Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Today I felt that with such great sunny weather in NYC I have to do a light and Easter set of colors. I tend to gravitate towards my darker marine colors, but I had purchased a lilac shade from American Apparel that I needed an excuse to try out. As usual, I can not decide on one uniform design for all my nails so I did a couple.


So here is the list of what I used:
Base Coat Essie Millionaire
Top Coat Seche Vite
OPI Oz Collection "Lights of Emerald City"
American Apparel "L'Esprit"
Gap "Pale Coral"
Ruby Wing "Birdie" color changing polish
Essie "Mint Apple Candy"
I ended up not using the Astral Lights Glow in the dark nail paint because it came out the same as the pale coral
And not pictured here is Hurricaine Nail Art paint in glitter green

Excuse that I haven't had a chance to clean up the yellow around my cuticles. I saw some light come into the apartment and wanted to capture it.

I did a free hand flower using the colors in my other nails, and the green glitter grass was from the nail art bottle with the thin brush. The bunny was a stamp from the Pueen 2013 collection "Pueen 11".  I layered two coats of "Lights of Emerald City" on two coats of "Pale Coral". 

In doing this, my favorite formula was the American Apparel polish.  It's 3 free but it was so easy to put on that you probably could have gotten away with one coat.  It wasn't streaky at all.  As for the yellow shade which is a color changer.  Only changes color in UV light, so I briefly stepped outside this morning and it started to turn orange.  Supposedly it would turn red.

My Mint Green middle finger is suppose to be a painted easter egg.  Textured nails are the current trend so I wanted to add more depth to the style on my nail and what I did was used tape to keep the polish clean and painted on the stripes with Lights of Emerald City and dipped my finger in a bowl of glitter. I tapped my finger loose and pressed it down slightly.  To secure the glitter, I brushed it not with my top coat but again with Lights of Emerald because I didn't want the loose glitter to get stuck on my Seche Vite top coat - which to my disappointment is beginning to solidify. After it fully dried, I added the top coat and be careful so you get glitter stuck on your brushes. 

So why the cuticle conditioners? Because I have to stress how easy it is to remove excess polish if you moisturized well before you embark on drawing and also because my cuticles are probably one of the worst out there.  I work with lots of papers and you see I have a bad paper cut on my middle finger.  Also I work in property management so I'm out and about using my hands when I'm out with the maintenance crew.  Moisturizing is IMPORTANT! Nothing tells your age more ladies than the hands! You can botox your face but can't hide your hands :)

Overall, not my favorite designs, but it helped put me in the mood for the holiday. Also, I gave my camera to my brother so I couldn't macro the detail of the grass and the bunny for you all as well as capture the lights of the glitter. But I think you all get the hint.  So this is Iphoned up pics.  Now off to go eat Sunday night dinner in good old Manhattan. Hopefully I'll get the full color change effect and update this post with the result. 

Happy easter all!

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