I have been so happy with my new nail polish rack I want to spend all my time in my nail room, lol… Unfortunately I had a busy weekend working so far, but now my weekend starts so I’ll have plenty of time to do more nail art : )
I actually did these the other day but didn’t get a chance to post. I just received my order of Spectraflair Holographic topcoat in the mail and couldn’t wait to try it! I’m really excited about this because I have Color Club’s Halo Hues set on my Amazon Wishlist just sitting on the back burner until I get around to spending the money on it and when I saw this topcoat that could turn any polish into holo I knew I had to have it! It will certainly tide me over until I can get the Color Club full set… So, with no further ado!
This is my first time trying the ombre look. Up until I organized all my polishes I really couldn’t tell if I had a full range of hues for ombre. Part of my organizing involved painting swatches and punching them out with a hole punch to put on the cap of all of them. I saw someone else had done that on their blog (not sure which one right now), they used address labels to paint on and punched out the circles, removing the back and sticking on the sticker… I didn’t have address labels, I had index cards. I did the same thing on index cards and glued them on with Elmer’s glue. I just didn’t want to spend extra money & its a good idea in a pinch, but I will forewarn you, they pop off quiet easily, which I knew going in would be a bit of an issue but now that they’re all done and all organized if one pops off I can either redo it or go without. Also another thing I did was went thru the whole process again punching out the swatches and lined them up on my desk, this is what I did to prepare my rows for the racks actually. It was really neurotic and cumbersome but having the little circles line up flat without the bottles was really easy to see exactly which colors should go where. Since then in an attempt to keep them organized I have lined them up in a photo album page. That idea is not working out so hot but for now its the best I can come up with, lol. You know the photo album pages where the protective plastic kind of sticks to the page cuz the page has some kind of gummy coating on it… Well, it doesn’t stick to the index card matte-ness but the static cling is at least holding it all in place if I don’t move it at all. And forget adding any new polishes to the mix… I’m sure I’ll have to abandon that idea eventually but it is so nice to have a neat little display function. Of course painting sheer or jelly colors over white does not show an accurate representation of how it will look on your nail, but at least for organizing they all have the same background so its representation can be used for that purpose at least. Just a little tip on something I found to help with organizing…
This is the bottle I ordered on Ebay from Piper Polish, its available in 7ml for $3.50 and 15ml (if these auction links have expired use the Piper Polish link for their store) for $7.50 both with shipping charges of $1.99. I bought the mini bottle which is about the size of China Glazes sample sized bottles. I purchased this bottle with my own money, this is not a sponsored review. I think for the sizes they are priced very nicely. The colors I used for the ombre are LA Girl in Tropical for my thumb, Wet & Wild in I Need A Refresh-Mint, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Blew Me Away, Hard Candy in Sky and Nina Ultra Pro in French White. Now that I have them all organized I’ll probably be able to find more colors I can ombre… Not sure if I like it that much, but I guess time will tell.
Now I’ll tell you about the mishap I had with topcoat…. I will start by saying that when I applied Seche Vite top coat I did go over it a little too much. I wasn’t prepared for how runny the formula is when it’s brand new, lol… We all know how thick it can get when you get half way through the bottle and I had just replaced my bottle of Poshe that I’ve had a good while so I was really having to chase after the Seche…
Ok, getting to the point of bringing that up, perhaps it was because I didn’t waste anytime starting in on the top coat and maybe the layers hadn’t had time to dry inbetween but if you look real close to my pinky in the above pic you can see vertical striations in the linear holo effect where the Seche Vite started to shrink the layers underneath. Also, as the holo effect polish is a top coat itself, I probably shouldn’t have added another. I did that for increased dry time but perhaps this topcoat doesn’t work with other topcoats and should be used on its own. Also, I think I wouldn’t have had an issue had I not over brushed it trying to thin out the Seche Vite that was pouring off the brush on me, lol. All of these pictures are shown as base coat, 2-3 coats of color, 1 coat of Spectraflair topcoat, 1 coat of Seche Vite, then another coat of Spectraflair to add to the holo effect and try to cover the underlayer shrinkage.
I have to say that I have to say that I don’t have any linear holo polishes, so as of yet I don’t have anything to compare the holo-iness to. I did expect the holo to be more in your face, that is the impression I have gotten from swatches I’ve seen of holos, and the swatch pictures for Spectraflair… In all fairness though, we didn’t have any sunlight for me to see it in all it’s holo glory. I caught it well enough with the flash though in the picture above… What do you think?? Are these results comparable to your experiences with linear holo polishes?? Leave me a comment, I’d really like to know… Maybe I was doing it wrong, lol!
Ok, so real quick I’d like to add my thoughts and some info on China Glaze’s Seahorsin’ Around form their Sea Goddess collection… I wasn’t planning on getting in on this collection because, let’s face it, lol, I already have enough polish, lol, but I got this one & I’ll tell you why. I was at Sally’s the other day and as part of their sale they had a promo for Seche Vite where you get a free bottle of China Glaze with purchase… Well I went to replace my Poshe, but let’s be serious, who is going to pass that up??? I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Seche Vite, but I do own a bottle of their thinner especially made for their topcoat, so why not… I had eyed the China Glaze Collection, which was out a couple days early I might add (go Sally’s!) & there certainly are some pretty ones… I was especially impressed with the shimmer colors like the one I have here. I had no idea that they were textures because the press releases that I read didn’t really specify that. The collection is glitters, which seem more like jelly sandwich types to me, at least one that stands out in my memory, and the rest are shimmers such as this which are textures as far as I’ve gathered. China Glazes textures seem on the chunky side to me. Shown here is two coats, but the effect is quite easily a one coater.
Here is shown with flash. True to matte texture form, it chipped off almost immediately the next day at work, lol… My hands are in contact with warm water all day, but just as well, time for a new mani anyway! So what do you think of the Sea Goddess Collection, which ones are your fav, the one’s you can’t wait to get your hands on?? Oh, and if you get the chance, I highly recommend getting over to Sally’s for your free bottle of China Glaze! Cuz who can’t use topcoat?!?! I don’t know how much longer the sale is going on, I hope it didn’t end at the end of January : (
Also on that trip I decided to pick up a bottle of Push & Shove because I knew in a few weeks when it was no where to be found I’d really be kicking myself, so I’ve definitely added that to the rotation for the week : ) Here’s another pic of my ombre to send you off : ) Thanks for stopping by!