Wednesday, March 7, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Mani #1: San Francisco Splatter!

     Who out there is ready for the weekend already?? ME!! Does anyone have any fun plans this weekend? My niece's birthday was earlier this week, so my husband and I are going to her birthday party Sunday, so I'm excited about that.
     So, if anyone has been reading the Mermaid Nails Facebook page, you will notice that I am featuring St. Patrick Day manicures from now until March 17th, which is St. Patty's Day, and if I have more that I didn't get to post before that day, I definitely will be posting them after, as well. However, I thought it would be fun to see your SPD manicures, too! So, I would love for you to post your manicure on the Mermaid Nails Facebook wall, and I will feature them all on a special SPD blog post! Can't wait to see them!
     Now, onto the first SPD manicure that I am going to show you...

     I've wanted to do a splatter manicure ever since I saw it on The PolishAholic's blog here. Basically, what you do, is tape off the skin surrounding your nail, and then put some nail polish onto a paper plate, dip a straw into it, and blow through the straw to get the polish to spray over your nail, so as to get the splatter effect. You then take the take off of your skin, and do the next nail. So, after wearing Sinful Colors Olympia for a day, which I will later review, I decided to "splatter" it with Sinful Colors San Francisco.
     Olympia is an avocado green cream, and San Francisco is a hunter green shimmer. I think they look lovely together:

     The shimmer in San Francisco contrasts so nicely with the cream of Olympia

     The biggest problem I had with doing the splatter manicure was that I couldn't get enough polish to pick up on a straw if the polish was just dabbed on the plate. I actually just had to stick the straw down into the polish bottle, blew through the straw once to get the big clumps off, and then blew the rest onto the nail. 
     I definitely would recommend using a cheaper nail polish, like Sinful Colors or Wet N Wild, because this technique wastes a lot of polish. I was surprised at how much it did waste and look at the mess I was left with when I was finished:

     However, I love the result, and I think it looks very Irish! ☺

     What will you be wearing on your nails for St. Patrick's Day? Will you be doing the splatter? 


  1. Love this!!! I actually tried to splatter my toes for fall with black base and "splatter" orange and silver on it. I made a mess, and it didn't turn out as good as yours!


  2. I really like the green!!! You have such pretty fingernails for this:) I need to learn how to do this!

  3. Thanks, Taylar! I love the idea of those colors together!! That would look soo cool! ☺

  4. Thanks, Susie! ☺ It is easy to do, just very messy!

  5. Wow I really love that color! What a pretty color!