Ah, it’s that time of year again! Time to share another fun mermaid manicure. I think I look forward to this annual pilgrimage almost as much as I do creating Christmas nails.
It’s been a little while since my last post and I had several new products I wanted to try. The first was Daily Charme Aurora Fairy Dust Magic Glitter. I used it in fine powder form (.004) last year and decided to try the .008 Glitter Dust this year. Would you just look at that shimmer??? And I’m loving this slightly textured look it provides too!
I applied it to the tacky layer of the colored gel on my index and ring fingernails using a fan brush. Then I burnished it in with a combination of an eyeshadow applicator and my finger. I topped both nails with a coat of Akzentz Shine-On no wipe gel topcoat.
The next 2 new products were Moyra Foil Polish for Stamping in Silver and Moyra Ornament 3 stamping plate. I sealed my pinkie nail with Akzentz Matte-On, stamped the design and pressed gold Moyra Magic Foil onto my nail.
It’s worth mentioning that the Foil Polish for Stamping works really well with the Magic Foil. Although it looks larger than life here, the abstract wave design I chose had tiny fine lines and it was easy to get complete foil coverage. I also tried it out in a double/layered stamping scenario using a Hit The Bottle stamping polish first and the foil only stuck to the final image. Two thumbs up!
I’m feeling a bit like a broken record telling you that I used 3 new products for the next step: Daily Charme Mermaid Tears Glitter Dust, Dreamy Mermaid Pearls and Stay Put Gelly.
I applied a regular gel topcoat to my thumb and pinkie nails scooped on the Glitter Dust and cured. Then I used the Stay Put Gelly to create clusters of pearls and Swarovski Clear point back crystals. This gelly was awesome at keeping everything in place while I added components and moved my hand around to view it from every angle. Placing round pearls on raw glitter can be difficult, but nothing moved unless I wanted it to…zero sliding!
I finished the embellishing with 2 more new products: Daily Charme Stick On Gelly and a gold Clou Mermaid Shell Charm.
The Stick On Gelly was perfect for using in small dabs to attach the Shell, Swarovski Aurum crystals and gold caviar beads to my index nail as well as the Mermaid, crystals, and beads to my ring nail.
(by row from top left with brand links)
ibd Just Gel Polish Calm Oasis
Madam Glam Perfect White gel
Akzentz Shine-On and Matte-On
Moyra Foil Polish for Stamping and Magic Foil
Daily Charme Stick On and Stay Put Gelly, Mermaid Tears Glitter Dust and Dreamy Mermaid Pearls
Moyra Ornament 3 stamping plate
Daily Charme Gold Mermaid, Clou Mermaid Shell and Aurora Fairy Dust Magic Glitter
Swarovski Crystals in Clear pointed back, Aurum flatback and Ivory Cream Shiny flatback
WOW! That was a lot of products! This was one of those designs that I couldn’t stop staring at! It had an ethereal quality to it. And I was so sad to have to take it off. What do you think of it? Do you enjoy the ‘mer-mani’ too?