BeautyHigh.com Chooses My Nails Twice! Wednesday 04 January, 2012
BeautyHigh.com is one of my favorite beauty sites. And I’m not simply gushing because they selected my nails for their popular “Tuesday’s #NailCall” column. The website is beyond informative, well-written and puts together some mighty fine beauty how-tos (both videos and step-by-step text), and has recently been churning out stunning beauty editorials as well. Brava! […]
BeautyHigh.com is one of my favorite beauty sites. And I’m not simply gushing because they selected my nails for their popular “Tuesday’s #NailCall” column. The website is beyond informative, well-written and puts together some mighty fine beauty how-tos (both videos and step-by-step text), and has recently been churning out stunning beauty editorials as well. Brava!
But when I spied on Twitter that my New Year’s Eve nails had been chosen as one of BeautyHigh’s “New Year, New Nails!” digits du jour, I was psyched. See, in the week leading up to NYE, I kept waffling on what I’d do with my nails. Certainly, NYE would be the perfect time for me to finallly bust out my Dashing Diva DesignFX nail adhesives (available in salons only), but an unlucky bout with excessive free-edge peeling (this happesn to me once every two months or so) had me waving goodbye to length on 40% of my nails. The DesignFX are so amazing, they deserve a better, more spacious canvas than what I currently have. Sigh.
Then, I thought about crafting one of my most head-turning nail creations: one coat Zoya Trixie plus two coats Essie Luxeffects Set In Stones. The effect is bowled-over, disco-ball-dazzle-drama. But I’ve already done this nail! Need something new…
And then I had my a-ha! moment. Packed away in the recesses of my closet is a train trunk filled to the brim with glitter. Every type you can imagine resides in this trunk, from extremely fine-milled to chubby and sharply angled. These glitters usually come out from their hiding spot during Halloween, Christmas and St. Patty’s Day, but I’m starting to think they’ll be in full rotation very soon. Why? Well, I have a clutch of Young Nails Imagination Kits, each containing eight different glitters made especially for nails. Now, these are meant to be used with acrylic or gel enhancements, but I threw caution to the wind and decided to just do a test run with…clear polish. Selecting Shimmering Sand, Dark Gold Glitter Mix, Golden Orange Glitter Mix, Bronze Glitter Mix, and Fortune Glitter Mix, I set to work—but not without some ground rules to ensure a somewhat clean experience.
1. Use the glitter pot covers to capture any excess glitter that falls off the nail. (And there is plenty of it.)
2. Paint one nail with a thick coat of clear polish.
3. Moving as deftly as you can, scoop the glitter out using a tiny scoop, and try as hard as you can to dump the glitter onto your nail in some kind of discernable pattern, preferably leaving a portion of the nail blank…
4. …so that you can hurriedly pick another glitter to dump on the remainder of the nail, allowing for a two-tone effect.
5. And all the while, remembering to hold your nail over the cover of the glitter hue you’re peppering all over your nail.
6. Then, when you feel you’ve mastered that one nail…move on to the next nail, and polish that baby up! Start the whole glitter process over again.
If you can imagine, I was scooting my nail over glitter pot covers in a hurry, trying to sift out the right amount of glitter in my scooper, and more than once allowing the glitter run-off to fall in the wrong glitter pot cover. Oh well!
After I finished all five nails on my one hand, I wanted to see if this style had staying power before moving onto my second hand. I applied two coats of Zoya Armor Top Coat over the glitter, which helped seal in the fine flecks, but also shone a brighter spotlight on the twinkle. Unfortunately, once dried, the glitter wasn’t as flashy as it was while the top coat was super-wet. (Hence, the reason most people use gels and acrylics for these types of glitter nails.) Also, extremely fine-milled glitter tends not to sparkle as brightly as slightly larger granules. I found the extra-tiny glitter looked a little bit like sand on my nail—a cool effect, to be sure, but not exactly what I was looking for. With all of that said and done, I was happy with the final nails—and two days later, still am. And so is BeautyHigh.com, which called out my glitter nails as a great use “of two-tone glitter!”
(Side note: About those glitter pot covers. As you can imagine, when I was done, those covers had collected their fair share of unused glitter—which I then happily poured back into the corresponding—and very welcoming—pot. Waste not, want not—especially with your beauty!)
As I was checking out the NYE nails of my peers on BeautyHigh.com, I noticed that another set of my DIY nail art had made the “Tuesday #NailCall” — this time, in regard to “Quick Fixes.” The back story: For this, I had created quite the complicated nail: First, I applied a Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Glitz Blitz (because I wanted my cuticle area to be totally pristine); then followed it with a layer of China Glaze Eye Candy 3-D Glitter Polish in Blonde Bombshell (to richen the gold even more); then followed up with a coat of my fave, Essie Luxeffects Set In Stones (just because). After a week of wear, my nails had started to chip, and rather than say au revoir to my masterpiece, I decided to tip the free-edge with another China Glaze Eye Candy 3-D Glitter Polish: Lorelei’s Tiara. This not only sealed my nails and hid my nasty chips, but also granted my digits the most amazing—and unexpected—ombré effect. It was one of those happy beauty accidents born out of necessity. I fully endorse silvery blue and gorgeous gold as a stunning polish fade made in the (unexpected) shade!