Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Okay, I use a lot of neon pink and blue.

Hey yous guyses! How's everyone doing on this fine Tuesday? It's cloudy and rainy here in the Atlanta area but I'm not even mad, I'm going running today so the few degrees in temperature drop that the rain creates is a WELCOME modification to my running weather. Do you guys go running when it's 95 degrees? I have been, and I have to tell you, it's pretty insanely miserable. You do feel like a badass afterward though and then you get that endorphin rush so it's usually worth it.

Anyway, here are some nails! I drew this little design one night this weekend and got excited about doing it immediately so I bumped it to the top of the ol' nail to-do list. I know I've done a couple designs already that incorporated neon pink and blue but I couldn't help myself - these 3 colors are from Orly's summer collection and I got them all together so that means I had to use them all together. You guys understand, right?

The base color is Orly - After Party, and oh man, LOOK at that shimmer. It's so pretty, it looks like subtle galaxy nails all by itself. The shimmer is mostly pink and blue which made my brain very happy considering I was layering the pink and blue neons over it. The formula of this polish was insanely good, if I had done only a very slightly thicker first coat it would have been a one-coater.

Also oh my god I love neon pink and blue together SO MUCH. I can't help it. This is the same pink I used in the nude/neon flowers mani I did last week (Orly - Beach Cruiser) and I still stand by my statement that it is the perfect neon pink. The blue is Orly - Skinny Dip and it's a great color, it may not be QUITE neon but it's pretty close and it also has this pretty little shimmer running through it that really makes it look like water.

This design wasn't difficult but it was more time-consuming than I thought it would be due to the fact that both the pink and blue required 2 coats for opacity. I love doing nail art with neons but I hate it for this one reason - because a lot of times a design takes twice as long because you have to go over everything TWICE. Boo.

The execution of the design is simple. First, I painted light lines outlining the shapes I wanted. Then I filled them in, and then painted over the lines again to make them clean and crisp and stand-outy. Is that a word? I didn't think it was but I'm not getting a little spell check line under it so I guess I win.

Because I had to go over everything twice I got bored and decided to just do a glitter gradient with a super blingy ring finger accent on righty over here.

This decision was also partially influenced by the fact that I just picked up a longtime lemming a week or two ago at Sephora. The glitter is Sephora by OPI - Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild and it is sooo sparkly and wonderful. It's filled with tiny purple glitter and larger purple hex glitter and holographic hex glitter. There's 2 coats on my ring finger which made it completely opaque. I'd also like to note that this polish, and the others like it in the SOPI jewelry top coat collection with this type of small/large glitter mixture (Only Gold for Me, Indi-go With the Flow, Traffic Stopper Copper, etc.) are PERFECT for easy, quick glitter gradients. Just an FYI if anyone is looking to dip their toes into that particular pool.

Alrighty, that's all for today! See you guys next time!


  1. Soooo I'm going to use the word radical. Those nails are RADICAL!!!!

  2. I may have drooled on my laptop a little when I saw these. Love them!

    1. Girl stop! They look pretty cool indoors but I can't lie, the pix in the sun make ME wanna drool a little and I'm still wearing them, haha. Neon + sun = drool fest 2012. P.S. THANKS!

  3. I love this picture how did you do it ?


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