Thursday, January 23, 2014

NOTD: FingerFood's Theme Buffet #3 - Weather

So, here is week 3 of FingerFood's Theme Buffet. It may be Thursday, but I finally got around to posting this! Better late than never, I suppose.

Originally, I had planned on doing a lightning scene, but after seeing so many awesome lightning manicures, I decided to go with rain. Rainbow rain, at that!




I actually painted this yesterday, but unfortunately wasn't able to photograph and post it here until today. Excuse the horrible state of my cuticles at the moment.  This brutally cold weather and the 14 inches (35cm) of snow we just got haven't been very kind to them.



The one problem with using matte finish polishes is that you can't really use a top coat. In this case, I'm using Julep's Brit as a base color, which is a matte suede finish. It's beautiful and, well, suede-like in person. The photos don't show nearly the amount of variation in the gunmetal color. Unfortunately I'm having some serious tip wear after just a day. At least it didn't affect the nail art TOO much before I could take pictures!


That said, even though I couldn't smooth things out with top coat, I DO love the effect of the glossy creme polishes against the matte base color.

This manicure features the following polishes:



Yeah, lots of Julep polishes in this one. I took advantage of their warehouse sale this past December and picked up a bunch of colors. (I have some issues with Julep at the moment, though, since I'm affected by their new skip policy change despite having signed up under the old policy. I'll probably rant about this some other time).

This is the first time I've done a design with polka dots since getting nail dotting tools and it makes a WORLD of difference in how cleanly and uniformly they come out. Previously, I was  using a toothpick that had its point cut off to do dotting.  I LOVE polka dots to death, so I foresee myself trying them out more in the future.




11 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this mani! I love the fact you used such bright colours for rain :)

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    1. Thanks! Even miserable weather needs a bit of cheerful color <3

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  2. Wonderful design! I love these colours on your nails :). I am happy to follow you, just let me know on my blog :)

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  3. Rainbow rain! How cool!! This is such a fun & cheerful mani! :)

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    1. Thank You! Sometimes we all need a little cheer, even in the rain

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  4. Eeek, that is a lot of snow! And here I was complaining it's cold and in the 60s here this week. I love the bright colors you used as the rain drops, very cool!

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    1. Re-commenting since I when I posted a comment, I didn't reply to your comment, but rather the post -_-;;

      Thanks <3 And Iwould kill for 60 degree weather right now! We just got another 2 inches of snow t today and the weather is freezing. It's a whopping 18 degrees where I live right now -_-

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  5. Thanks <3 And Iwould kill for 60 degree weather right now! We just got another 2 inches of snow t today and the weather is freezing. It's a whopping 18 degrees where I live right now -_-

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