Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Challenge day 13: It kinda counts!

Hello my friends! Today I have deemed animal print day. I did not want to do traditional animal prints, just like most of the other bloggers I have seen do this challenge. So what did I do? Koi print! I imagined that it was like taking a fabric that had animals on it (technically would be a print no?) and slapping it on my nails. I originally saw a similar design on google and found it here. I don't know how I found it, but I did. I did this once where I used a more water-esque type background. Also, I filed my nails into a slightly different shape, and this is the longest I've had my nails in...honestly I think ever. I'm trying to see how long I can go without a break. I had a minor one on my right hand but that's while I rounded out my nails more. Kind of hard to tell on my middle and ring fingers because they are so wiiiiide.

I used Essie Turquoise and Caicos for the base color. On top of that I sponged a whole lot of teal-y seafoam-y typeish green blues that I have. I have 17 different ones....I honestly can't remember which. I think I used: Julep Daphne, Zoya Wednesday, Essie Mint Candy Apple, and....one other one...maybe not. eek. Bad blogger is bad.

For the Koi I used a white acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, Essie Action, Essie Orange, it's obvious! , and China Glaze Orange you hot? Ha the big koi on my pointer finger is all bug eyed. He's my new friend Krazy Eye. Say hello!

Here's a picture with Mr. Thumb fish and his cut off friends. This was my favorite one. Sadly, I did not take a better picture.

And as a super bonus! on the Polish-aholics Anonymous facebook group page we were talking about what brings traffic to our blogs. My most common search was Essie Action vs China Glaze Orange you hot? and the other two compared to Essie Orange, it's obvious! So, I did a swatch-y swatch on my nail wheel!

From L-R China Glaze Orange you hot?,  Essie Action, then Essie Orange, it's obvious! Two coats, no top coat. As you can see the China Glaze is just a tad lighter than Action and has shimmer and Action dries to a pure matte finish whereas the China Glaze has more of a plastic-y finish. and Orange, it's obvious! is darker and less yellow. I wanted to to include Essie Fear or Desire but forgot. But that color is somewhere in between, leaning more towards the China Glaze and Action.

Another one bites the dust! Do you like Koi? Every time I see them I think of the bridge at the koi pond at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo where everyone throws the food in and watches them fight over it. They are some crazy fish.

What is your favorite animal or animal print to paint on your nails?


  1. Love these ...I have been wanting to try koi nails..I like how it looks like the fish are swimming on your nails..great job!

    1. They're super easy too!!! If you try them I wanna see! Thanks! Exclamation point!


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