Sunday, December 12, 2010

♥ a snowey afternoon & S.H. chrome comparisons♥

Pure Ice In The Mood, Icing No-Name silver and Blue Glitter 

Pure Ice in the Mood needs 3 to 5 coats to be opaque, I layered 3  coats it over an older Sally Hansen Chrome, then added a blue and silver glitter. I had hoped to achieve a more gradient effect, but I was painting my nails by the light of my computer monitor ( it was very early ).

Light blue, silver and white are my home decor Christmas colours this year, so I have been hankering to paint my nails soft blues and silver and since BOTH OF THESE POLISH"S ARE UN-TRIED'S - I thought this would be a perfect combo for a snowy Christmas mani,......

I love the subtle tone on tone flakes of Pure Ice In The Mood, and the simple light blue and silver glitter polish from Icing is a lovely compliment to this icy blue base. I had intended to sponge on  a white creme polish at the base of my nails - to give the glitter a little 'oomph'- but it was too early in the a.m. for that.

Strangely I only needed 1 coat of Nailene Top Coat.  This glitter laid flat on my nails and was not rough or textured before Top Coat. The multi-colours Icing Glitter that I had previously worn was much stronger scented than the blue and silver one; this smelled like a normal polish. It dried very fast, as well even at 4 coats that I used here.



Pure Ice In Th Mood, No Name Icing Blue/Silver Glitter & Nailene TC
( my camera was frozen = fuzzi-ness )

indoor fluorescent

indoor fluorescent

Before I polish, or  after I polish, I use a small stiff brush to surround my nail bed with lotion... any lotion,  when my polish is dry it peels up off my cuticle. If I do this and let my nails dry I don't have to do an acetone clean-up

The lotion sinks into my skin - creating a barrier that prevents nail polish from adhering.  I usually wait for my mani to dry, then gently peel the cured polish off,  I just have to was my hands after my polish is dry, and any polish mistakes that ended up on my cuticles get washed away. Sometimes when I am in a rush I do an acetone clean up and the lotion helps protect my skin and cuticles from drying out.

You do not need alot of lotion to prevent nail polish from adhering to your cuticles. I used to use just plain old Vaseline and that worked great too, but I found that it ends up on my nail bed, so now I use a small angled brush to apply a regular hand lotion tot he skin around my cuticles and then polish. Her

( I wish I took photos of the lotion on my skin... next time )

Here is a huge piece of polish that I easily peeled off

 I layered the Pure Ice Polish In The Mood over Sally Hansen Chrome Turquoise Chrome ( square bottle ) I don't know what I was thinking, but I meant to layer this over the lighter blue S.H. Chrome Sapphire ( whoops - It still turned out pretty though). I think I was enamored by the ollllllld square bottle so I picked that up and started polishing(lol)

and just for funz - here is a comparison of my blue Sally Hansen Chrome Polish's

L-R; Turquoise, Sapphire, Turquoise 
the 2 'turquoise' polish's are totally different colours. the one on the left is much more gree, while the one on the right is a darker Royal Blue chrome.

bottle shots - why are there 3 different bottle styles? 

L-R; Turquoise, Sapphire, Turquoise


1xellus1 said...

I love your glitter placement. I'm going to try that! Thank you also for the tip about the lotion/cuticles! Will def be using that as well. IDK why they changed the bottles like that on the SH Chromes. I have the one on the right. I wish I could have found those gold ones you had. LOL thanks for sharing. :O)

Joelle said...

Wow your nails look so awesome,
how did you do that?
really give's a kind of snow effect ;)

The Preppy Student said...

this looks gorgeous

aki! said...

I'll definitely have to try that lotion trick!

It seems so easy!

Nail Designs xox said...

wow i absolutely love that manicure!

Kaitlyn said...

so pretty! i'll have to try that lotion tip next time!

myclumsyheart said...

Gorgeous layering! I love it!

carissakuo said...

oh how gorgeous! :)

Polish Addict said...

very very veeeery sweet

Unknown said...

Soo pretty. Definitely makes me think snow.

Rachel Marie said...

I love the glitter gradation!
This mani looks so Icyyyyyy!

Lucy said...

Love this manicure. Looks like an icy Winters night. The glitter does look like ice. Thanks for the tip about the lotion. I'll have to try it.

Cel said...

I love this mani, it looks so elegant and wintery :) Also thanks for the lotion tip, I will definitely try it out.

Lalli Carvalho said...

What a beautiful combination that you did. : D
I loved those too and glittering with chrome effect, I love this futuristic thing!
Oh, I'm from Brazil, and on my blog I put nail polish in Brazil, if you want to know more just go there.

Chloe0602 said...

Wow, that mani is beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

I looooooooooove your glitters!!! lol

Please tell us what lotion's brand you used!


Deez Nailz - Canadas most fabulous hand model said...

1xellus1 - Thanks _ keep stalking those discount/bargain stores...... I KNOW that Sally Hansen HQ has crates filled with Prisms, chromes, magical and all sorts of other goodies - just waiting to be snapped up by rabid polish addicted chicks!!!!!

Joelle - Thank-you, I just gradually reduced the amount of glitter that ended up on my nail.... I will get a tutorial on here soon♥

Toesthattwinkle! - Thank-you!

aki! - Thanks- Please try it and it makes a big difference.

Nail Designs xox - Thank-you - it was soooo easy I will add a tutorial soon♥

Kaitlyn - Thank-you, please try it it will save your cuticles.

myclumsyheart - Thanks you

carissakuo - Thank-you

Pırtıks - awwweee thank you

Jennifer Leigh - Thank you it is very snow/winter like

Rachel Marie - Thank you, it was easy to do

Lucy - Thank You Lucy♥♥ It is icy and wintery!

Cel - thank you - please try the lotion thing= save your cuticles!!!!!

Lalli Carvalho - Thankyou! I will check out your blog!!!!

Chloe0602 _ Oh my goodness, thank you - you have the best ideas and the shiniest mani's to be found! ♥♥♥

Alice - I just used a brand that is a regular lotion that can be found at drug stores or department stores..... you can even use Vaseline or diaper creme, anything to put a barrier between your skin and any polish mistakes♥