I was standing in Dischem one day and literally squealed when I saw that L.A. Girl had released new colours in their Sand Blast textured polish range. I picked up the red (Sand Dune) and orange (Glissand) immediately as I didn’t have red or orange textures. I had the pink one in my hand, but put it back because I already have a pink China Glaze texture. I later regretted the decision. Last time I hesitated picking up L.A. Girl textures from my Dischem they sold out and never got new stock. I was simply delighted when they still had of the pink left over when I went to Dischem again. I immediately grabbed a bottle and hugged it tightly to my chest whispering “My preciousssss”. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but I was so glad they still had some left and that I managed to get my hands on one. After using it, I can say with certainty that it is a completely different pink to my other texture and they both have a place in my collection 🙂
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of L.A. Girl Sandals on my thumb, index and pinky nails. I would like to note that this particular texture had a great drying time. I had issues with another L.A. Girl texture which took AGES to dry, but this one was perfect as texture drying times go. When you can’t sneak in a fast drying top coat, drying time can be critical! On my middle and ring nails I painted two coat of a dark purple M.O.D. matte polish. I also bought this polish from Dischem for R19.95 almost a year ago. There is no name or number on the bottle from what I saw. It was one of the first polishes I ever bought and it has been sitting on my untried shelf for AGES. Since all my nails would be matte and this is a matte polish anyway, I decided to add a matte top coat to extend wear. I used my GOSH matte top coat here. To be honest, adding a matte top coat took away from this polish. I’m going to wear it again with a shiny top coat to show you how beautiful it really is. It has a subtle shimmer in it which completely disappeared after the matte top coat, but I’m sure it would be enhanced with a glossy one. I digress. I used Sandals and my largest dotting tool to add polka dots to the purple nails. I needed to do two coats of dots to make them stand out nicely. The result:
I really enjoyed wearing this simple mani. I got loads of positive feedback from people that spotted me wearing it (heh. See what I did there?). Even from men! Most men don’t really take note of nails or when they do they don’t necessarily say something about it, so when a man takes the time to comment on my mani, I know I’ve done something right 😉
Would you try this? It is so easy and eye catching! I think using two contrasting colours makes it pop and the texture just adds something special. If you do try it, please show me!