Nail File: Shanghai Glitter Haul!

15 Sep

One of the perks about shopping in China is proximity to manufacturing source for just about any product out there. As such, everything is super cheap. I’ve been nursing a serious nail art obsession recently and Shanghai’s small knickknack stores are definitely enablers. Glitters that usually cost USD$3-5 a pop cost me a whopping $0.50. Fifty cents! Rhinestones were 100 for $1.50 (compared to 160 for $12) and stickers were $0.75 a sheet (compared to $5). Behold, my haul!! Regular glitters, holographic glitters, stickers, decals, rhinestones, gah!

One thing though, I saw a lot of polishes for sale at these stores with OPI, essie, Sally Hansen, Orly, etc. bottles and labels. There was without a doubt that they were all counterfeit, so buyer beware.

This was my first attempt at a glitter gradient. First a dusting of the white/clear glitter applied over 3/4ths of the nail with an eyeshadow brush, then a layer of topcoat. Followed by the same technique with the purple/clear glitter and the pink/opaque glitter, each time getting closer to the tip of the nail. Finished off with  just a smidge of the black glitter. For my first application, I think this was a success. Next time I’ll pay more attention to the tip and maybe use a paper towel to tamp down the glitter after brushing off the excess.

Did I mention that stuff is cheap in China? Labor is too so I indulged my first pedicure in three years, with art! This ran twenty bucks and might have been considered a little pricey but I didn’t want risk contracting a nail fungus by going to a salon that wasn’t sterilizing their stuff. Both the black and the purple was from OPI bottles but I wouldn’t kid myself into thinking they were real. Heck, they probably bought them at the same place I bought my glitters and rhinestones.

After having that glitter gradient on for ten days, I was ready to take it off once I got home. Look at what I free-handed! A french tip in essie Picket Fence, two coats of OPI Bubble Bath, and one coat of the (so rare I bought it on eBay) Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure.  It’s so vapid and vain but gosh, I freaking love doing my nails.

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