Monday Manicure – Chrome nails

Good morning!
Have you heard of chrome nails? I had not, but I won a chrome manicure from a local nail salon on Instagram!
So off I went and there were the results:

rose gold chrome nails

Chrome nails are CRAZY shiny – metallic, sparkly, whatever you fancy. There’s so much variation available because of the process.  And this was an elaborate manicure, even by gel standards. There was a base coat, the cured (put under the UV lamp).

Next, there is a base color. Knowing nothing about chrome nails, I was surprised that base colors were orange and brown. There was a layer of base coat, then cured, then repeated. Then a gel top coat was applied and cured. That’s six layers!

One the nail technician wiped my nail clean, she pulled out a tiny jar of sparkles. It was about the same size as a jar of loose mineral eye shadow. And she had a sponge-tip eyeshadow applicator, too! At this point I got confused, because I had orange and brown nails and now the manicurist has glitter? But this was the chrome part! She dipped the eyeshadow applicator in the sparkly powder, and rubbed it into my nails. And like magic, they suddenly looked like this:

rose gold chrome nails indoors

The powder somehow blended into the polish (which was bone dry) and changed the color. It was amazing to watch. Science at the salon!

I’ve since watched the chrome nail technique on YouTube maybe 983,561 times, and I wonder if I can duplicate it at home…

Have you tried a Chrome manicure yet?


Wendy

Manicure Monday – Wet n Wild WildShine in Sparked

Hello strangers! I’m back with a Manicure Monday!
This is Wet n Wild Wild Shine nail polish in Sparked. I received it in a goody bag from that awesome Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus launch event I attended last year.

Wet n Wild Wild Shine nail color
Sparked is is a fuchsia pink polish base with chunky silver glitter. The silver flashes to make the color seem lighter at some angles.

Wet n Wild WildShine in Sparked

What I really like about this glittery polish is that I don’t have to be super precise when applying it. I was in a hurry this morning, and slapped on three coats. I dare say it looks pretty good for a rush job.

Wet n Wild WildShine in Sparked

I haven’t worn polish in a while and my cuticles are in rough shape…but a few coats of Wet n Wild WildShine in Sparked and I felt like a lady again. When I get tip wear, I think I’ll just dab more polish on to make the color last a few more days. Since the polish is so chunky with glitter, there’s no worry about blending anything in. Perfect for gals in a rush! I like the slimline bottle, too.

What’s on your nails today? Do you like glitter polishes?

 


Wendy

Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green

Good morning friends!
I pulled out this color -Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green – from deeeep within my nail polish stash for today’s Manicure Monday. I’ve probably had this nail polish for a good 5 or 6 years.

Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green

I love this color. Not just the nail polish, but Olive Green in general is a favorite shade of mine. I’d wear this color all day every day if I were not afraid of looking…militant.
Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green

Olive Green is a rich, deep, dusty green. With colors this bold, nail polishing errors sure are apparent, aren’t they? I’m still working on my polishing skillz.

Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Olive Green

I only need two coats for full opacity. It was layered over a base coat of Orly Bonder and under a top coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. It applied smoothly and evenly. Because I am impatient, I dunked my fingertips in a bowl of ice water to make it dry faster. I got about 5 days’ wear from this combo before it started to chip.

What’s on your nails today?


Wendy

OPI Hello Kitty Collection – Super Cute in Pink

Good morning!
Last weekend I treated myself to a mani and pedi at a new nail salon in my neighborhood. I’d taken my own polish, but then I saw the Hello Kitty OPI collection on the shelf…
Now, I knew about this collection, but I really have to restrain myself with the Hello Kitty merchandise. I came back from working in Japan with an entire giant suitcase full of Hello Kitty cuteness. So I told myself NO. I do NOT need to buy anymore nail polish, even if it’s Hello Kitty!

But if it’s at the salon, it’s fair game!
This is Super Cute in Pink. It’s bright mauve in a creme/jelly formula.

OPI Hello Kitty Collection - Super Cute in Pink

So bright! So shiny! So…SUPER CUTE!

OPI Hello Kitty Collection - Super Cute in Pink

Alas, the nail technician only applied two coats, and I don’t think it was enough since I have Visible Nail Lines (VNL). I think jelly formula polishes are a bit thinner and need three coats for full opacity.
But, who cares?! It’s Hello Kitty nail polish!

What color is on your nails today?


Wendy

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish from the Star Wars collection in Red Revenge

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend.

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed another nail polish from the Star Wars Cover Girl collection in Mutant, and I’m back with another one!

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish from the Star Wars collection in Red Revenge
This is Red Revenge. It’s a cherry-red shade with incredible shine. The Cover Girl Outlast formula is smooth and easy to apply.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish from the Star Wars collection in Red Revenge

I only needed two coats for full opacity. The Cover Girl formula dries quickly and I only see a bit of tip wear before my nails grow out so much that I have to remove it. I love this Outlast line! Chipping has always been a frustrating problem for me, but this polish really adheres to my nails. I’ve already cruised the Cover Girl section at Target to look for more Outlast polishes.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish from the Star Wars collection in Red Revenge

So pretty! Thank you Cover Girl for sending this over for me to try, because I am really impressed with the longevity of the Outlast polishes!

What’s on your nails today?


Wendy