Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm still in slight recovery mode today even though yesterday was spent on my couch snuggled with my leopard print snuggie watching Tombstone and snacking on spaghetti o's. Yes, my Monday was awesome. I hope you aren't jealous, because you should all know I would share with you if I could. :) Today isn't going to be quite as awesome, but still good nonetheless. Its laundry day, YAY.
This week's Teal Tuesday challenge was Jelly Sandwhich, a technique that I think is fun and looks good but don't normally do. Why not, you ask? Mostly because I don't like my nails to be super thick with polish and the layering and waiting usually takes too long for my impatient self to handle. BUT since I recently got my Zoya order with the new Gloss Trio and was dying to whip out Frida and take her for a spin, I was pretty excited to try this week. Even though I voted for patchwork. :)
For my jelly sammich I layered two coats of Frida over base coat, one coat of China Glaze Snow Globe, another coat of Frida, one coat of INM Northern Lights, and a final coat of Frida. That's a total of eight coats of polish, people! Holy moly, my nails were thick at this point. After all of that I added a coat of Seche Vite to help it dry. I wanted to do some stamping but knew it would take forever to cure enough to handle it so I waited a full 24 hours to stamp. Unfortunately, I didn't choose the best polish to stamp with as it didn't really show up over the jelly.
Here is my jelly sammy on day two after I stamped it with China Glaze Deviant Darling with Mash plate 49. There wasn't enough contrast to see the stamped image so I matted the whole look with Essie Matte About You. The stamp shows up better being matted and I think the glitter in the jelly looks pretty good this way too. What do you think, do you prefer it glossy or matte? Oh, and am I the only one who thinks this looks a little like China Glaze Atlantis? I don't own it so I can't make this call on my own.
Now, for the news you've been waiting for... da dada da! The winner of my super quick and short Teal Tuesday Giveaway, for a bottle of China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic, is Melissa C! I've sent Melissa an email and she has 48 hours to respond and claim her prize. If I don't hear from her I'll pick another winner and let you guys know in the event of that outcome.
One last word on my jelly sammich. Since there were so many layers I tried to give each a little more time to dry than I normally would before adding my next layer. I wanted to help with the drying because I was worried (as I always am when applying jellies) that using Seche Vite over a jelly would cause major shrinkage. Also I've heard that there are formula conflicts between Zoya And Seche Vite that would exacerbate the shrinkage. Fortunately there were no major problems with shrinkage or formula issues, however, I did have some shrinkage when all was said and done. I think that the shrinkage, which was relatively minor considering the number of layers, was more a result of the number of layers and their combined drying/curing time than any issues between Zoya and SV. The photos I took of my mani once matted show only minor shrinking at the tips (there was also a little wrinkling on my ring finger) and at my cuticle, but nothing major or obvious to anyone other than a polish freak such as myself.
I may have rambled a bit there, but I hope this insight into my experience with drying and shrinkage using Zoya Gloss and SV helps!