14 January 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Fairytales: Mermaid Scales

Day three of The Digit-al Dozen is upon us, and I've decided to tackle something that I'm not totally comfortable with - dotticures. I know I post my fair share of dotted manicures, but the truth is, I find them to be pretty difficult! Getting the dots to be a consistent size can be a pretty tough task. Anyway, I figured I would try out this mermaid scale tutorial for today's fairytale theme!

To achieve this look, I started with a base of Habit Cosmetics Prairie and with my dotting tool, dotted on a ton of colors in a random order. I've listed them all below (with a handy photo guide) so make sure to check that out if you're interested in a particular color. 

I absolutely love the color scheme and I found that using a mix of cremes and shimmers gave this manicure an awesome scaled effect! I am so pleased with how it turned out, even though it was pretty time consuming.

Of course, this is more polishes than I generally use, so I couldn't fit them all into my usual bottle photo. I've reviewed almost all of these polishes, so check out these links for product details:
KBShimmer Stonewashed, review here
Glam Polish Polar Lights, review here
China Glaze Wait N Sea, review here
Glam Polish Don't Rain on My Parade, review here
NCLA Lead Vocals, Me!, review here
Habit Cosmetics Prairie, review here
OPI I Saw... You Saw... We Saw... Warsaw, purchase here
Glam Polish Ladies Choice, review here

Whew, that was a lot! Anyway, I hope you liked today's nail art look - unfortunately, this is the last manicure I did before I had to shorten my nails :( I've been hoping that my nails will grow back in time for me to complete this week's nail art, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen! Ah, well, they'll grow back soon enough.

What do you think of today's manicure? Make sure to check out the other talented ladies and their Digit-al Dozen fairytale looks!

Base: Duri Rejuvacote,  purchase here

KBShimmer Stonewashed, review here
Glam Polish Polar Lights, review here
China Glaze Wait N Sea, review here
Glam Polish Don't Rain on My Parade, review here
NCLA Lead Vocals, Me!, review here
Habit Cosmetics Prairie, review here
OPI I Saw... You Saw... We Saw... Warsaw, purchase here
Glam Polish Ladies Choice, review here

Top: KBShimmer Clearly on Top, $5.50 USD here


  1. This is so gorgeous! All the different blues work so well together.

  2. This is really amazing - LOVE IT!

  3. Lovely colors! I wish I had more patience to create this kind of look!

  4. I love how these mermaid scales turned out! Great color choices for them. I know what you mean, I struggle with keeping my dots even too.

  5. I am so envious of all your pretty colors! :D

  6. What great colors you picked! I love how these turned out. I could never have enough patience for that many dots. Good job!

  7. This is seriously gorgeous!

  8. Gorgeous!! These mani's look so easy but they're actually rather tricky! You nailed it!

  9. The Dalai Lama's NailsJanuary 14, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    so pretty! I've tried to do art like this before, but I always mess up with layering the dots, and smearing them. Love the look!

  10. Absolutely beautiful - I love the mix of shimmers and holos amongst the cremes.

  11. Totally just saved this idea to my genius file...cause you know, it's genius! Oh, and stunning!

  12. I love the look of this and how you mixed the finishes just makes it perfect!

  13. Haha thanks Rei! If you do my nails, I'll do yours!

  14. Aw, I'm so happy you like it Amanda!

  15. LOL! Yeah, it got to be pretty time consuming to wait for the layers to dry!

  16. I honestly don't think i have the patience to do it again, lol!!

  17. Trust me, I wish I had the patience to do anything like this ever again, haha!!

  18. Hahaha! Oh I am so glad you like it - personally, blue is my favorite color to wear as a mani, even though it's generally a pretty odd color for the nails!

  19. Yes, it definitely is - my nails need some TLC! Thank you!

  20. A Girl and Her PolishJanuary 18, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Beautiful mermaid scales!

  21. I seriously love this one, Kelli! It's flawless! I know what you mean about dotticures being tricky but you did a phenomenal job (and the color scheme is to die for!).

  22. Beautiful! I love the random placement of the colors!


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