I have a thing for water – I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been landlocked in Kansas my whole life or because I really don’t dig the mountains, but I really like water. I would take a day at the beach over a day in a rustic cabin in the mountains or skiing anytime you ask. I don’t like cold, I don’t like climbing hills and I don’t like the noises coyotes make.
Everytime I see a beach mani, a mermaid mani, or one of those cool octopus mani’s, I like it. Which is weird, because I don’t really like blue nails – and most of them are blue based. It absolutely must be my love for water… Anyway, when the challenge prompt nautical was on the docket for today, I was kinda tickled. Of course it was really hard to choose what to do – I just bought the Sunkissed set from Bundle Monster a while back and I have a ton of blue/blue green polishes I haven’t used yet. Figuring out a good nautical combination took a while.
You see, Born Pretty Store just sent me a packet of nifty nail art supplies to try out. One of the items was this packet of gold metallic circle nail sparkles and I thought they’d be the perfect accent for the look I conjured up.
There are fifty little circle sparkles in each packet. They are very delicate – almost as if they were made from a piece of foil. The bend very easily – which is good, because they conform to the shape of your nails and don’t poke up on the sides to get snagged and ripped off. (I have some nail polish with stars on it that this happens with. The stars never last more than a few hours.) By using an eyeliner pencil, I was able to pick up and place them very easily onto my nail.
The dots are also gold on one side and coppery colored on the other – I assume the coppery color goes down on the nail, but I don’t see why they couldn’t be reversible. I’ll probably try it out in another manicure because I think that color is very pretty too.
The rest of this look I completed by painting the blue polish on my pinky, index finger, and thumb. Gold went on my ring finger and white on my middle finger. Once the colors were down, (I did two coats each) I sealed it in with a topcoat and let it dry for a while. Then I tackled the hardest part (for me) which is the striping with nail tape. After that, the circle nail sparkles went on. (Super easy!) and then the compass stamp. I really wanted to do an anchor stamp but what I had was a pattern and it didn’t fit well on my newly shortened nails. The compass worked much better and you could actually see the details in it. After it was all complete the whole look got another dose of topcoat to make sure it was all locked it. I love it!!
For my first attempt at nautical looking nails, I think I got it. I love the color and the accent nails both. The nail sparkles help pull the whole look together and I can’t wait to show this one off.
If you are interested in getting the nail sparkles, you can find them at the link below. There are many shapes to choose from and are only fifty nine cents per pack of fifty!!! If you use my code COTTX31 during checkout you will receive an additional 10% off your order, along with free shipping no matter where you live.