Thanks to being one day behind on the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge, GLITTER has found its way into another Fishbowl Friday/31 Day Challenge mashup. Since I'm a firm believer that you can never have too much GLITTER in your life, I'll always be okay with that. Always! Today, we're mixing GLITTER from #31DC2015 with METALLIC for Fishbowl Friday 046...
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats KBShimmer Look High and Holo
1 Coat KBShimmer Look on the Nightside
1 Coat KBShimmer Look High and Holo
2 Coats Pure Ice Oh, Baby
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite
I've been saving Look High and Holo for the 31 Day Challenge GLITTER prompt since I ordered it. That was before I knew I'd be a day behind, and that I'd need to combine it with whatever prompt I picked for my weekly Fishbowl Friday series. When I pulled METALLIC, I contemplated fishing around for something else! I mean, Look High and Holo is positively brimming with metallic glitter! But that never stopped me before, and I'm proud to say, I stood (sat, really) resolute and added flakies of the metallic duochrome variety and a ton of shimmer.
This was my first experience with a polish like Look High and Holo. Essentially, it's a Jelly Glitter Sandwich in a bottle. I wasn't sure what to expect. I mean, the polish looks gorgeous in the bottle, but would it apply easily? Would I be fishing for glitter? Would it be a thick and lumpy formula? Soooo many questions!
Application was great. There's not a big learning curve with the KBShimmer cap and brush, and I'm so thankful for that! I didn't really have to manipulate the glitter much, either. One coat of Look High and Holo gave me a decent spread of glitter with just a couple of non-glitter patches. I went back in with a second coat and everything evened out.
Next, I applied a moderate coat of KBShimmer Look on the Nightside. It's a metallic duochrome flaky glitter that flashes from green to purple. The glitter payoff is huge in Look on the Nightside, so I had to use a little bit less polish than I typically would've added had I used another glitter or flaky polish.
Because I was going for a Jelly Glitter and Metallic Flaky Sandwich, (that needs a better name) I added a third coat of Look High and Holo. I even remembered to wrap my tips. In hindsight (and after looking at the photos) I probably would've wrapped them with each coat. Next time, next time!
At that point, I could've slowed down the sparkle train, added clear coat, topped everything with Seche Vite, and called it a night. But this is me we're talking about, and this layering clearly needed a little bit of shimmer. So, I painted on a coat of Pure Ice Oh, Baby. And then another one.
Finally, I was happy with the amount of glitter, flakies, shimmer, and sparkles on my nails. I added a coat of Clear Coat to help seal everything in and give me a smooth finish. Then, I topped off my sparkletastic layering with a generous coat of Seche Vite.
And I really don't want to take it off... so don't be too surprised if I paint my HALF MOONS for tomorrow right on top of my GLITTER from today!