Favorite Friday: Hunger Games Nails on a Budget

Welcome to my first Favorite Friday post! Even though I love that my nail polish stash is growing, I miss using some of my favorite colors. In order to ensure that I am not only using my brand new polishes, I am beginning a blog series called Favorite Friday. Each week I will use one of my favorite polishes from my stash. The only rule is that it must be a polish that I have not used in a long time. This way, I can try out my new polishes on any day except Friday!

Today’s manicure is one that I created back in March for the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games movie. I really wanted to splurge on some of the China Glaze Hunger Games Collection, but I thought that $8.99 a bottle was too much, especially since I had already paid for a t-shirt and a Mockingjay pin. Instead of spending more money, I knew that I could create my own Hunger Games mani using polishes I already owned.

To get this look, I began with two coats of an unnamed OPI mini that I have in grey. Then, I used a clear, glitter topcoat from Wet ‘n Wild and painted two coats of that. The finished product is a sparkly grey that reminds me of polishes that can be found in the China Glaze collection. I can definitely picture Katniss wearing this mani! I loved it so much on premiere night, and I am glad I got to wear it again for Favorite Friday.

What do you think of my Hunger Games nails on a budget? Do you try to create looks based off expensive polishes?

Feel free to participate in future Favorite Fridays with me! Post photos of your mani on my Facebook page, or send along the link to your blog!


  1. skaytanik says:

    Cute 🙂 I love working with inexpensive (but still nice quality) polishes. I love some certiain ones by Butter London that I’ve found almost exact replicas of in OPI 😛

      • skaytanik says:

        I’m guilty of splurging on expensive polish simply because of the brand- granted, it’s usually because of their awesome quality, but there’s some really great polishes out there that are cheap 🙂 “Pure ICE” at Walmart is one of my favorite brands simply because it’s sooo cheap, and some of their colors are really great

  2. Andrea says:

    I LOVE your idea of Favorites Friday! It is so easy to neglect the old ones for the new. I wonder if they feel like poor Woody when Buzz Lightyear came on the scene! Lol. I also love that you recreated a HG polish. I have tried the same with some polish colors I have wanted but haven’t been able to get. Great job!

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