I've been busy with many medical issues. I've been doing manicures, but I've had my husband working on his photography skills, and we've had a bunch of events surrounding my daughter's graduation.
Part of my new medication regimen includes one that prohibits me from having alcohol. Thus the name of my current manicure, a twist on the name of one of the polishes featured.
I was inspired by this manicure by Love, Chocolate, Varnish & More
PHOTO from Love, Chocolate, Varnish & More
Gorgeous, right? SO gorgeous, I immediately scoured ebay for a bottle of this yummy China Glaze polish, Mimosas before Manis
First I began with the new KBShimmer Nail Prep--it's supposed to adjust the pH of your nails so they are just right for nailpolish. I've used it a few times and love it! Next, I added a coat of KBShimmer Base Coat (I find it helps with staining) and a coat of Butter London Nail Foundation--it's a sheer nude that is a bit like makup foundation and helps as "underwear" to hide visible nail line (VNL).
Index and middle fingers, I used 2 coats of China Glaze Mimosas before Manis. It is truly a beautiful peachy/orange with a gold shimmer. It's not too sheer but you really need 2 coats to smooth it out--and even then I found I needed a good topcoat to give it that perfect sheen. The shimmer isn't in your face noticeable, but so pretty.
(color adjusted....the camera freaked out on this one)
Ring fingers have 2 coats of Zoya Jacqueline. You all know I LOVE bright bold and glitter. I absolutely ADORE this color. It's a "magnolia cream"--off-white with a hint of yellow. However it really needs 2 coats and topcoat--and even then it was not perfect. But I knew I was putting polka dots, so I didn't bother. I think I may thin it out a bit before next time (and OH there will be a next time!!!)
*I have to pause here and say that yes, I have ended my grudge with Zoya. The spring Pixie Dusts and Summer Collections threw me back into lust with the brand. I decided that while I love the polishes (and remover) I can't stand the Zoya FB staff, the glittermobbing, and Zoya Customer Service. So what's a girl to do? I now buy my Zoya from other sources. I did buy from Zoya with the recent BOGO so I could get the whole summer foil/glass fleck collection, plus a few more pinks. But It's going to take a sale like that to get me to order directly from them--even if it costs more from other sellers. The lack of hassle is well worth it.*
My pinkies are wearing OPI I Can't Find My Czechbook. Such a beautiful bright blue--much more blue than my inspiration (and I have that color too, I just didn't want to dig around for it). 2 Easy coats. This shade of blue tends to stain my nails, so we'll see. I find if I use a little extra polish remover and then buff my nails, the staining is gone. The photo doesn't do it justice.....it is more bright blue than the Tiffany dupes and Cinderella.
I then took some dotting tools and added dots of the CG, OPI and OPI's Goldeneye--that is such a stunning gold.....instant love. I had wanted to use Cult Nails Blaze but again, didn't feel like digging. I am looking forward to converting my daughter's room into a guest room/beauty room complete with polish organization!
After I did the dots, I had planned on using a stamping pattern on my orange nails--but after seeing the gold dots, I decided to do a "Bindi" design on the nails instead. I was so in love with this manicure, I had my husband photograph this right away. I am OVER THE MOON. And I have a few appointments this week so lots of places to show them off (and test it out!)
I topped them with the new KBShimmer quick dry Top Coat. I am SO pleased with it. Lately my holy Grail has been KG brand....I think this works just as well! Hooray! It works fast and doesn't feel thick (like Cult Nails Wicked Fast--works great but feels so thick on my nails).
I had so much fun doing this, it truly brightened my mood. I can't help but smile when I look at it :) Considering I have 2 doctor visits this week to get test results, it's just what I need.
**Preview--I'm getting my hair colored this week! Stay tuned for a rocking LOTD!**
Have a great week and as always