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So last week I fell behind with all of the challenges I love to take part in so today in an effort to catch up I am combining last week’s She Who Does Nail Art Challenges theme with this weeks: 1950s meets colours I wouldn’t normally use together. I chose brown and mint in this case George Cackle and Rimmel Pro Lycra Peppermint. The only time I can think of these two colours being together are mint chocolate ice-cream and the 1950s.
To combine these colours and add that vintage effect I went for some quick and easy polka dots using BM-19 (from the narrower early collection) in Natural Collection White. No, I don’t think I could make it through a nail art week without using white. Maybe that should be a challenge! Anyway, I thought these quick and easy dots looked a little dull and decided to add iridescent white glequins to the accent nail (link to my earlier blog post about glequins at the bottom of this post) – the idea being that they would just now and again catch the light. Honestly, they look like mermaid scales and magic and, aside from the fact they were pretty much invisible to the naked eye when applying them, I already think my glequin skills are improving.
My camera skills on the other hand… I don’t know what has changed but all of my pictures lately have been impossible, blurry or the wrong colour… GRRR. I think I will be investing in some better lighting soon but in the mean time I hope these give you an idea! I have been playing with an online picture editing website called ‘Picmonkey‘ which actually does a really nice job of basic editing and has some really cool tinting and framing features (it is also far less intimidating than photoshop after a long day). The only adjustment to these pictures not made using the website is the addition of the P.M.P. watermark – although there is a text feature there. What do you think of the rounded corners? Any tips for photographing iridescents/holos?
The twinkle from the glitters are really quite vivid in green and pink when the light hits them JUST right. I did have some small bubbles in my top coat today but this is probably because I laid it on a little thick trying not to disturb the very carefully placed sparkles. If you do find you’re getting bubbles in your polish application this is probably the cause – use thinner layers and leave a longer drying time in between. Also if you do shake vigorously make sure you give your polish a little settling time so the air bubbles can float up and out.
Does my thumb look fat in this? Hopefully the nail will grow back quickly because it looks like a rather bulbous intruder lately. I am also going to step up my moisturising and strengthening routine as I think the weather, stress and continuous painting are taking their toll on my digits. What is your go to miracle worker for your nails? I hope you’re all having a good start to your week!
I have included the inlinkz for both this weeks and last weeks challenges so you can have a good browse of what everyone else has been up to!
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