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Dark Side of the Moon…


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Yep, haven’t been here in a while, then TWO posts within 24 hours.  You never know what’s going to happen over here.  I’m totally unpredictable even to myself.  Anyway, I just have to post about a new-to-me nail polish brand, an AMAZING new product I’m using, and my current mani.  Maybe I can name this “Purple Haze” or “Dark Side of the Moon?”  Opinions and any suggestions are most welcome.  Please leave me a comment because I’d really like to document this design with the colors I used here.

DSCN3443Now on to this new-to-me amazing product I’m using, Seche Vite.  It’s very popular out there, but a little hard for me to find in my area despite having quite a bit of beauty supply places around my area.  Seche Vite is a quick drying top coat that is a must have for those who love to layer on the polish for intricate designs.  I mean this stuff dries into a hard, smooth shell in a matter of literally minutes.  My nails have ridges, so the surface of two or three coats of nail polish still have that ridge imprint.  One coat of Seche Vite, albeit goes on pretty thick, eliminates the ridge look and creates a mirror smooth finish, and I freaking LOVE that~!  I’ve not pushed the envelop yet to see how many coats I can get on, but so far, I’ve put it on over three full coats of nail polish and it gets pretty hard in that time.  I can go to the bathroom (pretty big consideration) and not worry about wrecking my mani while in there.   Usually, I have to put on two, three or more coats of just top coat to get this same effect.  The smell of it reminds me of something else.  It harkens me back to the old days of hanging around my dad while he worked on house renovation stuff and repair work.  Varnish?  Shellac?  Not sure what, I’m definitely making my dad smell this bottle to solve the mystery.  BTW, this little bottle cost me $7.99 in the Northeast Coast area of the United States and I’m glad I did buy it.  You have to understand that I’m a $1.99 kinda girl, so this little bottle is THE most expensive polish I have in my storage box of nail polish.  The highest I ever went was for something like $2.98 or a little higher for high end stuff on clearance, so……

My girlfriend told me about Seche Vite MONTHS ago and I did purchase Seche Clear, which doesn’t do the same thing, but is also good and I use it for either a top or base coat. It’s taken me this long to finally get the right stuff but now it will be a staple in my collection.

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Now I simply must talk about the pink and purple polishes in the above pic.  The brand is called “Ruby Kisses” and these bottles say “HD” on the label, which I am thinking it means showing dimension.  The pink one is “Pink Blinged Out” and is beautiful and does show dimension; but the purple one, which is called, “Bold and the Beautiful”, while IS beautiful, is VERY dark and almost looks black under normal lighting.  The pic above was snapped with a flash and this color was a total surprise to me; and in the sun, it’s more of a really dark Indigo.  The most amazing thing about these is the coverage.  You only need one coat for total, and I mean TOTAL coverage.  My thumbnails are much longer than my other ones so I did need more polish for those, but still only needed one coat.  What I also love is the unique tops.  See the holes in the covers?  These babies were hung onto racks.  I want to say racks but I’m almost sure that was not what they were.  You know, they were more like those long hooks that cosmetics are hung on to.  In thought it was cool.  Drumroll for the price………………  $1.98.

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For for this mani, I used a base coat, then the “Bold and the Beautiful” as my base color.  After that was dry, I took a makeup sponge and swiped on Confetti in “Blue Bombshell” and the  “Pink Blinged Out” right next to each other and proceeded to just dab my fingernail at the top, pink color at the tip and blue underneath.  The very dark base color made it hard for the other colors to show through and so I needed to reapply a couple of times.  I never did get the opaqueness I desired, but I’m very happy with the results I got which were very subtle color changes in regular light, which were more apparent in sunlight.  Also, I made sure the tips were solidly colored.

I think the next nail post I’ll do will be on the blogs and You tube nail channels I follow, so keep an eye out for that.

 

September 30, 2013, edited to add:

So, I just decided to name this mani “Dark Side of the Moon” and will use this label on my notes.  Not for any reason, but that it just hit me.  Nobody really knows what’s on the dark side of the moon, and now I know.

Playing With Nails


Wow.  I can’t believe that the rush, rush post I put up the other day just to “try out” something on the sidebar when you first publish a post garnered more views than the post I had worked on for a few hours.  “Just Playing” is a beautiful poem and is well worth, no worth more than the views it got.

Today, I’m just going to post pictures of my latest nail design.  Nothing intricate (yet) but I want to keep it out there so that I can continue to build upon it.

These colors are:  1. Base color: Sinful Colors, Sugar Sugar #839.  A pearlized red with just a hint of sparkle inside.  Gives complete coverage in 1 coat which makes it a great base coat when you need your base to be pretty much dried before going on to layering.  2. Confetti, Dance Party Pink #017, 3. Sinful Colors, Tokyo Pearl #112,  4. NK, Mystical #021 which is the glitter overcoat on the ring fingers for accent.  All nails get a top coat of whatever clear polish I have on hand at the time.

I am really liking this design and what I can do with it.   I’d like to place accent a few different things (at different times) on the outside edge of the nail, on top of the white pearl stripe.  For Christmas I’d put three red rhinestones and paint green holly leaves, fanning outward.  Another option is to place a single large silver rhinestone in the same place, or a pink bow, or just about anything you’d like.

Not the best job because it was rushed, but I’m pleased with it.  I can really see that my nails grew crooked which was probably due to my constantly biting at my fingers.  I have screwed up nail beds and my nails are actually growing slanted on my second and fourth fingers.

UPDATE 1/21/12:  I just noticed that the thin stripe is tinted pinkish, while the true color is a white pearl.  I’m pretty sure that I got this effect because I put on the clear top coat a little sooner than I normally would because it was getting late.  I wasn’t going for this, but it compliments the design nicely without standing out.

I rushed last night to finish this design because I’ll be busy tonight and we were scheduled to visit my brother’s family.  It was to be our “Sedita Christmas”.  Well, as it turns out, today we are all sneezing our heads off and the weather is threatening to put a damper on our plans.  The right is something close to 2.5 hours long to get there and the weatherman says we’d be driving in snow all day long and when we come back.  The first real snow of the season and it has to be TOMORROW.  While I’m glad and look forward to it, we are missing my brother’s family.  Well, I can console myself thinking that it’s for the best and that our being under the weather didn’t have to be the primary reason for this cancellation AND hopefully next weekend will bring us together at last.  LOVE YOU~!

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