Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Nail Art Wednesday: I've Got Beach (Waves) on the Mind Nails

While I'm still getting back to the swing of things (catching up on my beloved blogs is going to take forever, methinks), here's an easy design I played around with before I left for the trip. I was wanting to wear some fun but simple nail art while on holiday but totally messed it up while packing. (Isn't it frustrating when these things happen?) At any rate, it was pretty obvious that I had the beach on my mind when I came up with this, and to be honest, I still have vacation brain syndrome. I'm starting to realize there's no on/off switch so it's been doubly difficult re-settling after so much pampering. Before I go off on another tangent with my rambling, here you go, some beach waves inspired nail art:

Definitely fits the "simple but fun" category!

What I Used:
Sheer teal: Revlon Sheer Seafoam
Metallic teal: Essie Trophy Wife

How I Did It:

Two colors and a brush; it's really this simple to do. I got this idea from when I did the Hunger Games inspired flame nails, except to do it from the free end instead of from the cuticle area. I probably could've added another darker or lighter teal color to the Trophy Wife part to add some contrast and play around more with the texture, so that might be something you want to try if you give this design a go. Maybe adding some glitter would make this pop all the more! (Hammie says glitter makes everything better!) I really did enjoy the texture that brushing the polish up creates. If you swirl it around enough, it creates this fun texture that really mimics the look of waves.

Loving that texture!

I was a little miffed at how sheer Sheer Seafoam turned out to be, but it still worked here, I guess!

Gotta have some (fabric) flower love.

Against a dark background so you can see the very slight teal tint of Sheer Seafoam.

 Hammie suggested that teal works with teal, so why not a photo with my favorite scarf?

Quick mini review on Revlon Sheer Seafoam: It's as sheer as its name suggests but not at all what I expected. This has such a diluted effect that I'd say it fits that class of polishes that's being called a "water finish". I have 2 coats on in these photos and you can barely see any color tint. Save yourself the heartache and frustration, pass on this one unless you don't mind something that really means sheer when it calls itself sheer.

Huzzah, we're midway through the week! How on earth did that happen overnight? :P With everything that's still left on my to-do list, I feel like time is slipping through my fingers and I've nothing quite to show for it, if you know what I mean. Anyway, inquiring minds (ie, Hammie) would like to know: What sort of nail art would you sport on holiday? Which colors inspire beach holiday thoughts for you? Would you even bother with a watered down color like Sheer Seafoam?


  1. This actually looks like it's a lot of fun to do!

  2. Loving this mani, I am unsure what to do with my nails for my hols!

  3. Oh, it is, Elyssian Beauty! :) I hope you give it a try (and if you do, I'd love to see photos)!

  4. Thanks, Jo! Oh, I totally understand! I couldn't decide either, and I felt it made it doubly hard when I had to consider that I'd be going to both casual (beach, etc) and formal (for the captain's night functions, etc) affairs while on the cruise so the crazy fun colors (aka neons) were ruled out for me. What's on your shortlist?

  5. This manicure is gorgeous!!! I love the sponged/painted tips and this is no exeption!!!
    A real nice bright baby blue definitely makes me think of clear waters on vacation.
    When I vacation however, I tend to wear shades that are neutral so that when they chip (a petpeeve) I don't have to stress about it being all to visible ;)

    I saw this revlon shade in the store and even in the bottle it looked super milky/watery... that was enough to encourage me to leave it on the shelf ;)

  6. Thanks, Marta! I was really itching to wear blue for the trip but I kept thinking about how it would clash on those nights where I'd have to be in formal wear. It all worked out though, but I couldn't help noticing how my color choices were so safe and the elderly ladies were sporting fun colors like orange and green! I agree about the chipping tho. I actually broke two nails (I blame carrying heavy suitcases) during the trip but as I had a neutral holo it wasn't as obvious.

    Smart! I wish I had the foresight to do just that!

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