I was going to do my nails yesterday but I had a little...accident. Yesterday I was making tea, and as I was pouring the boiling water into my steeper, I missed and poured the water all over my hand. So instead of doing my nails, I spent the whole day with ice on my hand. :(
I decided to do a fire inspired mani. And with my recent yellow, orange, and red additions I finally could. It wasn't until I was about to start the polish process that I realized how fitting it was. My nails and hand have both been singed.
How I did it: I created a gradient using black, red, orange, and yellow. I started with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails XtremeWear in Black out on my tips. Then I blended a layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Cinna-Snap above it. I did the same using Sally Hansen Hard and Nail Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed, and finished with Sinful Colors in Unicorn. Finally I added a layer of Essie Luxeffects in Shine of the times, which my amazing best friend Sara got for me! I love ya, Sara! Everyone, don't forget to check out her awesome blog.
I am a little disappointed in how it turned out. I didn't really get that fire/burned effect I was looking for. The mixing/gradient turned a little brown. It was hard to get all the colors to blend in together. I tried different methods on each nail, but nothing really looked the way I wanted. However the Essie Shine of the Times really saved it. It reminded me of bright, glowing, floating embers like in a crackling fire.
Just thought I would show you guys my poor, sad hand. Its ouchies. Now it looks like my nails and hand were burned! I must have just put my whole hand in a fire! Lol.
Here is what I used:
So what do you think of my fail singed mani? Do you have any other Essie Luxeffects? What do you think of them (and of my embers)?