Oh hai! I’m back again after another extremely busy week. I’m really hoping things die down enough that I’m able to post more than once a week soon. As awful as it is, I just haven’t been able to make my nails my top priority lately. :-p
This week’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details about the challenge can be found on my original blog post about it) theme is ruffle manis! I hadn’t done a ruffle mani before, so I was really looking forward to trying it out. It ended up taking so long that I only did it on two accent nails, but it looks great! I decided to use some Hard Candy mini polishes that I purchased ages ago for this one.
Vibe is a one-coat black creme polish, Trailer Trash is a metallic silver, and Angel is a metallic gold polish. Despite being very old, all of these applied easily and dried quickly. They also all had excellent coverage; I only used one coat of the black on the ‘plain’ nails, and it covered beautifully. And these lasted forever. I wasn’t able to change my polish all week (and yes, it drove me nuts), and most of my nails only had mild tip wear at the end of the week. I was very impressed with the durability of these polishes.
The ruffle mani accent nails worked out pretty well, but they took a really long time to do. I ended up adding to it a little at a time during the day and then trying to do other things in the interim. I do like how it turned out, but I doubt that this is a design that I’ll do that often for that reason. I used my normal base and top coat for this mani, and the top coat did smear the ruffle mani a little bit. There was no way I was going to do it over again, so I apologize for this imperfect mani, but that’s the way it goes sometimes, isn’t it?
Have you ever tried the ruffle mani look before? Do you have any time-saving tips for doing one? I do like the way it turned out, and if you average the time that it took to do over the amount of time that I wore it, maybe the time it took can be justified a little…
I purchased these mini Hard Candy polishes several years ago as part of a set. They are no longer available for purchase at this time.
The sun was shining early in the day today, so I was excited for the chance to try one of the new holos that has been languishing in my untried pile since the sun never shows its face during a Jersey winter (and I know I mention that every day, but that will stop as soon as I get over it, which shouldn’t take but a few more years). I decided to go with Deepstone from Femme Fatale Cosmetics, one that I’ve been particularly anxious to try. Unfortunately, by the time I was done with my mani, clouds had taken over the sky and remained there the rest of the day. I did dash out to the balcony when, for a brief moment, I thought I saw a thinner layer of clouds and took some photos. I hope the resulting pics do even a little justice to this beautiful polish.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Deepstone has a medium purple base with a prominent golden shimmer that almost gives it a duochrome effect. Added to that is linear holographic sparkly goodness. The golden shimmer is quite visible in all types of light, and it can give the polish a deep mauve look from afar. At some angles the purple takes over, but most of the time the gold and purple are engaged in a happy little dance on my nails. The holographic sparkle is somewhat visible indoors, but this is one that really comes to life in the sunlight. What I love about this polish is that the holographic effect doesn’t at all obscure the gold to purple color shift; instead, these deftly share the sun’s spotlight to a beautiful effect.
Deepstone was easy to apply and dried quickly. The consistency of this polish was perfectly suited to my taste; it was neither too thin nor too thick. Because of the chrome finish of the base color and shimmer, there are some visible brush strokes when I look very closely at my nails. With everything else that’s going on in this polish, these really aren’t noticeable, and a very careful application could probably eliminate some of them if they’re one of your bugaboos. I used two coats of Deepstone over an aqua base for the photos. I did not use a top coat.
And here’s one in indoor lighting.
What do you think of this color combination? I love how the gold-toned shimmer makes the purple look different depending on the lighting. The linear holographic effect is clearly visible in the photos despite the light outside being less than optimal. I’m sure it would be all the more dazzling on a bright, sunny day. I can’t wait to wear this one again in a couple of months when the sun returns to the area.
I purchased Deepstone from Harlow & Co. for $16.00 CAD (around $15.00 USD).