Ever since I received that sneaky surprise package, I'd been wanting to use both polishes as they're seriously beautiful, but you know how it goes...we addicts are constantly getting nail mail and sometimes without an inspiration to use a certain polish, it gets lost in the stash! Well, I finally had some sort of epiphany last night, because I decided how to use both Julie G's AND Julep Nan which I just got off eBay.
Ta daaaa!! :D It'd been awhile since I did some legit nail art, so it felt really good to do this. And I really love this combo, if I may say so myself. I did two coats of OPI Nail Envy (the original stuff?) that was a gift from another friend who no longer uses it, two coats of Shark's Cove, a thin coat of Seche Vite, and then I used scotch tape to make the "main chevron," and finally, freehanded the tiny bottom and side triangles. Thanks to Liesl, I seem to have a thing for double accent nails, so I showed the chevrons some lovin' with hearts using Julep Nan & a bobby pin. L♥ve 'em!! ;)
The bottle didn't really catch the light in this pic (shoulda paid more attention, Emily, tsk tsk), but Shark's Cove minty green base is positively packed with silver microflakie shimmer! Yummm. The first coat was quite sheer and had a tendancy to get bald patches (at least it did over the Nail Envy base), but a second coat covered everything quite nicely. I really can't speak about the dry time, because the humidity here is still making every mani take a million years. For real. It's a good thing today was Sunday & I had no plans, because I did this at a snail's pace. -_-
|No offense, teensy tiny nail snail!|
And I actually managed to get a good bottle shot in the sun to showcase all of that happy sparkle! ;D
I did put another thin coat of Seche Vite over the pinkie and ring fingers, but opted (for now) to leave Blueberry Fizz in all its textured glory. I might decide to SV it in a couple days because I've never done that before, but have seen many swatches that show them both ways, and they're sometimes more amazing with a top coat.
I really need to start doing tutorials for my nail art...then again, there are SO many already out there! I actually used this one, not because I had no clue how, but because I usually do better with a visual aid as a reference.
Ohhh Julie G (by Jesse's Girl Cosmetics), how I wish you were available in drugstores near me! :( I live in NW Minnesota, and apparently this brand is moreso in SE and NW United States regions/drugstore chains like Rite Aids and such. Ahh well...that's what our amazing fellow bloggers are for, right?! I think we'd all go to great lengths to help eachother get polishes we're not able to get ourselves. :) I know I would be willing to help a girl out!
|As you can probably tell, this is in the shade. ;)|
At the moment, I can't say much about the application nor the dry time of Nan because I just dabbed & spread it on with a bobby pin. I assure you, I will be wearing it as more of a full fall mani very soon!
Well, since I can't seem to get snails off my mind, I give you the requisite parting humor photo: