Monday, 10 February 2014

FingerFood's Theme Weeks - Hearts

Colours I used - Orly LA Sashay, OPI Off With Her Red, China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling and Color Club Poetic Hues
It's the week before Valentine's, so hearts are everywhere. While I'm not really fond of this holiday (call me a Grinch :D), I have recently found myself really enjoying red nail polish - and what better occasion for it than this?

I started with a skittle of the reds, with two nails painted in the lovely Color Club Poetic Hues. But actually getting the hearts onto my nails was a bit of a problem. I don't own any stamps, or stickers or charms that I could just slap on and call it a day. Oh, how I wish I did. I had to bring out my dotting tools, and <gasp> my detail brush, which I had made by clipping off most hair from a small paintbrush I had owned.

Heart skittle, with a dotted multi-red heart and painted tiny hearts. My middle finger has two coats of OPI Off With Her Red, and my pinky has two coats of Orly LA Sashay
As you can see, the tiny painted hearts are not perfect, but it was the fist time I wielded a detail brush, so I'm rewarding myself with some chocolate for that one. I actually had to erase and redo my index finger twice. The dotted heart was much more fun to do.

Heart skittle. The tiny hearts were pained with OPI Off With Her Red.

Overall, this was definitely a fun manicure to plan, and I learned quite a bit while doing it! Especially the fact that Seche Vite will smudge my dots even an hour after they'd been made (my right hand is a mess), and the Color Club Top Coat I've been getting in all those sets is actually good for something.

Polishes I used:
  • Color Club Poetic Hues - a lovely pale peach shade, like a peach yoghurt. Opaque in two medium coats, somewhat streaky but easy to manage on the nail. A great base for nail art.
  • OPI Off With Her Red - possibly my favourite red. Saturated, warm orange-leaning and opaque in two thin easy coats. It's actually slightly darker than the photos show.
  • Orly LA Sashay - a shimmery deep burgundy, toeing the line between classic and vampy. Two suer easy coats.
  • China Glaze Ravishing Dahling - a deep wine jelly that I used for dotting, and on my thumb. Opaque in two generous coats, and it would be excellent for layering over shimmer polish.

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