GOT Polish Challenge: Valentine’s with Nicole by OPI Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ and SquareHue High School Crush

This week’s GOT Polish Challenge (details can be found on my previous blog post about the challenge) is Valentine’s nails, appropriately enough.  The challenge for me this week was actually finding the time to sit down and paint my nails for the theme!  The first two times I planned to do this mani something came up and I couldn’t, but I finally was able to get to get it done this afternoon, probably in part because the world has stopped here in New Jersey due to the weather.

I used this week’s theme as an excuse to break out the heart-shaped glitter topper that I purchased a few years ago from the Justin Bieber for Nicole by OPI collection calld Step 2 the Beat of My ♥.  I used it back when I first got it, but it has been sitting in a drawer ever since, so I thought the GOT Polish Challenge was the perfect place to use it again.  Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ is packed full of pink and purple iridescent heart-shaped glitter and small iridescent glitter in a clear base.  I applied it over SquareHue’s High School Crush, which is my go-to light pink creme polish and one of the only light pink cremes I actually like on my skin tone.  High School Crush is from their February 2013 collection, which makes it just old enough to qualify for the challenge.

High School Crush applies easily, especially for a light pink creme, and dries quickly.  It does have a little of the streakiness that plagues polishes of this color, but I find that it evens out at three coats, which is such a rarity for light pink polish.  I have been let down by the application of so many light pinks before, so I really can’t rave about High School Crush enough.  Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ has all of the application problems that plague these ‘shaped’ glitter toppers.  The hearts are practically impossible to get out of the bottle, and the thick Nicole by OPI brush is quite incompatible with applying the heart glitter.  Even when you are able to get hearts onto the brush, half of them get tangled up in it and won’t come off.  You have to really, really want this look to make it work.  I ended up using an orange wood stick to pick the hearts off the brush and put them onto my nails.  This polish is a few years old now, and, at this point, the hearts are starting to deteriorate in the bottle, as well, with the pink and purple shell of coloring coming off the hearts, which the brush also exacerbated by rubbing the outer color off of a couple of the hearts during application.

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

Were they worth the trouble?  Probably not.  They are definitely appropriate for Valentine’s Day, though, so I’ll enjoy wearing them for the holiday.  After that I’ll probably find a new home for Step 2 the Beat of My ♥.

I believe I purchased Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ from Wal-Mart for around $7.00.  I purchased High School Crush from the SquareHue monthly subscription box which offers three polishes for $19.99 per month, including shipping.

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Nail Art NOTD: Valentine’s Nails with Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart

There are so many great Valentine’s collections from polish brands this year, and they have really put me in the mood for girly, pink, heart-covered nails.  I knew I must have a pink and red glitter polish already (all right, I probably have a few), so I looked through my stash and found one that reminded me of Valentine’s Day, Pahlish’s Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Total Eclipse of the Heart has a light pink jelly base packed with pink shimmer.  Added to this base is small silver holographic and pink glitter, some tiny pink bar glitter, larger silver bar glitter, and large red square glitter.  There’s a lot of glitter going on in this one, so I may have missed something, but those are what jump out at me on the nail.

The application for this one was somewhat tricky, as these glitter bomb polishes can be.  The red square glitters are very difficult to get out of the bottle, and they will be missing from your mani entirely unless you put a lot of effort into getting them out.  I ended up painting two quick coats that had no red glitter, than I went back over with a third coat in which I fished the red glitter out (which took some effort) and dabbed it onto the final look.  The red glitter is really what makes the look of this polish, so the effort was worth it.  I achieved good coverage after three coats, but I probably would have used a fourth if I hadn’t been afraid of covering the red glitter that I had just painstakingly placed on my nails.  The consistency of this polish was on the thin side, although it was not difficult to work with, and it dried quickly.  I used my normal base and top coat with it for the photos.

I decided to add some interest to this mani by doing an accent nail that I modified from a simple tutorial I saw on The Beauty Department’s nail art Pinterest page.  The tutorial used the reinforcement stickers for loose-leaf paper that we all use for half-moon manis to create a chevron mani that has the look of hearts.  It’s super cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart with nail art accent

Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart with nail art accent

Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart with nail art accent

Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart with nail art accent

What do you think of this girly Valentine’s Day mani?  I love it!  I think the accent nail is the cutest.  It is totally reminiscent of hearts on my nails.  I’m sure I’ll use this idea as inspiration again.

I purchased Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart a couple of years ago for $8.00 or $9.00.  This color is no longer available, but Pahlish has other awesome colors available in their online shop.