This week’s theme for the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge is flowers. I wasn’t too inspired by this theme at first, mostly because the ideas I had seemed like they would take forever to do and I just have practically no free time anymore. I finally realized that I could do a simple flower mani using a dotting tool as I’ve seen so many other bloggers do. That made me feel much better about tackling this challenge! I still had to do the mani over a couple of days, but I did it.
I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in the color Wet Cement as the base color for this mani. This color is a medium, cool-toned grey shade that works well as a neutral base for nail art. Although I like the color, the application of this one wasn’t great, probably due to its age. It took forever to dry, and I ended up with sheet marks in it even after letting it dry for a few hours before going to bed. These seem to have evened out somewhat with the top coat, but it still took too long to dry IMO. I used two coats of it as the base for this mani.
To add the watercolor flower look, I used two L.A. Colors Color Craze mini polishes that I’ve had for a few years. I know I bought them in a set of mini polishes, but the shade names aren’t on the bottles so I’m not sure what they’re called. One is a bright medium blue shade and the other is a vivid pink shade. These had a thinner consistency that I would normally use with a dotting tool, but I kind of like the somewhat watery, almost painting-like it effect it gave the flowers, so I think it worked out in the end. I used my normal base and top coats for this mani as well. The top coat did end up smearing the flowers a little in some places, but that is mostly because I wasn’t patient enough to wait until they had completely dried before I applied it. The streaks are not really visible to the naked eye, so I’m not sweating them.
Have you ever used this simple technique to create a flower mani? I like how it turned out.
I purchased Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Wet Cement a couple of years ago from a drugstore for somewhere around $1.50. I purchased the L.A. Colors Color Craze minis a few years ago from Cherry Culture. I’m really not sure how much I paid for them, but the brand is generally inexpensive.
I took advantage of the sunny morning we had a couple of days ago to use one of my untried holo polishes. I got Ghost Stories from Model City Polish as a Christmas present, and I’m thrilled that the weather was finally nice enough for me to give it a try.
Ghost Stories has a charcoal gray base and a TON of holo pigment. This gives it a bright tightly-scattered holo finish in the sunlight. The holographic effect is also visible in artificial light, it is just not as vivid. This one really sings in the sunlight.
Like other polishes with loads of holo pigment, this one was a bit tricky in terms of application. I used my standard base coat, and there was some balding with the first coats. Applying each coat with as few brush strokes as possible mitigates this effect. I ended up using four coats of Ghost Stories to even out any patchiness. The final effect was a little uneven when examined up close, but in a way that no one but you will ever notice. The dry time was quick, though, so this mani didn’t take long to do even with four coats of polish. So the photos are four coats of Ghost Stories over base coat, with no top coat.
The holo effect of this one in the sun is pretty spectacular, isn’t it? I’m glad it was sunny for a while so I could give it a try.
This polish was given to me as a gift; it can be purchased from the Model City Polish online shop for $8.50.
After a long string of gloomy days, the sun has finally reappeared here, so I just had to reach for a holo polish today. I just recently got DJ B00gi3, one of the polishes from the Pretty Jelly Halloween 2013 collection, so I thought I’d try it out today. DJ B00gi3 is a dark grey scattered holo polish. The holo effect in this one really shines in the sunlight, and the polish is a more subdued, dark gray hue indoors. I don’t often use topcoats on holo polishes, and the Pretty Jelly polishes all look great without topcoat, which is a real plus in my book. It was a little on the thick side, but application was not difficult. I used two coats over base coat for the photos.
Do you like this one? I think it looks great! I’ve got a few other Pretty Jelly polishes, and I really like them all. Liz makes beautiful polishes in unique colors, so go check them out!
I purchased this polish from the Pretty Jelly Etsy store for $10.00.
My NOTD for today is some simple half-moon nail art using the Hits Speciallità Guerra dos Sexos set in Linha de Frente. The set consists of a medium gray that dries to a matte finish on one side and an iridescent topcoat on the other that has a slightly pinkish hue with lots of blue shimmer. I used it the ‘intended’ way, with the blue shimmer as an accent to the gray, but I also tried layering the gray on top of the iridescent shade for an accent. I also added a rose nail charm since the coloring of it seemed to go so perfectly with this pair!
There were no application issues with this polish. I purchased this set from Llarowe some time ago, but it doesn’t look like it’s available there anymore. This could probably be got by special request from one of the brand’s retailers if you’re interested.