Happy Friday! Yesterday after work I went with my sisters to get our monthly pedis, and decided it was about time I tried that new-ish long-wearing gel nail lacquer by OPI (on my fingers, not toes). I think there are other brands available elsewhere but my salon carries OPI Axxium. I wanted a metallic color that wouldn't look particularly Fall-ish or Summery, and I'm really into mixing metals (as in jewelry) lately. My toes are silver, but the Axxium color I settled upon is Brisbane Bronze, a kind of bronze-rose-gold-copper-penny-shimmer. It's sooo pretty!
My nails are hella short and weak right now because they've been breaking a lot lately, so I got a regular manicure beforehand. My nail guy painted on a couple of clear base coats that had to be set under the UV light between each coat, then he applied a couple coats of the gooey-looking lacquer color. Each layer required a short time under the UV appliance. A couple of special top coats later and he told me I could probably go pick a fight with my sister and the nails wouldn't smudge (ha ha). It cost $25 at my usual place but I've heard it go for more or less. It should last 2-3 weeks but I might wind up soaking it off with acetone at home beforehand, because I'm fickle about my nail color.
I'll update you guys later as to how long it lasts, but I can attest to its pretty glossiness at this time.
Have a great (non-chipped manicure) weekend!