(what's left of it, that is. I started this around 11:30p)...
This has been a crazy week, so I'm so sorry for not updating before now. I have a few recent manis that I'll just combine into one post. And then I'll try to get back on track with the daily NOTDs next week. I should have my "big" Dermelect review either Monday or Tuesday as well (plus a surprise, so stay tuned. LOL).
Here are my recent manis that I haven't gotten around to posting yet...
First up is RBL Killa Red
Sigh. I love the color in the picture and in brighter light, but that's about the only thing I love. The formula was hard to work with. You'd think with it being a RBL it wouldn't be such a bear, but I struggled with it for the entire mani (actually 2, but more on that in a minute). Also, the brush on my Killa Red was a freakin' mop. I managed to make it through, but my application isn't as neat as I'd like. In darker light, or under the halogen in my kitchen (where I polish my nails), this looks very dark. In fact, it looked very similar to OPI Got the Blues for Red (which is a great color, but I expected something different). In bright light, it's much lighter and it's a beautiful color, but I wish I got Glamourpuss instead. Lastly, it seems, on me at least, that RBL cremes do not want to work with some base coats. I finally got it to play nice with Orly Calcium Shield, but I had to remove my previous mani and reapply Killa Red because it was so glumpy with the first base coat. I plan on keeping it and using it again with longer nails, but if the color wasn't so nice, I'd have to put it in the "no" pile. So far, I'm 0 for 2 with RBL cremes. I didn't really like Au Chocolat, either. But I'm planning to try again soon.
Next is the ubiquitous ChG Emerald Sparkle Holiday Mani
I love ES, but I only used this for Christmas Eve because I felt it was expected. Not by my ILs (who I spend Christmas Eve), but by the NP gods in general. It applied perfect, and without a lot of fuss. This is one coat with another spot coat to cover a few bald spots. I liked it, and I love the color, but I removed it pretty quickly. I just don't like conforming. LOL.
Lastly, here's my attempt at some festive nail art
This is 2 coats of Essie Amalfi (a pretty white/gold (heavier on the gold) shimmer), with 2 coats of ChG Golden Enchantment. I also did dots with Migi Nail Art in red and gold. On my index finger is 2 coats of the Migi Nail Art red (Migi is unique in that there's a dotter and brush on each color. Click the "Migi Nail Art" label to see more info on Migi... I'm too lazy to link right now, sorry :P). I meant for this to look like strands of beaded garland. I think the look turned out okay, but there were so many coats on my nails that I ended up getting sheet marks and shrinkage. I took this off this morning (Christmas Day after I did this the night of Christmas Eve). My nails were actually nekkid for Christmas *gasp*.
And that's it for right now. I plan on starting back up with the daily NOTDs very soon. I hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas.