It's summer, I'm keeping busy at work, missing the beach, and have had an idea in mind for a while now to do a nautical themed mani. Read on for more pics and info on mah fun sailor gradient nails!
|Nautical Mani featuring Zoya Genesis|
Nothing to disclose
So. Eighteen days after I purchased these three polishes, they finally shipped. I was forewarned on the website that the owner of B.I.T.C.H by Jaclyn only ships twice a month. Still, I was anxious to get these. Three days later they arrived (I mean, I am in the same town as the maker). I was a bit underwhelmed with the two holos from the new collection. It could be the fact that I have been spoiled by the ultra holos in my collection. They were pretty nonetheless, and great shades of blue, they just weren't what I was expecting. FYI, I'm also not linking the store in this post because she just recently announced she is liquidating and going out of business. So sorry, you are out of luck unless you score something from this brand from a re-seller.
|L-R: Zoya Genesis, B.I.T.C.H by Jaclyn Go Topless, BbJ Ahoy, Bitches!, and BbJ Fuck It|
Back to the mani. So I was impressed with the fact that both Ahoy Bitches (cerulean blue with linear holo) and Go Topless (aqua teal blue with linear holo) are opaque enough to be one coaters. I had no application issues with Go Topless, which is what I used for a base of my gradient.
|B.I.T.C.H by Jaclyn Go Topless, one coat no topcoat|
I also used two coats of Genesis from Zoya's latest Paradise Sun collection. I had no application issues with Genesis either, with which I was pleasantly surprised since I thought it would be streaky. I believe I have found my new white base. For everything. Genesis gives a little something extra besides your run-of-the-mill white cream polish. It has a micronized metallic pearl finish, which of course I couldn't capture on camera. I did my best with my macro below.
|Zoya Genesis, two coats with topcoat|
|Macro of Zoya Genesis, two coats with topcoat|
As I am noticing now, I neglected to take photos of my mermaid scales nail vinyls from WhatsUpNails. Whoops. Well, I'll explain. So after I topcoated Genesis with KBShimmer Clearly on Top quick dry topcoat, I laid one of the scale vinyls on my middle finger and then sponged a gradient over top using Go Topless and Ahoy Bitches. I made a few passes until I was mildly pleased (I could have made a few more passes to make it more opaque, but I didn't). Then I carefully peeled the vinyl off, leaving the white to show underneath.
I also sponged a gradient on my index and pinky fingers and thumb. Man, was that dark blue a bitch to work with, gradient-wise. I figured it would be pretty opaque and work like a charm. Not the case. It's a little more jelly-like in formula, so I really had to work it to get it where I wanted it to go. Just took a bit more effort than I expected.
|Uber Chic Beauty plate 3-02 stamping plate|
Once I was happy with the gradient, I stamped over it using Uber Chic Beauty plate 3-02. I am just as pleased with this set as I was with the first one. There are so many fun and unique designs to choose from and they are beautifully etched. For this particular mani, I was happy to find a knot image that would work perfectly with my nautical theme. I stamped with Fuck It, which is very opaque and thick, so pretty great for stamping. By the way, that sentence makes me giggle.
|Featuring Ahoy, Bitches! from B.I.T.C.H by Jaclyn|
If you know me, you know I can't stop there. I pulled out the rhinestones and placed them as you see in the pics using just topcoat to stick them and then topped them again with my quick dry topcoat.
|Featuring Go Topless from B.I.T.C.H by Jaclyn|
The shot below pretty much sums up how I feel about my Cindy hand. Two of my nails won't grow without peeling, my vinyl on my ring finger pulled up a bit of my base coat, my stamping is completely crooked, I used a different rhinestone on my middle finger... Meh, fuck it.
Due to the weather we've been experiencing, I wasn't able to get a sun shot, so unfortunately a flash shot will have to do. I know it's more focused on my palm than my nails, but you can see a bit more sparkle here!
|Blurry flash shot to show holo|
|Macro of the gradient over mermaid scales nail vinyls|
|Macro of gradient with stamping over top|
What's your favorite Nautical mani theme? Nautical colors?