Monday, December 31, 2012
New Years Eve Mani
It's New Years Eve today, and this is the mani I'm wearing for this occasion (and for the next couple of days. I'm spending New Years Eve in the mountains with my boyfriend and some of his friends, and I won't be back until wednesday night). I tried a glitter gradient for the first time, but as a gradient, it's a fail. Not gradient-y at all. But I still like it (and as I didn't have the time to re-do the mani, I just have to wear it like it is...)
The base color I used is Nail Pattern Boldness Bigger On The Inside.
Bigger On The Inside is part of the Time Traveller collection, and as a huge Doctor Who fan, I knew I had to get my hands on some of this polishes, as soon as I heard about this collection. And I'm really glad I did. It's bigger on the inside is what most people say when they first enter the TARDIS, the Doctor's Space/Timeship. Allison, the creator of Nail Pattern Boldness, describes Bigger On The Inside as "a bright blue jelly with silver and blue micro glitter." It's the perfect 12th-Doctor-TARDIS-blue, deep and vibrant. Without a topcoat, the surface is slightly rough, but as soon as you add topcoat, it really shines and sparkles (as you can see on the full mani pictures).
On top of Bigger On the Inside I sponged two coats of GlimmerbyErica Snow Day (Winter Collection) with a make-up sponge, beginning at the cuticles.
Snow Day is "a mix of silver holographic micro glitter, iridescent micro glitter, iridescent square glitter, silver hex glitter, and white hex glitter, all in a clear base. There are no colored glitters in this polish, all of the colored flashes are from the holographic and iridescent glitters reflecting in the light. It reminds me of a snowscape, with the sun glittering off of the snow and ice crystals."
As I mentioned before, I failed at creating a real gradient. I clearly have to practise this.
I had no formula issues with these two polishes. Bigger On The Inside applied nice and easy, two coats provided full opacity. I added a third for more depth. Snow Day didn't need any fishing for glitters, the clear base is packed with them. It's clearly not the fault of the polish this mani din't turn out quite as I imagined.Due to the glitter, the surface was pretty bumpy, so I finished with one coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and one coat of Essie Good to Go.
Nail Pattern Boldness polishes are available on Etsy and at Llarowe.
GlimmerbyErica polishes can be bought on Etsy.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year! I'll be back in a couple of days.