So unless you’re new to my blog or don’t visit very often, you’ve probably caught on that I’m a huge self proclaimed Swiftie. And today, October 22 of 2012, is a day I have been looking forward to for months and months… and it’s the most exciting Monday I’ve had in a very long time. Today Taylor released her 4th alum entitled Red and in honor, I shall spam you with red.
Essie Brooch The Subject is a slightly darkened and browned BABB (band aid but better) nude creme. I like it but I think it’s slightly too dark and brown for my skin tone and it almost makes me look dead… almost. The weather here in So Cal has sucked the past few days. It’s been in the high 70′s and low 80′s yet grey, dreary and even rainy at times so I haven’t been in the mood to wear bright or sparkly polishes. So until the weather shapes up I guess it’s boring cremes for a while.
On a side note, as you may or may not have noticed, I skipped the Friday Poll for today. I’m kind of over it and by the lack of responses I assume you guys are too… sooooo… idk. I may never do one again. Or I may. I’ not sure. If you have opinion feel free to state it. Otherwise the Friday Poll may be dunzo from here on out. Hip hip cheerio.
It’s a nice feeling when you love something, forget about it, and then rediscover it again and remember how much you loved it in the first place. That’s nail stamping for me. I can’t remember how long I went without touching it and now that I’ve rediscovered my love for it, I can;t get enough. This is three coats of Essie Marshmallow topped with two coats of Essie Tennis Corset and Konad plate m73 flowers in Pure Ice Silver Mercedes.
Today’s mani is a spin-off of yesterday’s mani. This is Essie Mint Candy Apple stamped with the Bundle Monster leaves image using plate BM-19, OPI Mermaid’s Tears for all the nails except for the ring fingers in which I used China Glaze Four Leaf Clover to stamp with as an accent nail. The accent nail isn’t as obvious as I had hoped it would be unfortunately but it’s okay cause I still like the way it turned out. I’ve been ignoring my Konad plates (and nail art in general) for a few months now it seems and I feel like I need to get back into using it. I’ve been kind of in a nail rut lately and not knowing what to wear. I’m thinking about doing a 30-day nail polish/art challenge to get some inspiration. If you know of one and want to share with me, please do!
This is three coats of Essie Marshmallow, one coat of Milani Gems, and one more coat of Essie Marshmallow on top. It’s kind of like a nail polish version of Funfetti icing. I did a pink version of this mani for my birthday last year using OPI Bubble Bath and Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday. I like both versions but I think the pink version had more of a frosting feel… possibly because I prefer strawberry frosting to vanilla.
Self explanatory. The colors I used were: OPI Kiss Me With Your Tulips topped with China Glaze Lightening Bolt, EssieJelly Apple topped with China Glaze Black Mesh, Wet n Wild French White Creme topped with China Glaze Broken Hearted, and Orly Cotton Candy topped with Pure Ice Show Stopper. For the heart designs I folded a piece of tape in half, cut out half a heart, opened up the piece of tape so that there was a full heart design, centered the heart on each nail, painted over the heart cutout with crackle nail polish, removed the tape, added top coat, and voila!
And the inspiration for the mani:
Since Valentine’s Day is only two day away and I don’t feel like I’ve really worn and holidayesque manis thus far, I figured I would wear a pink polish today. For some reason I was under the impression that Essie Peach Daquiri was a bit more pink and a tad less… peach. I’m just going to blame it on this morning’s gloomy weather. Peach Daquiri is a vibrant peach-pink creme. It’s definitely a shade of pink, just not really in the range of pink hues you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day. Lucky for me, the sun came out a few hours later and I had the chance to capture the polish in better lighting, and with some Valentine-ish nail art on top. :0)
For the nail art I used China Glaze Millennium to stamp on Bundle Monster flower nail designs and added OPI Pixie In Pink on top to add some sparkle and make it look a bit more pink. It’s not your typical Valentine’s Day nail art but I figure… close enough. I like it.