Monday, January 31, 2011

NotD – The Stripes of Shimmer

I was still wearing that shimmery blue I swatched a couple of days ago and it held up very well, so I decided to just add a little something. Halfway through the mani I decided to play with some settings, which was a good idea in general, but it meant having to fiddle with the levels and whatnot with the previously taken photos. ;-)

Here is what I used for this manicure:

  • OPI Nail Envy Soft & Thin
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener
  • claire’s dark blue shimmer polish
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 9 green
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 1 silver
  • Spooky Nails 2 in 1 Nail Tattoo Liner black
  • Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 210 Just Married
  • Seche Vite
  • essence high shine topcoat (not on the photo ‘cause I had the dumb)

I already had the base colour on, take a look at the review and the swatches here.

Step 1: I used the green liner to paint two diagonal, slightly curved lines across each nail. This is the new bottle design and appears to contain less than before, but since that information is not on the bottle I can’t be sure. The glass might just be thinner than before (however the ‘shelf-life’ has tripled to 36 months… huh). Also, the brush might be a tiny bit thinner, great pigmentation like before. Definitely good stuff.

Step 2: Using the old silver liner, I added lines directly adjacent to the green ones.

Step 3: I used the dotting tip of the black liner to apply a row of dots where the two lines met.

Step 4: With the rather blandly named Just Married (which I’ll swatch soon, I love opalescent polish) I covered the undecorated half of each nail and used essence’s high shine topcoat to seal the mani. I wouldn’t recommend using this top coat over several fresh coats of polish as it doesn’t facilitate drying, but on a single coat or an equivalent amount of nail art it dries well enough (I mostly use it for swatching, though).

I have trouble deciding which themed nail art I should do next. Damn you, lack of decisiveness!

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