21 September 2012

Challenge Day #14: FLOWERS

Bonjour monde! Today's challenge is flowers! I wanted something simple, classic, modern-looking... Decided on a black-and-white design, and I loved it... but then I ruined it, as you can see:

Unforgiveable topcoat smearing :( and zomg, my right hand, nowai.

I wore it for the entire day because I didn't have time to re-do it... so I'm counting it for the challenge, but I am not happy with it. Shame, because it was such a nice idea (IMHO). I started with one coat of Right BLACK At Ya by Piggy Polish. It's a great one-coat polish that dries with a "suede" finish, and super-fast, making it a great base on which to stamp. I used Konad special polish in white and Konad plate #m60 for the flowers just stamping in random areas here and there. I think it had a nice modern-yet-retro feel to it. However, I then decided a little pop of colour in the centre of the flowers would be nice, and I had these large hex glitters I got from Born Pretty Store that I hadn't even opened yet! (They can be acquired here for a very reasonable price--and free shipping!--just like everything on their site.) So I added a drop of clear polish to the middle of each flower, and used a toothpick to pick up the individual glitters and place them in the centres. At this point it still looked nice, see?

Pre-topcoating. See how neat the flowers were? I also think it looked nice with that semi-matte finish. I would have left it like this if I wasn't afraid the flowers and glitter would rub off. In retrospect, should have just done that and took the risk.

Previous pic was with flash, this is without. The colour of the glitter pieces shows up well here.

But then, like I said, I had to go ruin it. My lovely Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat is normally so good over stamping--but Konad white and black special polishes are notorious for smearing. And then to make things worse, even though I used not two coats of topcoat, I still lost a few of the glitters by the end of the day. Go figure O_o

The black base + blue glitters + white details matched my phone, so I posed with it! The smearing isn't quite so bad on this hand. But still. *pout*

Oh well! You win some and you lose some. It was still a cute mani, and as I said, I did wear it all day. Despite being all frustrated with it in this post, I actually didn't mind it too much. I'm just too much of a perfectionist about my nails, haha!

Hope you'll join me next time for some pretty delicate nails :) Until then, bonsoir et au revoir! xoxo

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