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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Manicures with Friends

My good friends know that I have more nail polish than one woman needs. Yesterday I shared with my two friends Kathy and Winter. I painted their nails, because it's fun for me and it usually feels like a treat when someone else does your nails. They brought me lunch, in turn.

It is fun to work with someone else's nail length and shape. The differences change the entire look.

First off was Kathy. She usually wears very conservative nail polish. However, she was very open to branching out. She chose a lovely purple: OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?

I used one coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps Acrylic Gel + Nylon in Sheer Pink Gloss as a base coat. Next was two coats of OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI.

I topped the purple with Orly Sec 'n' Dry Multi-Layer Quick-Dry Topcoat to smooth things out and help speed up drying time.

I asked Kathy if she wanted to add something fun, and she agreed to it. We layered one coat of Essie Shine of the Times, a versatile flakie that has looked good over every polish I have paired with it so far.

Ooh la la! I was so happy with this look, I just kept taking photos. I love the length and width of her nail beds--just right. Below you can really see the flakie highlighted. It kind of looks like one of the fancy dark opals to me. (Have you ever seen blue or black opals? Amazing!) In the end, I finished with one coat of Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat and brushed on some Prolana Cuticle Oil.

My next model was Winter, Kathy's niece. I am a little jealous of her elongated 'piano fingers'. She is not even an adult, yet look how elegant her fingers and nail shape are!

Winter considered her color choices very carefully, as she specifically wanted a blue that would compliment her outfits for the next few days. (She is visiting from out-of-state.) We tried stamping first, but it was a disaster. I don't have good stamping supplies yet. So, moving on...

I used the same base coat on Winter, the Sally Hansen acrylic gel with nylon. It says that it's pink, but I find it to be a cool peachy nude. I started Winter's French tips with one line of N.Y.C. Water Street Blue to create some opacity. Then we went back over the tips with the color she really wanted--Wet 'n' Wild Teal or No Teal. After those two coats dried a little, we finished with Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat.

A big thank you to my lovely hand models! I certainly hope to have another 'nail party' soon. :)

What do you think? Are blue and purple nail polish intimidating to you, or do you say 'bring it on'?


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  2. That sounds so fun! I will feed you if you do my nails :)
    I need shine of the times - love it!

    1. Haha, yeah, it was fun.

      Shine of the Times is great! Apparently, there are a lot of other flakies out there that are similar, but I don't have them. My only other flakie off the top of my head is a green one by Kleancolor.


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