Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Checkers Manicure

For this manicure, I used a base of American Apparel Cotton with Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stamp, which is the new Mash plate number 38. The black polish was so thick and gooey that I practically spread it on the plate with the brush. I have to say that it made a difference-- this stamp came out pretty crisp. I used Cotton, which is a cream as opposed to a white, because I thought it gave this a little bit more a vintage look than plain white would have. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Variegated Hydrangea Gradient Manicure

I moonlight as a florist, and sometimes I get some ideas for color schemes from the flowers that we get in the store. Case in point: this cool, variegated hydrangea. I did a gradient using two colors: Revlon Muse (that's the green), and Ulta Vintage Violet. Top coat is seche vite. I almost added a little bit of blue, but I didn't, at the last minute. I did this manicure at night and photographed it next day. You can see the blue clearly in the petals. Colors are never as clear under synthetic light as they are in daylight. Oh well, I'm happy with it anyway! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Khaki Glitter Sandwich

I like this one. It's subdued with soft, warm colors. Summery and beachy. 

Base coat: Revlon Color Stay Bare Bones 
Glitter: Spoiled Jewelry Heist
Top Glaze: Revlon Calla Lilly

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Kelly-Green Jelly Stripes

I'm kind of loving this manicure. The base polish if Exotic Green from Sinful Colors (swatch and review below). The stamping polish is White by Milani. The plate is from the new Mash collection, plate 43. 

And here is Sinful Colors Exotic Green by itself. It's a little brighter and yellower than this in real life. I couldn't quite capture the color. It's more accurate in the stripes photos above, although those are even a little dark. Anyway, it's nice kelly-green jelly (rhymed!) that goes opaque in three coats. Preeeeeetty.  


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