Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mani of the Moment: Black Opals

Today was time to do a fresh manicure. The decals on my nails were a pain, they were wearing off and my nails were looking bedraggled so off with the old and on with the new. I decided to do a two layer mani, using China Glaze Liquid Leather and Sinful Colors Green Ocean.

I bought Green Ocean a few weeks ago at Walgreen's. I saw it swatched in a blog and thought that it would make a nice substitute for Nfu-Oh flakies that are just not in my budget, right now. The Sinful has a mix of glitter and flakes in a slightly green clear base. It is really pretty in the bottle and on the nails, too. I love the colour shifts, from green to blurple to blue, depending on the light and the angle at which it is viewed.

I started with two coats of China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base. I did two coats, as I wasn't sure if the black polish will stain or not. Then I did three coats of Liquid Leather. It is thin, but it builds to a deep, true black. I love how easy this polish was to control. I did a surprisingly neat polish job and clean up was fast and easy. :D

China Glaze Liquid Leather. In light coming in through my window, no flash. Look how shiny! :D I like this polish and will be wearing it on it's own, too.

With three coats of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. I think I went a little overboard with the stuff but I was entranced by it and had to put on more, more, more. :D

My kitteh, Marley helped me model my manicure. Or, should I say, he tolerated me using his pretty orange coat as a backdrop for my nails. lol You can click the kitteh for a larger pic. :) (Please forgive the dried out skin... I was waiting for my polish to dry enough to moisturise my hands.)

I like this look a lot. It is enchanting and a little mesmerizing. I have a hard time keeping my peepers off my nails. I think that they look like black opals. :D


  1. They look like the night sky...very pretty.

  2. They look marvellous. Now I am sure that took some skill and time to acheive. Had tou done this on a cnavas with acrylic paint you would have produced your first abstract painting.

  3. The black looks faboosh on its own! And the ocean-y colors on top are just making me swoon!!

  4. Thank you all so much for your kind words. :D

  5. I am SOOOOO jealous of your nails, girl! I bite my nails and when they do get long enough they split and I bite 'em again.

    Like I said...SO jealous of you!!!!

    Just looking at my crappy nails as I type here makes me sad.

  6. How cool is that! I would not have thought to put those two together :-D but they looke marvelous!

  7. Your nails are so pretty, any helpful hints for me. I have short nails and I do not bite them. I keep clear polish on them to make them strong, because of all the typing that I do. I love that black by the way.


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