I recently went to the International Salon and Spa Expo in Chicago and I just had to do my nails up!
I used OPI Funky Donkey, which is one of my favorite colors; Orly Cupcakes and Unicorns, Essie Pure Pearlfection, Orly Can’t Be Tamed and one star, picked out and daintily placed from Wet n Wild Stars and Stripes. Then because I have a problem and don’t know when enough is enough, I slapped on two giant roses from NailGrafx.
I love this design so much, it’s so busy! What do you think?
Happy Memorial Day to all my US followers, and to everyone else, have a happy Monday!
I wanted to do a manicure relating to Memorial day, as I’ve got quite a few members of my family who were in the service, and my husband, who still is. I would like to take some time out and thank you (or yours) for service, because I know that in no way could I do that.
Now, on to the fun stuff!! The red is China Glaze Hey Sailor, and the accent nail is Sinful Colors Blue by You. The tips are OPI Pirouette My Whistle, L.A. Girl Celebrate, and one star pulled from a new bottle of Wet n Wild’s Stars and Stripes.
I recently got a set of MASH nail image plates to test out, so I wanted to test as many images off their plates as possible in one manicure and this is the resulting art. I tried to make it as cohesive as possible, so I went for a Southwestern theme, including a gradient with SpaRitual’s new Pigment line Poppy (the red) and Indigo (the blue).
The silver background stamps are Revlon Silver Dollar, and the black is a mix of China Glaze Liquid Leather, Wet ‘N Wild Black Creme and Konad Special Polish.
Now as to the quality of the stamps; let me say that I have a lot (a lot) of image plates. No names, name brand, off brand, Japanese brands… etc. and these were seriously top of the line image plates. I had NO problem picking up any of the images, and I used multiple polishes to try and screw it up.
If you’re in the market to get some new plates, you should definitely look into these. They don’t seem to be on the site as of posting this, but you can get them here.
Disclosure- Products were provided to me by the manufacturer for my opinion and honest review. See here for more information.
I’ve heard that Zoya’s Charla and Wet ‘n Wild’s Teal of Fortune are a dupe, so I decided to pull them and check it out. I’ve got Charla on my pointer and ring and Teal on my middle and pinky.
Charla is a spectacular blue based polish that has teal and green micro shimmer glitter in it. I cannot even adequately describe how dazzling this is, especially when the sun hits it. It’s exactly what I’d imagine a mermaid scale to look like. It is a bit on the watery side, so I needed four coats before I got rid of the dreaded VNL.
Teal of Fortune on the other hand was a lot more blue without the same amount of green micro shimmer. It’s most definitely beautiful in its own right, but I just can’t call it an exact dupe of Charla. I am glad that I have both of them, because I’m a blue fanatic and they are both stellar pigments.
Here is a bottle shot to show the difference:
Today’s manicure is a lovely glitter gradient, with one of the new OPI Touring America collection. I used Uh Oh, Roll Down the Window as the base and a host of other glitters to achieve this look.
I will admit that the name makes me giggle (I’m that juvenile, yes. No shame) and I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t dry the same color as was in the bottle. It’s a shade or two darker, so keep that in mind if you’re buying it. It’s still a beautiful murky olive color and I do so enjoy the dirty colors that have been popping up this year.
Just in case you were wondering, the colors used in the glitter gradient is OPI’s Spark de Triomphe, Wet n Wild Gold and the Beautiful and China Glaze’s White Cap.