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I am having a very stressful week and wasn’t actually sure I would manage to get a post done for today but I have just about got something together! As I posted the other day I ordered two OPIs from Fragrance Direct. I am pleased to report that both I Vant To Be A Lone Star and I Don’t Give A Rotterdam apply beautifully. I am afraid I didn’t get around to swatching Rotterdam but I did manage to paint all my nails in Lone Star. This picture shows three thin coats of the light blue polish which has a beautiful pale grey shimmer – the coats dry quickly and there was no dragging or bubbling to report. The finish was nice and glossy even without a topcoat.
I really wanted to use both polishes so I tried to come up with an office appropriate design but this was just too dull so I blinged it up a bit. I used striping tape to create pinstripes – Rotterdam over Lone Star on my ring finger and the reverse on my thumb. I stamped little flowers from BM-201 using Natural Collection White – this gave me a bit of a headache as for some reason this polish just did not want to pick up today. I think the faded white works in this case as it is not too starkly different next to Lone Star. On my index finger I added rhinestones in a studded pattern, I attempted to do this with caviar balls but my top coat was drying too quickly and the little things kept popping off. I quite like how the soft blue greys work to keep this look fairly subtle but the white and the stones stop my nails from looking like overcast skies that we have seen far too many of this spring!
I Don’t Give A Rotterdam is a stormy blue with a real sparkle to it when I applied it to my thumb it did take 3 thin coats to become nearly opaque but as with Lone Star the dry time was quick and the polish gave me absolutely no grief so to be honest 3 coats of these OPIs took about the same time as two coats of BarryM which has a thicker formula. I did go slightly overboard with the tidying of my cuticle area but I find them trickier to neaten up while they’re dry (still in serious rehab mode over here). I give both of these polishes a thumbs up! What do you think of my OPIs?
I have also just started using the No.7 Topcoat and I think that I have finally found my soul mate! It dries fast, doesn’t smudge and leaves my manicure smooth and protected. I bought mine with a £3 off voucher from boots so it was only £3 but if I am honest I would not begrudge paying full price for this product as I can see it lasting a long time. Compared to my previous topcoats this applies much thinner but evenly so no need to retrace your steps to prevent a patchy finish. Do you prefer thicker or thinner formulas?
Would you wear this to the office? I love reading everyones comments – advice, tips, tricks and opinions are always welcome. I really do read them all and always do my best to reply! I will not be around this weekend but if you miss me too much I do have a special guest post coming up on Saturday over on Nail Art Novice! Yes, I am back to my brown ways but it is possibly my favourite recent manicure and I didn’t want to take it off.