August 29, 2016

Magic Mermaid Nails with Fairy Dust Glitter Powder

Hey there! Remember me? Karolyn? I used to blog here a long, long time ago. So much time has passed that I've nearly forgotten how to put one of these posts together. But I have this cool Mermaid nail art sprinkled with Magic Fairy Dust that I am determined to show you while it's still Summer. So please join me after the jump and will figure this blogging thing out together.

Madam Glam Perfect White, Madam Glam Boat Trip, Madam Glam Caribbean Sea, Daily Charme Fairy Dust Magic Glitter Powder, Kiyoco Miyaji starfish charm, WiiNo Shop pearls and clams

YAY, we both made it! We're off to a great start. I'd like to give you a update about me and the blog so you should scroll straight down to the next photo if you are more interested in the nail art.  No worries, I understand completely! Just note that I have moved all links to the Product Recap.

So I learned in a blogger group on Facebook a while ago that readers like to know what's going on when bloggers stop posting regularly. I've already told you that last year was filled with tragedy but I have a different explanation for you now. I am going to write some words that I swore I would never write here. "I have some health issues; major health issues that I've had for a while and they are not expected to go away anytime soon." There it is. It probably doesn't seem like I just told you much, but just admitting that life isn't all kittens and roses around here is a big step for me.

When I started this blog nearly 2 1/2 years ago it was a "sick-free zone" for me and the work would distract me from life's bigger issues. But as my symptoms have continued to get worse it has become an overwhelming task just to create the nail art, never mind all of the other steps involved in putting together a good post. That said, I have still been creating since I've been gone. I just haven't been sharing it and, in some ways, that makes it feel pointless to me.

Some of you may have noticed that I tried to do some micro-blogging on Instagram last month, and I may do that from time to time for my simpler designs or swatches, but I felt like I was gypping viewers out of all the details for more complex designs. So I plan to give blogging a try again, this time with no goals, schedules or commitments of any kind. You should also know that e-socializing these days is limited to replying to comments. So please don't feel slighted if I don't follow you back or spread the love all over your blog. It's not because I don't want to, it's because I simply can't right now.

As for the blog, you are going to be seeing more designs created with gel polish and gel nail art products. It's surely no secret that rubbing powders onto gel nails is all the rage right now, but I had actually started experimenting with gel earlier in the year and immediately saw the benefits when creating nail art. And I'm excited to share my experiences and also let you know how you can use gel and your regular polish together. At this time I DO NOT plan to become an all gel blog, so don't jump ship just yet. We're just getting reacquainted after all!  

Madam Glam Perfect White, Boat Trip, Caribbean Sea, Daily Charme Fairy Dust Magic Glitter Powder, Kiyoco Miyaji starfish charm, WiiNo Shop pearls and clams
I do a "beachy" design every Summer and a quick swatch test showed me I had to incorporate this Fairy Dust Magic Glitter Powder from Daily Charme. It has a glow-from-within that looks almost too good to be real and, while my new stilettos are not exactly natural, this design is 100% authentic.

I used Madam Glam polishes for this nail art: Boat Trip on my thumb, index and middle fingers, Caribbean Sea on my pinky, and Perfect White on my ring finger. One minute later, yes I said ONE MINUTE, the polish was dry (cured) and I rubbed the powder onto the tacky layer of my thumb, ring and pinky fingers using the perfect spongy eye shadow applicator I found on Amazon. I finished those nails with Madam Glam's No Wipe topcoat.

Madam Glam Perfect White, Boat Trip, Caribbean Sea, Daily Charme Fairy Dust Magic Glitter Powder, Kiyoco Miyaji starfish charm, WiiNo Shop pearls and clams
I planned to use What's Up Nails Mermaid Vinyls on my index and middle fingers and I got caught up with some unexpected trial and error, as it was my first time using finely detailed vinyls with gel polish. I'm being very wordy so I'll just tell you that I ended up using a makeup sponge to dab the Caribbean Sea polish on, just as I've always done with lacquer. I cured the polish, applied the magic powder and then worked the vinyl off of my nail with tweezers. WHAHLAH!

Madam Glam Perfect White, Boat Trip, Caribbean Sea, Daily Charme Fairy Dust Magic Glitter Powder, Kiyoco Miyaji starfish charm, WiiNo Shop pearls and clams This gorgeous starfish charm from Kiyoco Miyaji set the tone for the rest of my embellishments. I used regular and mini sized Pearls in Clam Shells, a starfish and some pearls from WiiNo Shop. I finished the look by adding a Vintage Round Crystal Gem from Daily Charme and ss16 Clear Swarovski Crystals from Artbeads.com.

Madam Glam Perfect White, Boat Trip, Caribbean Sea, Daily Charme Fairy Dust Magic Glitter Powder, Kiyoco Miyaji starfish charm, WiiNo Shop pearls and clams
Is it just me or is it really hard not to stare at that powder??? I caught myself in a completely mesmerized state more than once. Most definitely hazardous to wear when driving!

Madam Glam Perfect White, Boat Trip, Caribbean Sea, Daily Charme Fairy Dust Magic Glitter Powder, Kiyoco Miyaji starfish charm, WiiNo Shop pearls and clams
Product Recap: 
(clockwise from 6PM, with product and vendor links)

Starfish Nail Bijou Charm from Kiyoco Miyaji

YES! I finished the comeback post. I am excited to hear your thoughts on this design! I'm also curious:
  • Have you tried a powder like this one, chrome or unicorn holo over gel polish?
  • If not, are you interested in trying it? What's holding you back?
Your answers could help with some post ideas floating around in my head. Next up is an all-lacquer design created with a Clear Jelly Stamper using their multi-layered stamping plates. Stay tuned!


Thanks for reading! I'll see you at the next post!



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