Friday, July 19, 2013

China Glaze "Strawberry Fields", Harmony Gelish "Grand Jewels" Gel, and #MintManisForTaliaJoy!

Today I'm starting off my post by showing off my haul from a recent purchase at Sally Beauty Supply. They had some of their Gelish minis on markdown, so I grabbed "Grand Jewels", a clear coat full of glitter (meant for accents and top-coating), plus China Glaze's "Strawberry Fields".

As you can see, this would have more of a "wow" effect over a base color or as a tip accent to another color, but I like to keep my gel manicures neutral and understated since I paint over them. It's a gold and silver glitter with some chunky holos strewn throughout - worked fine with my RCM base and topcoat, as well as my LED lamp. My pinky finger actually needed a band-aid (the nail tore from some trauma at work), and the gel sealed it all in really nicely - you can't even see it!

Next is a fun manicure I made up to swatch China Glaze's "Strawberry Fields" - A bright juicy pink magenta hue with that gold glass-fleck shimmer they popularized so well. I paired it with an OPI "Goldeneye" accent nail to really get that gold shimmer to pop!

Lastly, today the nail lacquer community honored the passing of a truly inspirational young girl, Talia Joy Castellano. Having lived her life to the fullest through 2 rare forms of cancer, Talia was an inspiration to many through her battle and overall positive outlook on life. The last photo she posted on her Instagram account was of mint-colored manicures her and her mother had gotten together. Nicole over at NailPolishWars inspired the tribute to the lovely 13 year-old who brought joy to so many in her short life.

The base is OPI's "Gargantuan Green Grape", with Cover Girl Boundless Color Sparkle Top Coat in "Crystal Mist" in a chevron pattern on the ring finger and overall on the index finger (with a french tip). The polka dots are done in Essie's "First Timer". Have you seen other #MintManisForTaliaJoy today??

Rest in peace, Talia. #JustKeepSwimming,

- Maggie