Today I have a post of sooooo many stories, it's hard to know where to start. Firstly, this post features 2 polishes which were sent to me by Nailpolish.co.uk, a fantastic nail e-porium that I am more than happy to recommend. Loads of choice, and really reasonable prices.
Secondly, it's a tale of an awesome mani .... which ended in tragedy. Ok, first things first.
The 2 polishes used in this mani are Barry M Mustard and China Glaze All Aboard. Mustard is from the latest sextet of Barry M Gellys and you won't believe this - even though I hate yellow, I immediately wanted this polish.
It's a darker egg-yolk yellow that I would never wear on its own, but which will be perfect for nail art. It's also a yellow that I feel blends better than some of the sunnier shades. Usual perfect Barry experience - no issues to report.
I paired it with All Aboard. You know I have a massive weakness for purples, and smokey ones especially, but this one left me cold.
Although it's a "nice" shade, it's not amazing, and it did my number 1 pet peeve of being a lot darker on the nail than it is in the bottle. Application was fine, but I expected to be more wowed by the colour.
I then gradiented them to make a midnight landscape, and then started my stamping. I chose my burgundy Konad polish rather than black, just to add a hint more creepiness.
Here's a walkthrough of the images used -
* thumb and index - MoYou Gothic Collection 04
* middle - Winstonia W221
* ring and pinkie - Winstonia W116
Now at this stage, and you'll have to believe me, my mani looked awesome. Exactly what I wanted, a behind the scenes peek at what witches do on Halloween.
And then it went wrong. I've had an issue lately where glossy nail art doesn't photograph well, so I added my usual matte top coat - OPI. 2 things happened which have NEVER happened before - firstly it STREAKED, and secondly, it deposited white flecks on the ring and pinkie nails.
Then I cleaned up. Could I get that burgundy cleaned up? Could I heck as like. So that's why I have bloodied cuticles. So all in all, I ended up with a mani that I loved that was a hot, matte, streaky mess.
I'm still sulking.
* Barry M Mustard and China Glaze All Aboard were provided for my review - you can purchase them HERE.