Monday, 2 January 2017

Textured Mermaid Mani

Hi lovelies! Today I have some fun nail art to share with you - a textured mermaid mani. Now this might not seem like the most seasonally appropriate theme, and it's not festive (at all) but it just sort of happened! I originally intended just to swatch the base polish, and I got carried away and ended up with this. Read on to find out more!

Textured Mermaid Mani @acertainbeccaa

I started off with a base of Avon 'Turquoise' Mineral Crush. The gorgeous Lou (@2110lola over on Instagram) kindly sent this to me, and I had to put it on straight away. I've never tried an Avon polish before but I really like this! It is a texture but didn't feel at all gritty during application. Below is two easy coats without topcoat.

Avon 'Turquoise' Mineral Crush @acertainbeccaa
Avon 'Turquoise' Mineral Crush @acertainbeccaa

This screamed out for mermaid nail art. I pulled out my stamping plates and settled on a wavy scale pattern on MoYou London plate Sailor 05. I stamped onto my index, middle, and pinky nails using my Born Pretty Store clear stamper and bright gold stamping polish.

Textured Mermaid Mani @acertainbeccaa

I then finished off by adding some nail charms, also from Born Pretty Store. I added a large gold mermaid to my ring finger, and some silver shells and starfish to my middle finger. And there we have it!

Textured Mermaid Mani @acertainbeccaa
Textured Mermaid Mani @acertainbeccaa

After a while, I decided to add a topcoat to see the difference. It really deepens the colours, and brings out the sparkle of the base polish.

Textured Mermaid Mani (with topcoat) @acertainbeccaa
Textured Mermaid Mani (with topcoat) @acertainbeccaa

What do you think? Do you prefer it with or without topcoat? I think before topcoat wins for me, I love a good texture! I'm also really impressed with the mani itself. Sometimes the best ones are those that end up being made up on the spot - at least for me anyway!

Hope to see you in the next post!
Becca x

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28 comments:

  1. I love these! They work so well and that textured polish is so gorgeous xx

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    1. Thank you :) you know I love a good texture x

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  2. I loved textured polishes a couple years ago but then got over them. This is a great idea for using them up!

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  3. I loved that you used textured polish, and that you used gold! Most mermaid manis are blue and silver, and this makes a lovely change.

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    1. It just felt like gold would work haha, I'm glad it did! x

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  4. I am a fan of textured polishes when they are good. This is used beautifully!!

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  5. I like the no top coat version. It feels more organic and as if it came from a grotto.

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    1. Me too! I love the textured version so much more x

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  6. I love mermaid manis! And I am in agreement - textured is killing it! <3

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  7. You always come up with great ideas. I like it shiny since mermaids are definitely shiny.

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  8. wow i love these! the color is stunning!

    http://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

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  9. I love the stamping over textured polish! It's gorgeous

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    1. Thanks! I must stamp over texture more x

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  10. I love this! I have yet to try any nail art with textured polishes, but I love the look.

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    1. I don't do it often but it works really well! x

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  11. WOW, this is absolutely stunning, and totally reminds me of mermaids! <3

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  12. That's a gorgeous mani! Now I'm trying to remember if I have that Avon!

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    1. Shockingly it's the only Avon I have! x

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  13. I love the idea of textured nail polish, but I find them annoying on me, haha. I try to wear them all the time, but end up picking them off :-P

    Love your design, btw!

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    1. Oh no! I really like them, although I do sit and stroke my nails and play with the texture haha x

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  14. That is one of my favorite stamping plates of all time!

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