Mermaid Nails with WhatsUp Nails

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a nail post, let alone a themed one so I’m excited to bring you a bit of mermaid action while summer is still going strong. I just love mermaids! Mermaids are so pretty and inspire many looks in beauty from hair color and styles, to makeup and last but not least, nails. I’m not a talented enough nail artist to do mermaid themed nails without the help of a decal or glue-on nail charm, so today we’ll be using a mermaid scale stencil I got through WhatsUp Nails.  They have a bunch of different stencils and stickers to make your manicure fabulous and I figured this would be a perfect one to start with.

There are no real rules when it comes to mermaid nails when it comes to color combinations as we see beautiful mermaids of all types.  I decided to try and get some good contrasting colors in mine with a little sparkle or metallic to them, that way you can see the design easily pop on the nails. If you go to the WhatsUp Nails website or instagram you can get some good inspiration for color combos to use.

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I went through my stash and decided to go with Sally Hansen Coral Reef and Color Club Sky High.  Mermaid scale nails will take a couple of steps and a few other supplies so make sure you have some tweezers and a triangle makeup sponge along with your stencils, and color choices.

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Go ahead and apply your base color as you normally would and add a coat of clear top coat to smooth it out and seal it all in.  Allow it to TOTALLY dry before even thinking of moving onto the next step or you will have to redo it all and no one wants to do that!

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Next, gently lift the nail stencil from the paper backing and press onto the based-colored nails. Make sure that areas near the cuticles and edges aren’t lifted or nail polish will seep underneath and destroy the scale design.

Apply your mermaid scale color on top of the stencil. You do this one of two ways, brush it directly on if the nail polish is thin enough, or use the makeup sponge and dab it on. After applying the second color. Quickly, remove the stencil so you have a crisp design and nothing sticks to the nail.

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If you used a sponge, you will probably need to do some cleanup at this point so grab your clean up brush and nail polish remover to get any excess nails off. Once you’ve finished clean up and your design has dried, top it off with a clear coat to seal the design in. Now you’ve got some gorgeous mermaid nails to show off.

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To find out more about WhatsUp Nails you can visit their website, or their social media on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. They’ve got some great photos and will have you filling up your cart in no time with stencils that you MUST try!

Want to keep the mermaid theme going?  Check out all the fabulous bloggers I’ve teamed up with below to share all our mermaid looks!  These are going to keep me busy for a while!

#mermaidmonday #onmondayswemermaid #bbcchallenge

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Nail Butter : Your Solution To The Perfect Manicure

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Getting The Perfect Manicure

When I first started blogging I mostly did nail swatches.  I wasn’t a pro at makeup photos and could never quite capture the images I needed for blog-worthy posts, but I WAS good at nail photos. Since then, my collection of nail polishes grew ten-fold from a handful of office tasteful pinks and nudes to every shade in the rainbow! In fact, I had way too many and had to downsize and just gave a bunch away to my girlfriends because ya know….I eventually will buy more and I’ll need the space to fill up all over again!

But over time, I have tried many different cuticle treatments to get the perfect healthy manicure look. Oils, wipe off creams, leave-on treatments, and the good ol’ nipping of the cuticles when everything else fails. It was only recently I was invited to try out Nail Butter and I have now found my holy grail for achieving the perfect manicure. It has been my newest go-to item when it’s time to do my nails because it smells SO good and works amazingly well.

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This wonderous little jar of magic has simple but skin nourishing ingredients that soften  your cuticles and keep them from snagging. The all-natural blend of essential oils, lanolin, beeswax, mustard oils and vegetable oils soak into the skin and give it a healthy sheen immediately.  As the instructions say, you should apply this treatment twice a day for the first 30 days and then you can start using once a day to maintain. I’m a bit forgetful at applying anything to my nails once a day, let alone twice a day, but I did manage to get in a good two weeks of twice a day rub ins.  All I can say is WOW.  Proof is in the puddin’ ladies!  If you want your nails to shine, then take care of them cuticles as best you can!

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The creamy treatment needs to be kept in a cool, dry place or it will look a little melt-y in the jar–which doesn’t affect its efficacy – but good to note.  When my butter arrived it was sitting in a hot mailbox for a few hours so I stuck it in the fridge and fixed that problem pronto.  Since then I keep it with my other nail products and sometimes leave it by my kitchen sink to apply after washing dishes.

Nail Butter is cruelty-free and comes in two versions, Gardenia and Lemongrass.  I’m a total sucker for Gardenia but was sent Lemongrass (their newest version) which is a very uplifting, fresh scent. Once I finish this tub I intend to purchase the Gardenia since most of my fragrances have Gardenia in them. (Gardenia is a white floral, tropical type scent).

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At $24 a tub this tub will last you a very long time. So little is needed for 10 nails at a time that you’ll be happy to know you invested in a long-lasting product. To find out more about Nail Butter or be swooned by photos of amazing manicures you MUST check out their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram…you will not be disappointed.