Thursday, July 19, 2012

31 Day Nail Challenge: Galaxies

This was one of my favorite challenges!!  Galaxy nails!  I couldn't wait to do these and I am really excited to share them with you so let's dive right in!  I got some inspiration for my nails from the Hubble Telescope photos seen here and here.  I wanted to do something with cool tones but maybe not so much with the hot pink.
Above you see all the materials I used.  Lots of different polishes!  Tomorrow I will be posting a tutorial for anyone who is interested in step by step directions.  After a base coat of Orly Bonder, I applied two coats of Nicole by OPI I'm A Pool For Love.  The brush and formula on this polish were a real pain.  The brush is one of the super wide short ones and it seemed to just pick up way too much polish, no matter what I tried.  Then it would spread the polish really unevenly so most of it ended up on the outer edges and very little was in the middle.  After some effort, I was able to get the hang of it and it was opaque after two slightly annoying coats.
If you look really closely, you can see that this color is not actually black, but a very very dark purple with pink, purple, and blue shimmer.  It's quite multidimensional and that's sort of where I got the color scheme for this galaxy mani.  If you enlarge this photo, you can see the shimmer best on my ring finger and also in the bottle inside the ring of lights reflected from my chandelier.  ;)

Next, I sponged on Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On, Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Lively Lilac, Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Brisk Blue, and Chameleon in Corona.  Then I topped it all off with a coat of N.Y.C. Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Starry Silver Glitter.  For a topcoat, I used my trusty N.Y.C. Grand Central Station.
I loved this manicure!  It was actually really fun to apply and watched as each layer changed the way it looked.  I think the Starry Silver Glitter was a perfect addition, as it has small and medium holographic glitter as well as large glitters in lavendar and royal blue, which just added perfectly to the blue and purple theme.  I liked that a lot better than adding in white dots for stars, but that's just my personal preference.
Below, I included a picture of to try to show you how the holographic glitter shows up both when in focus and when blurry.  You'll probably need to enlarge this one to see the details too.  Pretties!

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