Hello lovely readers! TGIF! And this time I do mean it! This week has been crazy for me. I had my house and especially my room upside down for repairs and stuff. I got new windows but the process lasted 3 days. And on the first day the saddest thing happened. I had a huge break on my right index finger! Those following me on Instagram know that I've been sporting super nubs since Monday. I still have 2 more posts with long nails for you and then you'll see them. I'm so nervous because nubs are harder to polish, harder to photograph and my hands are generally a mess. It took me a few days to get used to them and it still makes me sad. Oh well, on to the polish!
|China Glaze Stone Cold indoors, artificial light|
This is not a polish I would normally wear or post this time of the year, but I had it on a few weeks ago and needed to post it because it still has my beautiful long nails in it. After all, it is from a collection that came out in the spring, although it totally screamed fall to me. I got two polishes from the Hunger Games collection: Stone Cold because it's a gorgeous matte and Smoke and Ashes because it has amazing flecks in it. You know I love mattes. So how could I have passed this beauty. It's a little darker than stone in my opinion, but still has the stone-like feel to it thanks to the silver shimmer and the matte finish.
The application of this polish has a story of its own. When I first got it I swatched it on a nail wheel and was pleased to see how opaque it was with one coat, but at the same time it seemed quite thick. I went for a full mani and I had trouble applying it like with no other polish. It was so thick that it dragged awfully if I went over a spot for the second time. And I couldn't even follow my cuticle line properly with the brush. The result was terrible. I just wiped it all off and picked up some other polish. A few weeks later I picked it back up and decided to add thinner, although I was worried about how it would react. After several (maybe 5-6) drops of Seche Restore I was able to use it properly. I ended up doing 2 thin coats and the drying time was very short because mattes always dry quickly. I wore it like this for one or two days with minimal tip wear. I then decided to add some top coat to see how it looks.
|China Glaze Stone Cold with top coat, indoors, artificial light|
The top coat definitely makes it look darker and if you are not a fan of mattes, this is still a gorgeous charcoal with silver shimmer. I love it both ways but I still like the alone version better because it's more original. I don't know what happened to my skin tone in these photos. It looks like my skin is made of paper. I only noticed this now as I was editing them and there was nothing I could do (I'm no Photoshop genius), so you'll have to forgive me.
|China Glaze Stone Cold with top coat in artificial direct light|
Sorry for this long post. I hope my ramblings didn't make you run away. If you made it this far kudos! You are a hero! Thanks for stopping by and I will talk to you soon!