Sunday, July 25, 2010

NotD – Thing of Fire

I was going for ‘Ring of Fire’ originally, but the explanation got kinda rambly and I wasn’t sure if ‘holding my hand as if I was playing a tenth on the piano’ makes any sense in English.
One part of my brain insisted that this must be a heavenly fire, because (a) it’s teal-y and therefore awesome, and (b) hell is other people* and they don’t burn all that often. Then another part of my brain reminded me that I don’t actually believe in heaven and hell, so it doesn’t really matter whether or not people burn prettily. I do wonder what colour the flames of burning soylent green are, though.

(* Yes, I actually read and enjoyed Huis Clos. Sartre is way more interesting than Camus.)

This is what I used for this manicure:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 240 Sold Out For Ever
  • s-he 439
  • s-he 434
  • essence multi dimension 53 all access
  • IQ NailSensation 18 Petrol
  • China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic
  • OPI Russian Navy
  • Seche Vite

I started with a tweaked base colour combination. After applying one coat of Nail Envy and two of Sold Out For Ever I was quite tired, so I sealed the polish with Seche Vite, went to bed and wore this for a day, then I added another coat of Sold Out For Ever and Seche Vite.

Sold Out For Ever is a shimmery muted green. The base is a soft, almost minty shade and is packed with extremely fine bright green microglitter that flashes at certain angles, but is almost invisible at others. Whether this is actually shimmer or microglitter is debateable, I tend to call dispersed particles glitter, even if they are as minuscule as shimmer, which in contrast should be aligned, i.e. the polish will show brush marks. Sold Out For Ever is reasonable opaque; two coats still leave a VNL, but should do in a pinch. Three coats are fully opaque.
The application was very smooth, the flat brush left no noticeable streaks. It’s a tad runny, so be careful not to load to much polish on the brush. Overall I love this polish, denser pigmentation would be great, but Sold Out For Ever is both pretty and easy to apply.

This is Sold Out For Ever in two coats with Seche Vite (‘cause I’m a moron for not taking pictures before I added top coat):

And this is Sold Out For Ever in three coats with Seche Vite:

When the base was firm enough to work on I grabbed a bunch of shimmery green, teal, blue and purple polishes and used a dotting tool to add tapered wavy lines. Just dip it into a drop of polish, apply the polish to the nail in a wavy line, but try not to let the tool touch the nail. The tapering happens all by itself! :-) Start the first flames a few millimetres above the base of the nail, that way you won’t have a thick ridge of polish where you started all the lines. Random specks of polish make for great sparks.
A bit of clean-up and top coat and the manicure was finished.

Can’t get my mind off the piano thing now. It’s so hard to decide if I prefer the Scientific pitch notation (F1, C4 etc) or the Helmholtz pitch notation (F., c’ etc). I’m used to the latter and having a subsubcontra octave is seriously cool, but the Scientific designations are just so sciency. Eh. I think I’ll stick with the cool sounding method for now. :-P

What’s your mind rambling about today?

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