Well, I did not win a prize in the Skittlette Contest but I sure did have fun coming up with the manicure. You should check out all the awesome entries and see if your favorites won!
The polishes I used were:
OPI Alpine Snow
OPI Black Onyx
OPI Pirouette my Whistle
Color Club Harp on It
Glitzology Robots in Love
OK. Jokes aside, I have been reading a whole lot about using PVA glue as a base coat for glitter so I thought that I should give it a go too 🙂
When I first opened the bottle of glue, it was really really thick so I decided that I had to water it down. So, i busted out an empty mini bottle I had lying around and added 1 part of glue to 1 part water. I mixed it up and went on my merry way of painting my nails.
*Let me tell you this, waiting for the PVA to dry was nothing like waiting for base coat to dry. It takes way, way longer than normal base coat does.*
Anyways, I decided to use OPI Crown Me Already, one of my most chunky glitters to test the wonders of a peel off base on my left hand. And on my right hand I used NYX Mushroom Glitter. I applied 3 coats of each and topped it off with Seche Vite.
On to the removal!!
The ‘basecoat’ and glitters!
I can’t seem to get enough of glitter gradients! I love how that little bit of polish can bring the whole manicure to a different level. My last glitter gradient manicure was of quite contrasting colors. So this time I decided to go for a more neutral palette.
I used E.L.F colors in this manicure. It was not an easy task to get my hands on this polish. I was trying out a forwarding company based in the US for this order since E.L.F Cosmetics do not ship to Malaysia. It took about a month from my payment date to E.L.F Cosmetics to the day I received the parcel. And the price tag was USD 31.95 for 15 products which was wonderful and for shipping —- USD 45!
Ah well, I had it coming my way. Itchy hands you might say. Thank goodness all the products arrived safe and sound. No cracks, breaks or chips in the makeup.
I picked out only 3 polishes from E.L.F after reading the reviews. It was kinda confusing because the reviews were from 5 stars all the way down to only 1 star. The shades I picked out were Fire Coral, Golden Goddess and Desert Haze which would be used in this post.
Desert Haze is a dusty nude, somewhat clay colored polish. Application was a dream! It was kind of streaky on the first coat by the second coat covered up nicely. I sponged 2 different silver glitters on the tips – Bloop silver glitter and OPI Crown me already. I chose the silver glitter instead of the silver polish to create a less silver tip. I was trying to create a smooth gradient where the colours seemed to blend into each other.
The lack of the opaque silver layer made this manicure more delicate and sweet. And if you didn’t pay attention to it you would actually miss the glitter. Which works for sneaking a glitter manicure into the office 😀
Nail polishes used: E.L.F Desert Haze, OPI Crown Me Already, Bloop Silver Glitter
After 2 weeks of waiting and checking, it finally arrived in the mail! I was kind of a surprised actually. Kae did give me a tracking number but the USPS tracking number only worked when the parcel was still within the US. Once it left LA, I was left clueless.
I actually got this parcel when I was collecting letters from my mailbox in the office. Looking at the little hill of papers in the mailbox I thought – My gosh! How many letters do I have to sort through today! Little did I know that this was sitting underneath the mail!
I was surprised to see such a big box as I only ordered some minis from her.
The polishes were nicely wrapped in a tissue paper parcel and nicely tucked in a bed of more tissue paper! The little package was a shade of blue that was so familiar. I did a mani with a similar color not too long ago. Can you guess which?
Kae even included a little thank you note under the package!
These are my newest additions to my stash:
From L-R: Sea Creature, Twenty Ten, Mumbling, I Hate Pink
I don’t want to swamp you with too many photos. So, individual bottle shots after the jump!