Ever have those nights where you have an idea of what you want to do, but nothing works out?
That was this night. Ugh.
So I ended up with a single color mani, which I almost never do anymore! But you know what? I got to try a new indie brand, a new polish from my Secret Santa, and I love it!
Here is Apollo from Doctor Lacquer! More pics and info after the jump, as well as a review of Yellow Stopper as a peel off base coat, and some pics of my nail fail from the same night!
|Doctor Lacquer Apollo|
So I'm trying to take better, more professional looking photos. How's it working for me? What do ya think? I'm now using Phonto for my watermark and to crop my pics. I love that I can perfectly size and place my watermark, and keep it in the same font as my blog.
Anyway, let's start with Yellow Stopper as a peel off base. If you remember, I bought American Classics Yellow Stopper from Sally's Beauty Supply. It's meant as a topper for your natural nail or for a french manicure. Alone over your natural nail, it neutralizes the yellow color and makes it less stained looking. However, under your polish it turns into a peel off base coat that helps when swatching several polishes at once, or when using glitter bombs that normally take twenty minutes to remove with a lot of harsh acetone.
From my last post (link here), I used one coat of Yellow Stopper under my KBShimmer Christmas mani. Two days later, as I was filing down my middle finger nail because it was a bit round for my liking compared to the rest of my nails, the entire polish popped right off. You can see below. I mean, full sheet, all coats, completely intact, popped right off. Pretty cool, eh? Except that I wasn't ready to paint again! I hoped to get another day out of it, but I've also read you can get 1-3 days out of Yellow Stopper as a peel off base.
|Yellow Stopper as a base made my polish pop off with minimal effort!|
I had several ideas in mind, and had been eyeing up the Christmas stamps on my Cici&Sisi set 1, but no clear direction for my next mani. I shrugged, started pulling everything out, and went to work. I only took a couple of pictures, and I really wish I took a pic of my lint roller, which was full of stamping fail. Oh well.
|OPI Alpine Snow topped with Zoya Jolie on index and pinky|
The nice thing out of this was that I used an untried, a Zoya polish that I got as part of my 3-free-polish-gift from ordering $50+ in Zoya polish. Above is one coat of Zoya Jolie over two coats of OPI Alpine Snow. It gives your polish a nice pearl look.
|Glam My Mani skinny chevron nail vinyls|
I planned to "candy cane" my index and pinky fingers with Orly Star Spangled, which is a great sparkly Christmas red. I used my skinny chevron nail vinyls from Glam My Mani. While they turned out pretty decent, I smudged my middle finger and had to put another coat of Alpine Snow on, then I accidentally stamped Santa upside down, and I could not scrape my sleigh image well enough so every one was smudged when I picked it up. Fail after fail after fail.
|OH-OH-OH says MY Santa!!|
I gave up after three hours spent on this mani. Three freaking hours. Thank goodness DH took the little to bed for me. So I went with a completely un-Christmassy theme and reached for my Doctor Lacquer multi-chrome flaky polish from my Secret Santa!
|Doctor Lacquer Apollo topped with KBShimmer Clearly On Top quick dry topcoat|
This is Apollo, which is part of their Something Spatial series. It has multichrome microflakies in a clear base. I probably should have put it over a base color, but as you can see, it can be built up to opacity with three coats.
|Doctor Lacquer Apollo|
I added some grey gems for more bling. I took a flash shot just for shiggles and got this interesting navy blue color.
|Doctor Lacquer Apollo with flash|
Stuck my hands in water and voila! Look at those shifts!!
|Doctor Lacquer Apollo underwater|
So much fun!
|Color shifts from Doctor Lacquer Apollo (underwater)|
This is a beautiful color to play with. Unfortunately, since it's winter here in PA and the sun decided to hide, I didn't get a sun shot of this beauty while I had this mani on. Oh well, the sun will come out... um... someday... lol.
One day I will have a macro lens for my camera and wow you with some macro shots. One day...