Holographic Pearls of Wisdom

So this isn’t an original design because I already did it with the Black Pearls, but I really wanted to see what it looked like on holographic polish and reversed colors.

These Pearls Are Actually Black
For this manicure, I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, three coats of Milani’s HD, Sinful Colors Black on Black, and two coats Seche Vite Top Coat.
I know, I know, I committed a nail art sin by sort of recopying my other design, but I used smaller dots on the thumbs (albeit uneven :-/) and I didn’t put the dots on my tips, but rather further in, but I just wanted a cleaner look for the first day back to class. I’m not really looking forward to it, even though I love Cornell and its my Senior Year, but I just need to get in the swing of things again and I’ll love it.
The Colors:
Milani’s HD is a subtle holographic glitter, which actually has quite a bit of the holo effect in the sun. Since its a glitter (and therefore a pain to clean up) it dries a little rough, so I had to resort to using a top coat. Regardless, its fully opaque in three coats, which is impressive for a glitter. My tips still are transparent with light behind them, but it’s not going to get much more opaque by adding more coats- just thicker and sloppier. Clean up really took forever, but still not as long as I expected- it was like, 25 minutes for both hands, which is oh…. three to five times longer than usual, but worth it. This color really shines. It looks like a regular silver glitter inside. You can see VERY little of the holo in this picture, but gimme a break, its 11pm at night for cripes sake :-) No sunlight right now.
Sorry for committing a mortal sin, perhaps I’ll repent with a better nail design tomorrow. Heheh…Cool giveaway going on http://www.lacquercocktail.com/?page_id=73

Tiffany Ain’t Got NOTHIN’ On Me

So, as your gift since I ya’ll had to put up with the fact that I was aggravated earlier, I decided to reward you all with a new look- Tiffany nails!

Tara > Tiffany

For this manicure, I used one coat OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, and two coats of Sally Hansen’s Pink Slip as a base. Then, I used Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stained glass lines. I utilized a new technique for the colors- I wanted more transparent color, so I mixed 1drop color: 3 drops clear of Maybelline’s Plum Intense, Zoya’s Irene, Orly’s La Playa, OPI’s the It Color, Milani’s Flash Light, Nicole By OPI’s Deeply In Love, and Sally Hansen’s Fairy Teal. The clear I used was Sally Hansen’s InstaDri Quick Clear. I topped off with two coats of Seche Vite.

The Colors:

Zoya’s Irene is a a smooth olive shimmer. While I love this color, it goes on a bit sheer and needs 3-4 coats to be completely opaque. It shimmers both green and yellow and it’s one of my favorites for fall.

Sally Hansen’s Fairy Teal is a dream come true. My favorite color is dark teal, so I’m definitely partial to the shade. Also, the Complete Salon Manicure line has a fantastic formula and since I got Kook-A-Mango, I’ve always enjoyed it. The colors go on extremely smoothly and, though the brush is big and most people don’t like it, I find you can put the color exactly where you want, neatly.

Sally Hansen’s Pink Slip is of the same line as Fairy Teal and I have the same compliments here for pink slip as I did for Fairy Teal. This color is the nudest nude/pink I have, which is why I picked it. The downside? Its a creme that doesn’t self level enough, so by the time that you get your polish COMPLETELY even, the color is fully opaque- not a sheer nude at all but your nails are almost painted white. I’m still looking for my holy grail sheer, but this is a great color.

Sally Hansen’s InsaDri Quick Clear: I tried (a while ago) to use this as a top coat. DO NOT DO IT!!!!. It fades the color below and gives you bald spots. I do love it if I’m running late and just need a layer of clear for strength because it dries quickly, evenly, and doesn’t chip terribly much. I’d never use it as a base or top, but I found that it does a great job de-pigmenting the polishes I used here and, since I rarely wear just clear, I bet I’ll be using it a lot more for the “watering down” effect I just discovered.

Does this make up for my lame-o manicure from earlier?

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Abstract Attitude

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Hey all. I’m in one of those moods where I’m happy to start classes (last year whoop whoop!) but I’m sad that summer is over. It’s more like I’m in an abstract mood where I’m neither happy nor sad. So, you get abstract art for my nightly nail.

Fire Sticks

For this manicure I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, and I layered stripes of Nicole by OPI’s Lemon Lime Twist (yellow), Milani’s Flash Light (orange) and China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps (red). I covered with two coats of Seche Vite top coat to even out the texture.

The Color:

Milani’s Flash Light it is a color I didn’t want to miss on here! This orange shimmer polish has a burnt orange glitter in an orange base. The polish went on extremely evenly and didn’t bubble, even though I was using one coat over another of wet polish. I have a biase towards oranges, I can’t help but love them, but speaking impartially, this is a great summer color.

China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps is a great color as well. It’s been in high demand since Essie’s Ruby Slippers became so popular. Its a dense red glitter in a red base that looks like someone crushed up Dorothy’s slippers and bottled them. I saw an Orly dupe for it today at CVS- Star Spangled Banner, but I wasn’t compelled to pick it up because I’ve always been so satisfied with China Glaze. This polish, when used as a full manicure, is usually a three coater, just because of the glitter, but its absolutely worth it because it is so deep in color. This is a red you can grab if you’re going out on the town, or going to class.

This manicure was extremely difficult to clean up because of all the shimmer and glitter but, I think it turned out alright. At first I hated it, but I kept going to see it through. It’s growing on me, what do you think about it?

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