imperfectlyperfect: A woman holding a credit card; text: she had made yet another wise shopping decision (Another Wise Shopping Decision)
So, I've mentioned before: I don't really use base coat. I don't have great reasons for not using it, I just don't, most of the time, unless I think (or know) a polish is prone to stain.

Just recently, I placed an order for some polishes by KBShimmer. They arrived yesterday and in with the polish, she'd put a little instructional note, reminding you that glitters tend to settle, and so it's a good idea to give any glittery polish a good shake before using; a brief tutorial on the foil method of polish removal. And, she mentioned, it's a good idea to use base coat with glitter polishes, to give that first coat something to grab onto.

LIGHTBULB.

I had noticed before that some polishes--and yes, especially glitter polishes--have a hard time grabbing onto the nail surface on that first coat, making it sheer, uneven and messy even though, in the second coat (when it's got something to grab onto) it's just fine. I truly and sincerely do not know why it never occurred to me to use base coat to give that first coat something to grab. It's like paper clips: SO OBVIOUS IN RETROSPECT. But yeah. That never occurred to me.

And, imo, it made all the difference today, when I put on KBShimmer Get Clover It:

Never getting over THIS! )

Obviously, as part of a spring collection, this is a perfect polish for St. Patrick's Day and the name points toward that, but--maybe with the zeitgeist of all the Wizard of Oz related things happening right now--I also found myself thinking of The Emerald City while looking at this polish and, though I'll probably be pulling it out for St. Patrick's Day, I think it's a great polish for any time of year, gorgeous and vivid and interesting to look at.
imperfectlyperfect: Female legs; sparkly high heels on her feet (Shoes (sparkle pumps))
Now that [livejournal.com profile] mini_wrimo is behind me, I can start using some of those re-allocated spoons to catching up on posts over here.

This is, quite possibly, the most beautiful manicure I have ever done. It's amazing and gorgeous and SO FREAKING EASY I couldn't believe it.

The galaxy manicure.

Apparently, these were a big thing a while ago, and, being the geek that I am, I've been wanting to try them forever. I just thought it would be harder to do, and so I never tried. And then I did!

The amazing, super-easy, five minute galaxy. )

Even The Husband was impressed with this one and how much it really looked like miniature pictures of space. I'm generally pretty happy with most of the manicures I do, but this is one of those few manicures that feels like it really went a step above. I was reading a book I hated at the point in time that I did this manicure, and when the hate got to be too much, I'd stop and stare at my nails and let their awesomeness calm me down.

I can't wait to try this again, with different polishes.
imperfectlyperfect: Female legs; sparkly high heels on her feet (Shoes (sparkle pumps))
I have a couple different polishes to talk about today.

I started out today with Cult Nails Spontaneous. Spontaneous is part of a 5 polish collection called Coco's Untamed Collection. I bought all 5 polishes of the collection because I really loved the screenshotts I'd seen on a few different bloggers' pages.

Spontaneous is my least favorite of the collection. I mention this, because I have nothing but GREAT THINGS to say about the rest of the collection, so when I say bad things about Spontaneous, you shouldn't take it as a sign that Cult Nails is a bad brand. I just don't like this particular polish.

Spontaneous dislike. )

I apparently was still stuck on purple as the color of the day, though, because I chose KBShimmer No Whine Left as my back up plan.

KBShimmer is a smaller operation than Cult Nails, but it seems to be a fairly popular one and growing. She can be found through her site here: KBShimmer, on Etsy here or at the clearing house sites, llarowe.com or harlowandco.org.

On her main site or Etsy store, she also sells soaps, bath bombs, lip balms, lotions and butters, etc. I have not tried any of these products (yet!) but I would very much like to, they look delicious! It also seems slightly less expensive to buy through her personal site than through Llarowe or Harlow & Co., though if you're looking to purchase internationally, Harlowe & Co. is the place you need to go.

Anyway.

A little Whine with my cheese... )

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