Thursday, June 2, 2011

Birthday Cake

Inspired by Kristen over at Glitta Glovescake batter mani, I wanted to do a similar manicure for my nephew's birthday party, here's what I came up with :)

I had recently picked up OPI Hearts & Tarts at Beauty Express for $2 and was having trouble figuring out what to do with it as I don't normally wear nude shades or sheer polishes, which Hearts & Tarts is both. Since it's a pretty thin polish, I figured it'd work well for layering and decided to try it in a glitter sandwich :)

OPI Hearts & Tarts, Ulta Diva and Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada

I layred one coat of Ulta Diva, then OPI Hearts & Tarts, repeated those two again and topped it off with an extra coat of Hearts & Tarts. After the second coat of Diva, I applied one coat of Pinata-Yada-Yada to the ring finger before adding more Hearts & Tarts.

Hearts & Tarts has a delicate purple iridescence to it which I couldn't manage to pick up on camera, but it does show on my nails IRL. It was a great choice for this mani!

You might have noticed I have some fabric impressions on my thumb nail. I've been trying to find a new top coat that works as well as Seche Vite but doesn't cause shrinkage like SV does. So far I've tried Essie 3-Way-Glaze, China Glaze Fast Forward, INM Out The Door as well as a handful of base coats to replace my Seche Clear, and I haven't liked any of them. What are your favorite base/top coats? I am in desperate need of suggestions!


  1. I have Sally Hansen Mega Shine and I love it! If I wrap my tips, I don't get shrinkage.

  2. I personaly believe that it would be better without the Ulta one but that's just me, other than that I LOVE the manicure. :)

  3. Which Ulta polish? I used two, haha :) It turned out exactly as I wanted though, so that's good! :)

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  6. I heard Poshe is pretty good. I ordered some but mine hasn't arrived yet, so I can't speak from experience.