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Mani Monday: Flower Power!

Today’s mani was inspired by the one day of spring-like weather we had last week and the spring-like weather Chicago is supposed to have this week! My nails started painted ‘She’s Picture Perfect’ from Essie’s Resort 2012 collection that I picked up at the beauty show.  When I first saw the color I thought it was pretty similar to Lilacism or Nice is Nice, and even Play Date.  However when you compare them side by side- She’s Picture Perfect has almost a periwinkle tint to it, with the surprise of iridescent pink shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle- almost unnoticeable except for when light reflects on the bottle and hardly has any reflection when painted on the nail.

So for this mani, the hardest part was deciding on what colors to add.   I had all these new colors from the beauty show that I was just dying to use but obvi had to narrow it down.  Once I touched up my base mani, I used Konad plate m57 and started placing the flower stamp randomly on each of the accent nails.  I began with the lighter colors first and layered the darker colors on top.  The colors I used (in order) are  China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Essie Sure Shot, Essie Go Overboard, and Essie No More Film.  Sure Shot and No More Film are also from Essie’s Resort 2012 Collection.  I placed a fleck of glitter in the center of each flower using my dotting tool and Essie Set in Stone and topped it all off with a little Seche Vite Dry Fast top Coat.

Here’s a comparison of similar Essie colors-From left to right: Lilacism, Nice is Nice, She’s Picture Perfect, and Play Date

I tried to get a pic of the iridescent pink shimmer in She’s Picture Perfect- which was surprisingly hard to capture.  Here’s the best shot-

And without further ado- the Flower Power Mani!

Is it spring yet?


Mani Monday: Mother of (Black) Pearl

Well, I’ve done it, added another Chanel nail polish to my collection.  This time it’s Chanel Black Pearl.  I’ve seen plenty of swatches of this color but it is even more gorgeous in person.  I wouldn’t say it’s black, but more of a dark metallic pewter-ish teal.  So gorg!  I added a little pewter glitter (Sephora by OPI To the Glitter End)  to an accent nail-not because it needed any more pizazz, but rather because I got a new glitter I needed to try out.  Black Pearl will definitely be part of the regular rotation!

Mani Monday: She’s a Cold Hearted Snake

I was either channeling Paula Abdul or the snakeskin accessories trend when I ended up with this mani.  Either way, I love the way the end result.  The idea came along after testing out my new Bundle Monster plates and more specifically the funky snakeskin pattern of BM215.

Since the fiance loathes snakes and anything that resembles them (faux or not) I only did an accent nail so I didn’t scare him off.  After applying Essie First Base Base Coat, I used two coats of OPI You Don’t Know Jacques on all but my accent nail.  The accent nail was painted with two coats of OPI Suzi Takes the Wheel (xmas gift from the fiance) so that the snake pattern would show up better.

For the snake pattern, I layered 3 different colors on top of each other to give a real snakeskin affect.  I started with a stamp of a pale creamy yellow using Nubar Yellow Primrose.  Then I layered another stamp using OPI My Private Jet, and then finished with a stamp of OPI You Don’t Know Jacques to tie the mani together.  Obvi I used the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to ‘top’ off the mani.

Here are the colors I used:

Here is the result:

C-c-cold Hearted…..Sssnake

Mani Monday: Seeing Spots

That must have been what Jay Cutler from the Bears said after getting sacked by the Packers so many times yesterday huh?  Well in honor of that wonderful win by the Packers, today’s Mani Monday consists of a green manicure with a gold spotted accent nail.  For this mani I used Essie Protein Base Coat to start.  Then added 2 coats of Essie Going Incognito followed by a coat of Essie Good to Go Fast-Dry Top Coat.  Once they were dry I used my Marbling and Dotting Nail Tool from Sephora and dipped the larger side in Sinful This Is It and dotted my ring finger nail.  Once the gold was dry, I used the smaller side of the dotting tool and dipped it in Essie Going Incognito and dotted the centers of the larger gold dots.  I topped off the mani with another coat of Essie Good to Go Fast-Dry Top Coat.