Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Showing My Pride!

June is Pride month for the LGBTQIA community and last weekend was the Pride celebration here in Baltimore. I woke up Saturday morning and immediately thought, "It's Pride day!" so I ran to my Helmers and grabbed all the holos I could find to make a perfect rainbow. I lined everything up and realized I was missing an orange holo. My boyfriend just ordered a bottle of Hits Demeter for me (thanks honey!) but it hasn't made its way to Baltimore just yet. So what did I do? I made my own. Here's all of the polishes I used. If you follow us on Facebook, you've already seen this!

From left to right
Darling Diva Polish- Barbi Who?
Franken I made- OPI- Ya'll Come Back Ya Hear? with Spectraflair added
Milani- 3D
Milani- Hi Tech
China Glaze- He's Going In Circles
Nubar- Reclaim
Darling Diva Polish- Mata Hari

Now how am I supposed to get 11 polishes on 10 finger nails? I started on a nail wheel to see how well I could get these colors to blend together using different nail art techniques. I quickly discovered that I didn't need to sponge a gradient on my nails at all. Since holos are relatively sheer, it was just going to be a matter of careful layering. So I just went for it and this is what happened!

Artificial light
Pretty cool huh? I was at work all day Saturday and I was obviously staring at my nails the entire time. I noticed a few areas that could use some better blending. Since each polish was from different brands and collections, the holo particles in each color were different sizes and took some trial and error to get everything to blend smoothly. As soon as I got off work, I ran home to touch up a few areas and TA-DA! Now I'm ready to go to the parade!

I had such a great time at the parade and block party. I took lots of pictures, ran into lots of friends and made a few new ones. And of course my nails were a huge hit.

Here's a bunch of photos of my Pride mani in the sun. A rainbow mani that has rainbow sparkles? Talk about a double rainbow all the way!

I used my Essie Protein Base Coat and my new favorite top coat, Hong Kong Girl. I only saw tip wear on my right pointer finger and ONE chip after 4 days of wear. Yes, I wore this mani for FOUR DAYS!

I added a little box to show my thumb next to the others. You know, to give you the full rainbow effect :)

Peppermint stick in a lemon!

I'm so PROUD of this mani and to live in an area that has such amazing LGBTQIA Pride! 


  1. Wow, amazing rainbow nails. I absolutely love them and surely understand why you'd want to wear them for four days! :)

    1. I couldn't stop staring at them!

  2. I'm in love with this mani! I haven't stopped staring at pics of it since you posted it. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

    On a side note, I have to ask... a peppermint stick in a lemon?

    1. It's the most delicious fair treat ever! I need to go to the dollar store and get peppermint stick to make these this weekend.

    2. I'm so surprised you've never had one! The peppermint stick dissolves in the middle and becomes a straw for the lemon juice. Roll the lemon around on the table, cut a hole out of the stop and jam a peppermint stick in. Start sucking!

    3. How are you surprised I've never had one?! I've honestly never heard of such a thing. I'm completely intrigued though! Maggie would probably love this since she's been obsessed with lemons since that day we tortured her at Cracker Barrel. haha