Tuesday, 14 June 2011

What the hell is a Hufflepuff?!

'Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, turn this stupid, fat rat yellow!' 
'Are you sure that's a real spell? Well, it's not very good, is it?'
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone p 79
Ah, Ron, I feel your pain.
A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed a nice canary yellow polish to do a house colours mani for the upcoming Harry Potter movie and for a rainbow skittle mani i've been wanting to do for ages. I had heard that yellows are notoriously tricky to apply and that it's very difficult to find one that flatters cool toned gals like myself. So, I walked into my local Priceline a few days ago and picked up the yellow I saw sitting innocently on the Rimmel stand. Really, for $5, I wasn't too worried about the quality. I now feel like chucking this particular bottle in the bin. Rimmel Sunshine is a medium sheer streaky mess. I think it's growing on me...
This is three thin coats over my usual OPI Original Nail Envy base coat, and one extra thick coat on top due to my frustration at the streakiness, and my Revlon top coat.

I really do like the colour and the fact that it dries to a nice glossy finish, but I think that 4 coats is way too much effort for a full mani. You can still see VNL and several bald patches. This bottle won't hit the bin because want to use it for a skittle and more Harry Potter manis and I think I may still find use for it, but this is really the most temperamental polish I have ever worked with!

So here's my very first sticky tape mani in all its messy pre cleanup glory!

Yes, I did do the other hand in the same pattern, but no, i'm not posting a picture of an epic fail :P
I used Bloom Mena for the patterns, it's a perfect one coater. I think this is the closest i'll ever get to a true black holo, although I think it's more a holographic Vegemite... wouldn't that make breakfast interesting? I also used page reinforcement stickers for the half moon on my ring finger.
Oh, and I found the idea for my thumb nail design from a guest post from Do not refreeze by Emily from Emily's nail files, yay for bad-ass lightning bolts!
Anyway, does anyone really have an answer to my question?
Thank you Cedric :P
I'm getting so psyched for Deathly Hallows part 2! Anyone else have tickets to a midnight premiere? Just me? Thought so :)


GildedNails said...

Where did you buy Bloom Mena from?!? My bottle doesn't look like that at all :(

Julia said...

My local Myer, don't you hate how companies like to tame down their holo polishes, but still give them the same name?!

Vita said...

What is it about Rimmel polish? The colours are cool but the formula is dodgy :(

Julia said...

I found the formula on Pompous to be rather good, but I have one more Rimmel in my untrieds box, so i'll see how it performs, although, I think most yellow polishes are rather difficult to work with.