Hard Candy - Black Tie Optional

9:00:00 AM

Happy Sunday, dearest readers!  How are you today?  Today I have decided to post a simple manicure for you, since, well why not?  I am allowed to have a nail art break every once and awhile, right?  Typically, I pass on the simple since I normally fail at them, but this one was perfect and I had to share.

A few days ago, my friend and I were hanging out and she was begging me to go to the store.  I really didn't want to since I had just finished an 8 hour work shift and was incredibly exhausted.  I wanted to go in the house, take a shower, paint my nails, and call it a night.  My bestie though kept begging and begging, and finally, she bribed me with a bottle of nail polish.  What can I say, my friend knows my one weakness.  We went off to the mall, ran her errands, and hit up the beauty supply store.  I wasn't seeing any polishes that I wanted, so I told her it was okay, I didn't need anything.  Then, we went to Wal-Mart, and guess what...they had the Hard Candy polish display with my biggest lemming, Black Tie Optional.  Well, you can only guess what she bought me.  Thank you, Anne :).  Ahhhh can't believe it, I seriously love her for it.

I couldn't decide what base to use for the polish, so I decided to do a pastel skittle manicure.  It is perfect....let's take a look at this cute manicure.  Now the pictures are not 100% color accurate thanks to my stupid light box, so you can head on over to my Instagram to see my right hand with the correct colors.




Colors Used:
  • Sinful Colors - Candy Coated
  • Funky Fingers - Mrs. Mint
  • Sally Hansen - Pink Blink
  • Sinful Colors - Sugar Rush
  • Sinful Colors - Unicorn
  • Hard Candy - Black Tie Optional
For the bases, I used 2 coats of each polish.  The Sinful Colors polishes from the Sugar Rush collection are just beyond gorgeous and amazing.  I have to say, Sinful has stepped up their game and really have created some great formula polishes.  Typically with pastels, in two coats I have lots of little streaks and end up having to put on at least one more coat to even them out.  All the Sinful Colors polishes used in this manicure only required two coats, including Unicorn which is a rather thin yellow polish.  

Pink Blink by Sally Hansen went on a little thick, but that was because of that annoying thick stick that holds the brush on.  I love the Insta-Dri polishes SO much when it comes to nail art, but dislike them for painting a base coat on.  I hear they are great for stamping, so I might have to try that since so far I have had no luck with any other polishes.  Funky Fingers Mrs. Mint was my only streaky polish, but again, only had to apply two coats.  I think this is my favorite mint spring polish.  I'm going to cry when it runs out since Five Below doesn't have this color anymore.  Le sigh.

Now on to the best glitter polish I have purchased in a while.  Hard Candy Black Tie Optional is amazing!!!  Now, I am not a bar glitter person, but the bars in this mixed with all the different sized white and black hex glitters just gives such a neat look.  Each nail only has one coat of the polish since it is so glitter packed!  I had to place one or two pieces of glitter on two out of ten nails to fill in bald spots, but personally, I don't think that's bad at all.  This bottle even has some bigger hexes than what can be seen on my pointer nail.  Complete win, I suggest if you have Hard Candy for sale in your area, you go grab a bottle.  Can't wait to do some kitchen sink manicures with this beauty.

What do you think?  Simple Sunday should be a go?  Loving Black Tie Optional?  Still a fan of Skittle Manicures in 2013 or do you think they are going by the wayside?

Now that this simple manicure is out of my system, it's time to go all "Little Canvas" and challenge myself to some new nail art.  Can't wait to see what I come up with!  Until next time, <3

**Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Pink Blink was provided by Sally Hansen for promotional purposes.  All other polishes were purchased by myself or my friend.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own, please view my disclosure policy.**


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