I picked up OPI Stir-Fried Eggplant at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago. I know that when OPI sells things to TJ Maxx, they are usually re-named and/or rebottled. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a pretty color, right?? This is one that wasn’t labeled as a texture polish, so I put a top coat over it. However, as it dried, I realized that it might have been meant to be a texture. It dried bumpy, but kinda smooth because of the base coat. It’s a dark, dark purple with purple glitters in it.
It’s time for another piece of nail art for this month’s Challenge Your Nail Art theme! This month’s theme is Pirates. Yesterday’s prompt was sea creatures. You can see the mermaid nail art I did by clicking here. Today’s prompt is oceans! I thought of doing an underwater scene, but since I’ve done that before, I wanted to try something new. Then, I saw an image as I was flipping through my Cici&Sisi plates and I saw something that reminded me of the froth when the ocean water hits the sand. I was suddenly inspired to do a frothy, seafoam mani! I started out with three coats of piCture pOlish better which I received from them as part of BloggerFest earlier this year. Then, I did a gradient using piCture pOlish Sea Jewel. The gradient is more subtle than what my head thought it would be, but I like the look of it away.
Here is what the gradient looked like prior to the stamping portion of this nail art.
It’s time for another round of “Challenge Your Nail Art“. Today’s prompt is “sea creatures”. I have been neglecting my Vivid Lacquer VL023 stamping plate which has mermaids on it, so I couldn’t NOT use it on this challenge! I started with two coats of OPI Blue Chips which is an amazing sea blue with holographic shimmers. I got it at TJ Maxx and it was a major score! Once dry, I used Color Club Harp On It to stamp some mermaids and then dotted some of it around. When the mermaids didn’t show up over the blue, I used Konad Special White and it showed up much better. I thought the art needed a little more flair so I grabbed MoYou London Fairytale Plate 06 to stamp some starfish, some bubbles, and some fish around. I like how it turned out!
Thanks to TJ Maxx, I was finally able to try Ciate nail polish. I just couldn’t justify the retail prices for it. I’m glad I tried it for $6.99 and not it’s usual $14 pricetag because….it’s just nail polish! The formula was good and the color is gorgeous, but it’s not anything better than my usual Sally Hansen. I used Ciate Silhouette as a base for this nail art. Then, I used my trusty striping tape in random patterns I painted ManGlaze Matte is Murder on top. I gently pulled off the striping tape and this was the result! I like the vampy look of these two polishes together!
Here is Ciate Silhouette on its own. It’s a dark, dark purple with tiny shimmers in it. I thought it looked more red in the bottle, but I really think it looks purple once it’s on.
Orly Darkest Shadow is from the Smoked Collection which is full of gorgeous colors for the fall. Darkest Shadow is a black jelly-ish polish with purple shimmers. The application is a little tricky since the polish is a tad gloopy. It was hard to get thin coats. Other than that, I love this polish and it’s a gorgeous vampy color which is perfect for the fall season!!
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