Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Essie Smooth Sailing and Zoya Kimmy

I know I've mentioned this to the endlessness that is the internet, but I'm a third grade teacher in Florida, which has a very important standardized test during April. Therefore, my life has been all but consumed with the FCAT for the past month. Additionally, I just finished my Spring semester of grad school. And those are my pathetic excuses for why I haven't been posting my manicures! However, I have been saving them up! I have two today and another one ready to go for later this week! For the first one, I used some of my Essie collection. My Essie polishes pale in comparison to my other favorite brands (Zoya, OPI, China Glaze). I just don't have very many colored Essies. I use her top coats and base coats for every single mani I do, but her colors have never really struck my fancy. Around Christmas, I bought the mini Summer set of Essie polish on clearance at Ulta. I recently began swatching my polish onto clear nails that a salon would have. I don't know how to explain them...apparently I need to take a picture. Anyways, having all of my colors swatched and ready to go makes it easier to "take my collection with me." When I swatched Essie Smooth Sailing, I knew I needed a full-sized bottle (Hello, Amazon!). I also received an Essie Set in Stones in my Birchbox in March, which I also used for this manicure! I got a lot of compliments on the color of Smooth Sailing. It's a periwinkle with purple undertones. It also shimmers subtly. I used two coats of Smooth Sailing, and two coats of Set in Stones on my accent nail. I tried to get different angles of Set in Stones. And I added the last one just because I love the glint I got off of the glitter! These pictures were all take indoors in sunlight. 

Essie Smooth Sailing

Essie Smooth Sailing

Essie Smooth Sailing

Essie Smooth Sailing

Zoya has been my newest obsession. I LOVE THEIR POLISH. It's an addiction (ha, like I didn't already have a polish issue before!). I recently purchased the Sunshine Collection for 50% off through a Good Morning America promo. Sunshine is a gorgeous collection of colors with gold undertones. Kimmy was one of those polishes. She's a beautiful red with the aforementioned gold undertones. And it doesn't hurt that one of my dearest friends is named Kimberli! :) For my accent nail (can you tell I love a good accent nail?!), I used OPI Your Royal Shine-ness (YRS). I polished my whole accent nail in two coats of YRS and let it dry completely. Luckily, it dries fast. I think I waited 30 minutes for good measure. Whenever I'm using tape, I get paranoid that my polish will peel, which means a whole nail has to be redone. I polished my other nails with Kimmy while I waited. Whenever I use tape, I stick it to my palm twice to make it less sticky. Then, I stuck the tape halfway across my nail diagonally, over the part that I wanted to remain silver. I then polished Kimmy and pulled the tape off immediately. When using tape, I try to paint the final color in one coat because the tape needs to be peeled off immediately to avoid pulling, so sometimes I use a thicker coat of polish to ensure full coverage. Finally, I used my dotting tool to add some Kimmy dots along the polish line. Two coats of Kimmy are on each nail. The pictures were taken indoors on a partly cloudy day.

Zoya Kimmy

Zoya Kimmy

Zoya Kimmy

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