I am, admittedly, a very girly girl. I love clothes, makeup, shopping, and of course, nail polish. I also dislike most sports, with the exception of baseball and hockey. I like baseball in limited quantities and only when I'm watching it live. Watching baseball on TV is nearly equivalent to watching golf, in my opinion. Hockey, however, is a completely different story. I LOVE HOCKEY. It has actually turned into more of an obsession. My husband and I moved to Florida from Hockeytown itself, so he has always been a diehard Red Wings fan. I grew up watching and enjoying the Red Wings, but never getting into them nearly as much as my husband. Sadly, Florida is not nearly as intense with hockey as Michigan is. But, the Tampa Bay Lightning play close to where we live, and after they went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year, we got sucked in and turned into fans. My husband still LOVES the Red Wings, but for me, the Lightning was the first team I really got into, and therefore, they are my first true love. We have season tickets and we only miss a game if I have class. Sadly, they won't be making it to the playoffs this year, so with only two home games left in the season, I knew I wanted to do Lightning themed nails. Let me just start by saying this was much easier said than done. My ideas of grandeur were not as easily translated onto my nails as I had hoped. I tried numerous techniques for creating a lightning bolt decal. I tried cutting a bolt out of tape, I tried creating my own decal using a plastic baggie, and I even tried hand painting one. I was about to throw in the towel when my husband reminded me of the bolt nail tattoos I had. They're dark blue, but they would make it easier to hand paint the bolt. Needless to say, this manicure isn't exactly what I envisioned, but it's close enough. I used China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara, OPI Black Onyx, and OPI DS Radiance.
Lorelei's Tiara is a glitter packed polish that was opaque with one coat! WOW! I was impressed since I'm used to many coats of glitter polish that still wind up sheer. However, I know it's going to be a nightmare to remove! Foil method, here I come! Anyways, I did two coats for good measure. This polish was perfect because the Lightning's team colors are blue, white, black, and silver! I used two coats of Black Onyx on my ring finger. Then, I added my nail tattoo. It's hard to see because it's dark blue, but it's there:
Then, using an orange stick, I carefully traced the decal with Radiance. After that dried, I added some of Lorelei's Tiara to get blue sparkle onto the lightning bolt. And here's what I wound up with! Not my favorite, but I'm pleased with how it turned out after the headache of trying to figure out how to create the lightning bolt! Here's my Tampa Bay Lightning manicure!
On another note, I've recently decided that I'm adding Zoya polishes to my list of favorite polishes. It takes a lot to make it to that list and so far, it's just OPI, China Glaze, and Zoya. I do own other brands, but I haven't used them enough to consider them a favorite. I went from owning no Zoya's to owning 6 a few weeks ago when Zoya offered a buy 3 get 3 free promo on Facebook. Since then, I've been stalking their Facebook, keeping my eye out for another deal. Well, I guess Good Morning America did something with Zoya recently and there were comments all over their Facebook page about it this morning. I did some digging and apparently Zoya teamed up with GMA to offer 50% off select Zoya packages! Until supplies last, you can get the 50% off! Here's the link to the beauties I ordered today:
Just enter GMAZOYA as your promo code! You can also search GMA to see some other sets they have left for 50% off.