Last time I used OPI Gel Axxium Soak-off Cajun Shrimp, I wasn't 100% pleased.
Though of course I didn't say anything about it at the time.
It didn't dry shiny, and I think that's because of all the acrylic paint I used for the nail art.
This time, however, they're shiny.
I can't wait to see how long they last.
*As a side note, I have had a couple comments asking about purchasing Axxium. Axxium is NOT available for purchase at regular beauty supply stores without a license. I purchased most of my supplies from Cosmoprof (with my friend who DOES have a license). The rest of the items I purchased on eBay.
Minimum Axxium requirements are OPI Bond Aid, soak-off gel base, a soak-off color, either the soak-off clear overlay or the UV top-sealer and a UV light. Mine is the IBD Jet 5000. I've wanted to try OPI Gelcolor, but I'm not sure if my lamp would cure it, since Gelcolor requires LED as well as UV. I hope that helps!
This week I wanted to try something new. I've been wearing an opal ring that I've had for ages lately... and I thought it would be really cool to make opal-esque nails. The bonus? They're super simple! I'm sure there are other ways to do this... but I went with the easy one.
Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
Apply 2 coats of China Glaze For Audrey (I will use a more sky-blue color next time, like China Glaze Carribbean Blue)
Apply 1-2 coats (depending on the opal-ness) of Essie Shine of the Times
Finish with 1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat
After about four days of having this one, I decided to mix it up a bit and added Essie Matte About You over the top. It really creates a different effect and makes them look a little more like a true opal.
I'd also like to announce my Konad Kit winner! The lucky winner of the Konad Kit (and plate M78)...
(Random.org selected #145 out of 149)
... But she didn't tell me if she's international or within the US/Canada... so if she is international I will do another re-draw! ...
It includes 2 plates, 3 polishes and a stamp & scraper.
In addition, if you win the giveaway from MY SITE, you then get entered to win $200 worth of Konad products from Nail Polish Canada!
Per Nail Polish Canada, this giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.
(I'm sorry!! I love you guys! If you're an international reader and want to enter... go ahead (make sure you tell me you're international), I'll send you a special prize if you win and re-draw for a US or Canada winner!!)
Follow No Naked Nails blog via GFC (tell me your country!).
Visit Nail Polish Canada and they tell me your favorite Konad plate (the winner gets that plate with their Starter Kit for free as well!)