Nail Art: Ocean Life

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Hi guys! I can't believe we're so close to Christmas, like less a week I think now. Have you finished all your shopping yet? I certainly haven't, ha. No matter how early I start, I always find myself shopping till the last minute every year. That's okay though, I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the shopping craze. But you guys will be happy to know I've been fitting in nail art among my shopping sprees.

The lovely +Janella Bean (@peacehappnails) held an amazing ocean-themed contest . Not only was this a fair contest with great prizes but also had a powerful theme to raise awareness to our ocean life. Below is my entry to her contest:

I wanted to enter her contest from the moment she posted about it on instagram but you guys know me. I always leave things till the last minute. Not only that but to be completely honest, I'm not confident in my art abilities. I had a few people leave some horrible remarks on some art I did a few months back and it really broke my heart. I actually hadn't touched my paints since that time so I was quite nervous when working on this piece.

Originally I thought I had lost my shot and that was that, but Janella ended up having to extend her contest for another 24 hours. I felt like that was the sign I was looking for to get myself back into it all. But then I found myself with a really tight time restriction, no sleep, and having to go to work. So I packed up my paints, drank coffee, and went to work to do my nails!

It took me around 3 hours to complete this design. I looked up a few images on google of the ocean to get a feel for what I wanted. But then it was also time for some research! You see this wasn't just a nail art contest, it was about raising awareness for the problems our ocean life is facing and how we can help. Among all the more common knowledge endangered sea creatures, there is the lesser known endangerment of coral reef. And that's what I decided my design should bring awareness to. 

For this design, I started off by doing a gradient background using Rock the Boat by Essie as the base and then dapping Lapis of Luxury and Avenue Madison both by Essie as well. Everything else in this design was done in acrylic paints. 

So I ended up submitting my design with maybe an hour or two to spare. And guess what? I won! 

You guys have no idea how happy I am about having won my first contest in many many months. Everything I have been through both on and off instagram is a thing of the past. I feel like with this win, I can start practicing again and become better. I'm so thankful and humbled by everyone who voted for me. I won with an outstanding 150+ votes. That's absolutely incredible. Again, thank you so much for anyone who voted. Of course, a big thank you goes to Janella for hosting such a great contest.

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