How do you like my short little nubby nails? I’ve been trying to keep them a little shorter lately, but I broke my middle nail pretty low and there was nothing I could do but shorten them all. Oh well. They grow pretty fast, so they’ll be back to normal in a week.
I just love this color combination. It’s very autumnal. I had grand plans to do one of Nailside’s explosion manis but evidently I’m explosion mani handicapped. Her tutorial makes it look easy peasy. Not so, for me at least. I’ll keep trying to master it.
But in the meantime, I had to figure out something else to do with the two accent nails that I had messed up already. Chevrons and polka dots. My base polish is OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window. My brown is Essie Chocolate Cakes and the fantastic orange is OPI DS Luxurious. After messing up the explosion more than once already, I was too impatient to wait for the polish to be dry enough to tape off the chevrons, so I freehanded them.
Off topic, how many of you are black Friday shoppers? I am not! I would rather spend the extra money to avoid the crowds. I may take advantage of cyber Monday though. I like the peace and quiet of shopping from my own home.
Only one picture today, I’m not in love with this one. However, I do love these colors together. For this mani, I used Wet ‘n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint and Essie Alligator Purse. Have I already mentioned before how much I love Alligator Purse? You should all own it. Short post today ladies. I’ve been working on something else that’s big and exciting today, so my time has been split. Stay tuned for that reveal.
I realized it had been a long time since I’d used a matte top coat, so I decided to play with one today. I started with Cult Nails Get It On base coat. I NEVER polish with black without a base coat. It doesn’t always guarantee that there won’t be any staining, but it definitely increases the odds.
My black is China Glaze Liquid Leather. I was very, very careful with my application so I wouldn’t have to do any clean up. I hate trying to clean up a black polish. It stains my cuticles sooo bad, which in turn makes my pictures look awful. To clean up necessary today. I applied this in slow motion. The top coat I chose was NYC Matte Me Crazy. This was the first time I’ve used it. I’m not blown away by it, but it got the job done. I felt like I needed two coats to hide the brush strokes though.
When the Matte Me Crazy was dry enough, I applied my tape. My thumb, index and pinkie fingers all have a chevron french tip, while my middle and ring fingers have what I call a dart. Has anyone else heard a better name for this design? I really can’t think of anything else to call it. I like my darts the best. Playing with matte and glossy finishes is a fun way to have a bit of a peek-a-boo effect with your nail art. It’s there, it’s subtle and may go unnoticed, but that doesn’t lessen the dramatic impact.
Tuesday! This week is supposed to be our favorite polishes. How can any of us choose one favorite? I just picked one of my many favorites.
Ozotic 506 is one of those polishes that you only pull out occasionally, because you don’t want to waste it. You pull it out for special occasions. I swatched this polish a while back so I had to do something to spice it up a bit.
Ozotic 506 is a fantastic multi-chrome. It shows it true colors best when layered over black. Here, I have it over China Glaze Liquid Leather. Before I added the 506, I used some of my striping tape and taped off this chevron shape.
I think this polish is just fantastic! I don’t think a multi-chrome can get much better than this. The purple and blue are the most dominant colors and when the angles are right, you get a beautiful amber color. I’m not sure if it was my Liquid Leather or the 506, but I had a lot of bubbling.
Be sure the check out all the favorites today:
Amanda of Amandalandish
Anna of Going to the Showing
Anne of Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley of Art Evolve
Brandi of The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea of Nailed Blog
ChiChi of I’m Just Me…ChiChi
Cordia of Srsly Swatched
Jenn of All That is Gorgeous
Jenna of I’m Still Thinking
Katherine of Haul of Fame
Marisa of Polish Obsession
Meredith of Polish and Charms
Nory of Fierce Make Up and Nails
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Tara of Polishy of Truth