Hits "Hera" = "Happiness in a bottle"

Friday, March 9, 2012

I had Hits Hera in my stash for a while and didn't want to use any of my holo polish until it was sunny. I checked the weather last night and today's forecast was 55 and sunny. Thank goodness for this weather. The Wyoming winter was getting old. 

But I digress...

I pulled out my Hits Hera and went to work polishing. First off let me tell you the application was amazing. The only problem I had was the brush wasn't the best. But it wasn't the worst either. I managed.

I applied a base coat of Seche Vite and two coats of this happiness in a bottle called Hits "Hera." 

Artificial light
With flash
With flash
With flash
It was after dark when I applied the wonderful teal holo to my nails. I placed my hands under an artificial light and was astounded at the glimmer, shimmer and pure holographic joy that was on my fingertips. Then I applied a top coat of Seche Vite. I had read several posts on the Internet that top coats dulled the "holo" in holographic polishes. I sure didn't notice if it did. 

 I stared at my manicure a couple of hours and then went to bed and dreamed of rainbows, glitter and all that is good (Okay, I made this part up.)

As I walked to my car to go to work this morning I held my hand out to admire my new polish. WOW! If it was glimmery and shimmery at night then in daylight it was pure heaven and stars.

In sunlight


I can't wait to try my other Hits polishes. The weather is supposed to be glorious through the middle of next week. :)

I tried to capture the brilliance of this polish with the camera but somethings, like rainbows, simply can't be captured.

Happy Polishing!

Kelly

This polish was purchased by me and the opinions given are my own.

Inspiration - Fenton glass egg (Picture heavy)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I spotted one of my Fenton eggs in the curio cabinet and wanted to recreate the look. I actually think it worked! 

Fenton egg inspired nail art


Let me go through it step by step.

First I started with a base coat. I use Seche Vite. Adding a good base coat is extremely important because greens are infamous for staining.

Then I used Zoya "Ivanka" as a base color. I used three coats because I wanted it to be rich with color. 
 
Take a small piece of a cosmetic sponge and sponge purple on. I used Zoya "Mimi." I sponged it in a diagonal and then across the tips.


Take a dotting tool (If you don't have one it is easy to make one) and dot three five-petaled flowers with white polish.


Almost finished. Now use your dotting tool and add gold to the center of each flower. I used OPI "Pros and Bronze."

 
Next, take a striping brush and paint gold stems, actually it's kind of a vine. Sorry, I forgot to get a picture of this step. But you can see the results in the finished product.

Some more pictures of the finished Fenton inspired manicure. It was hard to get all the details in the pictures.

What inspires you?

Happy Polishing!





Me versus water marbling

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I took on water marbling today. There wasn't a clear victor in this battle. There are tons of blog posts and videos on marbling so I am not going to go over it step by step. But let me go over some of the things I learned.

1. Make sure you have plenty of time.

2. Definitely use scotch tape and cuticle oil to aid in clean up.

3. One of the biggest errors I  made (You can see it on my pinkie) was to dip the finger in the water instead of "laying" it on the design and then submersing it.

4. Keeping the water clean and free of polish particles was an issue for me. I ended up changing the water twice.

The first fingernail I did came out the best. That was my pointer finger. I wish they would have all come out like that. 

I tried to pick bright colors and went with China Glaze and one Orly. The only polish that gave me any trouble was the CG white. It didn't disperse as well as the other polishes.

I am not sure I will do this too often as it was phenomenally time consuming. But who knows. Now that I have done it once maybe the next time won't take as long.

Happy Polishing!

Kelly

 

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