Meh, I thought my last post was going to be pic heavy. Brace yourselves, spam is coming.
...Nope. Not that kind of spam. ;-)
|Full Moon and Bats mani for BHBSpooktober|
This kind: PICS SPAM!!
|L-R: OPI Nail Envy, Zoya Dahlia, Zoya Dovima, (back) China Glaze Ghoulish Glow, Zoya Dove, OPI My Vampire is Buff, Essie Blanc, Seche Vite topcoat|
So for the base of this mani I used Zoya Dahlia and Zoya Dovima. Both very beautiful colors, especially for a night sky!
|Zoya Dovima (middle two fingers) and Zoya Dahlia|
These are two coats of each with no topcoat. Both dry matte, Dovima with beautiful itsy bitsy little microshimmer, and Dahlia with a sandy texture with lots of silver sparkle. Application of both was very easy since the formula is so good, but my brush on Dahlia is a bit wonky and splayed (similar to my Bonita polish). I don't know what causes this and I don't know how to fix it, but I don't usually have that problem with my Zoya brushes.
|Zoya Dovima (middle two fingers) and Zoya Dahlia in artificial light|
Next up was topcoat. I went back to good ol' Seche Vite. Here I've topcoated all with a coat of Seche.
Seche really brings out the beautiful shimmer in Zoya Dovima, as you can see below. It really adds depth to the polish.
|closeup of Zoya Dovima (topcoated) microshimmer|
And just some more spam of pretty nails, same same, just different positions, lol.
So for my full moon I decided to span two nails. I first used OPI My Vampire is buff, then went over some of it with Essie Blanc.
|I used the regular polish brush to paint the moon|
I created the hazy clouds with a makeup sponge with some pieces ripped off (was previously used for a gradient, so none went to waste) and dabbed Zoya Dove on it, then sponged a bit on my nails over the moon.
|Zoya Dove on makeup sponge for hazy clouds|
After I did the hazy clouds, I used Sinful Colors Black on Black and a striping brush and painted some bats. Yes, they are bats. I can't free-hand well, and small scale just isn't my forte, haha.
Oh, I forgot, before I added the bats I put some China Glaze GITD polish on the white part of my moons. Then topped it all with Seche Vite.
I tried to get the polish to glow under my blacklight, but it just wasn't cooperating.
|Mani under black light|
Still looks kind of neat and spooky if you ask me.
|You can see the faint glow of the moon|
And a snap shot of the glow when I turned the blacklight off. Not the best, but they look like ghosts! I will have to try something new the next time I use the GITD polish... I hear that LED/UV lights charge them up quickly. I'll have to whip out my LED curing light!
The next day I decided I wanted to matte my middle two fingers. I really like the matte effect on some manis. By the way, before I matted them, when I was driving the sun caught the shimmer in Zoya Dovima and O. M. G. The holo microshimmer was stunning!! I wish I could have gotten a pic, but driving. So no pic.
|Middle two fingers have Sally Hansen Big Matte topcoat|
But for my matte, I used one coat of Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat. It's a pretty decent matte topcoat in my opinion. And it wears pretty well too. I had this mani on without chips for four days... that's a record for me!
Halloween is right around the corner... what's your favorite thing about this fun holiday?