Wednesday, June 1, 2011

NotD - Rock On, Rock Off

After my last mani (thanks, y’all for the lovely comments!) I felt like doing something more wearable. Dark blue to the rescue!

Here’s what I used:

  • OPI Nail Envy Soft & Thin
  • LOOK by BIPA Ridge Filler
  • essence multi dimension 65 midnight rocker
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 9 green
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 13 silver
  • Rimmel Pro SuperWear top coat
  • Seche Vite
  • essence nail art glitter mix 02 style it up! – silver stars (I later noticed that I appear to have the same stars in a jar, too)
  • Glamour Nails 02 purple stars

I applied two coats of midnight rocker over my basecoats and sealed the polish with Seche Vite.

midnight rocker is a dark (midnight *gasp*) blue jelly-crème* polish, and for once it’s not a blackened blue. I adore this colour and finish. And it’s opaque in two medium-thick coats, if you apply very thin coats you might need three.
I had some bubbling, but I’m positive that my base coats are at fault (the tiny bubble on my middle finger is one that happened when I added Seche Vite and then overlooked). midnight rocker is very even and applies nicely. The round brush is decent, but not one of my favourites.

*it’s not quite sheer enough for a true jelly but has that “almost translucent, light reflects way below the surface” quality

Here’s midnight rocker in two coats with Seche Vite:

Somehow I seem to have entered a Zen state of mind at this point, because I completely forgot to photograph this step-by-step. Then again, that’s not really necessary.
I used the liners to paint two green lines in a V shape and one silver line between them. Then I repeated the following procedure one nail after the other: coat nail with Rimmel TC (which picked up some of the liners’ shimmer and distributed it without smudging the lines – nice), embed some stars, add another coat of Rimmel TC. I let the nails dry for a couple of minutes and sealed them with a coat of Seche Vite.

I love this, it’s dark, sparkly and glam without being silly or overly tacky.

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