The Circus! plus Milani Gems

The following is what runs through my head now every single time someone mentions the circus.  We just saw this movie a few days ago- the kids loved it!  Don’t watch the clip if you’re easily annoyed though!  🙂

Almost 2 months ago now, my husband and I took the kiddos to the circus when it came to town.  I haven’t been to the circus since I was 8 years old, so I think I enjoyed it just as much as the kids.  A larger chunk of the acts were performed by people than I realized- but I know there’s a lot of controversy with the circus in terms of animal rights.  Though not amazing, these are a few of the pictures I was able to take during the performance before my camera battery died (note to self: stop going to events with a non-charged camera battery).

Like any other nail nut, I had to have an appropriate mani for the occasion!  I had great plans for what to do… but true to form, I put it off until a few hours before we had to leave the house.   So in a pinch, I went to one of my very favorite polishes- Milani Gems!

Milani Gems is part of their Jewel FX line, and in my opinion it’s the prettiest of the bunch!  I’ve used Milani Gems on it’s own before and it looked wonderful, but for this mani I used O.P.I.’s DS Radiance as underwear.  Since you can’t see it well, Radiance is a beautiful 1-coat silver.  I then added 2 coats of Milani Gems on top.  Gems is a dupe of Deborah Lippmann’s beautiful Happy Birthday, though as far as I can tell Gems is a bit thicker with more glitter per coat.  Without underwear, 3 coats is plenty to give complete coverage.  I didn’t need to dab the polish to place glitters, I was able to just brush it on.  I have noticed the polish seems to be thickening with time, but it’s nothing a bit of thinner won’t fix.

If you notice my cuticles look a little off, its because I did do some rushed editing in Photoshop.  I wanted to be able to use the photos but my poor cuticles looked TERRIBLE!  So for the sake of everyone’s eyes, I cleaned them up a little after the fact.  I didn’t touch the polish, though 🙂  I was wearing acrylics at the time- which are the cause of my itty bitty weak stub nails I’m currently sporting (and everyone will see soon).  I don’t think I’ve ever had this much trouble recovering from acrylics- my poor nails must have been filed down thinner than I realized at the time, because they have absolutely no strength and chip and break even when short.  Luckily, the damaged area is almost grown out, so I can focus on growing them again!

This polish is definitely perfect for a party, the circus, or anything in between!  I got quite a few compliments while we were at the circus on my mani, so I know I’m not the only person that loves a good glitter bomb!

And to finish off, here’s a picture of me and my biggest monster at the circus!  The littlest monster did NOT want to cooperate for pictures.

Until next time!

~Diana, The Polish Monster


2 responses

  1. How does the milani compare to OPI Mad as a Hatter?

    June 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    • You know, I’m not lucky to have Mad as a Hatter so I can’t make a direct comparison, but I don’t think they’re very similar. Mad as a Hatter is a really small grade of rainbow glitters, and the Gems is mostly made up of larger ones (though it does have a few small in as well). I think Hatter is more silver, as well. I so wish that was added to the core line!! Gems is almost an identical ‘feel’ as a whole bunch of polishes out now… of course the original, Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday, but off the top of my head I can think of Confetti’s Tasmanian Devil (CVS), OPI’s Rainbow Connection (Muppet Collection so no longer in many stores), NOPI’s Rainbow in the Skylie (I think that’s the spelling), ULTA’s Pinata Yada Yada, and Icing’s Birthday Beyotch. I know so many because I either have or want all of them, lol! This sort of look is what fueled my obsession 🙂

      June 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

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