Utopia is a real glitter, and it goes on kind of thin. It wouldn’t be a problem normally, but I applied it over the white bottom part of this nail design and there was a really nasty edge showing through. I had to glob it on to keep it from showing.
Tried a new brand I spotted at Rite Aid the other day: Petites. I picked it up in part because of its petite size (.25 oz) and in part because Scherer Inc is based in Rochester Hills. Support local businesses! This one is called Hot Sauce, and it masquerades as a flat color when it really has a little bit of sparkle to it when you look closely.
Ever have one of those ideas that looks great in your head but doesn’t come out so hot in reality? It seemed so pretty when I was lining up my swatchicles, with the warm colors next to the new cool gray. It probably just needs an adjustment in execution. Maybe black instead of gray, maybe do the gradient second instead of first, maybe start earlier so that the gradient has longer to dry before sticking on the tape… maybe get these nails to grow out instead of snapping off all the time at work.
But it does make me think of watching a sunset between city buildings. You’ll probably be seeing this concept again. -w-
Studio M: Shabby Drab (gray) - $2.99
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: 160 Cherry Red - $3.29
China Glaze: 174 Jamaican Out (red-orange) - $5 (2 for $10)
My new volunteer job is hell on my nails and it takes up a lot of my energy, so it’s been a while since I’ve been able to do them up fancy (and they’re much shorter!). Studio M has this summer neon brights line out right now, so I picked up two of them for some basic polka dots! The dots require two coats to really get the orange to pop.
Used the same splatter technique as last time, but much less. I originally meant to make all four colors of Cadbury Mini Eggs (the greatest Easter candy of all time!), but I didn’t have quite the right shades and after fiddling around with mixing colors for a little bit I gave up. I love them, but they’re not quite worth stressing out about ;)
Revlon: 092 Blue Lagoon - $3.99
Revlon Colorstay: 210 French Roast - $4.79 (w/CVS card)
Idea shamelessly taken from this tutorial on youtube by CelestialDreamx3.
The tutorial recommends putting tape around your nails to keep polish off them, but in my experience, don’t bother. You will get paint all over your hands, your table, your shirt, your hair. I got more than I’d care to admit on my face! But it’s very cute, and nothing a cotton ball with nail polish remover can’t take care of.