Hey everyone! I’m back today with the first nail art design I have created “just for the fun of it” since March. Time goes by so amazingly fast! I had a slightly different name in mind for this one because, well, my life isn’t exactly a day at the beach right now, but I’m not here to offend anyone. Let’s check it out!
A week or two ago I noticed that my blog was getting traffic from a website I didn’t recognize. Being the insanely curious person that I am I had to go check it out. It turns out that it was another blog that had put together a compilation post of beach themed nail art designs and they included my “Life’s A Beach” design from last summer.
I started by applying 2 coats of Zoya Genesis over my base. Once dry, I used a detail brush to first outline my beach and then fill it in with Dance Legend Road To Nowhere. It looks really dark for sand, right? No worries!
I let it dry and then I went to town with the liquid latex! I have to ask…HOW DID WE EVER LIVE WITHOUT THIS STUFF??? I used Glisten & Glow’s CRTL-ALT-DEL around my nails and Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil on my nail. Crystalline Nail Veil comes in a tall, skinny bottle and applies with a striping brush, making it perfect to use in nail art.
This was a really fun design to do overall, but I REALLY enjoyed this part! I created my “sand” by sponging Zoya Godiva over the Dance Legend polish, followed by Zoya Bar, and finishing with a few dabs of Road To Nowhere here and there. I made an awesome mess!!
A few minutes with a pair of tweezers and it was like that mess never happened. And I had some cool looking sand, in my opinion.
And then it was time to add water. I’ve had Dance Legend’s Top Aquarelle Collection for some time now and was thrilled to finally have a chance to try them.
- First I used Botticelli (4) over my entire nail and up onto my sand.
- Then I added the somewhat darker Sisley (5) in a varied application on each nail starting from the tip and in small areas of the sand.
- I think I received a defective bottle of Malewicz (6) because it was clear with only a very, very slight blue tint instead of “blue with a warm purple midtone”. It worked out OK though because I used it over the 2 colors when they were still wet and it helped them to blend.
And finally my favorite part…BLING! All of the gold pieces were purchased from WiiNo Shop. I used their Gold Mermaid on my index finger, Gold Seahorse on my middle finger and 2 starfish from their multi-size Starfish Collection on my ring finger. I added 2 fish from a Gold Coral Fish Sticker Set to swim with my seahorse.
I had planned to use seashell charms as well, but neither silver or gold showed up well on my sand. I was sad for a minute and then I remembered I had purchased a set of acrylic molds a while back. I pulled them out and was completely psyched to discover my set included seashells!
I have no professional training and this was my first time using molds, acrylic powder and bonding liquid. It was an adventure, but I was thrilled with the way they turned out! I noticed that WiiNo Shop is just starting to carry these molds and they have this one in stock.
So I will be honest and tell you that I’ve been procrastinating about writing this post for days. I didn’t know if it would be difficult to jump back in. Happily it turned out to be rather easy and even enjoyable to put this together. My blogger voice is fully intact and just as verbose as ever! LOL!
I hope you enjoyed this design! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts. I’ve learned that Blogger and Disqus have stopped playing nicely while I’ve been away, but I will find and reply to every comment! I’ve really missed you guys!