Monday, January 21, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 19: My Favorite Polish

       Today I get to show you my favorite polish!  I have shown it before, but never like this.  This is almost identical to how I had my nails on my wedding day.  The only difference between the two days, is that I had acrylics on for my wedding.  If you are wondering why my middle finger looks so weird, it is because I have a nail patch on.  When I am wearing a darker polish you can't even tell, but with these lighter polishes, you can see it.  :-(  Oh well.  After I did this mani on Saturday, I started cleaning my bathroom, and when I say cleaning, I mean spring cleaning.  I scrubbed the wall and doors and some other stuff that doesn't need to be said, lol.  Well, needless to say, I forgot that I had used a PVA base coat and wasn't wearing any gloves.  About an hour into my scrubbing, I looked at my nails and they were peeled back pretty bad.  I was so sad because I wanted to get some pictures in the sunlight on Sunday, but that wasn't in the cards for me.  I'm sorry! :-(
     To achieve this look I had to wait for the base color to dry completely.  Once that was done I applied a binder reinforcement to each nail, working with one nail at a time.  I painted on the pink base and then removed the reinforcement.  After I had done this to each nail, I went back to the first nail, applied another reinforcement, and then painted on the glitter.  A little time-consuming, but honestly, not too bad.

Base coat: PVA base coat
Base color:  Audrey from Zoya - 3 coats
Base pink: Charming Rose Creme from NYC - 1 coat
Pink glitter: Sparked from Wet N' Wild Wild Shine - 1 coat
Top coat: Seche Vite

31 Day Challenge - Day 18: My Oldest Untried Polish

       This color and I go way back.  We go so far back, that I owned it when all of my nail polish fit into two 32 ounce cottage cheese containers!  Oh, those were the days.  I remember going to WalMart and buying this one because I wanted to try something that was different, (read not pink or purple).  A lot of good that did me.  It has been sitting in my untried pile for two plus years.  I really didn't want to use this for this day because, well, because, it's yellow.  Yellow and I don't really see eye to eye.  You will see why below!

Base coat:  Pro FX Fiberized Ridge Filler
Pinky and ring finger: Unzip Me from Pure Ice - 3 coats
Middle and pointer finger: two coats of Unzip me over two coats of White on the Spot from Milani
Top coat: Seche Vite

If I remember one thing for the rest of my life about nail polish, it will be to always wear white under yellow.  Look at that huge difference.  Had I never learned this and worn Unzip Me all by itself, I would have thrown this polish away!

What is your oldest untried polish, and what is keeping you from wearing it?!  

I also am interested in hearing what the most important tip you have gotten about nail polish is!