I wore two easy to apply coats of Adventure Red-y. On my accent finger are two coats of China Glaze Lubu Heels which applies a bit sheerly but soul build to full opacity on its own in three coats. I chose to accentuate the red glitter by adding a coat of China Glaze Ruby Pumps on top.
I really like how this simple manicure tuned out, but being completely honest, it was not what I intended. What I planned to show you was the miserable failure seen below.
What all those salt manicure tutorials don't tell you is that the salt, even while encased in polish, sucks any moisture it can get. So what happened within a very short time is a salty residue began to ooze out and collect around my cuticles. It got so bad that it looked as though I had a fungus growing around my nail beds. Yuck!
This picture above was my first attempt using just Lubu Heels (one coat, salt, and two coats more). The picture was taken minutes after painting, before the fungus like symptoms began.
It was because of this manicure that I went into work one day last week with naked nails. The horror! I know that this isn't my most beautiful post, but now, hopefully, you won't suffer the salt manicure like I did.
|Photo courtesy of Thoughts of a Midwestern Girlie Girl|
And just so you aren't left with a bad taste in your mouth from my overly salty fingernails, Daanielle of Thoughts of a Midwestern Girlie Girl was kind enough to let me show one of her amazing swatches of OPI Stay the Night. This is what a textured sand finish polish should look like. Isn't it lovely?
Take a look at some of the pretty manicures and polishes at the Nail Files.
Have a good weekend.