I don't know what to call this manicure. It's definitely in the mermaid genre. I couldn't decide...is it a tail, scales, or dreams, as the polish is called? No matter what you call it, I LOVE IT. Plain and simple love. I've been dreaming up these nails ever since my glitter delivery coincided with the arrival of Deborah Lippmann's Mermaid's Dream. I had them sitting on the table together and I knew they must be combined.
Before I move onto the manicure, let me just say that this is my first DL polish. It is absolutely stunning. And expensive. I likely won't buy another for myself because I can't justify that price for nail polish. Unless one as gorgeous as Mermaid's Dream comes out...then I'll reconsider! :) If you know of another beautiful DL...keep it to yourself! ;) Mermaid's Dream is a seafoam green with a gold-ish shimmer and blue glitter. Stunning. It was opaque in two coats and I didn't use any underwear. It also dried relatively fast.
I polished all of my nails with two coats of Mermaid's Dream except my accent nail. I did just one coat and then skipped it when I did the second coat. When the second coats were dry, I polished my accent nail with its second coat. Then, while the nail was still wet, I went to work with the glitter. Each piece was placed individually. I used a toothpick dipped in a little water between each glitter placement. I started in the top middle and made a line all the way to the tip of my nail. From there, it's just like a hexagonal puzzle! By the third column, Mermaid's Dream was dry so I used a quick swipe of clear polish to rewet the nail. Then I clipped any overhanging glitters and covered it with a coat of HK Girl which made it super smooth. This did take a little time for obvious reasons but it maybe took 5-8 minutes per glittery accent nail. That's why it makes a great accent nail and probably not a whole manicure! That would take FOREVER! Anyways, onto the pictures! Enjoy! :)
P.S. The DL bottle is super awkward to photograph with...so three of the four pictures feature the HK Girl bottle! :)