I love this. After a few manicures that I was lukewarm about, I’m so happy with this one! I wore this bad boy until it was super chipped, which was almost an entire week! (Also, technically I used a polish that wasn’t an untried, but I consider China Glaze 2030 a “basic” since it’s my go-to gold stamping polish.)
Remember when I did my skittle manicure with last summer’s pastel neons from China Glaze, and I mentioned the store didn’t have Highilght of my Summer (HOMS), the bright mint green I wanted? Well…I went back about a week later (oops), and miraculously they had it! It’s not neon exactly, but it’s quite a bright mint, and “neon pastel” sounds awesome so I’ll continue to call it that.
The formula of HOMS is exactly like Neon & On & On – gloopy, kind of thick, and streaky so it needed three coats. I only did two here though, because I knew I was with stamping over it (although in retrospect I should’ve done a third coat on my pointer, which isn’t really covered up). With these kind of polishes you have to be careful because if you have a tendency like me to do thicker coats, it can end up looking grossly lumpy. Basically, HOMS is a pain in the ass, but for me the color is worth it.
Two thin coats of Honey Ryder was all I needed on my middle finger and thumb. While I do like the selection of colors that the Zoya PixieDusts have, OPI’s texture polishes are hands-down my favorite. Recently I proclaimed my love for It’s Frosty Outside, their fabulous silver texture polish, and while I don’t love Honey Ryder that much, I still really, really like it! Honey Ryder has tiny glitter pieces in it that feel a bit bumpier than the larger hexes of It’s Frosty Outside, but even that is smoother than the Zoya/China Glaze textures I’ve tried (and after a day or so that texture was gone, anyway). I do wish Honey Ryder had larger glitter pieces – I think it might make it more reflective like It’s Frosty Outside – but it’s still a lovely champagne metallic, my favorite kind of gold.
I used Konad plate m79 for the polka dots and Bundle Monster plate BM-402 for the zig-zag-y design on my middle finger. Stamping was easy as usual with 2030, although I had a really hard time getting that zig-zag-y design in the proper place for some reason – I did my middle finger three times until it was centered, and even then some of the design didn’t come out properly at the tip but ugh I was over it by then. For my index finger I did a quick coat of Seche Vite and after that was fully dry just taped it off and used one quick coat of Honey Ryder. I love diagonal tips, but for some reason it’s difficult for me to get all the diagonals the same size/angle if I’m doing a whole hand.
I had this manicure on when I went to Disneyland/California Adventure recently! I went back in October, which was fun because HALLOWEEN, but the weather was way better this time, lovely and cool. We also went a bit later in the day, which is great because I love Disney at night!
We’re more than halfway through the month but I’m determined to get at least three or four more manicures of untried polishes up so I should be posting a lot in the coming week – let me know what you think them! Thank you so much for reading! See you next time – A x