Snow Light Blues

Yesterday I posted on a Sally’s Girl polish that, even though has no name, is still a crisp and shimmery steel blue-gray. I gave it a make-over and it came out fairly better.

First, I want to show you the Cosmetic Arts polish that began this evolution…

Cosmetic Arts doesn’t name their shades, but doesn’t this one just scream for one? Screamin’ Steel? Eh.

But, oh how lovely this steel blue is…

This is with four coats and I still didn’t get the same opaque look I wanted. I just wanted it to look like it does in the bottle.

Here is a photo in the shade…

Too sheer for the look I was going for. However, as I was sitting there with a grimace, I glanced over and saw the Sally’s Girl, again no name, that I had just swatched. I got a simple idea…

Check out the micro-glitter in the bottle, and there is the slightest of shimmer on my nail…

It’s there, on the nail, but ooooh, so subtle. In the sunlight, and rolling my nail back and forth, I could see all the different colored glitter twinkling like a night sky.

Using Sally’s Girl polish, as the base coat for Cosmetic Arts, gave me more of the look I was hoping to achieve and with less coats. I used 2 coats of Sally’s Girl and just one coat of Cosmetic Arts.

If I was a Franken Fashionista, I would franken these two and see if I could get the wanted look in just a single polish.

I’m sort of partial to icy blues during the winter. I got a photo of this over Christmas…

A Grand Blue Christmas

Here’s something I got for Christmas…

Fresh, new-fallen snow. Living in Orlando, this was a wonderful Christmas gift. I went to Denver to see my family over Christmas and it snowed the evening I got in.

Before I left, I happened to pick up a new Sally’s Girl polish. Alas, it has no name, but I think it is pretty…

Just a cute silvery, dusty blue that has a shimmer. But, I didn’t stop there.
Here’s what Sally’s Girl polish looks like all by itself…

The second photo isn’t as good as the first, but I wanted to show that the first one has a glare on it; not a ding.

However, I wanted to play with my new Finger Paint flakies some more and I thought this dusty blue was just the right pairing.

First, on my left hand, I used ‘Flashy’…

 

Even though I did 3 coats of Sally’s Girl, I only did one of ‘Flashy.’ I think another coat would have made the flakes show more.

On my right hand, I used ‘Twisted’…

Remember, it is my ring finger, here, that has no flakies on it. Again, just one coat of ‘Twisted.’ I do wish I would have remembered to apply two coats.

Sally’s Girl dusty blue is pretty. But if you have ever purchased one of these, you know the bottle is puny, the brush is sub par, and the top sometimes doesn’t stay attached to the brush. If you know these things going in, then you’ll know you get what you pay for, most of the time. I was, most definitely, wanting it for the color.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you Sally’s Girl with a different top coat and see how that strikes your fancy.

I had a grand time with my family this Christmas. My brother and his family live in Denver. My sister and her husband, my dad and step-mom, and my sister’s daughter and family all came in. We had a house full. A lot of things happened during that week and one of the best things to come out of it…I realized that my sister-in-law is one of my best friends.

Did you have a grand Holiday too?

Franken Kiss and Teal

Got to ask you, readers, something.  I posted that I would end my giveaway on 4/30.  Would it be a bad thing to move it up?  I feel it is just too far away and I want to give stuff out sooner.  Let me know what you think in the comment box.

I’ve been swatching today and previewing workout DVDs; my two favorite hobbies, combined together.  I stayed home all day except for my morning walk/run.  I’ll do some more of it, again, tomorrow.  What a perfect weekend for me.  I hope you got to do something fun yourself.

This is a fun mani.  Take a look…

I took an old bottle of Sally Gal’s ‘So 70’s’ polish  and mixed in Aromaleigh’s ‘Mela #9’ mineral shadow.  I didn’t give it much thought, just grabbed a shadow and started mixing.  My franken is in the middle.  Oh, man, that was easy!!
(Note: Sally’s doesn’t use names on these babies anymore. GASP!!! It’s now #315)

I surprised myself that it turned out.  And I love the color.  Here’s what it looks like on me…

Very sheer, so it would be an overlay, best of all.  And, because I was using a very old bottle of ‘So 70’s, it was seriously thick.  I put in a couple drops of acetone but it didn’t do much good at all.  I didn’t know where my polish thinner was.  Oops.

 This franken hasn’t lost any of its sparkly-ness with the mineral shadow color.  It’s full of iridescent glitter in a teal base.  I name my creation ‘Franken Kiss and Teal’.

This is three coats and it was saturated.  It was gritty even with Seche Vite over it.  But, I’m going to let this slip by because I’m so pleased with myself. 😉   I’m going to ask my Mom to put it up on the refrigerator door as my current work of art.

I’m going to use this polish one more time, over a base coat.  What color do you think I should use?  And, if you are into making frankens or have been wanting to try it for the first time, Sally’s has these baby nail polishes at by 2, get one free.  It’s an inexpensive way to try it out.