Friday, August 10, 2012

Julep: Harley Stamped & Zoya Charla

omg I've got so many pictures I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Not to mention I'm behind on SwagBucks and everybody else's blogs. :/ Guess I'll jump in and get to it!

My first idea was to go ahead and swatch Charla, but since she's from the same collection as Gilda, I thought I'd do a quick opacity test. Sure enough, sheer jelly. So I totally stole Karen's idea (y'all know Karen, right?) and started with a metallic base. Harley is what I was hoping the rest of the metallics in this collection would be like. Smooth, chromey, single-coat. The dry time was a bit long, but just look!

Sure you can see some brushstrokes, but until I find a chrome that gives me a true mirror-finish then I'm not going to stress about it.

My little test gave me the idea for Part 2 of this mani. I dug out my favorite stamping plate...

...and since Camelot was sitting right there on the table waiting ever so patiently for me to feel like wearing black, it got to be my stamping polish.

Worked beautifully!! (it's been a while since I've stamped like this so, yeah, it's not perfect and that's my fault LOL) Of course I don't plan on wasting such an amazing polish for all of my black-stamping needs, it did work out quite well, though.

Camelot does dry really super quickly, so a couple of the very edges didn't fully stick. That's why I love this design, though. It's so forgiving! I really like this look, with the silver and black. Very cool.

Then I finally got to Zoya Charla. A blue jelly base with green and blue shimmer.

I was not about to wait around for it to dry on it's own, so there is topcoat involved there. Also, I'm a *tad* disappointed that you can't really tell that the stamping is under the blue. :/ Ah well.

Of course I had to see how this looked matte. Matte topcoat on my index and ring fingers.

And your complimentary close-up:

*phew* But wait! I'm not done yet. It occured to me that I say "opacity test" a lot and some of you might not know what I mean by that. I'm sure everyone has their own way of testing out how sheer a polish will be, here's how I do it.

Yep, right over my old polish. Unfortunately in this case the blue was too close to the previous color so I swiped on a stripe of silver and a stripe of black to see how much coverage I got.

Not a lot. And that's how Lizzy discovers whether or not her next polish will require undies. *bows*

Now. Hrm. I did get a lot of cleaning done, but tomorrow we're going to Brak's. Aaron can work on the koi pond, we can play some Killer Bunnies (I don't know what it is, but I'll find out!) and then tomorrow night is the Perseid shower! I'm hoping we'll be able to actually see it out in the country. So it's going to be a busy day and I don't know yet if I'll be doing some meteor-inspired nail art yet or not. All I know for sure is that I'm going to fire up the laptop then start working on my nails, because I am not going to be one of those girls that blogs and blogs and blogs but can't manage to find the time to read what other people are posting. OH!! Stone Cold has shipped and I just got a notice that Magia Negra (a black holo by Jade you can find on is back in stock!! So I'll very probably be ordering that before bed. ;) Only if I can meet my SB goal. LOL Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and make sure you get out to see the showers!


  1. Love the layering! For some reason it never occurred to me to do a sheer over stamping--great idea!

    1. Thanks! :D I can't wait to see what you come up with for it.

  2. Very prtty shades. Never did an "opacity test" before :)

    1. Thank you. :D I can never tell in the bottle if a polish will be sheer, so I like to be a bit prepared. lol


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