Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Challenge: Favorite Beach Memory

Favorite Beach Memory
Hello there! Guess what? I'm back with our Summer Challenge. Surprised? No? OK then moving on.

Today's challenge is "Favorite Beach Memory," which is different than Favorite Summer Memory. I should've used that other post as my beach memory since we were at the beach, but it's ok, because I have another that happened at the beach. Incidently, both happened at the SAME beach. 'Twas a great vacation.

glitterobsession: Sand dollar and sea shell nail art
Summer Challenge: Favorite Beach Memory

This mani is supposed to show the sand and scattered sea shells and a single sand dollar. Can you spot him? He's kind of hidden. I did that on purpose since usually they're not easy to spy and are hidden amongst the other sea shells and shell fragments.

glitterobsession: Sand dollar and sea shell nail art

This is a memory with me and my mother. We were taking a walk one morning while it was still cool and the beach was nearly empty. We were chatting and laughing and walking in the surf and we happened upon this sand dollar. We weren't even looking and if you've ever been beach combing you know how hard these are to find intact. It's a small one, but I really do treasure it.

glitterobsession: Sand dollar and sea shell nail art

I know you're supposed to soak these in a mild bleach solution to whiten them, but I can't bring myself to do it. I don't want to make it more fragile. I do plan on getting a shadow box to put it in so it doesn't break.

Products Used

Essie Sand Tropaz
Acrylic paint

Ha! No Milani in this post!

Lighting

I'm sure you can tell that the first two pictures are done under a different lighting than the last one. The first two are in early morning light and they're more true to color. The last one is indoor lighting. The colors show up a bit more bold. I had to take down my home-made light box when I knew we were moving (darn if it didn't take so long to move, I shouldn't have taken it down so quickly), but I hope to get another one built once we move or find a good window and invest in some daylight/full spectrum lights.

Hope you enjoyed this post. I've enjoyed taking a walk down memory beach!



21 comments:

  1. I have no idea what a sand dollar?? And I think I spotted him on your nails! Cute design and even cuter story, Kaki :)

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  2. Wow, the Sand Dollar is amazing, I've never seen one of those before?! Your nails are beautiful x

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  3. Love those tiny dots, similar to sand! The color combo is perfect for this theme, love it!

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  4. Such a lovely mani for such a lovely memory

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  5. Cute mani! I like your color choice, I could already find the sand dollar in your first pic ;)
    And love how you taking care of sand dollar, I also think it doesn't need to be bleached, otherwise it'll lose its nice lovely natural texture <3

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  6. I see the little guy! This is so awesome, I really love it!

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  7. What a sweet memory, I really liked reading about that.
    I see the sand dollar, but only after seeing him in actual size, because I didn't know what a sand dollar was :)

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  8. this mani looks refreshing, just pretty

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  9. This mani's so pretty and delicate :) I've never heard of sand dollars before, they look amazing!

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  10. Another stellar mani! Precious memory and memento!

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  11. what a sweet memory! i love how you even hid the sand dollar on your nails. adorable!

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  12. The sand dollar is too cute! Love this beachy manicure!

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  13. That's such a cute memory! And the manicure looks great. I wouldn't be a fan of that shade normally, but your art makes it!

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  15. I really love the mani, but I love the story behind it even more!!

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