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Friday, October 16, 2015

Hot Mess Home Manicure

I know you have all been waiting with bated breath for my nail polish post.  Well, everyone except Randy that is.  (Hey, Randy!)

I was in Target the other day and decided to pick up another color of Essie since I was really digging It's Chinchilly In Here.

I felt the need to try a blueish hue so I picked up Essie's Bell Bottom Blues which is a new shade this fall. 

Isn't she pretty?  Yes, yes she is. She's blue with a touch of emerald green. However, I attempted a coat of polish and because it's got a bit of metallic vibe going on and it's very, very pigmented, I was not able to get it on without it looking like a hot mess. I had polish everywhere - my cuticles, my skin, the table.  I have no idea why I couldn't control this polish.  It was like a beautiful bluish, greenish monster with a mind of her own.

This polish was so very thick (it almost seemed old but it's anew shade this year so, it's not like it's been sitting on the shelves since last year) and I just could not keep it off my cuticles which are in and of themselves a hot mess anyway but that's another story for another day.  (Or maybe not because who wants to read about cuticles?  Not I.)

And then I tried to remove the hot mess from my nails and they were  already stained.  I literally had the polish on for 5 minutes and I had to use acetone to get all the color off.  In frustration, I abandoned the pretty polish and put on a nice boring coat of clear.

But I didn't let my frustration deter me from heading back to the store (OK, so technically I did not go to the store just to pick out another color.  I was at the store anyway, Walmart this time, and thought to myself, "Ooooooohhhhh, while I'm here I should try another color.")

So I grabbed CoverGirl's Sapphire Flare.  I figured I couldn't go wrong since sapphire is my birthstone.  It didn't have the metallic aspect that the other polish had and it wasn't quite as pigmented (even though it's pretty dark) so it's easier to remove.  But because it's dark, I still had a hard time getting it to look nice and pretty.  Seems like the imperfections in your manicure a less noticeable when the color is lighter.  At least, that's my experience anyway.

And here's the color on my fingernails:

Please disregard my cuticle situation and the whole manicure itself. Clearly I need to pay professionals if I want to run around with nail polish on my fingernails!

Overall I'm happy with the color but when it comes off, I think I'm going to give the other one another shot. I'm thinking that if I had just taken more time with the Bell Bottom Blues, I might have had better luck.

And Randy, be sure to check back for my update on that. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

1 comment:

Madeline said...

Ug, I hate when nail polish acts like that. But it is a pretty color. You're totally right though, dark polish shows way more flaws.