Friday, 10 February 2012

Pastel Polkas, Sort-of-Valentines, School and Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop and Dupes

Sooo, my computer is still on the fritz but I decided to borrow my Dad's to make this update. Shhh, don't tell him. After getting some very kind and encouraging feedback from readers I didn't want to let this blog slumber too long.

Oh, so, I've so much to catch up on, I'm not sure where to begin. I started Nail Tech classes. It's a four month two day a week course after which I'll be a certified Nail Tech and be able to go into business. I love polish and hope to mostly do Gelish and nail art on natural nails but after this I'll know how to do acrylic and gel extensions too.

I had on my polka dotted mani which I'll show below for the first day and several students and even the teacher thought that it was those peel-ons and were quite impressed when I said I'd done them myself which of course I thought was just fab. ;)

So since I last posted I did two almost identical polka dotted manis. I loved the first so much I did it again with a slight change. Okay so, I choose aqua, blue, pink and purple. I choose a very light shade and then a similar but darker shade of each. I painted one finger on each hand in the lighter shade of each colour. I also painted the remaining finger white. Then using toothpicks I dotted on polka dots in white and the darker version of each respective corresponding colour. On the white nail I made multi coloured polka dots. The first time I did this I did those polka dots in the darker version of the colour. The second time I used the lighter version and made the thumb the white/multi coloured polka dotted finger, and I think that looked much nicer. That is Matilda (aka. Tilly) in the background btw. Is she not lovely?

Polishes I used: Sally Hansen Green Tea, Sephora OPI Mermaid To Order, Sally Hansen First Kiss, OPI Japenese Rose Garden, Sally Hansen Himalayan Blue, Borghese Marino, Essie Bangle Jangle, Essie Marino Cool, Sally Hansen White On, OPI Top Coat

Before that I did this multi patterned mani that would be good for Valentine's if you observed that kind of thing which I do not. I used OPI Red, OPI Black Shatter, OPI Happy Anniversary, OPI Sephora Mr.Right Now, OPI Black Onyx, OPI Gettin' Miss.Piggy With It and OPI Alpine Snow. I think I would forgo the rhinestones on the black bows if I do something like this again as they are a bit big and obscure the nice effect the bow made. The whole effect was a bit disjointed. I prefer more uniformity usually, but it was fun for a change.

Oh my, so I have more to say but my typing fingers are getting tired I'll show you one more thing and then save something for tomorrow. Right now I'm wearing Deborah Lippman's Candy Shop which I totes <3 .

It has been on my fingers for five days... with only minor repairs required. Usually I'm beyond sick of whatever's on my fingers by day two so this is really saying something. It is pricey though at $22 Canadian dollars a pop for a small bottle so I set about trying to dupe it. I didn't have quite the right pink to dupe it but I came up with some interesting approximations. Basically OPI Rainbow Connection over pink brings you close.

Swatched below left to right: China Glaze Pink Voltage Neon with OPI Rainbow Connection, China Glaze Fifth Avenue with OPI Rainbow Connection, Sally Hansen First Kiss with OPI Rainbow Connection, and lastly the original Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop.

Ah, I have some acquisitions to share and some swatches and nail art to show but this is more than enough for one day. See you soon and thanks so much for the nice comments. You encouraged me to come back sooner than later. :))