Monday, May 27, 2013

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Beauty and the Beach 2

Last year, Travelsupermarket.com did an awesome competition called Beauty and the Beach which had three entry components related to beauty blogging.  They are at it again and have a new competition that closes on 5 June (yep there is still time to enter everyone) where you just need to share your perfect holiday hair, nails and make-up. There are three categories - one for hair, one for makeup and one for nails. There are some HUGE prizes for each category plus an overall prize for a blogger that enters all three.  You can find out all the details on the Beauty and the Beach 2 website.

Tonight's post is my entry for the competition and the timing really is perfect for me, because tonight is my last blog post before I head off on a holiday and an absence from my blog for a while.

My entry is an underwater layered 3D design.  

I created the look using a blue jelly polish and a silver foil polish.  I painted a layer of the blue jelly polish and let that dry, then I painted about five or six free hand little fish using a fine dotting tool and the silver foil polish across all my nails.  I also stamped some swirly seaweed from BM225. 

Then I layered another coat of the blue jelly polish, waited a bit for it to dry and added some more dotted fish.  I continued this process with layering blue jelly polish and dotted fish until I was happy with the layered 3D look.

Lastly I added a french tip using Zoya Godiva - cause I wanted that sandy textured finish. But I felt it wasn't sparkly enough, so I grabbed some gold glitter and added a bit of a gradient over the pixie dust polish.  To add a bit more colour I pushed some red star rhinestones into the polish to represent starfish and I added a few select round studs so they looked like little pearls on the ocean floor.

This was such an interesting mani to look at and when people checked out my nails they really were amazed and studied them for a while, rather than just the normal glance.
t is really simple to enter - all you need is a blog and your skills. Publish a blog post on to your site with pictures of either holiday hair, make-up or nails, or all three if you want to be in with a chance of winning the overall prize. Describe how you achieved the look for anyone trying to recreate it - you can even give details on what kind of holiday you would wear your look on, or where you have already worn it on. - See more at: http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/beauty-and-the-beach-two/#sthash.VlL4OLAj.dpuf





So there you have it.  My crazy underwater beach nails, all ready for me to wear on our South Pacific Cruise leaving tomorrow.

28 comments:

  1. Love both designs so much! Enjoy your trip :)

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    1. Thanks SC. They have wifi on the cruise, so here I am relaxing at the port of Mare in New Caledonia while little miss two has a midday snooze. Life is good!

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  2. Oh, I like the tips on that first one! Very creative!

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    1. Thanks Lindsey, the tips were super easy to do too.

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  3. The beach design is adorable!!

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  4. The first design is just amazing!! I love jelly sandwich stamping, and those tips are soo cool!

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    1. Thanks Eva. This one just came together how I imagined it.

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  5. Those starfish are just adorable! Looks exactly like a beach... Now I want to go on holiday!

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    1. The little star rhinestones ended up looking so realistic. I love snorkeling and love it when it's clear water like this.

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  6. The fishes and the coral are drawn on so cute! Love the whole beach theme, I think you definitely have a lot of patience to wait till they dry completely.

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    1. I did the coral stamping when there was only one layer of polish, so that dried pretty fast. I did the dotting tool fish while its was still sticky, that's why they aren't very neat. But I'm still happy with the result. Took about an hour all up.

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  7. The beach mani is just incredibly amazing! I like the gold one too. Happy vacation1

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    1. Thanks so much. The gold one isn't as interesting as the underwater one, but it sure has been practical. Here I am on day 4 of my vacation, and I've been in pools and spas every day, and its still wearing well (with some tips worn off but not too noticeable).

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  8. Totally amazing! Like...my mind is blown with how COOL that mani is. Love it!

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    1. Thanks Amy, so glad you like it!

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  9. Fantastic depth and detail.

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    1. Thanks, that's exactly what I was trying to achieve!

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  10. Wow, the first manicure, I am simply speechless, it's perfection!

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  11. ohmygoodness that first manicure is breathtaking! I love the effect of the painted-on fish layered between coats of the blue jelly - it's very 3d and adds incredible dimension! Which blue jelly polish did you use, if I can ask? I was recently gifted Zoya Godiva and it's one of my most favorite things on the planet (all the PixieDust shades are gorgeous)! Godiva works beautifully as the sand for your ocean scene - love it! Well done =)

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    1. Hi Elci - I make a Frankenstein for my blue jelly using a drop of blue tinter and clear base in a mini bottle. You could achieve the same look with a dark navy polish mixed with lots of clear.

      I LOVE Godiva too, and I think I need to get Solange from the summer pixies too.

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  12. Amazing use of the jelly sandwich design, and the pearls and starfish were also a great creative touch. Awesome mani!

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    1. Thanks, I love creating these 3d designs with jelly polishes, the possibilities are endless.

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  13. OMG That beach design is SOOOO COOOL!

    Lovin your 3d jelly designs! Great ideas!

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    1. Thanks Mel, I'be to to think up some more design ideas to make 3d, underwater is so easy.

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