My due date is only days away, and I’m just waddling around the house waiting for the baby to pop out. Since I can’t do any heavy housework, my days are mostly spent baking and/or painting my nails. (Not at the same time!)
I’ve been changing my polish a lot lately, because of course it’s extremely important to have the perfect manicure when I’m in labor!
At least I’ll have something pretty to look at, right? Here are a few of the manis I’ve been sporting lately, in no particular order.
Sonoma Nail Art 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea over nailstation haute voltige
China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling with nail stickers
All That Glitters Arose From A Sleep
China Glaze Shower Together stamped with Make Up Store Greta
Sonoma Nail Art Tallulah over Essie Not Just A Pretty Face (matteified)
Which one is your favorite, and what would be your ultimate manicure?
I still haven’t found mine, so I guess the search continues! That’s what’s fun, right?
Jenn, one of my readers, asked if I could swatch Pahlish My Oblivion, and of course I can! It just takes a while to get around to it, but finally I managed to squeeze it in.
My Oblivion has a royal blue jelly base with various sizes and shapes of holographic gold glitter. It looks a little similar Toxic and Timeless, but T&T has a more teal base with yellow and blue glitters.
I used four coats to get My Oblivion opaque, I thought I was done after three coats, but the fourth coat really made a difference and made it deeper and more alive. The formula was a bit tricky, I had a hard time putting it on without getting it all over my skin and cuticles. It’s not because it’s runny, rather the opposite. The polish felt kinda “bouncy”, it was difficult getting it close to the cuticle to create the gap, and it seemed like it pulled away from the skin when I moved the brush over the nail. I decided to just paint into the skin instead, and rather do cleanup to get a nice gap. It was easy enough with my trusted e.l.f. concealer brush and pure acetone.
To get this mani smooth, I used two generous coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food (which dries matte) and one thick coat of Seche Vite for shinyness. The mani is totally smooth and glasslike a day after application, so it seems like Glitter Food really works!
Today I have a combination of two very cute pastel polishes for you.
One of them is a franken I made with Essie Mademoiselle. I thought it looked a bit too much like one of the OPI NYC Ballet polishes, so I added quite a few drops of OPI Too Hot Pink To Hold ‘Em to the bottle, turning it into a cute bubblegum pink jelly. I called it Mademoiselle F, the F is for franken, obviously.
This is nice and easy to apply, and I love that Essie drugstore brush! I wish all Essies could have them, the regular salon brush is way too thin for me. You’ll need a couple of coats of this for a subtle pink wash (perfect for french manis), but since my nails still have a lot of stains, I used four coats here.
I can’t just leave a blank canvas like this, so I picked out Happy Hands Motherboy from my untrieds drawer. This mix of pastel satin glitters in green, aqua, baby blue, pink, and lavender is from the Arrested Development inspired collection called “I’ve Made A Huge Mistake”. It looks super cute and delicate over this pink jelly, a really nice combination!
One coat is enough, and it’s nice and easy to apply with a little bit of dabbing here and there.
Happy Hands nail polish is sold on Etsy, the price is $8 a bottle.
Chaosophia wanted to see Pahlish Toxic and Timeless swatches, and I guess great minds think alike, because that was the polish I had already put on my nails!
T&T has a seaweed green jelly base with small iridescent glitter, large blue/lime/chartreuse hex and blue/chartreuse bars. It’s such an awesome glitterbomb, just looking at the bottle makes me kinda breathless. It’s like staring into a parallel galaxy.
I decided not to layer this over anything, because I wanted it to look as deep and glittery as it does in the bottle. This was achieved with three coats of T&T on its own. Now, this was challenging to apply, to say the least. Because of the sheer amount of glitter in the base, the consistency of the polish was more like oatmeal. I had to get creative to get an even application, so there was a lot of dabbing and pushing around even with cuticle sticks.
I added a bunch of thinner to the bottle (two big droppers full of Seche Restore) after doing this mani, and it looks like it would apply much better now. I rather prefer it to be too thick though, it’s easier to thin it than to thicken a polish that’s too thin with sinking glitter.
The other day I broke one of my nails something fierce, meaning that I had to cut all my nails down to super nubs. (I can’t stand having uneven nails.) What do you do when faced with nubbinity? Bring out the vampies, of course!
I decided on another polish I got in the swap with Kesha, this is China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling. It was originally released in 2005 with the Visions of Grandeur collection, then re-released with the Fine Wines and Chocolates collection in 2007. It’s still available at TransDesign, so I guess it’s core now.
Ravishing, Dahling is a gorgeous deep burgundy red jelly, and it looks exactly like red wine. Very yummy, and very sexy.
The formula was a little tricky, it tends to be runny and it’s not easy to get even without dragging and bald spots. I did two thin coats and a third, thicker coat, which in the end evened everything out.
I love this color, and I’m so happy that I got to swap for it, because it turns out I don’t have any red jellies in my stash! In fact, I don’t own a lot of jellies, period, but I’m starting to rectify the situation. What’s your favorite jellies? Please comment and give me your best tips for jelly must-haves!