It's funny how #31DC2015 can mess with your head a little. I went into painting my GALAXIES last night with a lot of confidence. But the idea in my head just was nawt transferring to my nails. Still, while these aren't as vivid as I might've liked, I think they turned out really well. They're just a bit more subtle than I had originally planned...
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
1 Coat SinfulColors Glass Pink
2 Coats SinfulColors Calypso
SinfulColors Blue La La
SinfulColors Cream Pink
SinfulColors Dream On
SinfulColors Let Me Go
SinfulColors Snow Me White
SinfulColors Teal Midnight
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite
For a couple of days now, I've had the idea of dark green GALAXIES in my mind. I feel like blue, purple, and black have been done so many times before. Why not green? Also, I have been wanting to do an exclusive SinfulColors Seriotype/Galaxy mani for some time. Mainly to show that it's totally possible to do cool nail art and elaborate layerings on a budget!
Not figuring in base coat or either top coat, the polishes used in this layering will set you back seventeen bucks. Shop during a Walgreens sale, and it would be half that price! If you're just getting into nail art and building your collection, SinfulColors is a great place to start. It's also a great way to amass a huge amount of colors and finishes at a fraction of the cost. (Fangirl over he-ere!)
I used Glass Pink as a base for my nails. I've never used Calypso before, so I don't know if it's a stainer. But polishes this color tend to do that, regardless of what brand they are! Two coats of Calypso followed, giving me a nice dark teal base.
Using cosmetic sponges that I had cut up into smaller squares, I dabbed Dream On, Blue La La, Snow White, Cream Pink, Let Me Go, and Calypso over my nails. When I was happy with the level of colors, I added some small dabs of Teal Midnight to add a little sparkle. Two coats of Clear Coat melded all my colors together nicely, and a coat of Seche Vite set everything into place.
In hindsight, I probably should've started with Snow Me White over Calypso, rather than Dream On. It's been so long since I did a proper galaxy manicure that I sort of forgot how to build one! This layering definitely leans more towards a Seriotype than a proper Galaxy manicure. I really like how it turned out. Bonus points for the fact that Calypso is practically a dead-on dupe for Pantone Reflecting Pond. It definitely takes me back to the early 90's era of mini back-packs, that's for sure!
As much as I would love to leave this on for another couple days, that wouldn't change the fact that the next prompt is WATER MARBLE. No lie, I have not attempted one since last year, and I probably won't attempt another one until next year. Think of me while you're settling down for sweet dreams tonight. I'll be battling the dreaded WATER MARBLE... hopefully not all night! (I totally get a reprieve if I can't do it by midnight, right? I mean, I need my sleep, and you'd much rather see a gorgeous seriotype than a water-marbled failicure, right?!? I knew it!!!)