Darling Diva ~ Thank you & Never Give up
A couple of “unusual” manis
Today I’m going to show you a couple of manis on which I’m wearing colours that are unusual to me. I bought a grab bag from Darling Diva recently, both because I like surprises and obviously also because I love Darling Diva’s polishes. The beauty of grab bags is that you never know what you get, and that sometimes forces you out of your comfort zone – just like it happened with these two polishes I will show you in a moment.
The first one up is Thank You, a white crelly with purple, green and blue hexagons in two different sizes. I usually don’t wear white – I love a bit of colour. But I wanted to see what this one looked like on me.
I wanted to be sure that I didn’t have to use a million coats to get full coverage so I applied a layer of basic white – Savina’s French White, which is a plain white crème. Then I applied two layers of Thank you. I had to fish a bit for the hexes – there are not that many of them in the polish. But you know the rule: One dip in the bottle per nail. The drying time between the coats was average. I finished it off with a layer of Poshé topcoat.
Here’s “Thank You”. One layer of white crème, two layers of Thank You, one layer of topcoat:
I am somewhat surprised that I actually like this.
The hexes “swim” in the crelly, it’s a nice effect!
I would never have bought this polish on my own, since I don’t wear white. But I can see myself wear this again, perhaps with a purple, blue or green stamp over it. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?
Next one up is Never Give Up, which is basically a yellow jelly with tons of shimmer. I didn’t think this would work on its own, so I started out with a new white crème of mine: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot from the recent Mustang collection. I have heard it is a one coater - but it isn’t. Two coats is what it takes. It’s fairly easy to work with and the drying time is pretty average. I don’t usually show white crèmes because everybody knows what they look like…white, yes? But I’ll make an exception today.
Here’s two coats of Angel with a Leadfoot – and no tocoat:
It’s a pretty good looking white IMO.
Anyway – back to the Darling Diva “Never Give Up”, which is the polish this part of the post should be about. I applied two coats of the yellow shimmer over the white. The first coat looked good, and I almost stopped after that one. But I moved on and applied a second coat, and that intensified the colour SO much! Whoa!!! I’m amazed over how big a difference that made! The drying time between the coats is fast.
So! Here’s two layers of OPI’s white crème and two layers of Darling Diva Never Give Up:
This is almost highlighter yellow! Look at that shimmer, it’s just… wow!!
That bright yellow called for sunshine and I hadn’t got any available. So I grabbed an orange texture from Julie G called Sugar Rush and made a little sun on each nail. Here’s my final mani:
This makes me happy!
I usually don’t like yellows much but this is friggin’ gorgeous! I don’t (and won’t) ever get a tan over summer but I’ll definitely wear this anyway!
Darling Diva sells grab bags with 5 polishes for US$25. You can’t chose which colours you get, so every bag will be a total surprise.