Monday, August 29, 2011

Vanilla Glitter Milkshake

Well, I was bored at about four in the morning, so I decided to go ahead and start up a nail polish blog. ... TA-DA!

I'm kind of hesitant about this whole thing, because my blogging skills are pretty rusty (sorry, livejournal!), because my techniques and photographs are so amateur, and because there are approximately fifty gazillion polish blogs out there that are better and have more street cred (and posts--ha!) than mine, so why would anyone bother to read this?

Hopefully because they somehow stumble across this blog while Googling and are super enticed by my absolutely adorable blog title.

Annnnyway, for my very first post, I'd like to share the manicure I literally just finished about twenty minutes ago, which was inspired 85% by one of the blogs I follow and 15% by my sister, Amie, who recently came out and spent the night at my place.

Before my sister had to go home, I bought her a few bottles of nail polish at the drugstore down the street (plus a couple for myself--more on those in a later post). One of the colors she picked out was Wet n' Wild Party Of Five Glitters.

The very next day, I was perusing Lavender Parfait and came across this manicure, which uses the exact polish I'd just bought for my sister.

I took it as a sign, and sent my boyfriend to the store last night to buy me my own bottle.

Here's what I did with it:

 First, I threw on my trusty ridge-filling basecoat, NailTek Foundation II*, then two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Whirlwind White for a good, opaque base.

(Indoors, artificial light, no flash)

Then I applied the first coat of my base color, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Sheer Me Now, which, as the name suggests, is quite sheer, and takes several coats to build up to anything resembling opaque (hence the Whirlwind White--clever, right?).

(Indoors, artificial light, no flash)

Once that was pretty much dry, I added a coat of my new glitter, Wet n' Wild Party Of Five Glitters.

(Indoors, artificial light, no flash)

One last coat of Sheer Me Now finished off the milky look I wanted.

 (Indoors, artificial light, no flash)

(Indoors, artificial light, with flash)

My right pinky nail came out the best, I think (please excuse my dry cuticles and hangnail--it was, like, three in the morning when I was doing this, and I was way too lazy to look for my cuticle balm).

(Indoors, artificial light, no flash)

All in all, I really, really like this manicure. Since it was just basic layering, it was super simple, and I lovelovelove the milky glitter effect. Plus--and this is just me being a mushy goon--it kinda makes me happy knowing that I'm wearing a polish that my baby sister also owns.

So, what do you think? Is this something you'd wear?

*Reviews and swatches of my polishes to follow.


  1. Two people have mentioned that they're not able to post comments, so this is a test comment to see if I can post comments while not logged in.

    Caitlin and Karen, if you can see this, I honestly have no idea why you can't leave comments, too. : (


  2. Awww yeah pro nails!

  3. I love this, you are so talented. I hope to see more tutorials on how to achieve the desired look.
    Keep it up.


  4. Aw, thanks, Karen! I was trying to think of other colors I could layer, or maybe doing a picture tutorial of how nail stamping works. I'll try to post somewhat regularly, and to keep it interesting. ; )

  5. Sweet nails Aren!

    And FYI with the name/url you can leave url blank for those of us who don't want to link up our accts.

  6. Lol, Caitlin, I said that!

    "Aren Lavigne Hmmm, well, I'm new to Blogger, so I may have to tweak my settings.

    To follow, click on the 'Posts' dropdown menu under 'Subscribe' in the right sidebar.

    I just logged out of my blog and then attempted to leave a comment as an anonymous commenter, and it let me do it just fine.

    When you try to comment, what are you selecting from the dropdown menu for how to identify yourself?

    If you have a gmail account, you can use that to log in and comment, or you should be able to select either 'Name/URL' (you'd just enter your name, you don't have to enter a URL), or 'Anonymous' (but then you'll need to sign your comments so I know who they're from)."

    Lol, goon. I'm glad you posted a comment, though. It makes me feel so happy and lucky to know that I have friends and family out there that actually find my nail polish adventures slightly amusing. ; D