Saturday, July 6, 2013

4th of July Nails (finally!!)

**all items purchased by me

I have completely lost track of what day is what around here, especially with the Mister being off from work at both the start and the end of the week.  Combine that lack of knowledge of the current day with no energy and you'll find me in my "bubble" of confusion.  So I hope that everyone that celebrated the 4th of July enjoyed the holiday (if you celebrate/observe it).  We finally got the finishing touches put on our outside project...but we're waiting on the sun to actually shine to see how well it works.  We're also working on our internet connection issues so it's taking extra time to get things done online, if they get done at all.  (It took 2 days to get this one post done....)

Anyway.... on to the pretty stuff.  I did my nails Tuesday night since I wanted them done before my hair appointment on Wednesday.  It took me quite a while to decide on my final combination, but in the end I'm very pleased with how it all came together - and it's all using "untried" polishes for me.  I've got loads of untrieds, but now there's 3 less (4 if you count my toes).

Over top of my usual base coat of Bridge the Ridge base coat, I put 2 coats of Nicole by OPI Challenge Red-y on most of my nails.  I got distracted and put one coat on my ring fingers and thumbs  when I wasn't planning on putting it there, but I covered it up with a nice coat of Sinful Colors Endless Blue.  I topped it all off with a coat of Out the Door.
Challenge Red-y is a rich red jelly-looking polish with no shimmer, just lots of shine.  It went on really easily in 2 coats.  This polish is from the collaboration Nicole by OPI is doing with Kellogg's and Special K (I'm still seeing boxes available that contain codes if you haven't gotten yours yet and want to).
Endless Blue is a newer color to Sinful Colors, but it is in the core line.  It's well pigmented - able to cover the red with just one medium-thick coat.  It also dried super shiny.

Then I wanted some glitter, naturally, so I pulled out my bottle of OPI Minnie Style and put on a coat on my ring fingers and thumbs.  I should have put on some more top coat to smooth things out but I never got around to it.
Minnie Style is  very pretty glitter made up of matte white squares and small hexes and magenta/red small hex glitters in a thick base.  It's also a bit tricky to work with - the glitter didn't want to play nice and come off the brush onto the nail so it needed to be maneuvered to get a more even application, which meant I was left with some bubbled-looking spots from dabbing the glitter on.  I probably could have avoided that if I had just done more than one coat...  Oh, well.  I'll have to remember that for next time I pull out Minnie Style.  Minnie Style is a part of the Couture de Minnie collection that came out for June.  I'm not sure about it's current availability.

I did originally plan on adding another glitter in addition to Minnie Style, but then I decided it looked better without...  Red, white and blue and all festive for the 4th.

What did you have on you're nails for the holiday?  Festive or plain?  Did you do anything fun?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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