Living in the Elmo-ment

Hello and welcome!  This week’s design and inspiration is a bit more abstract than normal.

It may be August, and my boyfriend and I may have moved in together in January, but we are finally having a house warming party!  Originally I had planned to do a design with houses, maybe a stamp of some kind, or a home sweet home kind of feel.  But a few months back, China Glaze released their Sesame Street collection with one particular polish catching my attention:  Living in the Elmo-ment.  And would you like to take a guess what street we live on?  It’s named Elmo!  So I just knew I had to use this polish.  Then I ended up busy getting the house ready, with no real time to think of a design, so I went with some good old fashioned V vinyls.

What I Used:

  • Base Coat:  Orly – Bonder
  • 1st Color:  China Glaze – Living in the Elmo-ment
  • 2nd Color:  OPI – Dutch Tulips
  • 3rd Color:  Sally Hansen Color Therapy – Glow with the Flow
  • Top Coat:  Essie – Speed Setter
  • Maniology Poli-Peel cuticle protector
  • Twinkled T Deep V vinyls
  • Maniology double sided nail art brush & dotting tool
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • nail polish remover

I started with my Orly base coat, because I figured I could make this an all drugstore polish mani.  Then I applied two coats of China Glaze – Living in the Elmo-ment.  It was pretty textured from all of the glitter, and I didn’t want that to mess with the vinyls, so I applied some top coat to smooth them out.

Then I place the first Deep V vinyl on my nail, but it was just too skinny for the look I was going for.  So I put two together, overlapping a bit, in order to get the width that I wanted.  After applying the pinkish-red creme polish, I lifted the two vinyls immediately.

After that first nail, I realized 1) you couldn’t tell the difference between the two polishes, and 2) I should probably apply liquid latex to keep the clean up to a minimum.  So I kept going.  This time with liquid latex around anything that would cause a mess.  And tried to think of solutions to problem number one.

The solution I came up with was to add gold lines in between the two colors.  For the first time, I used the long bristle nail art brush in my set, and I’m really upset that I haven’t tried it sooner.  It just made it so much easier to make the lines.  I thought I’d have no control with it, but for straight lines at least, you just drag the brush in one direction and you’re done.

This design is more simple than I planned, but I’m still too excited about the polish name matching perfectly to worry about that.  If I had the time, I think the only thing I would change is the second polish, since it matched too closely to the glitter.  But sometimes you just have to go with what you have.

Hope everyone enjoyed their week!


Ugh, my poor right hand.  That middle finger was attacked.  Part of me wants to blame it on the base coat, since I’ve noticed I get more chipping with it.  But I always make things worse with my constant picking.  I should start looking up tips on how to stop this bad habit.

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