It actually started last night, while I watched Quarantine 2 before bed. (The REC series was much better in my opinion.) I wanted to play with Essie "Naughty nautical". I have heard good things about this color, and since I don't do plan cremes very often I thought I would give it a try. However once I got started I did not really like it. The formula was streaky and I don't really like Essie's tiny brushes. It is fine with a topcoat luxe effect like "Shine of the times" or "Set in stones", but not for all over nail coverage. I managed to reach a full opaque nail after 4 coats... and then I was bored! I admit I am addicted to flakies and glitter. So I added Orly "Sparkling Garbage".
That was a little better but still not satisfying. I went to bed frustrated but determined to pick up the search as soon as I got a chance. Once my son went down for his first nap of the day I went to it, deciding to try out the large round glitter Kunimitsu sent me with "Lucky goldfish"
I am now aware their is a learning curve on applying loose glitter!
|I love the way the glitter catches the light.|
The glitter itself was pretty, and I like it against Nubar "Indigo Illusion". However, my application needs a lot of work, and I plan on trying this look again in the future, with more planning and maybe some taping as well. I also had a hard time getting the glitter to lay flat against the nail. I need to pick up some Seche vite before I try this again, I think.
So I removed that look and tried again... this time going purple and glitzy. I used Essie "Sexy divide" as a base, then Essie "Stroke of brilliance" on the tips. I also put a coat of "Sparkling garbage", for some real over kill. Honestly I knew almost immediately this look was not going to work but I kept going for completion anyway, so I could at least share this blingy monster with you, dear readers.
|fuzzy to show the holo sparkles!|
|Once again, out of focus to show off the rainbows!|
Once again a nice idea with poor execution. At this point I felt a bit defeated and baby boy was waking up, so I slapped some nail envy on my bare nails and waited.
At this point, as you can imagine, I was frustrated and really just wanted to do something I knew I would like. I decided to use my newest Nfu-oh, the stunning blue-green flakie monster #56.
|"Under the mistletoe" is pretty.|
I started with a Julie I found in clearance today, "Under the mistletoe". Christmas in June, anyone? Llarowe did not restock A england "Dragon" today like I was hoping they would, so I decided this was a close enough green in the meantime. I actually like this polish, very rich and only took 3 coats to look opaque.
On top of that I did 2 layers of Nfu-oh #56. It is a little goopy and I worked to make sure it covered the entire nail, including edges. It immediatly made my nails glow. It catches the light in a truly stunning way that can hardly be captured in pictures. I am mesmerized! Ranging in colors from vibrant green to vivid blue, this jelly is packed full of flakies that create an amazing depth. The only thing I do not like about Nfu-oh is that the polish goes way too fast... After just the one manicure I can tell a difference in amount.
|Beautiful color and glow!|
|Makes me think of an ideal ocean!|
|A glimpse of the blue.|
|With flash - It does not look anything like this in person, but that is a beautiful green!|
And this is what I have settled on!