Note: This post is really old (pictures were taken end of Sept) so my nails look really different. I've also gotten a lot better at painting my nails since then! I don't know why I left this post for so long. I think maybe I was just really devastated about the break lol. Onto the product... I got this for $6.29 CAD at Sally's (I think that is probably the member price but don't remember now)
probably should have taken a picture before I opened it... oops
contents: different sized stickers (30), a 2-sided buffer
Couldn't think of anything to do for this year's Chinese New Year mani. Was originally going to do red with gold glitter over it but that's pretty much what I did last year. Saw SparrowNails' Chinese New Year Ruffian mani on instagram and decided to go with that instead. I started by painting 2 coats of Revlon Gold Coin. Then I went over most of it with OPI Big Apple Red, painting the way I usually would except I left more gap so that a gold edge was left for the Ruffian effect. I don't think Ruffian manis are very flattering on my nails. I think this would look better if I had longer nail beds or if I grew my nails out longer first. Visually I feel that this makes my nails look shorter and fatter, especially my middle nail which is naturally wider, and is also now a bit shorter due to a break :( Maybe If the color by my cuticles was darker and didn't blend into my skin so much? Or if I left some of the gold at the side? Like so the red part was more tapered rather than going straight across the gold? Does that make sense? Now I'm just rambling haha
My right hand nails look especially stubby I think because my right hand nails are a bit shorter. Also I couldn't paint my right hand as accurately so I left more gap.
Here's last year's Chinese New Years nails:
Essie As Gold As It from the luxeffects collection (2 coats) Essie Trombone (2 coats)
Last year's picture is so blurry! My photographing skills have definitely improved! BTW if you're wondering, I have changed my blog name several times. I promise I didn't steal this pic :)
This polish has been a forever lemming for me. I'm so happy I finally have it!!! I could never get it because Nikole always does her restocks at 3pm on weekdays and I'm always at work :( So glad I managed to get it from Jen's blogsale! Check out Jen's tumblr here! She seriously has such beautiful swatches!!! Anyway on to the polish itself. Twilight Savings is medium sized silver squares and magenta microglitter in a blurple jelly base with some camera-shy pink shimmer. This polish is so unique I can't think of any polish that looks similar to it at all! I really love how the silver squares from the bottom layers peek through the jelly base. It has great depth to it. I used 3 coats here and didn't want to use any more of my precious polish! Also it was getting thick and the VNL wasn't getting much better. Next time I wear this I'll definitely try putting another polish underneath and just using 2 coats instead. The VNL was much more noticeable in pictures than in real life though. I think wearing undies would really help the glitter pop more. This polish wore quite well. I had it on for 3 days without any chipping or tip wear. I probably could have kept it on longer but had to change my polish because my thumb nail was flaking (the nail itself was flaking in layers not the polish). I was also amazed how easy this polish was to remove. I held down the pad with remover for about 5 seconds before I started wiping it back and forth. I only had to go back and forth with my remover about 3x per nail to get the glitter off. More effort than a creme polish don't get me wrong but nothing like some other glitters that are impossible to remove without the foil method or crazy scrubbing!