I found this little gem while browsing pinterest today:
It inspired my current nails. If you can not tell what I was going for the red was ment to be an outline of Ariel’s hair, the purple the sea shell bra, and finally the green is her mermaid tail.
It looked better in my head but if I hold my fingers just right so that the designs line up perfectly, which to be honest would never happen in real life, someone might be able to tell what it is. It also helps if you wear a little mermaid shirt, give lots of hints then ultimately resort to telling them what it is.
Here is a close up of my thumb which to me is the most interesting looking design. If you want to know how I created this look or what colors I used just send me a comment 🙂
Hey Sailor is from the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection released in spring 2011, but is a part of the normal China Glaze collection located at Sally Beauty Supply.
It is a bright red cream that almost has the finish of a jelly polish. It is fairly easy to apply but the formula is thin so watch out for cuticle flooding. Working with two thin coats rather than one thick coat seems to be the better method when applying Hey Sailor, but if you work carefully I think you could get away with just one.
I have worn this several times and there always seems to be horrible tip wear after only one to two days. It never chips or flakes off but I have to keep touching it up. I would also recommend wearing a good base coat to prevent staining.
Ahoy is a beautiful berry pink from China Glaze’s Spring 2011 Anchors Away Collection. Ahoy combines the glass fleck look with gold micro-glitter. It applies very smoothly for a relatively thin polish. It is very sheer on the first coat, but with the second coat it becomes quite opaque. I could just see a hint of a visible nail line in a few of my photos at two coats even though it looks opaque in person.
I love the way this polish looks and the shimmer is beautiful. It is quick drying and one of my new go to colors for summer.
The base color for Ahoy is very similar to Do You Think I’m Tex-y? from the OPI Texas Collection (reviewed here). Since Ahoy is available where ever China Glaze is sold, and Do You Think I’m Tex-y was a part of a discontinued collection from OPI, I would highly recommend Ahoy. It is less expensive, glittery, and more opaque. No Ahoy is not a jelly polish, but I hate the visible nail line associated with Do You Think I’m Tex-y so for me it is definitely an improvement.
Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) is from the China Glaze Collection Colours From the Capitol. I originally bought this shade for my neutral loving mom, but loved it so much on her that I went out and bought my own bottle as well as and a backup bottle. Fast Track is the polish representing District 6 – Transportation, but for me this color really doesn’t really remind me of transportation, but I loved it so much I can overlook a little inconsistency within a collection of polishes. I layered one thick coat of Luxe and Lush (representing District 1 – Luxury) on my ring finger.
Fast Track is a dusty creme beige base that has a beautiful gold flaked shimmer. It is a work safe color with more than just a hint of the beautiful gold shimmer. The formula of this polish is just fantastic. It is sheer on the first coat and looks nearly opaque in two but still had a bit of visible nail line. I finally built up the polish to three coats, but the polish dries quickly so it wasn’t a problem.
Luxe and Lush is such a versatile top coat, it is so beautiful when worn on an accent nail. You can see the pink/gold and pale blue/green shifts when worn over when worn over Fast Track. Here it really looks like shards of glass.
Smoke & Ashes and Luxe and Lush are from the China Glaze Collection Colours From the Capitol which were inspired by the recently released Hunger Games movie. I saw it last weekend and is amazing 🙂 I also just started the second book, sorry I will get back to the nail polish now. So far I have only picked up three polishes from this collection Smoke and Ashes, Luxe and Lush, and Fast Track. Even though I was extremely excited for this collection when I saw them in person I was reluctant to pick up every color. Smoke and Ashes (representing District 12 – Mining) is a not quite black, but very dark blue base that contains green and blue glass flecks. Luxe and Lush (representing District 1 – Luxury) is a top coat with irregularly shaped crystalline mylar flakes that looks like shards of glass.
As far as formula goes for Smoke and Ashes I have few complaints, it is a thick but smooth polish that is very pigmented and covers the nail beautifully in almost one coat. I applied two coats to even things out, I would recommend a longer drying time between coats because I ran into flooded cuticles and some dragging with my second coat. As far as the glass flecks go they are beautiful in direct sunlight and less visible in the pictures than in person. I am always cautious when it comes to wearing polish that looks like it will stain nails, so I doubled up on the base coat just to be safe.
Luxe and Lush is amazing top coat that has mylar flakes suspended in a clear milky base. It is essentially everything I wanted China Glaze Snowglobe to be. I tried brushing this on in the traditional way and it just doesn’t work with these kinds of polish. I found that I had to drip or smear the flakes on to the nail and move them around until I had desired coverage. The flakes shift depending on the base color worn, but I can see blue/green and pink/gold shifts when worn over Smoke and Ashes. This was a really hard polish to photograph, but it looks so amazing in person.
I finally got around to making my own version of galaxy or space nails. I have seen many different approaches but I used the sponging technique.
Base Coat: China Glaze Haunting- A black base with tiny silver glitter.
Sponging Colors: OPI Holy Pink Pagoda!- A hot pink and Azure for Sure- a turquoise blue.
Glitter Accents: China Glaze Snow Globe- an iridescent, multi-colored glitter.
Scrapbooking shapes- iridescent star and moon shapes.
First I applied two coats of China Glaze’s Haunting as the base coat and allowed it to dry. Then I used a tiny chunk of sponge dipped in with either Holy Pink Pagoda! or Azure for Sure and lightly sponged splotches of color in concentrated areas to create the “cosmic dust.” If you find that you applied too much of either color simply sponge more of your base color over the top. If you desire to add “stars” simply sponge on a tiny bit of China Glaze’s Snow Globe. I also added some scrapbooking accents to my thumbs to emphasize the space theme.
I love how these nails turned out and they were so simple to execute. If anyone has any galaxy nail tips or versions of your own I would love to see them 🙂
I decided to add-on to my (failed) blue matte nail polish. I used a dotting tool and Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear nail polish in #300 White On. At first I was going to just put one dot per nail but I decided to add more and it looked like falling snow.
I have not put a top coat on because I can see very prominent wear on the tips of all of my nails. So I will most likely be changing it soon.