Essie Pretty Edgy with Cirque Le Invader.
Essie No Place Like Chrome and Pure Ice Beware on middle/ thumbs.
I love No Place Like Chrome, but it’s a streaky beast. Usually I do Basecoat, 1 coat NPLC, 1 coat Matte Topcoat, and 1 coat NPLC, then regular topcoat. The Matte topcoat helps it apply without streaking.
This time I didn’t do it that way. I used a Revlon polish (Sequin) underneath. I was going to wear that, but I decided I wanted NPLC instead, so I just used 1 coat of that on top.
I feel like a robot! :)
Sparkly Mermaid nails Y/Y?
This is China Glaze Atlantis, which is a perfect name! The turquoise part of the polish is a jelly - ie semi-transparent - with the glitter suspended in it. I LOVE this polish. I bought a backup bottle, something I’ve only done one time!
Now who’s MARvelous? ;)
I wish the camera could capture how truly eye-searing Fingerpaints Warhol Wannabe is. This is 1 coat over 2 coats of white (Fingerpaints Paper Mache). I wore this alone to work last night and got about 10 comments.
I think half were compliments and half were not! :) But I took them all as compliments.
Today I decided to top it with… something… Milani Sprinkles fit the bill. I feel like my nails are in 1987. It is in the 80s here now and supposed to get up to 90 again today. Definitely needed something neon to go with that!
Halloween NOTD I forgot to post… OPI In My Back Pocket and accent with China Glaze Fairy Dust.
I haven’t been doing my nails as much lately and for whatever reason, I seem to mess them up somehow every time I do them! Either I dent one (or three), or I get sheet marks…
I am not happy with my current topcoats and I’m thinking of going back to Seche Vite…
OPI Jasper Jade
This is a really hard to find, expensive, older polish.
A sweet nail polish buddy didn’t want it and she sent it to me as a gift. Crazy! She probably could have sold it for $50 on Ebay.
I love it. I don’t get the frenzy since you can get other forest green polishes, but I don’t have a dupe in my stash, and the formula is lovely (ah, those old chemicals like toluene that no one uses anymore). I’m keeping it! :)
I had a dream about nail polish recently. (That’s actually unusual - I don’t dream about NP every night, thankyouverymuch!)
I was wearing a red polish with black glitter in it. I attempted to re-create it by layering polishes I have (since I’ve never seen a polish like that), but my layers came out looking more like red glitter in a black polish!
I used 2 coats of LA Girl Black Illusion, which is a black polish with holographic sparkles in it. Then 2 coats of L’Oreal Jolly Lolly on top (a red jelly).
I looove how this turned out! It is so sparkly and just looks really cool.
A sweet friend from the Nail Board sent me some polishes she was trying to “downsize.” This is OPI Hollywood & Wine - an older black label OPI. The older OPIs have toluene in them and they have a really smooth formula and dry faster. Now most polishes are “Big 3 Free” which means no toluene, dibutylphthalate, or formaldehyde. They just can’t compare IMO to the “good stuff.” I guess the good stuff is bad for you though.
Anyway, gorgeous color.
I topped it with Fingerpaints Flashy on the 2nd day - an orange/yellow/green flaky polish. Luuuv!
Zoya Chyna, a textured glitter polish. I love this one, so sparkly! The pic is actually after about 5 days of wear.
I have been running every AM lately which cuts into my nail polishing time, so I haven’t been doing my nails as often lately.
Also, I’ve been having problems with “shrinkage.” No George Costanza, not that type of shrinkage. It’s when your polish pulls away from the edges of your nails. I was seeing it on the sides and at the cuticle line. It basically looks like you didn’t polish your whole nail. It can happen if your polish or topcoat is too thick. I had thinned my topcoats, and tried a couple of different topcoats, but it was still happening. The last manicure I did prior to this one was so bad I took it off right away.
So I wore Chyna, which doesn’t need topcoat, this week.
Then, I decided to try again and I really thinned the snot out of my topcoats, and the polish I was using. It worked! (See next post).
Oh, and check out the nasty hot spot I got on my knuckles from Taekwondo class. We were punching pads last Monday and I always seem to have that happen when I do punching drills with pads or a bag. I have martial arts gloves, but we so rarely do drills like that in TKD that I did not have them with me. Wah!
OPI Fly (turquoise) and OPI Who the Shrek Are You (green) topped with Orly Sparkling Garbage.
I slept right after doing this mani (without Sparkling Garbage) and woke up with terrible sheet marks. Ugh. My quick dry topcoat isn’t cutting it these days. So, I put the coat of SG to cover up the marks. It worked and looked pretty nice.
Ironically, last night was the night I decided it was time to clean out my kitchen garbage can! I have a nice stainless steel one with a lid, and it was a little stinky after throwing away some onions and garlic last week. So I put it in the tub and gave it a good scrubbing. Now my Garbage really is Sparkling. LOL!