Continuing the sparkle theme

This little palette of glitter pots was an ebay bargain, slightly more than the cost of a first class stamp. I’m experimenting cautiously after viewing a few videos on YouTube but particularly like mixing a few specks of glitter into a Striplac colour to give it oomph.

These nails are Alessandro Striplac Rouge Noir mixed with the deep pink glitter (top right in case) and I love the result.  Wasn’t too sure after the first coat which looked like a relative of those sequinned boob tubes from the 80s!  But it was tempered with a second coat of the naked gel for an intense stained glass feel.  Result!

 

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Sparkling purple anyone?

IMG_4915Surprised to wake and find my nails sparkling purple.  How could I not know, you ask?  Well, that’s what you get for applying a made up colour – a mix of Alessandro Striplac in Blackberry and a dark pink nail glitter – in artificial light at 11pm.

I bought a tray of 12 nail glitters online and have been experimenting.  Doing the tips (applying to the sticky residue prior to top coat) is easy enough but I haven’t mastered trying to make a design (even spots) and it’s also tricky to apply top coat without smudging.

So I decided to mix the glitter directly into the gel – a few blobs of gel on a hard surface, a little glitter and a stir made a sparkling polish.  However, the combination was more purple than I’d hoped so I am going to have to judge carefully what I wear while it lasts!

After the disaster described in my last post (Oops!), I made sure my nails were super clean and I’ve not had any gels popping off.  Also, I feel the glitter stabilisied this colour which is prone to shrink from the nail edges during application.