The Pawikan ~ Tropical Sea Turtle | OMD2 Theme: National Pride

Initially, I was thinking of this design for the Holographic theme (today's theme ;).  This holo-green polish is just so pretty!!!  The sparkle and shine is tantalizing.  And the green is quite refreshing... there's just something about green...

For the OMD2 nail art challenge, however, I think I'm going to categorize it under National Pride.  A cartoonish turtle for national pride?  I'll tell you why...

The Tropical Turtle |

Advice from a Sea Turtle

"Swim under the current,

Be a good navigator,
Stay calm under pressure,

Be well traveled,

Think long term,

Be comfortable in your own shell,

Age gracefully,

Spend time at the beach."


A few weeks ago, news has been spreading in the Philippines about poachers from other countries who hunt the Pawikan (Tropical Sea Turtle) for it's meat... A ship carrying empty sea turtle shells had been caught and it's crew brought into custody.  It brought an uproar.  People are concerned about national boundaries, others about the environment... but my heart was wrenched for these poor creatures.  As a child I heard of a story of a Pawikan caught on one of the sea shore close by to our home.  Observing the caged, gentle animal, experts observed that it shed tears.  "Oh, please, release him!!!"  The Pawikan has emotions too! I read a little bit into these amazing sea creatures and I dreamed of diving into the ocean with them someday. 

Then, a few months ago... I was privileged to visit Rome.  What a wonderful city, full of life and history!  A little shop close by a hotel sells these beautiful glass arts!  Oh my eyes were filled and I was mesmerized by the artistry and sparkle!  We want to save our money for touring (of course..) However, I couldn't resist taking a couple of these adorable little Turtles...  As you probably can tell by now, I have a soft spot for these gentle green giants.  (My dream of swimming with them is yet future.  I have to swim my way back to the Philippines... So please don't hurt them! :D)  This design made it to my to do list as soon as I laid eyes on them... credit to Triracial Nails for this design.

 Now on to the Polish... enough chattering for me, lol.
Pure Ice Polishes can be purchased from Walmart for only $1.94.  Now that's cheap!  The formula of the polish in this little glass bottle is great!  Very easy to apply ~ One coat for a shimmer finish and two for opacity.  I used two coats on my mani here.  I totally recommend this product for budget-wise aspiring nail artists like me ;)  It's very friendly on the budget and very elegant on the nails.  Top it up with a really shiny topcoat and walaah!  It's an overdose of sparkle!

I want to dedicate this mani to a dear girl Trenae from Australia (IG @nailsbytrenaeb and @iridescentnails) who generously sent me prizes from her last contest held on Instagram.  That also inspired this mani for today.  Thank you Trenae!

As a little child, what dreams and aspirations did you have?  
Please do leave some comments for me down below.  I would appreciate your thoughts.  Have a great Turtle Tuesday dear ones!  xoxo Maya

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Thank you and have a fancy nails day! 

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  1. Beauty job, i love ur manicure for this topic. Awesome holo!!!!!.
    God bless U.

    1. Thank you Diana... I appreciate that... I like your flower nails too... it's very pretty and colorful.

    2. Such a cute and pretty mani 🐢🐢

    3. Thank you so much Hun... your comment is deeply appreciated :-) Thanks for dropping by, I hope you come again ;-)

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