OPI – “Alpine Snow”
OPI – “Alpine Snow”
I was thinking that Chicago was going to just skip right over Spring. But alas, the weather is starting to get some act right. FINALLY! And with the warming temperatures, I was feeling more playful…on my nails, at least. I started by chopping them off which is always like a fresh start and always seems to make nail art more fun for me. I am also seemingly way more productive. Then…..
A bunch of Essie colors and a couple OPI colors later…. along with some
dots with acrylic paint in: yellow, green, blue, pink and gray
I really need to practice my filigree with a paintbrush more…..
OPI – “Can’t Find My Czechbook” & “OPI on Collins Ave”
w/turquoise nail gems
It’s clearly an incredible brand….. but they have the greatest window displays.
Perfect for my nail canvas. So…. here’s the Spring Summer 2013 Edition.
OPI – “Alpine Snow” & “The It Color”
Regular polish is so much fun.
I was playing in acetone (read: doing a client’s manicure), and forgot I didn’t have on no-chip polish…. so I got to change my polish (read: my manicure got trashed, lol).
That’s when I realized, I can’t wait for summer. Not necessarily for the heat…. because y’all know how much I LOVE snow… but, I can’t wait for the summer colors! I got a jumpstart:
OPI – “In My Back Pocket”, “Greenwich Village” & “The It Color”
w/ my remaining gold and glitz polishes from before & acrylic paint animal print
….from no-chip polish, that is.
As practical as no-chip manicures seem to be, they completely eliminate the absolute FUN of manicures!!!!
I need to go back to the “convenience” of changing my polish and nail designs at least two or three times a week. No-chip is just way too much maintenance for that scenario. I know, I know…. people LOVE no-chip! Some anyway….
Lots of people complain that it thins their nails, removal is a burden…. it’s more expensive…. etc., etc… But, of course, it has supporters too: long-wearing, super shiny, strengthens nails, less maintenance, non-smudging immediately after service, manicure that stands up to nail abuse, lol.
It would be practical for me, while I dabble in acetone every day, to have a no-chip. BUT IT’S NOT AS MUCH FUN!!! I promise.
So back to regular polish right now.
China Glaze – “Escaping Reality”
OPI – “ Goldeneye” layered with “When Monkeys Fly!”
I needed inspiration. Phoned a friend.
I LOVED the finished design.
OPI – “Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok, Fine!”
& a myriad of other purple and gray polishes
I won’t lie…. I just knew we would be waiting a week to find out the final results of this election.
The excitement and calm that I experienced with the election result that Obama would be our president for FOUR MORE YEARS!?!?!?!?! I slept so much better last night.
And WHAT A RELIEF not to have to see another negative political ad for this election!
This Obama-inspired manicure was done for my beautiful client Sophia for her VIP attendance at the McCormick Place election night CELEBRATION for Obama! And her nails most definitely captured the mood of the event!!!! I loved them.
OPI – “Unfor-Greta-Bly Blue”
OPI – “The Living Daylights”
China Glaze – “White On White”
Julep – “Sienna”
w/acrylic paint in blue and red for Obama “FORWARD” logo
Yesterday Obama was in town. Early Voting. Yayyyy! I was seriously considering early voting until I heard about all of the lines…. and realized that the lines may be non-existent on election day. I’m DEFINITELY voting either way! Regardless of lines.
Well, because Obama was here…. traffic! My first appointment for the evening had to reschedule. Result: DOWNTIME IN THE SALON SURROUNDED BY POLISH… WONDERFUL POLISH!!!
I took the opportunity to pamper my own spoiled nails (that have been feeling neglected because they haven’t gotten as much attention these days).
In my OPI obsession, I just started pulling colors from the 2012 Germany Collection… but this one color from the Skyfall collection just had to be included.
OPI – “Berlin There Done That”
“Casino Royale” (Skyfall Collection)
“Don’t Talk Bach To Me”
“Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine!”
“Schnapps Out of It”
Excitement about OPI’s new Bond Collection “Skyfall 007”!!
I finally picked up the collection over the weekend. The colors are definitely season appropriate.
I LOVE Bond movies. And really, I love the old black and white ones. Pierce Brosnan was a great Bond…. so this manicure will be my mini- ode to him. LOL. But my FAVORITE will always be Sean Connery.
OPI – “GoldenEye”
The glitter is so dense, it looks like textured gold foil on my nails. It’s a dark amber gold, so even though it’s blingy, it seems tamer. Like understated sophistication.
This will be perfect for Christmastime manicures. I can’t wait.