Since I'm trying to use ONLY new and untried polishes this month, I have little mini-reviews of the polishes I've used in this manicure!
Gap Bright PoolFirst, my base color is 3 coats of Gap Bright Pool, the infamous RBL Aqua Lily dupe. I must not have paid attention to reviews of the formula and instead was blinded by the cheap-ness of the polish and the pretty color?! It's a beautiful color, but I really hate it when a polish is sill slightly patchy after three coats (and I waited what felt like for-ev-errrrr between coats to avoid drag). So sad. This goes on weird and sort of sticky? Like if you put down a stroke of polish and then overlap it when you put down a new stroke next to it, it sort of pulls polish off (like when a whiteboard marker goes over another whiteboard marker - whyyyy?)
Floss Gloss Dinge, Con Limon, & GlowstarMoving on to the accent colors! I used Floss Gloss Dinge for hearts, dots, and swirls in my blooms. Dinge is technically no longer 'new' as I used it in yesterday's mani, but wanted to try it for nail art! I thought it was nice, but a little quick drying; this is usually a good thing, but not when you want to do a lot of polka dots or stripes from the same little 'blob' of polish because it can get a little stringy (like the 'spun sugar' effect when you don't want it). For greenery and other accents I used Glowstar and Con Limon; I love both of theses colors in the bottle and am excited to use them as base colors soon.
LAQA & CO. NookieFinally the star of the show for me while painting is *drum roll* Laqa & Co. Nookie!! Before trying this I was all "Really? $11 for a pink creme?" because I am not a 'pink person' and while I looooveee creme finishes I already have OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips as my go-to pink creme. HOWEVER the formula on this is really amazing - this is a serious one-coater. Like luxurious, beautiful, shiny, so easy to control and not patchy one coat hot-pink creme. The bottle feels a little unsteady because it is tall, and the brush is really long (since the bottle is tall) so if you're not careful to wipe it from top to bottom on the inside of the bottle before painting you will get those sudden drops of polish that sort of speed down the brush. BUT this is OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips hotter, older sibling and it comes in a neat artsy box. Love it!
I'm not sure my ring finger accent design really matches everything, but I don't really care because it is cute. And it reminds me a little of the cool patchwork quilt-y graphics they're using on a lot of the Sochi 2014 Olympic items (like the banners at the events and the athlete vest things). Have you been watching the Olympics? I've been watching along with all of the prime time NBC coverage, but am impatiently waiting for men's hockey games to start.
Disclosure: An item in this post was sent as a press sample for my consideration; all opinions are 100% my own! If you would like to know more about my policies, please read my disclosure page.