Thursday, 22 August 2013

Neon and Blue: Unintentional 80's

I'm gonna keep it short and sweet today and show you lots of pictures instead. This manicure was loosely inspired by this post from Nailed Obsession. I always had the idea that using the polish-dried-on-a-zip-lock-bag technique was to be used for really complicated or odd designs but Anthea's design changed my mind about it. I'll be forver grateful to her for the idea!!!

Off I went to paint some pink and orange stripes with American Apparel's Neons onto a plastic bag but didn't have a design in my mind when I did it. After many tries and a few polish changes later I came up with this mani. By this point, I had cut up most of the dried polish strips for previous attempts, so I only had enough little triangles for one finger.

I started with two coats of essence in Absolutely blue, a light periwinkle blue with an amazing, quick drying formula and awesome brush. With the bits of polish I had left, I cut up tiny triangles and started overlapping them randomly and gently pressing them against my dry nail and attached the stud to my ring finger with some clear polish. I topped it all the nails with one coat of Seche Vite. 

I wore this mani for a three days and I had minimal tip wear by the time I was itching to change my polish  Essence has come a long way from those 5 ml with terrible formulas (looking at you Toffe To Go...) and I really don't think that's a good thing for someone that has no self-restrain when it comes to cheap nail polish.

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I had an air bubble from dragging the neon triangles with the top coat and minor shrinkage on the cuticle end. It was still wearable but I wasn't really worried, mostly because of this.

For some reason this bottle of Absolutely Blue was discounted. I figured it was a discontinued colour but when I went back to the same Target, I found new stock of the colour for the $2.95 price. I couldn't see anything wrong with the bottle and it was full, so I guess I just got lucky. Woohoo! I also bought in my way to uni because I couldn't bear the thought of bare nails. I may be getting a tad obsessive about not having naked nails. 

That's it from me today. I said I was gonna keep it short. 

Till  next time, 


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