Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ambient Lights

Evidently I have way too much time on my hands. I wanted to wear China Glaze Snow Globe properly and take extra measures to maximise wear time. I found these Sally Hansen base and top coat polishes tucked away in some bright orange bag under a chair in my room. They were freebies from more than a year ago as part of an amazing gift with purchase on Sally Hansen products at Priceline. Both were still in their original packaging, untouched. I figured now was as good a time as ever to start using them. I started with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Grip Fast Dry Base Coat. For my base colour, I applied a white pearly colour that I bought from Daiso, Winmax Nail French #7. To speed up the drying process, I followed with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. Patiently waited, then painted another coat of the Winmax. Then finally to Snow Globe, where I layered on a very thick coat. Waited. Piled on more Snow Globe. And lastly, a final coat of Insta-Dri. It's a wonder it didn't all just smear off the second my nails touched something.





I've been loving Snow Globe. It reminds me of a glitter flakie polish but denser and more pronounced against the bare nail or a pale base colour. The iridescence is just a joy to glance at and inspect. The pastel flecks are subtle and not in-your-face like most of my glitter polishes. From a distance it's more of a gleam, especially with the slightly pink, milky white that I paired it with. The colours reflected off the nail are like facets of an opal, varying in intensity depending on the light. I'll definitely be looking to wear Snow Globe with other base colours, possibly with something darker next time for greater contrast. The one nail I painted to test out the nail polish when I first bought it chipped in a day, so hopefully the top coat I applied here will do its job. It's only been three days, but so far, so good.

45 comments:

  1. I love the delicate milky colour overrided with the intense yet soft looking glitters! China Glaze surely has named this nail enamel very well. Reminds me so much of childhood days and my treasured snow globes. Another great combination. :D

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  2. Very pretty :) my sister a nail polish fiend, not so much for me, but she's reading this post over my shoulder and her eyes just lit up! Beautiful pick! x

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  3. Beautiful. Love me some sparkly nails right now:)

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  4. Gorgeous nails! I absolutely love glitter nail polishes! I must try out China Glaze polishes soon! :)

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  5. ooh they're beautiful! you have such lovely nails too :)

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  6. oh this is so beautiful,want the glitter nailpolish,it´s lovely :D

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  7. Oh, that's beautiful! Totally worth the layers! x

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  8. Snow globe is such a nice glitter, I've been trying to look reach for this polish for awhile now but no luck >=[

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  9. Darling! This is so elegant. I'd love to read more from you. Definitely following your blog. Follow back? (:

    http://jbperez4.blogspot.com/

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  10. This is so lovely! I should also wear mine properly sometime!!

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  11. Love what you've done! It really shows you put a lot of effort into your nails, they look flawless! :)
    xx

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  12. wow love this nail polish!!!
    dear what about to follow each other?
    xx
    veronica
    http://in-the-jungle-of-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  13. OMG this is mystically beautiful. But on my hands it would look horrid. I love it on yours. ♥

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  14. Love the look! It definitely looks worth the effort and extra care you put into doing your nails. I'm in love with the softness and glittery-ness of the look.

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  15. This is gorgeous! I hoping they re-promote the china glaze nail polish! It looks amazing! xo

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  16. Omg...that is soo awesome! I've seen the reflective bits in milani, Orly, OPI...so many brands with the those little bits! I want one soo badly!!

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  17. What a fun and pretty combo! I have to try your techniques of laying the top coat in between the polishes.

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  18. Very pretty...it definitely reminds me of a snow globe!!

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  19. Hello shiny nails! Looks goed :-)

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  20. This is beautiful, really like this look! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. This looks sooooo good! It's amazing! It really reminds me of a snow globe!
    I bet it looks even more amazing in person :)

    Laura xoxo

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  22. I absolutely love this!!

    http://www.jadorebeautybrushes.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. wow, this polish is beautiful and the base really does bring out its effect. I love china glaze polishes because they have such a large range of colours to choose from. I have been looking for a polish with pretty flecks like this, so this may be the one for me! I will have to add it to my wishlist soon!. Thanks for sharing~x

    www.beautypicknmix.blogspot.com

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  24. Love the colour & glitter. Hope it doesn't chip too soon :) x

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  25. These look sooo pretty, love the combo !! :)

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  26. This looks beeeaautiful! Definitely a great fake-flakie manicure. The iridescence is gorgeous!

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  27. Oh and I just gave you an "award" on my blog :)
    xx

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  28. The wonders of Insta-Dri! I couldn't live without mine. Especially when doing so many layers like you've done here. It really does look amazing on a pinky white base polish. I wonder how it would fare on a black polish? Ooohh! Or a mint polish for that matter. Glitter polishes like these are just so versatile.

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  29. augh I want that polish! Its what Ive been looking for. but I bet they are a pain to take off!

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  30. That is a lot of work! But for such a beautiful combo it is worth it to make sure it lasts! Would love to see it over something darker when you have the chance :)

    xo

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  31. I love all of your photographs, and your blog as a whole! I'm so glad I stumbled across it today :)
    I love HIP's eyeshadow, they're great quality, and great for using as liner as well as shadow.

    Much love,
    Jess
    jessbuckley.com

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    1. Ha! Totally just realized I commented on the wrong post! I meant to comment on your mini haul. Silly internet. But this polish looks amazing, like it was made out of opals!

      So pretty!

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  32. They came out great!! These remind me of winter and Christmas, love it!!

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  33. i love the frostyness of this nail look!
    very nice and wintery, i think you have made me add snowglobe on my list of things to buy! :D

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  34. That is the most gorgeous glitter! Looks like crushed opals on your nails :)

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

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  35. this is beautiful! so irridescent.

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  36. You have single-handedly converted me to team flakie.

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  37. Wow so pretty! The glitter flakies really pop against the base! <3

    ~ Yun

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  38. This is a lovely nail varnish and I love it so much-don't you just love glitter? :)

    Tanesha x
    http://tanesha-marie.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. omg love this! definatley going to buy :)
    Hx
    allthatglitters01@blogspot.co.uk

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