15 March 2013

St. Patrick's Mani #2: Holo Shamrocks!

Hiya! Happy Pi Day! (I'm kicking myself for not doing pi nails...)

Instead, today I will be showing you the second of three St. Paddy's manicures I'll have worn by the time the day actually comes around. (I'm doing a really cool shamrock water-marble for the 17th, based on a tutorial I found on YouTube. Stay tuned for that one!) This one features one of the 2013 Color Club Halo Hues, which, as I found out, work GREAT for stamping! Observe:

Wheee :)

Actually, this was one of the hardest-to-capture-on-cam manis I've ever done. The shamrocks, in low light, were a lot crisper and easier to see in real life. I started with an easy coat of China Glaze Stone Cold, that awesome suede-finish stone-grey I've featured here before. That dried quickly, and then I stamped the shamrocks from Bundle Monster plate #BM03 with Color Club Kismet, a lovely light-green linear holographic. I am so impressed with these Halo Hues, you guys, omg. The formula is just unprecedented for holos!

Anyway, at this point everything was still matte, and you could see the stamping pretty well, although the holo wasn't as impressive:

Matte--no flash

Matte with flash. You can see a wee bit of the holo, but not much.

So, I added a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat, and wooooo!

Can't see the shamrocks quite as well, but, shiny! This was the first time I'd worn Stone Cold with topcoat, and I was super impressed.

Indirect-but-still-bright light is where this mani photographs best. It's pretty impressive IRL in the sunlight, but the cam just couldn't show it! So this is the best pic I've got.

Hope you enjoyed this one! I will be away until Sunday night... have a safe and fun St. Patricks if you celebrate it, and a safe and fun weekend if you don't! xoxo

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