Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day 16 (tribal print), Day 17 (glitter), Day 18 (half-moon) of 31 Day Nail Polish Challenge

So for my own peace of mind I will disclaim here that I've been stressed and "blah" and whatever, so I'm not as  satisfied with these manis as I'd hoped to be. But I did them, and here they are. On the plus side, I'm posting more often, so at least I haven't fallen off the face of the earth (aka I'm actually keeping up with something I'm supposed to be doing).

Day 16 challenge: Tribal Print

(right hand - daylight)

(left hand - daylight)

I started with a base of China Glaze "trendsetter", which I had never used as a solid color up until this point. Although it remained a simple one-color mani for a short time while drying, I wish I had gotten a picture of it alone. I was surprised that I liked this color on because it kind of reminds me a pea soup in the bottle - I had ordered in online on a whim and was kind of disappointed once it arrived. But having now seen it alone, I think it's kind of great on it's own since I can't really say I've seen any other color like it before. I'm not sure how well it would go with olive-toned skin, but on dark/African skin and very pale light skin I imagine it  looking great. I "winged it" with some nail art polishes in different colors. Sure, I looked up a bunch of wonderful photo references of beautiful tribal manis, but... I was tired and had no energy. So while I like when each nail is different in these sort of manis, mine is just an odd happening of random whatevers. And kinda sloppy. Ironically I got a couple of compliments on these nails for the day I had them on - go figure!

Day 17 challenge: Glitter

(window natural light)

(with bonus cat!)

I used a base of WetNWild Megalast "Sugar-coated", and a pink glitter polish by Butter London called "Rosie Lee". I used my dotting tools for the dots (that's a bit redundant huh?) but, while I had french tip sticky guides that I'd just bought sitting right in front of me I was much too impatient for the polish to dry completely enough so the base wouldn't peel up... so these tips are freehanded. They aren't perfect, but I don't think they're all that bad. Especially since glitter polish can lump together and make straight lines harder to achieve. That's my defense anyways. 

Day 18 challenge: Half-moon

(indoor light)

(window natural light)

So as I just mentioned, I bought some french tip sticker guides. I couldn't find page hole reinforcer thingies, which is what "everyone" says to use for half-moon manis. I could have looked in another store, but I didn't. And as you may have guessed, I learned the hard way about the base coat peeling off with the sticker guide if you aren't patient enough for your polish to dry. Not only do french guides not really provide enough curve for a good half-moon shape, but I had to use a teal-y nail art polish to cover up damage from my impatience the sticker guides. I wasn't unhappy with it, probably because I love the bright colors I used for this - but I wasn't happy. The colors I used were Orly's "Truly Tangerine" and "Purple Crush" (note: the purple looks more pink here because it was put on over the orange, so this isn't what the color truly looks like on its own).

Till next time!

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