Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day - China Glaze L8R G8R with A England St. George

This is what I finally ended up with after all of the greens I've gone through. I love this. I do not love my pictures. But I do love the combination and it it looks great. I received lots of compliments while we were out also. I had to explain stamping at least three times. China Glaze L8R G8R with A England St. George stamped using Konad M-63. Maybe my favorite plate.

Here are a few shots of China Glaze L8R G8R alone. The sun disappeared yesterday, so the only holo I was able to get before I stamped was under artificial lighting. Definitely not the best.

Inside, under incandescent.
Outside, very cloudy.
Indoors, full spectrum lighting. I can see this much holo almost all the time, except in the brightest lights.

For the base coat on this, I used Orly Nailtrition, Orly Bonder and Instant Artificials. I used 3 coats of L8R G8R and I only had one nail give me a bit of a patchy spot. Can you guess which one? I top coated with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Strengthening Top Coat then Sally Hansen Insta Dri. 

I've found combining these two Orly products make my manis more chip proof. So, I thought I would try it with this OMG which are notoriously chippy. The double top coats, both have done well for me in preserving holo. The first has also done well in not streaking my stamping designs. 

As I write this post, I've had this on for over 24 hours, and it is showing no sign of chipping or tip wear. I took more  pictures today with some sunshine.

Outdoors, indirect sunlight. This is what I was able to see all day long! I love the partial rainbow.
Indoor, indirect sunlight. This picture shows you how glossy the top coat is.

I do have to double stamp the design on a few nails. I sure wish that design was larger. I love that it looks marbled and I try to keep it from looking identical on each nail, but I don't do so well ever time.

This is the only mani I have repeated. Ever. The only difference is that I used St. George to stamp instead of a different dark green. I might make it a tradition :)

Do you repeat mani designs? Which ones and why?

I hope you had a great St. Patrick's day!!!  

PSA - see the ridging on my pinkie? If you have ridging and have no reason for it, have your blood checked. I know it can also come with aging. However, I am severely anemic and  have been a long time. I have treatments every year. Just wanted to remind you, your nails can reflect your health. So don't ignore the signs. ;)


  1. new follower
    just spotted this post pic on Sparkly Vernis blog roll and swooned.
    Your swatches are so great and i do love me some green :)


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