I'll be doing some updates and changes to the look and feel of my blog, so thank you for being patient while I figure out the ins and outs of blogging. =)
Meanwhile, I have a swatch of another gorgeous polish from a great indie, KBShimmer Snow Way!
It's a fun sky blue crelly polish with lots of various-sized white glitter and a hint of holo microglitter. I used it for the base of my Snowflake mani seen below. More pics and info after the jump, just click the Read More button down below!
|Snowflake Mani using KBShimmer polish|
So far, every KBShimmer polish I've encountered has been a home run! This time it was KBShimmer Snow Way! I picked a great time to do this mani, when it was in the 50's here in PA (ridiculous for the end of December... I know, I'm late in posting this as usual...) and snow was the last thing on our minds. Well, now it's snowing, and I'm to blame! (...no, not really...)
|L-R: OPI Nail Envy, KBShimmer Snow Way!, Essie Aruba Blue,|
Essie No Place Like Chrome, KBShimmer Clearly On Top
I pulled out my favorite Cici&Sisi stamping plate 04 from their jumbo set 1. I also grabbed my holiday nail vinyls from Glam My Mani because I've been itching to use those snowflake vinyls since I bought them!
|Cici&Sisi Stamping Plate 04 from Jumbo Set 1|
I started with my base of one coat OPI Nail Envy, then I used three thin coats of KBShimmer Snow Way!. I topped it with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top quick dry topcoat (which I am so glad I have a backup of because it is the most awesome quick dry topcoat I've used to date!). This polish was surprisingly easy to work with. I thought it might be hard to get the glitter out, but it just came out each time I dipped the brush in. It actually leaves a very smooth finish too. The glitters lay flat and do not curl at all. Great formula on this!!
|KBShimmer Snow Way! - three coats with topcoat|
I didn't show my steps for this mani, but basically I used the nail vinyls on my middle finger and painted Essie Aruba Blue over it and promptly peeled the vinyls off while the polish was still wet. I used the outline of the snowflake vinyl as a stencil for my ring finger. I put it on, painted Essie Aruba Blue inside the stencil, then peeled it right off when the polish was still wet. Then I topped both fingers with Clearly On Top.
|Mani using nail vinyls and stamping plates|
I used Essie No Place Like Chrome to stamp snowflakes on my index and pinky fingers, then went one step further and double stamped my pinky with abstract snowflakes using Aruba Blue. Aruba Blue stamps surprisingly well!
I topcoated my index and pinky fingers and went on my way!
I removed this mani three days later to paint another mani. In those three days the polish wore extremely well. The removal process wasn't fun, but then glitter removal never is. I used Zoya Remove+ for removal and I had snowflake glitter herpes everywhere! Not a huge deal, they were easy to dump in the trash at least, lol. I just had to work for removal. It's still an amazing polish!
|Removing KBShimmer Snow Way!|
The foil method doesn't work well for me since I'm not patient enough to sit with foil fingers. I prefer to soak/scrub using these awesome lint-free cotton pads I got from Amazon.
What is your go-to method for removing glitter polish?