Anyway - focus, focus. This week in Kimber's hosted ABC Challenge, is the letter G. Last week's manicure was an issue for me - every day I woke up wanting to like the colors, and every day, it did not happen. I figured I would go to the other end of the spectrum in colors this week, and I did....sort of.
I got a little inspiration from Jenni at I Relish Nail Polish and her Fish braid mani last week. I also commented on FB about walking by a display at a local store that was packed full with ESSIE dark colors. I picked up my first 3 from the brand, and planned on using them this week also. The detour I took was in the base coat. With three dark colors I planned to use, I had no choice but to use a very light base. I remember Kimber using a taupy base color back in week E, so I went that route. Yes, you women are inspiring me - giving credit where credit is due.
So...I painted three coats each of my Essie colors onto a sheet protector, and let them dry overnight. I peeled them off and decided to cut them into squares/rectangles and triangles. Easy, right? Not so much (for me, anyway). These suckers seemed pretty strong, until I got a TINY little nick in one, and tore it almost in half. OOPS! Also, the scissors I was using to cut the shapes created JUST enough static electricity that I couldn't get the little pieces of polish to let go. It was pretty comical - and it got the attention of one of my kitties. Bad got worse really fast.
I ended up, for sanity's sake, making the shapes quite a bit bigger than I had originally planned. 1)saved time, and 2) saved my sanity. I was going to do circles with a dotting tool, but with the size of these cutouts, it just would have been too much.
On to the pictures...I'm doing my camera research too, but these seem to be a little better than usual. Maybe because it turns out there really is a sun out there - haven't seen it in what seems like forever. The down side? It's like 15 degrees outside, so the photos are taken inside near a sunny window.
OPI Skull and Glossbones (light grey) LOVE this - I already know I will be using again at least one time in this challenge
ESSIE Stylenomics (green)
ESSIE No More Film (blue)
ESSIE Carry On (burgundy/wine?)
I have to say, so far in this challenge, this is my favorite that I have done. The top coat I used made the colors bleed (until I figured out a way around it, at the end, of course), and the shapes did morph a little out of proportion, but all in all, I am happy. The photos magnify every "flaw", real or imagined. IRL, this looks good - because I say so. (And no one will tell me different - ha!) Now, it I could get all my nails the same length, life would be good.
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