Fact: it is not the 31st. Fact: it is no longer even January. Fact: I've been working so much overtime that I essentially crawl home at night & do it all over again. I even went to work "naked" (NAILS!! naked NAILS!) for two days, and shocked the heck outta my friends!
So all that to say, I've finally found the time & energy to do my final challenge post.
I was really running out of creativity, especially when it came to nail art having to do with "silver." BUT, I instantly thought of my still untried, lovely surprise from Claudia (aka idreamofpolish): Nfu-Oh #61. YESSSSS. The most beautimous silver holo!!! So I chose to simply let the gloriousness of #61 be nail art in its own right. :) And really, rainbows ARE some of God's finest artwork so, why not?
These photos really do not do it justice! I took so many, at all sorts of angles and different lighting, in so many hand positions I seriously got painful hand cramps; all to no avail. The above thumbnail was the closest I got.
Regarding application, I actually didn't use any basecoat because I knew there was no chance of staining and from what I've read, the Nfu-Oh "aqua base" is the only thing that works anyways, so I just decided to give it a go "au naturel." Sorry, every time I hear or say "give it a go," I think of the song Lady Marmalade! ...from the Moulin Rouge. ;)
Oh! That's right, I was talking about the application!! HA HA So, no basecoat, and the first coat was very sheer and patchy. But I only needed two coats on most of my nails and three on a few others.
Dry time was very fast, a characteristic which I LOVE about most of the linear holos I've tried. :) The other reason I picked this as my "silver" polish is because as you can see in the very last photo, my pinkie is pure silver chrome in the flash. And rather like bloggers are saying about that new OPI Gwen Stefani chrome polish, sans topcoat this lasts only a couple days without chipping. I put Duri Rejuvacote on a couple nails and it did noticeably dull the holo, so I left them "topless." The wear time is saddening, but oh well! I can either re-apply or put on one of the other 270 some gorgeous polishes I own!
Can I take a moment to say how much I LOVE the adorable Nfu-Oh bottles?! I'm sure every blogger out there has ooh'd and ahh'd over them, but this being my first and only one, I have to contribute my own bit of amazement at the very unique bustier/dress design. :) They're simply the epitome of fun and girliness and for some reason, remind me of Cinderella or fairytales period. The flowers and vines on the top of the cap and the front of the bottle are also lovely. I wouldn't mind having a few more Nfu-Oh's just for the bottles!! hehe Although touching the boob area (i.e. above thumb photo) was a tad... disconcerting? :-P
I don't know if I'll join another challenge for awhile due to the overtime at work, but it was rather fun and well, challenging! Imagine that!! Have a great Sunday night, peeps!