Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Glitter Galore!

Hey, everyone!

As I am writing this post, I realize that this might be the first time I've ever done an actual skittlette nail art design (see here for definition). And I like it a lot! Keep reading to find out more about this look!

I started this mani with the idea of using a new polish I got for Christmas, Cirque XX, along with Polish Me Silly Grape to Meet You, a gorgeous blue-to-purple thermal. I've worn Grape to Meet You on my toes quite a few times, since my toes' temperature fluctuates much more than that of my fingers, but I think this is the first time I've worn it on my fingers! Funny how that works sometimes. 

I started by painting 3 thin coats of Grape to Meet You on my thumb, ring finger, and pinky, as well as two coats of OPI Casino Royale on my index and one coat of OPI My Very First Knockwurst on my middle finger. When those were completely dry, I stamped over my ring finger using Casino Royale (man, this polish is great for stamping!) and MoYou Kaleidoscope Collection plate #10. Then I used my wonderful liquid latex to mask off my cuticles on all my other fingers and thumb. Next I used a makeup sponge to apply XX to my full middle nail, and in a gradient on my other fingers. I have to say, this glitter polish is AMAZING. Cirque describes it as "A rainbow confetti made with over 20 different types of holographic glitter." Seriously, talk about a glitter bomb! There's everything from pastel microglitter, to diamonds, to squares, to hexagonal glitter in this baby!

In the first two pictures, you can see that my pinky and ring finger are a periwinkle blue. This is the color of Grape to Meet You in its warm state. In the picture above, you can see it getting a tinge of purple to it in the transition state. And finally, the picture below shows the cold state, a pretty cool-toned purple. This polish also has a blue shimmer to it, which I find really eye-catching. Unfortunately, I had some pretty major shrinkage with Grape to Meet You, even though I wrapped my tips for all three coats! After asking around and consulting the ladies of Hobby Polish Bloggers, I found that this was perhaps because I used Orly Bonder as my base coat. So I guess in the future when applying thermals, I will just stick to my trusty OPI Nail Envy!

Materials Used
Polish Me Silly Grape to Meet You
Cirque XX
OPI Casino Royale
OPI My Very First Knockwurst
MoYou Kaleidoscope Collection, plate #10
Liquid latex

 So what do you guys think? Should I try skittlette manis more often? I rather enjoyed this mani and will have to revisit it again sometime. Also, this is one of the only times I've been 100% happy with my pictures. My skin tone is super accurate, as are the polish colors, and the exposure is just where I want it. FINALLY! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. YES absolutely do skittles more often!! Not a surprising comment coming from me I imagine. That glitter is AMAZING! I don't have any Cirque polishes, but I think I'll be checking that one out. And your photos look awesome. I am way behind in reading posts, so I'll guess that you got a new camera and went through the growing pains. I almost returned my DSLR twice! <3

  2. XX is the only Cirque I own and omg the pics just don't do it justice! I wanted to include a short video of the sparkle but the sun wasn't behaving that day :-P And nope, same camera I've been using but WOW does the OttLite make a difference! I just use a wimpy point n shoot cuz I can't afford a big fancy camera lol

  3. Ah the magical OttLite! It was a game changer for me too! Even with a new camera 1 OttLite replaced 3 desk lamps and my photos have never looked better...IMHO at least. :)