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Week O’Nautical: Ocean Blue Mani

Week O'Nautical:  Ocean Blue Mani

Week O’Nautical: Ocean Blue Mani

Week O’Nautical is ‘licia language for my way to countdown to patriotic holidays with all things red, white and blue with a nautical take.  Why nautical?  Because its beachy and long summer weekends should be as beachy as possible.  Usually its a way to get through the work week when really you’re already checked out for the long weekend.  However, 2020 threw us for a loop and instead of my wear to work posts its all about the home life this year.  What hasn’t changed… manis!  This May I’ve been really into blues.  

Oceanic Hues from Essie

Oceanic Hues from Essie

Inspired by this Blue Ombre ring from Avon in oceanic blues I couldn’t decided on which blues to do.  I ended up going with Essie Lapis of Luxury with an accent nail in Borrowed & Blue.  These shades are few of my oldies but goodies! 

Avon Blue Ombre Ring

Avon Blue Ombre Ring

I really love blue mani’s for spring and summer, plus they go really well with patriotic ootd’s.  I know I’ll be doing another one by the time actual MDW roles around but I can gurantee it will probably be a shade of blue.  

Essie Lapis of Luxury and Borrowed & Blue

Essie Lapis of Luxury and Borrowed & Blue

What mani is on your hand this week!?

WoN Kickoff with a WFH OOTD - Joggers and Beach Sweaters!

WoN Kickoff with a WFH OOTD – Joggers and Beach Sweaters!

 

Resort Sea Water Nails with Essie

So my all time, hands down, absolute favorite Essie collection is the resort 2010 collection.  Small and only 4 shades, but I constantly reach for them when spring and summer come around.  I just took off Playa Del Platinum from the collection, the greige shade that wears clean.  I’ve already highlighted Turquoise & Caicos here and here!  So I was inspired by the pretty sea water shades of this collection.  It was rainy and gray here on Monday, and it was a Monday… so I wanted something that transported me to a resort state of mind.  Enter in Essie:

Sea Water Nails

Sea Water Nails

My hand looks really red, but regardless I used Essie Turquoise & Caicos with my accent nail in Lapis of Luxury.  I used Essie’s Shine Of The Times Luxeffects topcoat on my ring and as a french tips.  As always I used Essie’s Good To Go Topcoat and All In One Base.  Using Shine Of The Times over these hues really makes them glimmer and shimmer like sea water reflecting the morning sun.

The Lineup:  All In One Base, Turquoise & Caicos, Lapis of Luxury, Good To Go

The Lineup: All In One Base, Turquoise & Caicos, Lapis of Luxury, Good To Go

I’m typically shy away from greens and blues because I think they look kinda gaudy on my long nails but for some reason this collection’s sea worthy hues don’t look so bad!  I think its because they’re soft, jelly like and just plain old pretty.  I look down and smile at my finger tips and isn’t that what it’s all about anyway, whatever makes you happy.

Before topcoat and luxeffect

Before topcoat and luxeffect

These colors are great alone and dry with a shine even before topcoat.  If you don’t own these shades I HIGHLY recommend them.  Plus with names like Turquoise and Caicos and Lapis of Luxury how can you not be instantly transported to those beautiful islands at a luxury resort sipping a beverage with a little umbrella in it, staring at beautiful blue and green waters… yes this is where my mind wants to be, even if it is only reality on my nails.