11 months later and I’m awkwardly reincarnated, emerging fresh from nail purgatory. I want y’alls opinion on something. Nails are a passion of mine but are not all encompassing or representative for my love of all things beauty. What I’m getting at is simply asking your thoughts on morphing this tired nail blog into an updated and thorough modern beauty blog.
I have been writing thank you notes so much it hurts. So to entertain myself I painted my stationary. Can you tell I like purple? Procrasterpainting?
As the website reads, “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.”
Pastels are a reoccurring theme for spring, but trending this year more so than ever are light blue nails. Last year about this time nude and pale taupes were taking over; I couldn’t be happier about the transition.
Revlon’s Blue Lagoon is my least favorite of my selected four polishes in this shade range. It is laced with such a finely milled micro-glitter that it creates its own undesirable category somewhere in the depths between glitter and shimmer. Basically: this polish feels like wet sand. That being said, I do appreciate that this midtone pastel sports well with only tip-wear.
China Glaze Kinetic Candy is a crème finish with a scarcely noticeable grey green undertone. CG’s recently released Electro Pop collection was the first set I’ve really been excited about for a while. This is slightly streaky, yet redeemably opaque in two coats and with Seche Vite looks exactly as expected. There’s not much to say other than the fact that while this is a unique pastel blue, it is not a must-have for my collection.
OPI’s What’s with the Cattitude is appearing less true to color than all the others. Although it’s translating slightly brighter, I’d still categorize this as a pastel. I picture this polish from OPI’s 2010 Shrek Collection as a transition color from spring to early summer. I tend to choose Essie over OPI because of the latter’s wide brush but I forgot how much I enjoyed the one coat opacity that extra bristles ensue.
Essie’s Borrowed and Blue is by far my favorite. In my 200+ collection, this is the only polish that I’ve run completely out of and repurchased. Loud nails can be scary but this is neutrally subdued enough to wear color without clashing. I’ve always religiously been a two-coater and while that ensures opacity in most Essie crème polishes, this is one exception that I think wears significantly better with three. I’ve said before that I like Essie’s pastels and OPI’s dark polishes; Borrowed and Blue is another example of her beautiful crème finish pales that I adore.
Feathers have been popping up everywhere over the last few months so I decided nails should be included in the trend as well. To make these I used an array of rustic shades including Power Clutch, Lady Like, Very Structured, and Carry On which make up almost all of the Essie Fall collection. And to create the feathers I used OPI’s Alpine Snow and OPI’s Onyx on my Orly Detailer brush. Then to top it off bedazzlethatshit style I added some Art Deco Gold Glitter to the middle of some of the feathers for dimension.