Monday, June 4, 2012

Birthday cake. Birthday party? Birthday cake again?

I wanted to do a special manicure for my niece's 5th birthday party.  I decided on a "birthday cake with sprinkles" look so I grabbed my essie Adore-a-ball and Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie. The essie Adore-a-ball went on beautifully but i went for 3 coats because I wanted it to be pretty opaque then I added a layer of Rainbow in the S-Kylie.  Then it kinda got out of control.  Some of you may already know that glitter polishes can be tricky to apply.  You can't necessarily just brush it on like regular polish, if you do most of the glitter will brush off with the brush stroke.  This is where I ran into trouble.  The first coat of glitter went on pretty sparse and looking back I should have left it because I think it was actually what I was going for.  You know, just a few sprinkles on a bed of delicious frosted cake.  But I got caught up in the moment and needed MORE GLITTER!  After the second coat where I loaded on the glitter I felt it was overdone but I was out of time and needed to finish up so I wouldn't be late for the party.  So I went like this...

Essie Adore-a-ball, Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie 

My almost 3 year old nephew thought it was awesome, but I thought it was too much. It was more birthday party than birthday cake.  I knew I needed to tone them down so I made what is called a "glitter sandwich". 

Essie Adore-a-ball, Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie, glitter sandwhich
A glitter sandwich is where you layer polish then glitter than polish again.  This may not work with all polishes, especially some that are considered "creme" formulas but I think that the Adore-a-ball is a "jelly" which is less opaque or somewhere in between a creme and a jelly called a "crelly".  I really liked the way it ended up - pretty birthday cake-ish if you ask me.

2 coats Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie
+ 1 more coat of essie Adore-A-Ball
Topped with Seche Vite

What does this polish job remind you of? Cake? Balloons? Muppet barf?


  1. Wow. Some great life lessons here. My main take away is to think twice if I think I NEED more glitter!

    1. That was a real "ah-ha" moment for me too. I always thought you needed MORE GLITTER no matter what. Thanks for being a loyal reader!

    2. You must have it down to an art. When I put on a base coat, then 2 coats of polish, then a top coat, sometimes it is so thick that I can later peel it off. I don't know how you managed to put on 7 coats!
      A visual that just popped in my head was you physically wearing 7 winter coats. LOL. I'm a nerd.

    3. Yeah, you sorta can peel it off when it is this thick and I find it chips in larger chunks than when you only have on a few coats. Like now since it is summer I don't do any coats ;-)