Thursday, May 3, 2012

To buy ...what?

I don't know what has happened to me, but let's say it's spring: I'm reaching for colors I have never before been open towards. I'm buying pinks. Sheers. Bridal collections. Pastels. And I really disliked pastels on a personal level, when they got really big a few years ago. One pastel I got recently, is To Buy Or Not To Buy, from Essie's spring collection. At first I only got the very nice (again, sort of ...pastel) green from this collection, but then I spotted the pastel lavender bottle and its super pretty shimmer, and decided I needed that too. Despite it's incredibly ridiculous name. And, unfortunately, despite the fact that the shimmer barely shows up on the nail. I didn't even take pictures of it alone. Instead I opened one of my trusty flakie bottles: Finger Paints Asylum, and added the subtle oompf myself.





Since I'm terribly unexperienced with pastel application (due to my reluctance, of course), this is actually four coats of the Essie. The first  one is very thin though, because I usually start out my manicures that way, and I always, always, forget that pastels needs to just be slapped on as quickly as possible - with the mandatory risk of bubbling. And, if you're wondering why all these photos vary in color, it's because my camera still hates these warmer purple toned shades. It's a red leaning, more lavender than lilac one. At first I thought the last photo (shot with my dslr) was the most accurate, but now I'm leaning towards the sunny photo being that, only the shade is a tad darker. Oh, and can you see the underlying Essie shimmer? I know I can't.

Anyway. The Finger Paints flakie (one coat) made this manicure so much better. Without it, I wouldn't have liked it. It still felt very little like me, but it was okay. And any day soon, I just might post a manicure or two that are so not me that this Essie shade appears to have been made with me in mind.

Swedish word of the day:
lavendel -noun lavender
We emphasize the middle syllable.

13 comments:

  1. It looks absolutely gorgeous with a flakie over it!

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  2. I was about to buy this nail polish cuz of the shimmer, but like u said its barely show so I will pass, I rather get essie peek a-boo the shimmers shows a lot!

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    1. I couldn't contain myself - I got both. ;D

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  3. Just wanted to tell you that your blog has made me want to learn Swedish. Such a cool language!

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    1. You go girl! Only spoken by ~9 million, but could come handy some day. :)

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  4. Wow, Asylum just MADE this mani perfection!

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  5. This is so gorgeous!! Fantastic combination!!! :D

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  6. Det ser ju himla fint ut på dig. Flakesen var ett genidrag.

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  7. Lovely blog with so many interesting and inspiring posts! Love your work:) Would you like to follow each other?

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  8. I love the sparkles. While the base of the polish is very pretty the sparkles make it fun.

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  9. I like what the flakie adds to this :)

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  10. I love the flakies on this! This is beautiful!

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