Peacock Pleasures

I have ALWAYS loved peacocks- when I was little, there was a park nearby that had wild peacocks just walking around everywhere and I always thought to myself when people play the “what animal do you resemble” game that my animal was a peacock. Soooo, when I saw a suggestion of nail art of peacock feathers, I was ecstatic! Now, I’ll try feathers one day, but for Funky French Friday, I’ve decided to do a peacock manicure!!!

The first picture has flash and the color turns up baby blue, so I’ve included a non-flash photo to show you a better representation of color. I think my Kodak EasyShare doesn’t like yellow ratios very much…

A Pocked Peacock

For this manicure, I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, two coats of Milani’s Neon Fresh Teal freehanded on (much faster than tip guides, in my opinion) followed by two coats of Seche Vite to even out the layers. Then, I used Maybelline’s Plum Intense for the purple dots, and Milani’s Cyberspace for the blue dots. I followed up with two coats Seche Vite.

The Colors:

I had to pick up Milani’s Fresh Teal when I saw it, it’s teal, which is obviously my favorite color (okay, not obviously, unless you’ve read all my entries and saw that I mentioned it once or twice). I expected it to be semi-matte, as most neons are, and while it dried glossy, it had a bit of a difficult formula, more like a matte. It dried pretty quickly, about half the time normal glosses need, but it didn’t self level too well, so I needed to coats to even it. Still, I wouldn’t wear it without the top coat because it looked a bit gloopy until the Seche smoothed it out.

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I’ve Lost My Marbles Painting Marbles!

I needed a new french manicure idea so I decided on a marble look, you know, like that bag of marbles you had when you were a kid. Now let me just say, I usually freehand my french manicures, but with all the dots, I had to use tip guides. A) I NEVER can get them straight and B) I still have to fix the lines anyway because I always have seepage!! They took forever and if you do this, you might as well freehand it to save yourself the time.

Marbles Marbles, Everywhere

You get both hands because when I pulled the guide off of my thumb, It “schmeared” the colors together, which, for a different look, would be very cool. Also, the staining isn’t visible pretty much at ALL in person, but my camera picks up reds too well and well, you see what I mean…… I’m not used to getting polish on my cuticles so I really had no idea on how to remove the stains. I gave up. There. I said it!

For this Manicure, I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, generic nail tip guides, Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud for white, OPI’s The It Color for yellow, Maybelline’s Plum Intense for purple, Milani’s Neon Fresh Teal for the green, Orly’s La Playa for the blue, Sally Hansen’s Rapid Red for the red, and OPI’s Chop-Sticking to My Story for the orange. I topped with one coat seche vite, waited for it to dry, peeled the guides off and did two more coats of Seche Vite top coat.

Ideally, I would have cleaned up all of the fingers to a straight line, but I guess I just didn’t care- the nail guides were a bit too arched for me but its just something I learned for next time! PS- this was fun, but took over two hours, so do this manicure if you need something to keep you occupied for a while!! Also, my nails aren’t all the same length (the tips of the longest tend to peel just a little and I have to file them down :-( ) so it doesn’t look as cool as if your tips were all the same length. Just have fun with it!

Tiffany Ain’t Got NOTHIN’ On Me

So, as your gift since I ya’ll had to put up with the fact that I was aggravated earlier, I decided to reward you all with a new look- Tiffany nails!

Tara > Tiffany

For this manicure, I used one coat OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, and two coats of Sally Hansen’s Pink Slip as a base. Then, I used Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stained glass lines. I utilized a new technique for the colors- I wanted more transparent color, so I mixed 1drop color: 3 drops clear of Maybelline’s Plum Intense, Zoya’s Irene, Orly’s La Playa, OPI’s the It Color, Milani’s Flash Light, Nicole By OPI’s Deeply In Love, and Sally Hansen’s Fairy Teal. The clear I used was Sally Hansen’s InstaDri Quick Clear. I topped off with two coats of Seche Vite.

The Colors:

Zoya’s Irene is a a smooth olive shimmer. While I love this color, it goes on a bit sheer and needs 3-4 coats to be completely opaque. It shimmers both green and yellow and it’s one of my favorites for fall.

Sally Hansen’s Fairy Teal is a dream come true. My favorite color is dark teal, so I’m definitely partial to the shade. Also, the Complete Salon Manicure line has a fantastic formula and since I got Kook-A-Mango, I’ve always enjoyed it. The colors go on extremely smoothly and, though the brush is big and most people don’t like it, I find you can put the color exactly where you want, neatly.

Sally Hansen’s Pink Slip is of the same line as Fairy Teal and I have the same compliments here for pink slip as I did for Fairy Teal. This color is the nudest nude/pink I have, which is why I picked it. The downside? Its a creme that doesn’t self level enough, so by the time that you get your polish COMPLETELY even, the color is fully opaque- not a sheer nude at all but your nails are almost painted white. I’m still looking for my holy grail sheer, but this is a great color.

Sally Hansen’s InsaDri Quick Clear: I tried (a while ago) to use this as a top coat. DO NOT DO IT!!!!. It fades the color below and gives you bald spots. I do love it if I’m running late and just need a layer of clear for strength because it dries quickly, evenly, and doesn’t chip terribly much. I’d never use it as a base or top, but I found that it does a great job de-pigmenting the polishes I used here and, since I rarely wear just clear, I bet I’ll be using it a lot more for the “watering down” effect I just discovered.

Does this make up for my lame-o manicure from earlier?

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