Disney Dream

It’s vacation time!  This weekend I’m going on a little weekend getaway with my boyfriend to… drum roll please… Disneyland!I’m not sure why, but I knew exactly which polish I wanted to use for this trip before it was even planned.  During the Black Friday sales events this past November, I bought some Painted Polish to try them out.  And the second that I had their glow-in-the-dark Aurora polish in my hand, I just couldn’t help but imagine it paired with something Disney.  Other than that, I knew I’d want my mani to be durable, and easy to do.  That’s where my boyfriend came in with a little surprise.  He showed up at my door one day with these cute little Mickey Ears water slide decals from Fangirl Polish.  So of course, I had to use them.

What I used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • Glitter:  Painted Polish – Aurora (GITD)
  • Top Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Bliss Kiss Simply Peel latex barrier
  • makeup wedge sponge
  • Fangirl Polish Mickey Ears water slide nail decals
  • cup of warm water
  • tweezers
  • nail polish remover
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2

I started out a little differently this time.  I put on my usual base coat and then, instead of a coat of color, I added the Simply Peel around every nail.  Since I was using a straight glitter polish, I debated on whether or not to use a peel off base coat, but decided on “no” because it’s only every lasted me about two days max.  (How does Simply Nailogical make hers last!?)  I also debated on using a base color before the glitter, to ensure that there was absolutely no nail showing.  But the “no” vote won again after I tested out the glitter opacity on some fake nails.

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Base coat + Simply Peel

Next was the easiest part, sponging on the glitter.  It was almost completely opaque with one sponge, and I will now always recommend sponging on glitter.  I’m not sure if it was the polish, or the fact that the sponge soaked up a lot, but it dried remarkably fast.  So after a quick dry session, I just brushed on the second layer of glitter.  Don’t ask why I chose to sponge then brush, instead of brush then sponge.  I just do things backwards sometimes.

The last part was the hardest, and I think most of it was user error.  Before officially doing my nails, I had cut out one of the mickey ears and tested it on a fake nail on top of the glitter, and it worked great.  But, I just struggled with the decals when it came time to actually do them.  I started on my left hand, and they just would not stick to the nail.  I ended up forcing them down with my top coat.  I guessed that either the water wasn’t hot enough (the instructions say to use very warm water), or I wasn’t letting them sit in the water for long enough (instructions say a minimum of 30 seconds).  So after my left hand dried, I got up and changed out the water to a much higher temp and let the decals sit in the water for longer.  And they worked much better the second time around.  I just had to get up after the second nail and change the water out again.  Annoying, but worth it.

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Struggled a little with the decals

After two coats of top coat, the glitter feels relatively smooth, and sparkles like crazy.  And even though I had trouble with the decals, I don’t think anything could have ruined my love for this design.  I’m just too excited to get going and rock them in the parks.  Well these nails are colorful, fun, they glow in the dark, and they just scream Disney.  Who wouldn’t like them?

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Update:

Well, This glitter was really stuck on to my nails.  Even with all the excitement throughout the week (running around at Disneyland; coming back to tons of stress at work), they just wouldn’t budge.  It wasn’t until Wednesday night that I got a tiny chip on my right hand’s middle nail.  But, you can’t even see it.  Unfortunately they were a blessing and a curse:  I had a perfect mani all week, but it was damn near impossible to take off.

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