What to do with a clear glitter topper that has so much color you have no idea which base to put it over? How about play with the name! Today we have a manicure 100% inspired by Sand In My Stocking from KBShimmer.
This polish is insane, and I mean that in the best way possible. There are small orange hexes, blue and gold small circles, tiny brown and white hexes, and tiny square gold glitters (yes, square!). There is also the occasional gold holographic star, but they are rare (which in my option is a good thing).
The thing about this polish is that it is ridiculously dense. The gradient on my thumb is <1 coat. I tried to wipe off most of the glitter on the brush before applying it at all. I think with 2 (maybe 3?) coats this polish would be completely opaque on its own…you would just never be able to take it off with all the glitter :-p.
For all of the gradients, I applied a thin line of polish at the tip (or base) of my nails, and just dragged a bit to make the gradient. I went back over the tips with a very thin smattering of polish to make the gradient a bit more pronounced. This is the easiest glitter gradient I have ever done. I ended up with 3 stars, but they are all buried under the other polish (yay)…two on my pointer and one on my thumb.
This manicure was inspired by a quote on the back of a bench at the beach I went to as a child (yes, I know that is weird)…”Look for me where sand meets sea.” So, we have sand (Zoya – Tomoko) and sea (Maybelline – Shocking Seas). I also had to freehand some textured starfish just because (Julie G – Tangerine Dream and Sugar Rush).
Ok, that was a lot of text. Sorry. I’m just happy to have a beach themed mani when its 25 degrees out 🙂 Hope you enjoyed!