Today's nails are once again a hair too bright for the winter.  I wanted to do something a little more seasonal, but it's been so grey and rainy that it's hard to put on a dark color.  This is the other one of the Claire's Mood polishes I really like.  The color change is much more dramatic than Calm/Wild, and I even get a gradient/funky french effect on my smidgens of free edge.  However, the yellow color is a kind of funky neon, so I have to layer it with something to get it to look good on my hands.


 Cast of Characters:

  • Sinful Colors basecoat
  • Claire's Mood Polish in "Happy/Earthy"
  • Sinful Colors "Call You Later" ($1.99 @ Walgreens... I love all the Sinful Colors glitters, and for two bucks you really can't beat the price.  This one has medium-smallish green hex glitter, small green round glitter, and very small gold glitter. It's a little thick, but it makes up for that by being very densely packed with glitter.)
  • Seche Vite Topcoat
Method:
  • Start with clean, dry nails & a well-ventilated space.
  • Put on your basecoat, let dry.
  • Paint all your nails with Happy/Earthy.  Many many times.  I feel like I owe you a warning here... this is not a two coat polish.  This is barely a three coat polish, and if you usually have visible nail line issues, you might want to add a fourth.  The formula is decent, if a bit thin, and it dries extremely quickly to a neon/matte finish, so it's not like it'll take much longer than 2-3 coats of some other polish, but consider yourself warned.  The other caveat is that the warm color, which is the yellow, is somehow more sheer than the green, so even if the polish looks opaque while your hands are cold, you may find you have surprise VNL when your hands warm up.
  • Paint all your nails with Call You Later.  I only used one coat, because I thought more might overpower the base color.
  • Top all your nails with Seche Vite and let dry.  I ended up using 2 coats to smooth out the glitter.

And one final picture for the hot/cold comparison.  Index and middle fingers have been dunked in hot water, ring and pinky in cold.
Happy polishing... hopefully I'll have some real nail art for you next time!