mani, I started with two coats of Powder Perfect Precious Moments to create a pretty blue base. I then added a thick layer of quick dry top coat – you need to wait at least half an hour before moving on to the next step. Then I stuck on my What’s Up Nails Mermaid (scale) Stencils and painted a thin layer of Powder Perfect Cherish over the top, ensuring that I pulled the stencil off immediately so that the polish didn’t dry. If you leave the stencil/vinyl on too long, then the polish will stick to the stencil when you pull it off, and your design won’t turn out the way you want it to. I really like the What’s Up Nails vinyls and stencils because they’re good quality and a good price. What’s Up Nails is an American brand but I have always received my vinyls within two weeks, so it’s not a long wait for me. This time, I was unfortunately a bit out of it and applied all the stencils upside down for my normal hand pose (damn painsomnia) – it just means I get to enjoy looking at the nail art myself this time. I decided to use two very similar colours as any mistakes I made are less obvious this way, but you can use any colour combination you want to make your mermaid nails.

Easy mermaid nails using Powder Perfect Precious Moments and Cherish
Easy mermaid nails using Powder Perfect Precious Moments and Cherish

The Haven Collection from Powder Perfect is unfortunately limited edition. Live Love Polish still have some in stock but there aren’t any left on the Australian Powder Perfect website. Live Love Polish ship to the USA and Internationally, but international shipping can be expensive. I was able to get my hands on Precious Moments (a holographic periwinkle blue), Cherish (a a light aqua holographic polish with green sparks that can be seen in the light), and my favourite, Sugar & Spice (a pretty light pink with golden flakies). The golden flakes in Sugar & Spice are so beautiful in the pink base, I know I will wear this polish a lot. As I said earlier, I regret not getting them all, but especially To The Moon & Back, as that has the same flakes as Sugar & Spice – I’ll have to see if I can afford the internationally shipping cost to get it.

Powder Perfect Precious Moments, Sugar & Spice and Cherish from The Haven Collection
Powder Perfect Precious Moments, Sugar & Spice and Cherish

Creating mermaid nail art with nail vinyls/stencils is a really easy way of doing something special with your nails. There are so many colour combinations I want to try, I just need the energy to do them all. What colour combination would you do if you did mermaid nails?

You can check out posts from other beauty bloggers at Fabulous and Fun Life.

Love, Alinta

14 Comments

  • Kez | acaciasdreams.com 22/08/2016 at 7:16 pm

    Beautiful manicure, I hope you feel better soon xx

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  • Fashionista In Suburbia 22/08/2016 at 9:08 pm

    That is soooo beautiful x

  • kats (@katshepsutt) 22/08/2016 at 11:16 pm

    Love the hues you put together Alinta, and the mani is perfect xxx

  • marisarobinsonmua 23/08/2016 at 12:03 am

    I LOVE this nail look! It is so pretty 🙂 I hope you get well soon too x

  • Lily (@lilynotlouise) 24/08/2016 at 7:56 pm

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

  • Ingrid Ingrid 25/08/2016 at 10:22 pm

    This mermaid nail look is gorgeous! You are a lot more patient than me however! I would be so impatient waiting half an hour between steps in this mani.

    I hope your pain levels subside soon and become more manageable.

    • Alinta McMurdo 27/08/2016 at 12:43 am

      I tend to do my nail art the day after I paint the base as my patience isn’t very good either haha. Thanks for the well wishes 🙂

  • Jackie Mellor 26/08/2016 at 1:55 pm

    Wow those colours are gorgeous!! Wish my nails were a little longer to make this look decent hehe – Jackie (Lipstick, Lattes & Louboutins)

    • Alinta McMurdo 27/08/2016 at 12:44 am

      I’m a reformed nail biter, so I know the feeling. There are some ladies doing amazing nail art on really short nails though, so don’t let anything stop you 🙂

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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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