I’ve lived in South Florida for over a dozen years now, and visited it yearly or as often as possible since my first trip here when I was 16. I’ve always loved the blue waters and white sandy beaches. My last trip back to visit my family in Indiana and Michigan was at Thanksgiving in 2001. Living anywhere but walking distance to the beach doesn’t make sense to me, why else would I want to live in Florida? LOL
Anyway – I’m not a big Essie wearer but I came across Beach Bum Blu this summer at my local nail supply. I already had NYX Girls Maven NGP161 I’d picked up earlier this year at a small beauty supply. They are the perfect combination and both wore extremely well.
I did a really weird mani for Valentine’s Day. I was hoping it would turn out as I envisioned, but at least it turned out! I wanted to have a really light polish with a GITD design over it that wouldn’t be obviously visible. So I used Essie (which anybody that knows me knows is a brand I hardly ever use and have very few of) Shift Power. It’s a gold barely there polish that I was able to get away with using only 1 coat of! (After applying my favorite base – Zoya Anchor.) Then I used Kiss peel off stencils and the pink Expressions GITD polish I’d picked up last year at Dollar Tree. I painted on hearts and flowers. I topped it with a coat of Dragon Heart from my own Year of the Dragon polish line to keep the GITD from being visible. I wore it for two days. It was fun. I will keep experimenting because I’m sure it could look really nice if I wasn’t in a big hurry. So take a look!