GOT Polish Challenge: Tropical with Pretty and Polished Rainbow Sparkle

This week’s Golden Oldie Thursday challenge theme is tropical!  I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this one, but then I thought that an oceanic blue would be a good tropical inspiration.  I chose Pretty and Polished Rainbow Sparkle.

Rainbow Sparkle has a medium blue jelly base that is a touch darker than a true cornflower blue shade.  In this base are tiny holographic glitters, medium-sized blue, pink, and green hex glitters, and large green hex glitters.  The glitter in this has definitely faded since I purchased it two years ago; the pink glitter was much darker when I bought it, and now it is really barely pink at all.  That being said, I still think it is an absolutely beautiful polish, so I won’t quarrel too much about that.

The photos show three coats of Rainbow Sparkle over a glitter base.  I used my normal top coat as well.

Pretty and Polished Rainbow Sparkle

d Polished Rainbow Sparkle

d Polished Rainbow Sparkle

d Polished Rainbow Sparkle

Isn’t that blue just stunning?!  It really does remind me of a beautiful ocean.

I purchased this mini polish from the Pretty and Polished Etsy shop for $4.75 a little over two years ago.  It doesn’t look like they offer this color anymore, probably because of the bleeding glitter.

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GOT Polish Challenge: Hot Pink with Absolute! Neon Nail Color in Fuschia

This post is even later than I intended, and I’m sorry for that.  I didn’t get much time off from work in the past two weeks, so even though I was able to find time to do the hot pink challenge, I wasn’t able to find time to post it.  Until now!  Better late than never.

Last week’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge theme was hot pink!  I love pink and I love neons, so this was a fun one for me.  I decided to use a bright pink polish that I hadn’t used in a couple of years, Absolute! Neon Nail Color in Fuschia.

Fuschia is not exactly an accurate description of the color of this polish.  In the bottle it looks more like a bright, cool-toned pink color.  On the nail, however, it actually takes on a much warmer hue, and it really takes on the look of an orange-leaning pink neon.  In the photos you can see that the color in the bottle looks different from the color on the nail.  Some of the photos do make the color on the nail look redder than it does in real life; it really does look orangey-pink IRL.  It really is a bright and fantastic color, and I received lots of compliments on it while I wore it.  Because the color is so bright, I did a half-moon mani when I wore it so it wouldn’t look too garish.  The photos show two coats of Fuschia with my usual base and top coats.

(Please forgive the odd shape of my index finger nail.  I break my nails all the time at work, and rather than cut them down to the tiniest nubs, I’ve been trying to just file down the break in order to hang on to a little more length.  That does result in some odd nails shapes sometimes. :-/)

Absolute! Neon Nail Color in Fuschia

Absolute! Neon Nail Color in Fuschia

! Neon Nail Color in Fuschia

! Neon Nail Color in Fuschia

! Neon Nail Color in Fuschia

What do you think of this mani?  I love the way it turned out, and it was nice to wear bright, fun nails for a few days.

I purchased this polish 3 years ago from the Nicka K online shop for around $1.50 during a sale.  It is still available for purchase there.

GOT Polish Challenge: Coral with Essie Carousel Coral

This week’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge theme is coral!  I knew right away which polish I wanted to use for this challenge.  I’ve been using Essie’s Carousel Coral for years and years as a go-to shade for spring and summer.  This is one of the few polish colors that I’ve used entire bottles of and purchased again because the color is one of those “just right” shades.

Carousel Coral is a warm, medium-toned coral shade that has a squishy, almost crelly finish to it.  I used two coats of Carousel Coral for the photos; it is the tiniest bit streaky, but that would likely be evened out with a third coat (I just didn’t have time for it).  I also added accent nails of American Apparel Glitter nail polish in Constellation.  This has a clear base with long silver string glitter that I thought would add some interest to the look.  I used my regular base and top coats for this mani.

Essie Carousel Coral

Essie Carousel Coral

Essie Carousel Coral

Essie Carousel Coral

What do you think of this shade?  Isn’t it just a nice, bright, happy shade for spring?  It’s been a staple color for me for at least a decade.  I just love this one!

I purchased this bottle of Carousel Coral a few years ago at a beauty supply store for $6.00.

I purchased American Apparel Constellation from their online shop for around $6.00.  It looks like they no longer offer this glitter, but they do have several other glitter shades from which to choose.

GOT Polish Challenge: Pastel with Jindie Nails Swoon

Well, we’ve made it to spring (sort of) which also means we’ve made it to the second quarter of the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge!  The theme for this week is pastel nails.  How perfect for the season!  I decided to use Jindie Nails Swoon for this week’s challenge.  This is the first polish I ever bought from Jindie Nails, and I hadn’t used it since I got it two and a half years ago, so I thought it would be a perfect choice for the challenge.

Swoon has a pale blue crelly base with large neon yellow, blue, and pink matte hexes, medium-sized blue metallic circle glitters, and tiny blue glitter.  The base color is quite translucent on the first coat, but it builds pretty well.  I ended up using four coats for the photos, but I probably could have gotten away with three.  I really wanted it to last because I knew I wouldn’t be able to photograph it right away, so I added the extra coat hoping it would turn into polish armor.

The application of this polish was not terribly difficult.  I did have to fish for glitter a little bit, but the size of the large matte hexes makes it so that not so many are needed for full effect.  Even though I bought this a while ago, the application and dry time did not seem to be affected at all with time.  I used a glitter base coat and two coats of top coat for the photos.

I didn’t have time to take the photos until a couple of days after I did this mani, so my nails are not pristine in the photos, unfortunately.  My job is extremely hard on my nails, and my index fingers and thumbs tend to take the brunt of it, so you’ll notice that my index finger had some nicks in it and missing glitter by the time I was able to take the photos.  Oh, well.  I’m learning to make do since I no longer really have free time.  As long as I’m enjoying myself, I’m not going to worry about whether things are perfect.  Join me in that!  It feels great. 🙂  Now for the photos.

Jindie Nails Swoon

Jindie Nails Swoon

Jindie Nails Swoon

Jindie Nails Swoon

Jindie Nails Swoon

What do you think?  I’ve learned by now that I tend not to prefer very large glitters in polishes.  But it was nice to try one that I hadn’t used in a while!

If you’re curious about what the next several weeks of the GOT Polish challenge have in store, check out the schedule!

Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge Schedule

I purchased this mini polish from the Jindie Nails Etsy shop for $4.75.  They have since moved their online shop, and a reformulated version of this polish is still available there.