Monday, January 6, 2014

First Fishing Expedition

Hi, all. Wondering about the name of this post?

With some glitter nail polish, it's hard to get good coverage when applying as you normally would apply nail polish. In my experience, this is generally the case with polish that contains larger sized glitters. 

One method of application is to fish out the glitters with the brush or some other implement then place the glitters on the nail. You can also pour a bit of the polish out of the bottle onto a piece of scratch paper or paper plate and work with it from there, which is what I did. I used an orange wood stick to pick up the glitter and put it where I wanted it.

This is my first attempt at this process and I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. You might consider this a bonus to my 12 month challenge.  I'm still going to do the gradient, just as soon as I figure out what colors I want to use.

First, the base polish - Sally Hansen Violet Voltage, a light to medium pink leaning purple with pink shimmer.  I have worn this on its own and it is quite pretty. This is two coats.

You might be able to see how bubbly this came out.  The polish had thickened, probably from my last application and the coats went on thick.  That usually results in bubbles but since I was going to cover this with the glitter, it didn't really matter to me.

Now for the glitter - Darling Diva 1999, a clear base with purple, black and silver circle glitters in two different sizes and black bar glitter.  I received this as a freebie when I bought the two other Darling Diva polishes - Ringer and Seriously Serious.  1999 was part of the Prince Collection from back in the summer.  I think it was a limited edition because I don't see it for sale any longer.

I knew as soon as I swatched it on a nail wheel that I had to try my hand at glitter fishing. And here's the result...

I followed this up with a thick coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, which is probably where all the bubbles came from. Either that or from where I was messing about and taking too long to get the glitters placed. The next time I try this, I think I will try to separate the glitters from the polish first.  Or maybe thin it out some. 

In spite of the bubbles, I believe I will call this a pass.  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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