As I do my nails nearly every day...I'm guessing around five days a week on average... but don't post nearly that often, I have a lot of manis in archives. And because my blog was started as my reference of manis I've done, I decided I need to kick my butt into gear and get some of them posted before I have something nasty happen like a computer breakdown (*shudder*) or I lose my SD card or something......(knock on wood)!!
So this is the first of my 2 for 1 postings....two mani's; one post. These two mani's were the first I did after I cut my nails down on New Year's Day.
First was OPI Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection. I seen a full display of these at Trade Secrets when I was out finishing my Christmas shopping the week before Christmas, but because I wasn't entirely finished my shopping for my kids, I passed on them to make sure I wasn't spending on me before I had whatever it was I wanted to get for them (always put your kids first over polish!). (And some gal in the GTA will be very happy I had spotted them! While I was browsing at a store in the mall, some fella came in asking about the collex for his girlfriend as a Christmas gift....this particular store didn't have them for sale; however, I overheard the conversation and directed the fella to where I had seen the full display only hours before! Hopefully he was able to pick them up for her!)
So when I had some time (and money!) to go shopping the week after Christmas, I thought I'd revisit Trade Secrets to pick up them up. But by this time, every Trade Secrets in my area was sold out of them...any of the colours I was looking for anyway! So I was surprised to see them at my local nail/beauty supply place on December 31. I learned my lesson and picked them up while I could. The colour I wanted to try first was Fly.
I then decided to add Lynnderella's Connect the Dots. You don't so much as apply it as dab it on here and there....me anyway! I just find I'm able to control a little better where the glitter ends up when I dab it and move it around.
As soon as I was done, I thought this mani looked awfully familiar...then remembered this was pretty much the same mani as my first time using CtD's...except base was Sally Hansen The Real Teal....oops!
The Real Teal has this gorgeous shimmer that Fly does not have and they are clearly different shades; however, because CtDs HAS the shimmer, they look mighty close when layered...not dupes but close. This was hilarious to me because when I was thinking about it, I have a large stash with so many untrieds which means I could try out some cool layering combinations...and then I go ahead and do almost the same mani as I've done before using CtD's not terribly long ago...I guess I just can't get enough of the teal and CtD combo! LOL!! Anyway, I do love this combo and this was one rare mani that I wore for more than a day.
After I removed CtD's, this was my next mani...again using Lynnderella's.
Started with a base of two coats of Misa Working Hard or Hardly Working.
Layered with one coat of Nubar White Polka Dots.
Lastly added Lynnderella Lucky Numbers. Again, not by applying a coat but more like dabbed it here and there to try to even out the glitter placement over the whole nail like CtD application. I'm not sure how much my pix show this, but while Connect the Dots has awesome white shimmer, Lucky Numbers has the same but in red....LOVE! I'm getting more into this shimmer type of finish...beautiful!
I'm going to try to post more of these 2 for 1 mani postings occasionally until I get relatively caught up in my postings....of course, if I posted more frequently, this won't be necessary...I'll see how it goes!
Thanks for looking!