Monday, May 27, 2013

ABC Challenge - "U" is for U.S.A. (Memorial Day inspired)

Hope you all had a great 3 day weekend here in the States!  Weather was not as bad as predicted, but it still has been a lot cooler - and cloudier - than you would want at this time of the year. 

I had a little, I don't know, brain blockage, and couldn't decide between a couple of manicures.  So, I texted a friend of mine, and made her make my decision for me.  Thanks Jessica - this one turned out good.

So, I took a little liberty (there's a pun'll get it further down) with the letter U this week, but I couldn't pass up the tie in with the letter to the holiday.  Plus, I got my hands on some of the texture polishes I am just LOVING right now, and everything just fell into place for this week.  It hardly ever happens, so you ride the wave when it hits, right?

I could have gone really crazy with this manicure - red, white and blue - but I chose to do patriotic without it IN YOUR FACE - you know what I mean? And the photos are of both hands, and all 5 breaks are there - 2 on one hand, and 3 on the other.  My right hand - oddly enough since it is not my dominant hand - got the worst of it.

Polishes used:
Sally Hansen Sugar Coats - Cherry Drop
Sally Hansen Sugar Coats - Sugar Fix
Sally Hansen Sugar Coats - Razzleberry
OPI - Happy Anniversary
Krafty Gurl - Liberty Belle (here's the pun...I took a little liberty...get it?  So OK, not really funny.)

The Sugar Coats - Don't get me wrong, I own all the Pixie Dusts and Liquid Sands that are out there, but sometimes I like the texture without the glitter.  I like the interest the texture adds, and the matte finish too.  I used 2 coats of the red and blue, and 3 of the white.  I was a little nervous about using that many, since a lot of the comments I have seen about texture polishes is that when you build up layers, you start to lose the texture.  I don't know if it's the brand, but I didn't have that problem.  It was a little longer to dry, but once it was, the texture was very noticeable.


The OPI is a metallic white (at least in my opinion), and just added some more bling to my accent nails.  I used 2 coats on my nails...there was still VNL, but since I was topping with glitter, I wasn't too concerned about it.  And the attention grabber?  Krafty Gurl's creation.  I've wanted a red-white-blue glitter for a long time that had a mix of glitters without having the huge pieces , and here she is.

As I said, I'm really pretty happy with the finished product. And, as usual, I tip my hat to Kimber at Kimber's Lacquer Korner.  Link to her page, she always has something great in her reviews.  And if you want to join the group, take a look-see at the ABC Challenge tab on her blog, and shoot her an e-mail.

Now on to everyone else - I am really curious to see what everyone else has come up with this week!



  1. It turned out SUPER, Liz! Happy Memorial Day. Love, love, love this mani.

    Think I've been bitten by the texture bug. Picked a couple up this past weekend. Can't wait to play!

  2. Looks stunning! Liberty Belle is a personal favorite for me. :)

  3. I love your patriotic mani and that glitter is amazing!!!!!! Look at the white stars! OMG!

  4. I can't resist to stars in glitter polishes!!! A perfect patriotic manicure! :)

  5. What a great idea!!! I am so stumped on U this week, my brain is broken... I might borrow your idea?? I am not into those textured polishes........ they just don't appeal to me. I love love the glitter though!!

  6. I love this! Your pun, not so much! LOL!!!! Just kidding!!! I think you did a great job!

  7. Turned out great, Liz! I'm liking those Sugar Coats, although the price point is a tad high for me. Might have to use my Balance Rewards points at Walgreen's to buy a couple though. I really like that glitter as well.

  8. I really like that glitter! Looks great, very patriotic!

  9. Great idea! It looks wonderful and trendy, and I especially love the glitter ^^

  10. I love this mani; it looks great even with the breaks! Awesome job!