**all items purchased by me
Any idea why there's a giant letter "A" up above? No? Well, I decided I'm finally going to work my way through the ABC polish challenge! I first read about this challenge last year (if I remember right) on Essie Rae's blog, iHeartPrettyPolish, and just recently Kirsten over at Geeky Owl has started it. I thought to myself, why keep putting this off? Just go for it! So I am. What better way to really wear my massive stash? The posts most likely won't be up back to back days since I do prefer to wear each manicure I do until it chips off. So prepare for seeing 26 (or more) never-before-seen-on-my-nails polishes! Or at least my goal is to use all untrieds (we'll have to see when it comes to a less-used letter like Z).
So, for my first post in the challenge, I started off with a base coat of Bridge the Ridge (which I keep adding thinner to so I can get more life out of the bottle). Then I added 2 coats of Essie A Crewed Interest. I topped that off with a coat of Out the Door to help it dry faster and seal it all in.
Then I did a quick glitter gradient going from the cuticles using Orly Atomic Splash. The suspension base gave me a little unevenness, so I topped that off with another coat of Out the Door to make it smooth and shiny.
Atomic Splash is from the Flash Glam FX collection, which I believe was only available in 2012 for in-store purchase (but it's still available on orlybeauty.com). It's comprised of gunmetal hex glitters in 2 sizes. My pictures are making most of the glitter look black, but I promise it's not. The base is clear and on the slightly thick side, which made it a little tricky to do the gradient just using the brush. It did need a very good shake before using since all the glitters had sunk and there was quite a bit of the suspension base just sitting on top in the bottle.
This would look neat over other colors as well.
~Note to self: try glitter gradients using a cosmetic sponge to absorb excess base.~
~Another note to self: Essie does not get along with Out the Door on my nails - you're mileage may vary. I'll have to remember to use China Glaze Fast Track with all my Essie polishes~
My first challenge post is done! There might be a post coming up for "B" sooner than expected since I've already got some tip shrinkage on a few nails. Once that happens, I tend to play with it until it chips. And my thumb nail already has a tiny chip from where the edge shrunk.
Do you have either of these polishes? How do you decide what polish to put on each time? Have you ever attempted a challenge like this?
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