How to create nautical nail styles accented with Jamberry nail wrap decals and using Sally Hansen (no light) Gel Polish… and have it last up to 2 weeks!
Nail art and nautical nail designs are very popular these days. And of course as a boater I am naturally attracted to anything that has a nautical look to it.
There are so many cool nautical styles on Pinterest that grab my eye – with really sophisticated, detailed designs – but unfortunately I do not have the artistic talent or the time to spend hours on my nails… and going to an expensive and time-consuming nail salon is not my favorite thing to do these days.
The alternative to going to a nail salon is doing your nails yourself… but unfortunately regular nail polish lasts only a day or two before it starts to chip away. And then there is the lack of artistic talent problem again.
There are some at-home gel polish solutions that you can buy, but they usually involve using a harmful and time-consuming UV light process (not to mention how hard it is every time you want to change your nail color).
Recently I discovered two new ways to get pretty cool looking nautical nails without spending a lot of time or money. (Bonus: it can last up to 2 weeks and doesn’t cost a lot!)
I combine Jamberry Nail Wraps that I select with cool nautical designs (like nautical anchors, blue & white stripes) with cool blue colors from Sally Hansen no light gel polish that looks and acts like gel polish without the harmful UV light process.
Wraps or decals are a great way to get some instant nail art without actually being a nail artist.
I have seen some over the counter nail wraps (or decals) that have really bad design options and never really thought much of them. But then recently I was introduced to some super-stylish options by Jamberry Nails worth trying.
This anchor style was one of my favorite boating inspired designs to use.
Using Sally Hansen No Light Gel Polish with Wraps
My preference is to mix nail wraps with nail polish so that the nautical wraps are accent nails. The combinations with colors and patterns are limitless!
Painting your own nails can be a hassle because the polish tends to last only a few days at most. I used to do acrylic nails at the nail salon every two weeks and it just got expensive and too time consuming with two young kids.
Enter Sally Hansen No Light Gel Polish – a new kind of nail polish that looks and lasts like gel polish but doesn’t require harmful UV light to apply or soaking to remove it.
You simply apply two coats of the color of your choice and then apply a top shiny gel coat. Remove it with standard nail polish when you are ready. It says it last up to two weeks, but I usually start to see chipping in about a week… which is still MUCH better than regular nail polish.
When I use it with the Jamberry Nail Wraps I apply nail wraps to desired fingers first, then I paint the other fingers with the gel polish.
Here are my nautical picks for the gel polish colors:
Colors left to right: Combustealble, B Girl, Grey Matters, Hydro Electric, Tidal Wave, Get Mod and Top Coat (needed for all colors).
Buy them on Amazon (about $7-8 per bottle)
Simply select desired color from the drop down list of colors available.
note: you can get them in your local drugstore too but they are usually closer to $10 and have limited color selections.
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