Enough with that. As you probably remember, I made a submission to PHD's patriotic challenge last week. She posted the submissions on Sunday - here's the patriotic challenge gallery - take a look at all the cool submissions from all over the world! Monday brought with it a new challenge - analogous. We have to use 3 neighboring colors from the color wheel she provided. I really love these challenges! It gives me a chance to do something with my nails that I wouldn't normally do otherwise (and get some colors I wouldn't normally buy). Just like last week, I went home and, once the kids went to bed, broke out the polishes and created away! I have quite a few pictures for this one because I snapped a pic at each step. I was afraid I wouldn't like this much because I don't like the colors by themselves, but I really like the finished product.
What I used (front to back): Sinful Colors in HD Nails, Wet n Wild in Envy and Sinful Colors in Let's Meet. All three are shimmer. Out of these 3, I like Envy the best - it has a pretty subtle gold shimmer. HD Nails and Let's Meet were both pretty pigmented and would only need 2 coats on their own. Envy, however, would definitely 3, if not 4, coats to be totally opaque. This kind of worked toward my advantage since I went for a staggered color approach.
After the Siche Vite basecoat, I did 2 coats of Let's Meet. Bright yellow. Blech. I really am not a yellow person. It doesn't look good with my skintone. But with the other colors, it isn't so bad. I'll probably end up using this as a layering polish or art some day. By itself? No way!
Second color was Envy. It's a lime green with a subtle gold shimmer which ended up working really well with the yellow. I started at the top outside corner of each nail and pulled it across in a diagonal pattern. This is 2 coats.
On top of Envy is 2 coats of HD Nails. This is a prettier green and I can see myself using this as the main color in another mani. HD Nails is a grass green with shimmer. It really tied the other two colors together. After I finished with the 3 colors, I felt like it was missing something. I dug out my gold glitter nail art brush and did a thin stripe between the yellow and yellow-green. That's what it was missing!
Indoors with flash
The hubs took the pic with both hands - not bad, huh? I really do like the way this turned out. Today is day 2 with this mani and it's wearing surprisingly well. I was sure I'd have some chipping since there's basically 8 layers of polish here. No chips and no tip wear. On top of the good wear, I've had quite a few compliments! One person asked me where I got my nails done and she was shocked when I told her I did them myself. Happy Megan! LOL There you have it! Challenge #2 for me. I might even give this one another try! As with the other challenges, you have until this Friday evening to get your submission in. Check out PHD Challenges for all the rules.
Just a parting note. My BFF, none other than the beautiful Wendi from Makeup Zombie, and I were talking (well, we were texting, but that's how we talk) today and we decided we're going to do a crossover post for eachother. It's still in the very early stages of development, but I think it's going to be good. It'll be fun for us at the very least! Keep your eyes open for that one.
Whew! I'm beat! It's been a long day. My wrist has been hurting/aching - cross your fingers it's not the beginnings of carpal tunnel from all this extra computer work. To quote Invader Zim: "That would be...not...good."
Listening to: Presto (live) by Epica