Oy! Hey nail people! Happy St. Patrick's Day! I am of Irish heritage, if you couldn't tell from my pink skin, but don't really celebrate. I feel like this holiday may be blown entirely out of proportion in the US. I'm not sure! I probably will relax at home tonight with a gin & tonic and catch up on Walking Dead- haha!
But, I did want to do a quick manicure to mark the occasion! I couldn't decided on one technique, so I went with a skittlette, making two waterfall nails, and two nails with a v-shape using NailVinyls in skinny chevron.
Essie- Mojito Madness, Kleancolor- Metallic Green, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Gilded Lily, Misa- Got it Made in the Shade, Misa- Lime Love, NYX Advanced Salon Formula- Lime, Sinful Colors- Shamrockin', Illamasqua- Kink
For the waterfall nails, I started with a base of Nyx Advanced Salon Formula- Lime, which I've been meaning to try forever. Then I used various nail art brushes to paint on different colors: Illamasqua- Kink, Essie- Mojito Madness, Kleancolor- Metallic Green, and Misa- Got it Made in the Shade. Kink dried too quickly and didn't want to make clean lines.
The middle nail has a base of Misa- Lime Love, and the ring nail and index nail have a base of Misa- Got it Made in the Shade. My goal with this manicure was to use as many untried polishes as possible, and I knocked seven off my list!
The glitter is, of course, the new Sinful Colors- Shamrockin'. I really liked how it looked layered over the muted green, Got it Made in the Shade. When the two middle nails were completely dry, I applied a NailVinyl to mask off the v-shape, and painted a thick coat of Illamasqua- Kink. That dries quickly to a rubberized finish, so I was able to sponge on the gold glitter, SHCSM- Gilded Lily, pretty shortly after.
All nails were topped with a layer of American Classics- Gelous plus one coat of Sally Hansen- Dries Instantly.
So, this is a bit of a nail fail for me. I'm honestly not entirely thrilled with this design, and I used a peel base, and was very satisfied when it peeled off entirely yesterday (No, these aren't my actual notd!)
I guess they were cute from far away? I don't know! I think they were just too tacky or busy or something!
I just think that there were too many layers, and the middle nails got thick, and look misshapen. I also got bubbling around the big flower/ shamrock glitters when I top coated them. That always happens to me when I top coat bigger glitters...I think it's the curvature of my nail.
I did kinda like how the thumb waterfall came out:
It's not a perfect waterfall but I used some new Winstonia store brushes, and so I'm still figuring them out.
Did you guys do any St. Patrick's Day nails?