(I think Debra Messing would have also made an awesome Ariel for this shoot!)
Using 2 polishes I have had for awhile (I don't know why it took me so long to use them!) I alternated fingers for something that evokes the mythical scales on a mermaid's tail.
Behold: Zoya's Charla and Ivanka!
Trust me when I say these polishes are WAY more fantastic in real life! The sparkle is truly magical. Ivanka could out-Emerald the Emerald City, and the beloved Charla makes the ocean wish it were that blissfully blue.
Both are rather sheer--even with 2-3 coats, there is still Visible Nail Line (VNL) in certain lights. Next time I think I would put down one coat of white or nude. They have an amazing glitter/shimmer/awesomesauce sparkle that is really unique among my collection. They do have a slight sheen that shifts from gold to blue to green. This is one manicure that will get you compliments!
In addition, I tried something out on my ring fingers, which in reality really didn't show up. Over Charla, I used Zoya's Flake Effect Maisie, and over Ivanka, I used Flake Effect Opal. Perhaps in bright sunlight it *might* show up. Maybe switching them would show up more? Ah well, you know how layering goes (or doesn't).
Without the camera's lights, the nails look closer in shade--it's almost like a duochrome effect that spreads across your hand instead of an individual nail.
Now for the Gratuitous Polish Photos!
Zoya Charla & Zoya Ivanka
Zoya Mylar Effects Maisie & Opal
I needed to have just one shot of the shells by themselves!
These were in a box that belonged to my grandfather, who was truly a man of the sea. In addition to serving in the Navy, he loved fishing. One of our last times spent together before he passed away was deep sea fishing. I can't help but read Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" without thinking of him and that trip.
I used to know the names for most of these shells, but I do know that the rock in the upper left is a lava stone from Hawaii, and in the front are two pieces from a sea urchin. I knew I wanted to use shells as a prop--I think Ariel would approve!
Thanks for reading--stay cool and STAY PRETTY :)