Monday, April 16, 2012

NOTW: 2012 NHL Playoffs Version

This year I've based my first few nail looks for the Playoffs off of Zoya's Charla, which is my favorite teal polish of all time. I've surprisingly never done a NOTW post of Charla, even though I've worn it quite a bit for Sharks games, and just in daily life. Its gorgeous, and probably the prettiest aqua color ever. OPI and Orly (and Quo, which is made by Orly) made colors that are exactly the same right after Zoya released this in the Sparkle collection two summers ago. 
Charla is an aquamarine blue shimmer base with gold and aqua shimmer packed into it. The formula is on the thinner side, so I always use 3 coats. It's actually partially translucent so if you shine a light on it, you'll see visible nail line, but in real life you won't see it. I absolutely LOVE this polish. I've already used half the bottle.
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I used 3 coats of Charla over Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and under Seche Vite.
To spruce up Charla a little bit, I added one coat of Hit's Zeus on top. Zeus is a jelly based sheer black holo. It does build up to an opaque black linear holo, but for the purpous of keeping with the Teal theme, I just did one coat to add a little bit of a blackened quality and holo to it.
Then I also did some sponging work and made a gradient with Deborah Lippmann's Mermaid's Dream with Zoya's Charla.
I alternated painting my nails with Mermaid's Dream and Charla then alternated sponging on opposite colors. It created a beautiful oceany mermaidy nail. It probably was one of my favorite manicures of all time, and I'm going to do it again for sure.
Zoya Polishes can be purchased at Ulta and Online on their website and retail for $8 each. Hits can be purchased on Llarowe and are $10 each. Deborah Lippmann can be purchased at Nordstrom and on the Lippmann website and are $16-$20 each.

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