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Neverending Pile Challenge: Drugstore

Today’s challenge was to use untried polish purchased from a drugstore. I used the following, which had all been purchased from a drugstore that happens to be on my way home from work:

  • Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth base coat
  • Essie Blanc – Three coats for full opacity. Not crazy about this white.
  • Nicole by OPI I Sea You and Raise You (this is the not-previously-used polish) – Two coats for full opacity.
  • Seche Vite top coat

I Sea You and Raise You is a CVS exclusive, so it can only be purchased at that drugstore chain! Do I get extra points? 😉

I used this great tutorial from Polished Elegance to create the mani. Not super original on my part, but I loved the look, especially in her original version.

blue-flowers

blue-flowers-closeup

This was my first time freehanding anything with a detail brush. Next time, I’ll probably cut some of the bristles off of the brush to make it a little finer. Also, my dominant hand (not pictured) has some odd-looking flowers for sure!

Check out the other challenge participants’ posts by clicking the Inlinkz button below.

Neverending Pile Challenge: Glitter

Working in an office, sometimes you don’t care what your coworkers think … but sometimes you do. If you have an important meeting or just don’t feel like having people look at you funny, beige and glitter can be a good way to go.

Beige and Glitter

I used Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth base coat, two coats of Dior Safari Beige, and OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum to put this together. Then I topped it off with Seche Vite.

I’m not usually a luxury beauty kind of person, but wanted to try a high-end brand like Dior to see whether it was really that much better than drugstore brands. It was better, but at $24 not that much better than $9 OPI. So it was a fun experiment and I’ll probably use this color a lot, but am not rushing back to fork over that amount of money anytime soon.

As you may know, Gaining Mole-Mentum is from OPI’s latest Muppets collection. After seeing some great-looking swatches online, I hunted it down at ULTA. However when I saw everything up close, this is the only one I took home. I absolutely love it and keep staring at my nails to see the great, multi-toned glitter.

This was my first time using Seche Vite and I didn’t wrap my tips, so had some shrinkage and other minor issues. Next time I’ll wait a little longer after polish application to apply the top coat, and make sure to wrap the tips. But I do enjoy the thick glossiness of this topcoat.

Thanks for reading my first post! Hopefully there is much more to come.

Edit: This post fits in with the GLITTAH Pirates’ Neverending Pile Challenge, so I’m jumping on board!