Friday, January 22, 2016

National Polka Dot Day Mani using OPI Starlight Holiday 2015 Collection

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Did you know that today, January 22, is National Polka Dot Day?  I didn't until I saw an email come through from the Disney Store advertising all things Minnie and her signature polka dots gathered in one spot to celebrate the holiday.  So I thought what better to do than get a little nail inspiration from the holiday.

Rather than take color inspiration from Minnie, I thought I'd play with a couple of the OPI holiday polishes I bought.  The dark color suits my color mood right now, but I've still got glitter for a little cheer.  I actually used these same 2 polishes from my New Year's mani, but did gradients from the cuticles - I just never got a picture before they started chipping.  As with the China Glaze holiday collection, I'm not sure how easy these polishes will be to get a hold of as the collection has been released for quite a while.  Check your local Ulta and Sally's Beauty Supply locations (including clearance areas), and of course, check online.  So first off, these are the 4 Starlight polishes I ended up purchasing over a couple shopping trips.
Infrared-y to Glow, Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite, Cosmo with a Twist, Ce-less-tial is More

Anyway, back to today's post.  I've been trying out Duri Rejuvacote as my base lately since no matter how much hand cream and oil I slather onto my nails/fingers/hands my nails are still peeling off in layers.  Hopefully if I can stay consistent with all of the above, my nails will eventually get into better shape (I also need to get more consistent with taking biotin to see if that helps).

Moving on, I've got 2 easy coats (as long as you didn't just finish drinking a big cup of coffee...oops) of OPI Cosmo with a Twist.
It's a beautiful color that I'm not quite sure how to describe.  It kind of reminds me of a duochrome, but the duo part comes from different microglitters that catch the light.  I've spied purple, navy, almost pink...  I can't decide if the base shade is navy, black or dark purple.  On the first coat, which I did fairly thin, it looked like it leaned purple more than anything.  According to OPI, "Subtle sparkle adds depth to this purple."  Clean up can be a little tricky as the little sparkles like to stick to your skin a bit, but it's so pretty it's worth it.  I actually think today's the third time I've had this on since I've bought it, and that's pretty much unheard of for me.
Now, to bring in the polka dots, I added Ce-less-tial is More using my dotting tool and made my nails look like a pair of dice, just with the color reversed.  So pretty!  These next 2 pictures are without any top coat.  I added top coat to my right hand after my pictures were done since I plan on hopefully keeping this mani on for a few days.
Ce-less-tial is More is a gorgeous "white gold" chunky glitter that has great coverage.  While I haven't done it on my actual nails, according to my notes it is complete coverage at 2 coats on the nail wheel.  This isn't gold, it's not silver; I think I read one blog post that described it as having a touch of a pink tinge to it.  OPI's description is "this pink super-glitter shines with heavenly light."  As I was typing this, I initially thought to call it champagne, but then white gold popped into my head and that's what I've settled on as a description for the color.  I do feel like this is similar in consistency to OPI's Liquid Sand polishes that aren't "officially" being made anymore but polishes like this are still giving off that feel.
Doing dots with this definitely brought out the textured finish.  When I used this for a gradient, it wasn't quite as textured feeling.  A good coat of Gelous is definitely needed to smooth things out followed by a quick dry top coat layer.  I find Gelous takes forever to thoroughly dry and can lead to the entire nail smudging if  not careful (maybe my bottle is getting old?).  Speaking of top coat, this is a picture of my left hand with the aforementioned Gelous topcoat followed up by Pro FX Quick Dry.
Since I also bought the two shaped glitters as well, I figured I might as well include swatches of them.  I'm still not sure what the shape of the glitter is called, but it's unique so I wanted them.  
Infrared-y to Glow, Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite, Cosmo with a Twist, Ce-less-tial is More
Infrared-y and Two Wrongs are both one coat plus a little maneuvering
Cosmo and Ce-less-tial are both 2 coats

OPI's site describes Infrared-y to Glow as "red confetti and glitter."  Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite has the same "red confetti" with matching small glitters as well as gunmetal diamond glitters.  Both are in clear bases; hopefully the "red confetti" doesn't bleed and tint the bases.  I've worn Infrared-y to Glow but I forget what polish I put it over - there's no note anywhere and no pictures either.  But I do remember liking how it looked on the nail.  The confetti conformed fairly well to the curve of my nails - I don't recall any coming loose enough for me to pick off for at least 2 days.

Off hand I can't think of any similar polish to either Cosmo or Ce-less-tial in my considerably sized stash.  I even took a quick look through my drawers and nothing jumped out at me as similar.  And as I mentioned, Two Wrongs and Infrared-y are definitely unique with their glitter shapes.  I am trying to be more conscious of not purchasing dupes to polishes that I already have and am slowly going through the stash and pulling dupes to de-stash.  Unique polishes are more than welcome to find a spot for themselves in Polish World.

Did you pick up any polishes from the OPI Starlight Holiday 2015 collection?  How would you describe the glitter shapes in Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite and Infrared-y to Glow?  Can you think of any dupes to Cosmo with a Twist or Ce-less-tial is More?  If you use Gelous, is it really slow drying for you?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
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