Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Very Harry Manicure!

Hello beauties! It's been a few days, but I'm still getting my bearings here. I originally did this manicure on the 23rd to mark the occasion of the birthday of one of my favorite actors, Daniel Radcliffe! While I love the Harry Potter films and books, I'm actually a much bigger fan of his stage work as I've seen him in every one of his Broadway plays. That is his best work, IMO, but I was kind of pressed for time to come up with a manicure to pay tribute those shows. Instead, I did a simple Harry potter-themed manicure incorporating the Gryffindor colors. Check it out!

The first color I used for this manicure was I'm Not Really a Waitress by OPI. This is a classic pearly red, and one of OPI's bestselling colors. This polish had a very nice formula, and I used two coats.

This next polish is one of my favorites. It gets a lot of use during the fall months to give my autumnal manicures a little something extra. It is called Electrify from China Glaze's Hunger Games Collection. It's a very dense glitter that can be worn alone. I was a dummy during my painting that I accidentally painted my accent nails with INRAW, but I could have (and have) used this on its own and gotten full coverage.

Here is a close-up of the glitter. I'm still working on my camera work, but this came out okay, I think.

The last color I used was Gold for Gold by Sally Hansen. This is one of my favorite gold polishes but I'm afraid it didn't show up so well for the stamps. I have used it in the past for stamping with better results. I suppose it has to do with the base color. I'm still practicing my stamping technique so maybe it's that, but in any case, I still really like this color. I actually have pretty good experiences with the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line.  The stamping plate I used with this polish was BM-423 from Bundle Monster.

Here is the finished result! I used a permanent marker to do the Deathly Hallows symbol, but it did drag a little once I put on the top coat. Still, not too bad for a quick, impromptu manicure. I;m experimenting now with acrylic paint, paint pens, and small detail brushes so that I won't have to use the Sharpie, so stayed tuned. 

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