Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Try it on Tuesday: A Splash of Blue

About a month ago I was looking through my polishes and I was devastated to discover I had very few blue polishes. How is this possible? Blue is one of my favorite colors! It was literally like the very next day I won Adventures in Polishland's 50 Blog Followers Giveaway, winning me my first LA Splash polishes and glitter, but of course a gorgeous blue polish!

Here's my goodies used in this manicure:
LA Splash glitter in Mardi Gras, Blowfish Blue and Glitter Top Coat.

First off all, a word to the wise: do not attempt your first manicure using free form glitter when you're really tired. Secondly, do not follow the glitter instructions. If you dip your nail into the pot while your nail is wet, you will end up with lots and lots and lots of glitter caked onto your nail. It might look kind of pretty if you like that sort of thing, but the glitter will be very much clumped on and not easy to move without messing up your manicure. Instead, sprinkle it on with your fingers, a brush, tweezers if you have to.. Third, the glitter gets everywhere so expect that. I did but as you can see in the photo, it got on my top coat brush and inside the bottle. It bleeds. So much for that top coat being clear :/ Completely my fault, I shouldn't have been doing this while I was too tired to pay attention. I might use this top coat for a franken at some point!

I'm not too sure about this glitter.. I think it would be awesome for a birthday manicure. This manicure is kind of growing on me the longer I wear it, but I'm still just kind of iffy about the glitter. Blowfish Blue, however, I love! It's really gorgeous and it's such a unique shade of blue. You'll see in my photos it looks a really pretty medium blue. In certain light. What's strange about this color is in certain light it looks almost light teal, it other light it looks medium teal, and in other light it looks very dark teal. I'm waiting for the sun to come up so I can get some pictures of it in natural light, but these first few photos are taken at night under my over head light.

- no flash -

- with the flash -

I forget if I had the flash on for that last photo or not :/

Now here are some photos under natural light. Notice how different it looks? Weird, huh?

Blowfish Blue dries pretty quickly. It was dry to the touch in just about 5 minutes. It's very sheer, so  I used 2 coats. It applied pretty much perfectly, no real problems. I did end up using my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat over top all of this because I'm too impatient and the overall manicure wasn't drying quick enough for my tastes. Seems my Sally Hansen top coat has spoiled me :)

So... any tips for using loose glitter? :)

Thanks again to Christina for my prizes! 


  1. I know what you mean about the glitter! I only used it as an accent nail because I didn't want to deal with a mess. Love it!!

    1. I thought about just doing an accent nail, too :)