If you've read even a couple of my posts you might have noticed that I have trouble leaving a plain colour be. Stamps, taping, dots, you name it and I wanna try it. Given I had some time on my hands over the weekend I decided to hit the arts/craft shop to see what I could find that I could conceivably stick on my nails. Did I ever hit the jackpot with a pinking shear set with FIVE interchangeable blades. I was a bit miffed at first when I realised they were safety scissors but with enough speed and tension they cut through tape nicely. The problem was what then to do with them! SQUAAARES!
First up, I want to talk a little about my base colour, OPI Russian Navy. I don't want to just gloss over this as it's a really pretty purple/navy with tiny, tiny orange and blue shimmer particles. I did have a few issues with the application as the blue tends to bleed everywhere when you try to clean it up but whatcha gunna do. Take a look at the fourth picture down, see if you don't think it's worth it for that hidden colour shimmer. This is two coats.
Having added the base colour, I kiiinda decided to wing it. Here's a breakdown of the steps I used:
- Taking my new favourite white, Rimmel French White Tip Pro, I free-handed white stripes down the centre of my nails. I'm really happen with this white, the tiny brush made it easy to free-hand and it was opaque with a few goings-over of the one coat.
- One coat of Seche Vite
- Next, I took the zigzag pinking shears and cut two pieces of tape. Sticking them to my hand first to cut down on the stickiness, I laid them out so that there were square-shaped gaps in the middle of the white stripe
- Taking my favourite silver, Sally Hansen Celeb City, I added a layer of silver down the middle and removed the tape.
- One more coat of Seche Vite and I was done!
|This is the picture I was talking about. I didn't even know there were orange particles in there until I applied this. Don't you love that?|
The Verdict: Russian Navy is a nice purple-navy. The shimmer adds points, the clean up takes them away. There are others out there that do much the same that are cheaper like Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Navy Baby, a constant favourite of mine. The pinking shears, however, and their five different blades, I loooove. Brace yourselves, you've going to be seeing more of this. I love how this came out :)