Today's manicure is much different than any manicure I have ever tried. I have been this inspired by many of my YouTube followers and subscribers to try different designs and so that is what I did today. I must say, that while I am very pleased with the outcome of this design it was somewhat frustrating accomplishing this. This manicure was inspired by one of my subscribers and a YouTube nail  guru that I follow NiceNails219.

So I started out with just two base colors for this manicure, because I wanted to keep it simple since I was trying something a little bit more complex.  I have been wanting to use this beautiful teal color with very subtle golden shimmer in it so I decided to pair with it a gold nail polish. I applied my traditional alternating manicure.  Instead of alternating the position of the base colors on each hand, I decided to paint both hands exactly the same. Because I was so in love with how the teal color looks I decided to make that the main base color, so that color is on my thumb, middle and pinky fingers on each hand.  I applied the gold as my accent color on my index and ring fingers.

I titled this a Peek-A-Boo design because, over the gold accent nails I applied 3 pedicure French manicure strips and then painted the teal color overtop, then removed the strips so that the gold with peek through. After removing the strips I then applied my Seche Vite topcoat; which I also applied before I applying the strips so not to mess up the gold base color. Once my topcoat dried I then really replaced the strips and then did the stamping design. I again removed the French tip strips so that the gold was peeking through and the strips where the teal polish was painted is now covered with the  stamping. 

Here's what I used:
  • Base coat: +OPI Inc Nail Envy - original
  • Base color 1: Lena by +Julep Maven 
  • Base color 2: Bold Gold Holographic (45) by Maybelline Color Show
  • Top coat 1: Seche Vite Top Coat - I apply this before stamping, if I mess up I can remove the design without removing the base color
  • Stamp colors: +Konad Nail White
  • Top coat 2: IBD UV Top Coat cured under a 54 watt UV lamp for 5 minutes
  • IP: Dashica Beauty Shop - Big SdP V
Lena, bye Julep, is a gorgeous teal polish with very subtle golden shimmer. The formula is thick it is completely opaque and one coat and no application issues whatsoever.  The brush seems wider than normal or earlier polishes that I purchased and it spreads out very nicely; the only negative I have to say about this polish is that the golden shimmer is almost invisible.  But, even without really seeing the golden shimmer the polish is still a phenomenal color and application and I highly, highly recommend this.

Unfortunately, I was not as pleased with the new Bold Gold (#45) holographic polish by Maybelline Color Show. While the gold is very pretty there were some application issues that if I had known about them previously I would not have purchased it. The brushes a decent size, and spreads out nicely and it's almost opaque in one coat. The issues that I found where that 1). you can't paint over the same spot twice; it will completely wipe off the polish. 2). it settles in a very weird way.  Meaning, once you painted it seemed to thin out and show some sheer spots.  3).  You can also slightly see the brushstrokes, and you can see every spot that you placed your brush even if it just made contact for one second.  Even though this polish is slightly opaque in one coat, two coats are required in order to cover the brushstrokes,  the sheer & thin spots and the spots where you placed your brush.  So, unfortunately I would not recommend this particular polish. If you have the original metallic Bold Gold (#70) there is no need to purchase this one. Also, this polish has no holographic qualities whatsoever!!! It's not even a duo-chrome like the others from this collection.  

Polished At All Times… By Lo'Rain!