Monday, July 11, 2011

NOTW: Mr. Blue Sky

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So last week it was hot, sunny and I was listening to "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra, and I was hit with an idea. Well, not really, but I was inspired.
I was thinking about a tutorial that SayAnythingBr00ke did last year that was SUPER cute. It had clouds and a sun and was so easy! She did hers with Konad, and that's all good and dandy, but I decided to give the Sally Hansen Nail Art pens another go, since I rarely use them. I also decided to film it because I like doing nail tutorials and not everybody has or wants to buy Konad stuff. These Nail Art Pens are so easy to buy because they're cheap and readily available at all drugstores.
It's super easy and super summery and I've actually had them on my nails for like a week! Which is a record haha.
I started with a coat of OPI's What's With The Cattitude? on my nails, aside from my accent nail which was the Snowman Polish I got in the winter. It doesn't have a name, and was limited edition at Rite Aid, but OPI has a yellow that would be great for this, as well as Deborah Lippman, and Chanel, and Sally Hansen and well, they're much easier to find than one would think. 
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Next, I added a coat of Pa's A38 on the blue nails to add a little bit of pizzazz to the blue. Pa A38 is a very similar blue shade, with a very cool pink duochrome and lots of silver holographic sparkles. The photo below on the right is shaded so that the pink duochrome comes out better. The photo on the left is closer to real life, and you can see the sparkles better.
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When that's completely dry, I used the Sally Hansen Pens to embellish, which you can see in the video above.
Lastly, I used a coat of OPI's I Juggle...Men to add just a little more sparkle, and it's impossible to see on camera, but I swear, it's there!
Formulas for all of the base colors (OPI, Pa, Snowman) are all easy to use. They're pigmented and dry averagely.
The Sally Hansen Pens dry matte, so you're going to want to put a top coat, I used Seche Vite. Something to note about the Sally Hansen Pens, if you use a thick amount of the polish from the pen like I did, and you put a coat on top, like OPI's I Juggle...men, the polish will crack. Like down the middle. It's like it slightly stretched when it dried and there were little cracks. What I did to improve that was quickly put dots of the white over the clouds again, and then quickly put a top coat on, which worked for me because it made the clouds more cloud like but in general I don't think that'd be a useful characteristic to work with.
The pens make nail art very very easy though, so if you don't want to spend the money and take the effort to do Konad, then I do suggest the Sally Hansen Pens.

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