I thought I'd put together a post featuring all the NOTD's (that's Nails of the Day for the uninitiated) I've done over the last month and a bit for you. All of the polishes I've been using are in my Winter Project Polish so no, I haven't been sneaky & used something else!
The first mani off the rank involved a base of Sea Siren Cosmetics' Sea Fog, then 2 coats of Butter London's Royal Navy in a diagonal line. To achieve that line, I painted 1 coat of my beloved Good To Go top coat over Sea Fog, waited about 15 minutes before applying sticky tape in a diagonal across my nails, then painting 2-3 coats of Royal Navy. I was seriously tempted not to do this tape mani & just sport Sea Fog on its own because it was love at first wear, but I really wanted to give this a go and I think it turned out well. I still need to work on getting my lines to look crisper - from memory I did have trouble peeling off the tape cleanly - but overall I think it looked pretty good!
Next up I did 2 coats of Essie's Borrowed & Blue with 1-2 coats of Sea Siren's Reflections as a glitter topper. My initial idea was to do a line of Reflections in the middle of my nail, but upon application I decided I didn't like the idea, so that was scrapped. I quite liked this mani - it felt kinda wintery to me. I probably could've done with an extra coat of Borrowed & Blue as it was quite streaky upon the first coat. It levelled out ok by the 2nd coat + top coat though, but just bear that in mind if you purchase this at some stage. (FYI Aussies, Borrowed & Blue isn't available here sadly.)
My 3rd mani involved an oldie but a goodie - Butter London's Knees Up. From memory I only needed 2 coats. For all the whinging I do about Butter London's formulas, I can't help but ♥♥♥ this shade. It reminds me of Jessica Rabbit's dress & despite the name (a British euphemism for getting drunk), I feel equal parts classy, vampy & (dare I say it) seductive when I sport it. It's a great shade for this time of the year & would be perfect to wear at Christmas too. If you're looking for a dupe, Di from Max the Unicorn recently wore a FABY shade that looks pretty close to Knees Up.
The next idea I had in mine was another tape mani. Again I wanted to use Butter London's Royal Navy, but this time I wanted to do triangles using Ciate's Knickerbocker Glory. However, when I went to remove the tape, my efforts turned into one giant SNAFU & therefore meant I had to remove the entire mani. After that I decided I didn't want to deal with Royal Navy anymore because removing it was painful. I'm talking blueticles & Smurf-esque fingers. Besides, the shade looks more like a midnight blue/black on my nails, not navy.
Not to be deterred, I dusted myself off a few days later, trimmed my nails (one of them had broken) & had a think about what shade I'd like to use next....and decided it was high time I used Kester Black's Laguna. Since teals are notorious for staining, I decided to apply an extra coat of base coat just to be on the safe side. I'm pleased to say that it worked and my fingers weren't stained post-removal WOO! I also applied 2 coats of colour & must say it was pretty opaque even after the first coat. I did see some nail outline after 2 coats, but nothing major. The wider brush was really easy to work with as well - I'm a fan of those types of brushes due to having wide nail beds. I'm pissed off about the blurry photo though - I tried taking it several times, but every single shot came out like this, so I gave up. Nevertheless, I hope this satisfies your curiosity as I know several people were lusting after this shade. :o)
The last & most recent mani involved a base of Sea Siren's Pink Champagne with Essie's No Place Like Chrome dots. What you see here is 3 coats of Pink Champagne, plus the dots. Even though I hate sheer polishes, I can't bring myself to hate Pink Champagne because I think it's a good nude/nude pink shade for me; plus the addition of dots hides any mistakes I made. ;o) That said, could've done a better job of cleaning up my cuticles...
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