I started out by applying three coats of OPI’s Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj mini collection released January 2012. Pink Friday is a creamy light bubblegum pink that applies streaky so I need every bit of the three coats to even out the color. It also takes a long time to dry. If you apply carefully you will most likely be just fine, but I found that I had trouble with large air bubbles coming to the surface, I think that this is mostly due to user error/frustration with the streaky formula. The color lies somewhere between a light pastel and a bubblegum pink. I would be reluctant to use it again, but if you really like the crazy color combinations in the Nicki Minaj collection I would invest in the OPI mini bottles like I did.
Here is how I made the cute dinosaur (mostly to cover up the horrible bubbles).
1) I painted my nails with three coats of OPI’s Pink Friday.
2) Then I applied a coat of Seche Vite which improved the overall smoothness of Pink Friday.
3) Then I used my homemade dotting tool to make the dinosaurs (see the diagram below) I started out with the oval body, start with plenty of polish on the dotting tool and drag out the dot until you get an oval shape. Drag out a tail to one side. Make the dot for the head you are done with the first color.
4) Then using a second corresponding color make a tiny dot for the eye and 4 to 5 dots on the back of the dinosaur.
5) Make as many dinos as you like, I only did one on the ring finger and thumb nails and apply a top coat.
Thanks for reading it is hard to believe that this is already my 50th post.
Here it is as promised my first jelly sandwich manicure. I love the subtle glitter shimmering from below the layer of pink jelly polish. Here are the steps 🙂
1) First apply 3 coats OPI’s Do You Think I’m Tex-y? or any other jelly or sorbet finish polish on all nails.
2) I applied Seche Vite and wore my manicure for a full day before adding the glitter. You can do this manicure in one sitting, but just make sure the polish is completely dry.
3) You can either apply the glitter polish over the whole nail or you can use a makeup sponge to create a glitter gradient effect like I did. I used a makeup sponge to lightly sponge the glitter polish (I used OPI’s Teenage Dream) starting at the base of my nail and worked toward the tips.
4) Let the glitter polish completely dry, then apply an additional coat of your jelly polish evenly over all nails. This leaves you with the glitter sandwich effect. You can simply leave the manicure as is or apply your favorite top coat.
I love how the jelly polish tones down the wild and crazy pink sparkle from Teenage Dream but still allows the color shifting to take place on the holographic multicolored reflective glitters.
Do You Think I’m Tex-y? is a cleverly named polish from the OPI Texas Collection. It is a redish-pink berry color with the OPI “sorbet” finish, which is a jelly- finishes. I love the high gloss and the squishy wet look the polish has even when dried, unfortunately there is a very visible nail line afer 3 coats which is unavoidable with jelly polishes. It is really not an issue on my nails due to lost a battle with a Smart Water bottle cap over spring break :(. I had to cut all my nails super short after I mutilated both of my index fingernails.
As far as formula goes it applies smoothly and dries quickly. I had to use 3 coats in the photos because the polish is so sheer. I love jelly polishes, but it just seems to be missing the shimmer factor that I love so much, so tomorrow I am going to be attempting a jelly polish sandwich. This is where you apply a glitter polish between layers of a jelly polish.
Last Friday Night is a very sheer blue glitter from the Katy Perry OPI Collection. Last Friday Night is densely packed with tiny foil micro-glitter and larger blue, pink and green hexagonal glitter in a pale blue jelly base. It has a bad reputation due to issues with opacity and for being different from the promotional pictures. For me it is just too sheer of a color to wear it on its own, but it makes a great top coat and I love it for half-moons. In the photo above I have one coat of Last Friday Night layered over two coats of OPI Azure for Sure (reviewed here).
With my half-moon nails Last Friday Night (previously posted here) is pictured over a clear base coat. It really shows how light the jelly blue base looks on the nail compared to how it looks in the bottle.
I find that Last Friday Night looks very similar to China Glaze’s Snow Globe. I will post a comparison sometime soon. As far as formula goes application is easy, especially for a glitter. It dries quickly with a slightly rough texture but can easily be smoothed with a clear top coat such as Seche Vite.
Azure for Sure is an aqua blue with turquoise shimmer undertones. I originally picked it up in the summer of 2005 or 2006. It was originally from the OPI Brights Collection that has since been discontinued. It still has the original OPI black label instead of the usual dark green. Why did OPI change label colors you may ask, well in 2006, OPI changed formula to longer contain DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and formaldehyde. After changing to a “Three Free” brand they differentiated by changing the labels to green. After finding out about the dangers of DBP and other possible dangerous chemicals I am hesitant to wear older formulas on a regular basis, but occasional use shouldn’t be a health issue.
This polish is one of the reasons I love OPI. First I have had this polish for about 6 years now and the formula applies just as well as any new OPI shimmer polish. It has great coverage for a shimmer in two coats, in the close up you can see a hint of visible nail line but in person it is not noticeable. It wears well, I went four days with minimal tip wear and only one chipped nail. You can still find this polish online for reasonable prices, but I would be weary due to the older formula.
I finally got around to posting my updated Pros & Bronze manicure. My Pros & Bronze manicure lasted nearly a week with only minimal tip wear. To make the zebra stripes I used a small tipped black sharpie. I know that many nail art enthusiasts use nail art pens or tiny paint brushes but I find that a sharpie marker works just as well and most people already have one.
I messed up several times, but with a q-tip slightly moistened with nail polish remover the sharpie comes right off and the polish below is not disturbed. I found that it was easier to google zebra print and look at an example than to try to draw from memory. If you use a sharpie make sure the design is completely dry before applying a layer of top coat, but the top coat is completely necessary or the design can rub off.
I’ve decided to put my polish buying on hold until I try out every polish in my collection. So with that I bring you Pros & Bronze from the OPI Fall 2011 Serena Williams Collection. This glittering bronze was released around the time of the US Open (if you follow sports). This was the only polish from this collection that I picked up.
It is a glittering bronze based polish with gold, pink and amber glass glitter flakes. Which results in a coppery nude shade with a glass flake’s shimmer and a foil polish’s shine with just a hint of a gold duochrome shining just around the edges.
Pros and Bronze has a slightly thin consistency that only becomes fully opaque after 3 coats. It dries fairly quickly and has a smooth and shiny texture but after I took pictures I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite to protect the finish. I love the finish but I just do not think that this is a good color for my super pale skin tone.