Most addicts, of any kind, have a memory of what “did it” for them…what made them cross the line from casual user to ADDICT. Good thing for me my only real addiction is nail polish The polish that “did it” for me was Sephora by OPI Mermaid to Order. It was around the time when Sephora first came out with their SOPI line. This was the first time I had seen such bright and unique colors. I didn’t buy much polish back then, I was much more into eye makeup so I was always spending my money at Sephora. I didn’t have any OPI, Essie, China Glaze or brands like that because I didn’t really know they existed or had seen them anywhere. Little did I know what a domino effect Mermaid to Order was going to cause me. My polish collection has grown to over 400 since then consisting of countless brands, but I still hold a soft spot for Mermaid to Order.
Since I’ve progressed so much since my first time using Mermaid to Order I figured I’d add a little something with A England Princess Sabra (otherwise known as tristam eyes).
Mermaid to Order is a metallic turquoise green, I absolutely loooove this color. It’s a metallic so its prone to visible brush strokes, but it is all worth it because the color gives off a gorgeous glow. This is one of only 2 bottles I’ve had that I am more than half way through because of regular use. The formula became a bit thick since its so old so I added some thinner and it did the trick. I plan on buying another bottle in the near future…It may be my first time I have to buy another bottle of the same color. Good thing is I do not see Sephora discontinuing this shade any times soon as it is included in their “Nailed It” mini set of the top 10 best selling colors (yay).
For the following mani I used Princess Sabra as a gradient effect. I liked the two together because it reminded me of a tropical beach with the gorgeous turquoise water and shimmery sand.
Ever notice the beads of water that form on your nails in the shower? Well in the shower I noticed the beads and got inspired to replicate them for this mani since it was already screaming tropical beach water. I used my Seche Vite top coat and simply let a bead form at the tip of the brush and dotted it on my nails. You could use a dotting tool as well, but it was easy enough just using the brush. I applied tiny and larger sized clear dots, but the tiny dots didn’t really appear at all in the pics. It was a fun effect, but not comfortable at all considering I had bumps on my nails so it didn’t last long as I picked them off.
Do you remember a particular nail polish that “did it” for you? Or if not, one specific polish in your collection that has a special meaning or memory attached to it? I remember Mermaid to Order was also the very first polish that my boyfriend had noticed and commented on, he was even interested to know the name and became intrigued by my nail polish names for a while.