Nail Adventures: Semi-Matte

I have done all types of nail art styles: from Lego to flowers to glittery bits. The last frontier for me: matte nails.

I love all things sparkly. I have matte lipsticks; I put gloss over them. I have matte eye shadows; I use them as base for shimmery shadows. Glossy things make me happy, and matte nails, for me, do not make me happy. It feels as though it is unfinished.

Yet, one does not grow without change. My hiatus has taught me that. Even if it is painful, even if it is the last thing one wishes to do, one has to embrace change for what it is–better or worse.

So, I decided to grab myself so matte topcoat and give the look a try. If I don’t like it, well, that’s what nail polish remover is for. 🙂

Since I am in Texas on vacation, I had the chance to stop by Wal-Mart and see their nail polish selection. I do love a good deal. I picked up a new to me brand called Salon Perfect. I grabbed their matte topcoat and a beautiful bright blue called Bermuda Baby. It took me 3 coats to get it opaque. I also picked up some Maybelline Color Show polish in Nightlife Noise. This is from their Street Art collection, and it’s full of matte confetti that looks like paint splatter when layered over a polish. This one is a mix of black and royal blue confetti.

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The result?

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I opted to keep the ring fingers glossy, and I applied Nightlife Noise over two coats of Essie’s Licorice.

The verdict? It’s ok. I’m not 100% sold on it, but I think if I try it again I may use the matte topcoat over actual glitter and see how that effect strikes me. I am glad I gave it a try. 🙂

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Nail Adventures Preview: First Gel Manicure

This was supposed to be a finished look by now, but I got caught up working on some Important Things for y’all (get excited, it’s awesome!) So, have a preview of the tools I’m using for the look coming on Friday:

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I’ve never done a gel manicure, and I wonder if I can get the same fancy looks in half the time of using standard polish. I know most folks focus on wear time when it comes to gel manicures, but since I do my nails so often, that’s not so much my focus as it is time. I’d probably do more designs if the polish dried faster.

What about quick dry polish, you say? The problem with that is it isn’t for a design. It’s meant to make you look polished (heh) quickly. But if I can do layers and dry them, then adding on designs wouldn’t be so bad. Basically, it’s time for an experiment! Hopefully I don’t mess this up. See the results tomorrow!

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