Hey, everybody, guess what I have for you today? Book review! No. Nail art! The movie I chose to represent my Day 3 entry in the Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art challenge is Star Trek (2009).
Colors Used (l-r)
Nicole by OPI Kort is Red-y For A Pedi
Nails Inc. Hampstead Gardens
OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
Since I am a horrible artist, I chose to use my nail art to represent the uniforms of the crew of the Starship Enterprise. I even used my brushes again to paint the little symbols on the breast of the uniform! I tried doing them on a plastic bag like I did for my Day 1 submission HERE, but that did not work and I ended up painting them directly on the nail by hand. Oddly enough, they came off the bag overnight and now I have random gold Star Trek emblems on my workspace. Ahhh, memories.
So that’s my movie-inspired manicure, I hope you like it! Can I tell you how excited I am to see everyone else’s manis?? I think I just did! Use the links below to check them out for yourself.
Today’s post is devoted to SquareHue’s Salute Collection for July 2013. You’ve seen many polishes from SquareHue if you follow and will likely see many more if you stick around. 🙂 For more information on what SquareHue is all about you can check my post here. This month’s collection is clearly dedicated to the military forces, what with July 4th being the United State’s birthday and all. While I was expecting either red, white and blue or a set of camouflage colors (light OR dark), I was surprised to see bits and pieces of what I had in mind strewn throughout this month’s collection of the appropriately-named polishes: Valor, Patriot and Honor.
Valor is a military olive green jelly polish that dries to a nice shine even without a topcoat. The photos you see here are three thin coats and a layer of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Topcoat (my topper of choice, these days). This color was very sheer so I did use three coats versus the two coats I normally use in a mani. It did get me to a nice opaque color, although under flash there was some visible nail line (VNL). As usual, the application was smooth and drying time is decent, as I was able to apply subsequent coats within 3-5 minutes. This applies to all polishes in the collection.
Patriot is a bright blue sheer jelly polish, a bit lighter than the color found in the American flag. I love it’s brightness compared to the drab olive green of Valor. It definitely brings some pizazz to this collection. As with Valor, this color was very sheer and VNL was evident in this flash photo. With either a fourth thin coat, thicker coats to start with or perhaps some nude undies this will likely be reduced or eliminated. Although how many of us really have the paparazzi flashes following us around all day for this to really be that much of an issue, huh? These sheer polishes would be a no-no for stamping, unless you are looking for muted colors and are stamping over a very light base color. Application and drying time were good with this polish.
Honor is a gold foil polish that, by the way, works GREAT if you like to stamp! Take a peek here if you’d like to see it. This polish was completely opaque in two coats although you can probably get away with a single coat if you really don’t feel like using two. I think that their use of gold and the name Honor signifies the importance and value that honor has in the lives of all, especially those who serve to protect the freedom of Americans at home and abroad. A special thank you goes out to all who are serving and unable to be with their families for this holiday. Your sacrifices are acknowledged and appreciated.
So that’s the collection for this month. How do you like it, do you have a favorite color? Hope you are all having a great weekend. Thanks for reading!!