Once again, another holiday has completely snuck up on me, and for no good reason other than I've just been in my own little world, but that's okay. Last year I was quite surprised to discover that Mardi Gras isn't a "thing" as we 'murkins know it in the UK, but they call it "Pancake Day" and the premise is pretty much the same. I got my ingredients together over the weekend, and tomorrow I'll be griddling up some fluffy pancakes for dinner, because yum! While today's nail art isn't exactly traditional for Mardi Gras, I think the festive flair and spectacular blingyness make it totally appropriate for living it up on Fat Tuesday tomorrow.
This nail art was actually a great excuse to use a couple of untried indies and some new (to me) chromes that I picked up in another blogger's sale. After being so bummed out that I lived in the wrong country to purchase any of Sally Hansen's Color Foil collection last year, I possibly went into a chrome/foil overdrive and have purchased far more bottles than I care to count in the past 6 months of anything with a foil/chrome finish. I will probably wind up destashing a lot of it soon, because seriously, no one needs this much chrome polish.
|L-R: Sally Hansen Aqua Chrome, Orchid Sapphire Chrome, and big matte, Nail Pattern Boldness Clairvoyant Visitor, Laquerlicious Sapphire Glaze|
Clairvoyant Visitor, however, is still readily available and is SUCH a fun glitter polish! It's packed with silver microglitters and pink and fuchsia mini-hexes, and builds to opacity in 3 thin coats. I had absolutely no problems applying this one, either, and I'm really sad that I waited so long to actually use it, since I bought it almost a year ago, I think.
After sealing all that glittery goodness under a matte top coat (because all glitters must be matted - it's a thing!), I was left with an *almost* textured base, upon which I stamped with my chrome finish polishes off the QA76 plate. I wish that I'd reversed the stamping colors, though, just to add some contrast, but hindsight is... you know. However, to show off those gorgeous glitter bases, I grabbed some macros for you!
I actually liked this so much that I wore it for 3 full days (on BOTH HANDS), if you can believe it. Part of that may have been down to anxiety about having to remove all that glitter, because I don't have good luck using glue bases over my acrygel overlays. However, as they say in N'awlins, "laissez les bons temps rouler!"
Hope you're all off to a fantastic week. Have fun overindulging tomorrow, and I'll see ya Wednesday!