Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Challenge Accepted - Part 2

Good evening, Kitschies! I can't believe it's Wednesday evening - even though it kinda feels like it should be later in the week. The hubs had to leave for an overnight out of town business trip so I was in charge of the kidlets. One of my patients asked me how I find time to work. Well, it's the only thing that keeps my almost 4-year-old alive. I'm only sort of kidding. If you have a kid around this age, I know you understand. I love the kid but he knows exactly what to do to get on my last nerve. Anyway...we went to McDonald's for dinner so he could run around and maybe get a little tired. He's watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse now, hopefully winding down to go to bed. Ah...the kids' bedtime. That's the best time of the day!

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

Outdoors, direct sunlight

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
Mood: salty


Polish Hoarder said...

They are just lovely! I like them so much more than what I did. Mine looks rather thrown together... even though I actually spent time flipping through my Konad plates and sketching what I'd do with each color. I just like the simplicity and clean lines of your manicure. Thanks again for participating! :)

Robyn said...

Looking forward to the crossover post!

Those challenges look cool, though I don't have nearly enough polishes to do anything good with them! Love what you came up with though, looks like the Brazilian soccer team colours :)

schmut said...

It took me a while to realize that it was 3 polish used and not a holo. At a quick glance (on my crappy computer) that last looked like a holo

Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes said...

This was a fabulous mani idea. It looks easily put together...but I bet it was time consuming!

Megan Harmeyer said...

@PH - Thanks!! I really like how it came out. I think I'm going to try another look tonight. :D

@Robyn - Just a few months ago, I didn't have many to chose from either. My collection has grown by leaps and bounds lately (much to the dismay of the hubs).

@Schmut - I *wish* I had a holo that looked like that!! That. would. be. awesome!

@Tips & Toes - It wasn't that time consuming. The longest part was waiting for it all to dry.

Jonna said...

Very nice mani! You did great job :)

B.A.N.C. said...

YOU ROCK!!! and so does Wendi! i wanna see the Cross-over post (whatever that is)...


Katrina said...

That is REALLY cool!

Gina (Prim and Polished) said...

This came out so great!

milan and vanaily said...

Hehe, I chosed the same colors :)

I must say, the challenge did make me think for a bit. lol