Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Before & After: Pot O' Gold

Hello everyone!

Oh yeah, today I have a shiny, glitzy ball of bling for you, lol!! I showed you my 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' manicure which was a nice, subtle St. Patrick's Day manicure. Today's offering will be on the other end of the spectrum. :)

As I chose which base I wanted to use, I realized it was time to do something I'd been long waiting to do...Use my cherished China Glaze L8R G8R. I lusted after this polish for ages, but refused to pay the $40 price tag for it on eBay; I finally found it in an accidental dusty hunt (the story behind it is an unusual one and I'd be happy to share it if you like!). I'm so glad I didn't pay that ridiculous price anyway, because since then the Hologlam collection has been announced, so more awesome China Glaze holos are coming soon. In fact, mine might arrive in the mail today!

But I digress...holos tend to do that to me. Anyway...L8R G8R is a soft avocado holo that I found it nearly impossible to capture in any light; all of my pictures made it look a little bit lighter than it does in real life:

China Glaze L8R G8R

China Glaze L8R G8R...Look at that luscious rainbow...:)

It's no secret that the China Glaze OMG collection applies like butter and wears like steel, at least compared to other holos. I hope the new collection does the same!

Of course I wore this for a couple of days before I decorated it--how could I not! Next I added a layer of glitter, Pure Ice I'll Behave, which has small kelly green glitter and larger green hexes:

China Glaze L8R G8R + Pure Ice I'll Behave

And a shot in the light to showcase the rainbow

A slanted shot to show the glitter and how it plays with the rainbow

I hoped that the rainbow would show through under the glitter, and boy did it! It doesn't just peek out, it boldly calls out. I love this effect. I've always been hesitant to cover my holos because I didn't want to lose their brilliance (after all, that is why we love them!), but I'm definitely going to be trying glitter over holos again.

Finally, I stamped a pot of gold with my Bunny Nails plate HD-B; I used Butter London British Racing Green as my stamping polish. I put gold glequins on top of the pot of gold, and then arched them out like rays pouring over the other nails (or, at least, that's what I was going for, lol):

Pot of Gold!

Close up of the pot :)

So yeah--pretty darn blingy! I love that the holo gives a bit of a 'rainbow' behind the pot of gold. :) Hope you like it, too. :)

Thanks for reading!



  1. Miss Intensity posted: That's an in your face St. Patrick's Day mani, gotta love it! I do love a good dusty hunt story, so please share!


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