Cute Polka Dotted Red Bow Tie Ribbon

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Rapunzel's Dress

I watched Tangled for probably the 10th time the other day. It's definitely my favorite Disney movie next to Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Brave. These nails were inspired by Rapunzel's lovely renaissance dress in the movie. Not my idea though, I used the tutorial by CutePolish on her YouTube page. The accent nail is her corset lace-up bodice and the other nails are to represent her sleeves. The colors I used were Pure Ice's Love, Bedtime and Fairy Godmother. The stripes were made using a lilac striper that came in a 3-pack by Kiss.

Bottle shown is Pure Ice: Twinkle

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pure Ice: Belle of the Ball Collection Swatches

Image borrowed from "The Silver Nail"

I have the swatches for this collection! I purchased four from this collection: Castle of Dreams, Starry Night, Fairy Godmother, and Playful Princess a few weeks ago, and today I picked up Belle of the Ball and Touch of Glamour. I could not find Riding in Style, and I'm not sure what color it is.

Here are the swatches:

Castle of Dreams: A light shimmery periwinkle blue. The shimmer in this polish, and the other polishes in this collection, is very subtle. They all look creme in the bottles, but once painted on, you can see the little glitzy speckles. The only one that does not have shimmer is Playful Princess (unless Riding in Style is creme, but I'm unsure). This color reminds me of OPI's You're Such a Budapest. I don't know how close of a dupe it is though.

Starry Night: This shimmery green is probably the one with the most shimmer in the collection. It's a medium grassy green.

Fairy Godmother: I made a post with this one and Castle of Dreams as a gradient, but you can see what this one looks like bare. It's a light purple, but it's darker than a lilac. It also has that subtle shimmer that isn't easily photographed.

Touch of Glamour: I love this pink! It's not as bright/neon as a hot pink, but it's still a deep pink. More of a fuchsia, again with the subtle shimmer.

 Playful Princess: The only creme. A very bright solid teal. I really like this color too. Be sure to use a base coat because it is a stainer.

Belle of the Ball: I don't even know how to describe this color. In the photo it looks orange, but is actually like a...neon coral? It's way more pink than orange, but it has hints of orange in it. But I wouldn't call it a coral...It's more of a hot pinky-orange. I'll have to take another one in natural light to show the color better.

The application of all of them was easy and silky smooth. No problems with this collection (other than the slight staining of the teal).

Do you own any of these colors?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Blue to Purple Gradient

I know my cuticles are messy but that's only because it took so long to clean up the mess around my fingers created by using a cosmetic sponge to stamp the colors onto my nails. This is my first gradient. It was a lot of work. First, I painted each nail white and let it get a bit tacky before applying the blue and purple onto the sponge and gently stamping them onto my nails. I applied China Glaze's Fairy Dust on top, then sealed with INM's Out the Door top coat.

I was using Revlon's top coat for awhile but it just was not drying quickly enough, even after 20 to 30 minutes, so I decided to try Out the Door, which I purchased at Sally's for around six dollars. It's so fast! It dries in about five minutes! I know a lot of people use Seche Vite, but after hearing mixed reviews such as it becoming too goopy after awhile, shrinking, and that it is not 3-free, I chose to use Out the Door. Out the Door has it's disadvantages too, such as it drying not nearly as glossy as any other top coat I have used. But I will be repurchasing it once it runs out.

The colors I used are Pure Ice's Castle of Dreams and Fairy Godmother and China Glaze's Fairy Dust.

What is your method for cleaning around your cuticles?