My nails are currently in a sad state; I think it's all the extra dishwashing I did over the past few weeks (first I was without my regular dishwasher at home when Mr. Karen headed west before me, then at the condo I usually do the dishes so he can work on various improvement projects like building out storage units). I really need to get in the habit of wearing rubber gloves every time. But before all that mess, my nails looked fine, and I decorated them with one of the Beautifully Disney polishes I got when I was at Walt Disney World in early December: a blue shimmer called Wish Come True (which I believe is inspired by the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio).
It wasn't until I got this one on my nails that I realized it's not just a shimmer, it's a holographic shimmer, and a strong enough one that I could see some hints of rainbows even in the indirect illumination of my lightbox.
For this mani, I started with Salon Sciences Starting Over After Artificials, then did a coat of their Instant Artificials, followed by two coats of color and Diamond Dry Top Coat. After I did my usual set of photos in the lightbox, I spent quite a while just admiring it and taking photos in different lighting conditions around my house.
I'd intended to take this off before my ski trip and put on some strips, which I knew would hold up to my vacationing ways, but it was just too pretty to remove that soon, so I didn't. Good thing, too, as it looked fabulous on on the airplane, between the sunshine coming in the window and the overhead reading light.
I did get some small chips after four or five days, but they touched up fine. I got some major chipping a few days after that, but decided what the heck, I'd just pretend they were small ones and touch those up, too, as I was still enjoying the rainbows (they looked good under the reading light by our bed at the condo, but I did not bring my camera to bed to capture that). By the time I got home, my mani was looking rather rugged, so I did finally give up and take it off. Now I'm wondering if there were other holos hiding in the polish displays at Disney; too bad I won't be back there for a long time. (Not that I don't have plenty of other pretties, I know.)