Sunday, January 17, 2016

OPI Gelcolor "Here Today... Aragon Tomorrow"

Hi again!  This is a color I've wanted for a really long time.  Like, I've wanted it for years.  In 2012, I reviewed Gelish "A Runway for the Money" and was pretty disappointed at its application and dirty green color.  I wanted a color that was darker but still a richer forest green tone.

And that's why I've finally picked up OPI GelColor "Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow".  It's the perfect almost-black forest-green creme color.  It's another classic OPI color along the lines of "Lincoln Park After Dark", in that if you don't look closely and don't know what you're looking for, you may mistake it for a plain black color.  But the reality is it has a little more depth and complexity than that!

Of course the snow storms roll in when I take pictures!

A flash photo to hopefully get another perspective of this color.

It took two coats to get full coverage, although I might recommend that you go for three thinner coats, because this is how my application went:

The first coat was really splotchy, and wanted to sink into the ridges and imperfections in my nails.  That's why my nail beds don't look so perfect!

The second coat seemed to fully cover those imperfections in all but the brightest daylight, but as a trade off for being a bit more heavy-handed with my polish, I did suffer some lifting between the layers of one of my nails within two days, because the dark color didn't cure all the way through.  This problem can be resolved by curing for a bit longer than usual--45 seconds or a minute versus 30 seconds--and using thinner layers as I mentioned before.

Looking through my posts, I seem to really love creme colors... not to mention greens!  Did you know: green the most popular nail polish color in my state?  Check it out at Allure: you can see the most popular nail color in every state!  I went home for the holidays and my mother was even wearing a very similar color. :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hey there! Featuring NaiLuv "Working Woman"

Long time,  no see, internet!  I'm not going to make a ton of excuses; I've been so busy with school in the past year that blogging about my gel polish has become the last thing on my mind.  I even had to cut back my hours at my job because of school.   And, as silly as it may sound, school even dictates what color nail polish I can wear most of the time, which makes life a little boring.

I still love gel polish, of course, though--even though I haven't posted in a year, I still think UV/LED cured gel polishes are the best thing on the market, way better than any "gel effect" polishes that don't require curing under a light.

So, I'm finally back to share my holiday nails this year--nothing crazy or decorative, but bright and fun!

Indirect sunlight.

Direct Sunlight--the gel is true-to-color, but my skin's so pale, it got a little washed out!

This is NaiLuv "Working Woman", which is a cool-toned cherry red gel filled with red and pink microshimmer.  The shimmer is more subtle without direct light, but in sunlight the hot pink in it really shines through!  It's one of NaiLuv's original colors, and while it may not be entirely "on trend" or unique it is pretty awesome, and very festive for any holiday with some red in its theme.

By the way, this gel only required 2 thin coats for full coverage!  On the down side, though, it did suffer some minor chips at the tips about a week into the manicure, but I did put these nails through some heavy crafting and gift-wrapping.  The chips were minor, about 1 mm in size, and not even noticeable from arm's length away.  Interesting enough, the chips did not cause the gel to lift much beyond the chipping point, which is usually what limits the life of my gel manicure.

See ya later, internet--hopefully I'll be back sooner rather than later, this time!