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The lovely Emily from Nailsxo invited me to take part in her World Cup Nails 2014 challenge. Each participant was given a country playing in the World Cup and asked to create nails based on it.

I got Ecuador! I am not too familiar with Ecuador except it is next to Peru, which so happens to be half of where I am from!

I was a little nervous for this challenge. I butcher flag manicures and I am not the biggest fan of futbol/soccer. I know, I know, I make the worst Peruvian-Indian EVER given the sport is so huge in both countries!

I took to the internet and upon further research I learned the Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador! I had no idea! Being a Zoology major, I have studied quite a bit about the Galapagos so I decided to base my manicure on that very large part of the culture.


Did you know? Ecuador is considered the most biodiverse nation per kilometer!


I included a couple of photos because I L-O-V-E how wonderful the base of these came out!




ImagePolishes Used:

  • Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way
  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Slick Black
  • Zoya Crystal, Yara, Opal
  • Urban Outfitters Blue Velvet
  • Milani Peacock, Power Periwinkle
  • Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream
  • Essie No Place Like Chrome
  • Seche Vite top coat

Supplies Used:

  • Small artist’s brushes
  • Sponge-tip applicator
  • MoYou London plates 04 (Princess collection) & 08 (Sailor collection)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.