So this design was 100% inspired by the whole day I spent in Osaka, mainly Dotonburi, eating nothing but Takoyaki. (I am not even exaggerating, I literally only had Takoyaki and vending machine juice that day, well actually I also had an ice-cream filled melon bread but I don’t think that quite counted towards my 5-a-day.) A lot of the vendors had these super cute octopus mascots on their stalls to instill some guilt in you as you chowed down on their delicious bretheren.
So surely octopus nails are like hens teeth? Anyway, as you can see these nails are a reflection of my little octopus oceans that I made! Without the shell, the nails look a little mad and random but who cares.
So these are actually not my own nails or work! *Gasp* For the first time ever, I’ve tried out false nails. *Gasp again* I’ve admired the work of Aya1gou for ages, so when she was offering a festive discount I jumped at the chance to purchase a custom set – which of course had to be fish themed! She was amazing through out the whole etsy process; she found out what I liked, what my nails sizes were (a medium set was suitable for me), kept in contact, and then when the package arrived it was one of the cutest things I’d seen. Might I add she must have worked hard on them, considering how promptly they arrived being a custom order, from Japan at this time of year!
As for the nails themselves, I could not believe how amazing they are. They are so perfect and more detailed than I could have imagined; the pearls, crushed shells, the fish – AMAZING, just so right! (And I’m seriously not just being polite or brown-nosing, as I did purchase them myself and have no issues with sharing my disappointment with bad products.)What’s fantastic as well is that due to shipping regulations of nail glue, Aya1gou sends nail shaped double-sided tape things, which means I can soak them off in warm water and re-use them rather than them being damaged by the glue or acetone! Great, huh?
I did, however, have to file a few nails to create a better fit. As you can see from the goldfish photo (I just couldn’t resist posing with my actual fish… Sorry.), the nails look too wide in the middle of the falsie for my index and middle fingers. They filed down nicely, I was just very careful and slow. The rest of the photos show that once filed, the nails sit much more comfortably and look a bit more ‘natural’.
I was going to wear them for new years, but I’ve decided that I’m going to frame them as they’re so beautiful – don’t you agree? Anyone else purchased a set from Aya1gou before? If you fancy checking out her work, she is on Facebook and sells her nails on Etsy for really great prices.
*Disclosure, I bought this set of nails myself and was in no way paid or endorsed to write a review by anyone. The discount I received was a ‘festive offer’ available to everyone. All opinions expressed are my own and true.
So googly-eyes make everything look way cuter or way funnier. I’ve done some googly-eyed nail art before using loads of them but today I wanted to do something fish-related. Unfortunately I wasn’t in the mood for anything intricate or time consuming so I actually painted all these sea-creatures with my dotting tool – how lazy is that! P.S the pink blob, it’s meant to be anemone…