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Fishbowl Friday *002*

As mentioned on Wednesday, this week's prompt was TROPICAL...

Tropical Nails

Orly Neon Gradient

Orly Neon Gradient

Tropical Nails

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Orly Tropical Pop
2 Coats Orly Ablaze
2 Coats Orly Va Va Voom
1 Coat Orly Hot Tropics (thumbs only)
2 Coats NYC Sweet Candy
1 Coat Essie Good To Go

Initially, this is not at all what I had in mind. Thanks to issues with Sweet Candy in yesterday's mani, (which I didn't post because it was so far beyond a failicure) I regrouped last night and came up with the idea of a neon gradient. I also reached for Sweet Candy again, and my mani suffered for it. What is it with that polish and my DNA right now?!? O.o

Ahem. Anyway.

I tried sponging this gradient, and that just wasn't working thanks to the semi-matte formula on Va Va Voom. It didn't want to cooperate at all with the sponging process. So... I removed everything and started over. Because I love doing that!!! (said no one, ever.)

The second time around, I figured I'd just try to freehand the gradient with the brush, and I think it worked for the Ablaze to Va Va Voom part of the gradient, but the Tropical Pop to Ablaze part looks a liiiiittle stripey and kinda harsh.

Originally, I thought I'd cap off my tips with Hot Tropics, but my nails are nubs, so I only had room on my thumbs. That didn't really turn out how I planned either. Pretty sure my thumbs would've looked better without it!

But enough about the gradient... on to my issues with NYC Sweet Candy! Something about the formula, my DNA, and the combination of polishes I've been using in the past 2 days just has not been working out. I had major wrinkly smudges yesterday, the result of the Seche Vite drying waaaaaay before all the layers underneath. This is how Seche Vite works, it just apparently got to Sweet Candy and majorly stalled. Boo.

Given that issue, last night I figured I would switch to Essie Good to Go, and wouldn't have the same problem. I'm not sure why, but if a polish bubbles or has issues with one of the two fast drying top coats, I can usually switch to the other and the problem is fixed. Not so last night... Not. So. At. All.

The same thing happened! Wrinkly smudges!!! Add in some polish pooling, and I'm disappointed in how these turned out, not gonna lie.

That being said, though... I looooove the brightness! It's kind of fun to be wearing such a bright pop of neon on such a gray, cloudy, chilly day! Also... it being Halloween and all, my nails do look a little festive. So... yay for that, I guess?!? I'll post the next prompt early next week, but for now, Happy Friday and Happy Halloween! Hope you have a GREAT weekend!!!

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