Let's start with the goodies! In the beginning of June, You Polish had a limited edition Harry Potter box available for purchase. The box included a butterbeer flavored lip scrub, 40 lightning bolt nail decals, one bottle of each House color, a keychain, and a beautiful bracelet made by Penchantelle that had all four House colors and came with four charms (a snitch, a wand, a phoenix, and a snake) that are interchangeable. Talk about getting a lot of bang for your buck! All of the beauty products work very well, and the bracelet is of GREAT quality. The nerd in me is highly satisfied ^_^
The polishes themselves are quite stunning, and after applying them, I was inspired to go even further with my nail design. If I don't post pictures already, I'm going to burst, so let's get on with it, shall we?
Outdoors in the sunlight
I was inspired to paint the crest of each House, and on my pinky finger is one of the lightning bolt stickers I received :D The red color is "Godric" for Gryffindor (thumb), the green is "Salazar" for Slytherin (pointer), the blue is "Rowena" for "Ravenclaw" (middle), and the yellow is "Helga" for Hufflepuff (ring). All the polishes are holographic, and when not in the sunlight, the colors have a subtle glitter to them. The polish went on smoothly for each. Rowena, Godric, and Salazar were opaque after 2 coats, but Helga is a bit thinner and will take closer to 4 coats for complete opacity. I painted the crests after wearing the polish for two days, and it never chipped or wore off on the tips in that amount of time. Still going strong on day 3!
I had seen a lot of other very talented nail artists talk about using acrylic paint before on their nails, but I had never really gotten around to trying it. I paint on canvas sometimes, so I had the supplies on hand. I decided to try it out because the only tiny brush I owned was for acrylic paint, not polish. I gotta say, it was sooooo much easier working with the paint over trying to do designs with polish, especially during this time of year when polish tends to get thicker and dry quicker when using it for designs. It took me the last half hour of While You Were Sleeping and all of Ferris Bueller's Day Off to do these nails - so I guess roughly 2ish hours. Having great 80's/90's movies on in the background helps pass the time :)
While my artwork isn't perfect, it is not too bad, considering this is the first time I have ever attempted something so intricate and so small. I am proud :) And since I now know how great it is to use acrylic, I will be playing around with a lot more detailed nail designs!! Yay!! Something exciting for you to look forward to!
I suppose that is all for this polish post. I hope you all enjoyed my artwork! Please let me know what you think in the comments below, or you can comment on my Facebook Page, too! Give it a like if you haven't already - I'm having a giveaway when I reach 100 fans!