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Happy ’80s Techno Nails

Today isn’t great but my nails are fantastic! I was going for an ’80s laser/dance/album cover in your face kind of look, and I’m happy with the result. They took me ages to do as I’d never done any tape manicure as complicate before (or with as much drying time between steps — I’m hanging out for my Seche Vite fast dry top coat in the mail). But I wasn’t doing anything else useful and later the Mister and I had our friend E around to shoot the breeze with.

The dominant colour is OPI Fly, from the Nicki Minaj collection, and it is gorgeous. I wanted it as soon as I saw it. This is my colour, everything about it I love and it makes me happy to wear it. This is the colour that I thought Butter London Artful Dodger was going to be by how it looked in the bottle. Fly is a smooth, highly pigmented, deep turquoise creme with a teal-green tint. On my nails without extensive taping I only needed two coats of it and it goes on easy. Damn I love this colour!

If you’re a local you might have noticed that Fly retails for between $25-$29. Ahahahahaha, yeah I’m not going to pay that for an OPI polish when Chanel polishes only cost a couple of NZ$ more overseas. I bought Fly from ebay. It cost me (NZ)$11.10 including (quite fast) shipping.

Taken with flash. Shows accurate colours for most lighting conditions.

Also included in this mani are Color Club Jackie Oh! (neon pink), China Glaze Papaya Punch, Orly White Out as a base for the coloured stripes (neons need a white base to show up as their in-bottle colour), and China Glaze Liquid Leather for the details (a really beautiful shiny black). As well as my usual Orly Top 2 Bottom for a base and top coat.

Blurry shot but shows the more teal colour Fly can get in dimmer light.

Thumb of left (dominant) hand.

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Christian martyr nail polish

Next up from my a-England package is Saint George, a polish I was so excited for. This polish has quickly gained what is basically a cult following, and it’s the reason I made an a-England order in the first place. But, I’ve got to be honest, I might be the only polish lover on the internet who is just a tad underwhelmed by Saint George. Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful, high quality polish and I’m happy I bought it, but I think because of the online reaction I was expecting a bit more. As with all a-England polishes, it was £9 with free international shipping.

In direct light it is amazing, full of vibrant, scattered holo particles that give it a beautiful depth and turn it into a shimmering, rainbow-speckled teal. The issue for me is that outside of direct lighting, it’s a bit flat. I was expecting more ‘wow’ more of the time. Admittedly if I was in a brighter environment this probably wouldn’t be an issue — workplace fluorescent lighting, or similar. But I work from home and our lighting isn’t super bright, and I try to keep out of the sun before 5pm (we have very little ozone layer = burn time of 5 minutes or less = highest rate of melanoma in the world). So Saint George isn’t super stunning on me. When it gets caught in direct lighting, BAM, but the rest of the time it shows as a dark green, slightly teal, micro glitter. Overall very nice, but I think my expectations might have been too high. If your day-to-day business tends to be in brighter surrounds, you’ll probably really love it.

In direct sunlight filtered through a window. Click all to enlarge.

Saint George was a bit more difficult to apply than Lady of the Lake — though still really easy as polishes go — with a thicker consistency. It dried quickly and had the same beautiful satiny finish. This could have been influenced by the weather, which was very humid and not so great for polish application. In fact I’m pretty sure the humidity here is responsible for almost all of my nail polish thinner usage. One big bonus is that Saint George is an elusive one-coater. I applied two to see if it would get richer, but it didn’t make a noticeable difference. For this reason I’ll probably keep this polish for nail designs until I find a way I really love wearing it. I used Orly Top 2 Bottom base coat, 2 coats of Saint George, and Orly Top 2 Bottom as a top coat.

In the spirit of the Saint George legend I decided to do a St George’s Cross accent nail (on an angle so it didn’t look like a square pattern) using OPI Dear Santa, a red glitter that flashes gold. I had to redo my accent nail three times before I was happy with it, so possibly I was just having a bad mani day and Saint George is taking the brunt of it. It’s not you, George, it’s me — etc. Maybe I could bathe in SPF 60+, sit outside and fully appreciate it.

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