Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mani Refresh

Here is my two-day-old reverse french manicure that has a little tipwear, as you can see. 

Rather than do another manicure, I take my nail art pen (or a sharpie) and cover the tipwear.  

You can leave it at that and just put a new layer of topcoat on. Or, you could do something to change up your manicure. I put on a coat of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Tweedy (the Fuzzy polishes from Sally Hansen are dead-on dupes of Nails, Inc., Feather, except half the price). I'm iffy about the result. I think the black and white is cool, but the bar glitter might be a little to chaotic for my taste. I do like the feather/fuzzy look when it's not being used as a topcoat, but as an opaque topcoat. Takes a while to build, though. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Watermarble Accent Manicure

I've been off of water marbles for a while now, mostly because they are very time-consuming. I recently bought China Glaze Passion For Petals, a cool color that exists between extremes. It's almost a bright, but it's a little pastelly. It's almost a mom-shade, but it's a little too bright. It's almost a pastel, but it's a little too faded. It's almost but not quite red-ish. It's kinda pinkish. Maybe a little tiny bit orangy. It's hard to pin down. It's interesting-- way more interesting than a creme has any right to be. Anyway, I put it on, and it wasn't feeling right for my mood or something, so I decided to add a water marble accent on my thumb and ring fingers. I did a semi-monochrome using Revlon Color Stay in Cashmere Pink and China Glaze Fois Gras. I used Seche Vite for the top coat and it's super-glossy. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Gelish: Sinful Colors In the Limelight

Here is an 80s manicure I did using a base color of Sinful Shine (a new gelish polish from Sinful Colors, more on that in a minute) In the Limelight, Konad White Polish with Cheeky stamp #3 for the hearts. In the Limelight is the green that I've been looking for for years: a dusty, faded, kelly green. So pretty. 

I have been very sparing with new polish purchases, because more polish is totally unnecessary given my stash, but I was curious about this line, especially since it's from Sinful Colors, a brand I really like.  
So, Sinful Shine With Gel Tech claims to be shinier and more long-lasting than its regular polishes. I was curious, but since I use Seche Vite for a topcoat, all of my polishes are pretty shiny in the end. I have been curious about Gel polishes, but I change my polish too often for a long-lasting Gel manicure to make any kind of sense, so I haven't tried it yet. This polish is what I call gelish, meaning, it's not technically a gel polish, but it claims to look and last like a gel. I have to say,  I like it. I did the base manicure three days ago, and added the stamp just before I took the photos. Not bad for a three-day old manicure. By now there would usually be obvious chips, especially on my first and middle fingers. 

Here is SC In the Limelight by itself. 


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