OPI Rainbow Connection over American Apparel L'Esprit. Looks like cupcakes! Or sugar cookies! Or Easter candy! Or...or...God, I'm hungry. Anyway, this is such a happy and interesting combination. I did two coats of L'Esprit (flawless formula as always; thanks, American Apparel) and then one coat of Rainbow Connection on top. I'm showing you both my left and right hands, because they got different glitter distributions and I wanted you to see both.
Rainbow Connection is multi-sized glitter in a clear base. The glitter is small and round, but also medium and large sized and hexagonal. OPI loves hexagonal glitter right now, I guess. There are all sorts of colors hiding in here (yellow, green, orange, pink, purple, silver, blue), but the overall effect is one of predominantly silver (in the bottle). I'm sure that at some point this could be opaque, but I wasn't about to sit there and pile on six coats of nail polish just to find out. I think this layered look is absolutely gorgeous, and I can't wait to try more combinations. My only complaint would be that this does not at all look Christmasy. But that's not such a terrible complaint.
Also, if you missed out on Rainbow Connection (I hear it's sold out most places), then Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie is apparently just the same polish in an uglier bottle. My advice? Seek out the actual OPI. My reasoning? First, more aesthetically pleasing bottle. Second, it's not named after a Kardashian sister. That alone should be motivation enough. Milani Gems would also be a good substitute.
One more thing for today. I had always heard that the "foil" method of removing glitter is the best, but I was dubious. Then I tried it. And now I am, as they say, a believer. So, for those of you who are not indoctrinated into this methodology, let me elaborate:
Let's say that you are wearing OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air. Then let's say you have a meeting with your program advisor about Ph.D. programs and you realize obnoxious, green, glittery nails are completely inappropriate (albeit fabulous). You don't want to spend an hour scrubbing your nails, so what's to be done? Here's what.
1. Put on a pot of coffee. This step is important.
2. Create ten squares of tin foil.
3. Douse cotton balls with remover (pure acetone, of course, works best)
4. I do one hand at a time: place cotton ball on nail, wrap with tin foil. This way the cotton (and remover) is in constant contact with your finger.
5. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. You'll look like this (although hopefully more well-rested).
6. The sweet spot is somewhere between 10 and 12 minutes. Just sit there and relax. Then, after the allotted time, unwrap the foil, push down on the cotton, and drag it off your finger. ALL the glitter will come off with the cotton. No need to scrub.
7. Repeat. Drink more coffee.
Seriously, it works. As I said, I was not a believer until yesterday when I didn't have to scrub at all to remove Fresh Frog. And now I know the magic of the foil. Forget rubbing the cotton balls on the glitter uselessly. Forget felt. Just. Do. This.
Okay, I've rambled enough for today. Rainbow Connection? Do you love it too? Totally a keeper for me. I'm so glad I opened my cold little heart to it.
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