Friday, April 13, 2012

Deckle

The other day I happened to be in Ulta (OK, I went there on purpose.  I had a coupon.) and I spied the Essie Wedding Collection for this spring.  I hadn't seen a lot of hype for these online, so I was surprised to find them.  And I was completely intrigued by the blue shade, Who is the Boss?


I put it on last night, and fell in love with it straight away.  But this morning I felt I wanted to add a little more to it, so I did a CND Behnaz Sarafpour-inspired "halo" mani.


It's probably not for everybody, but I really love this look.

I used a natural sponge to sponge on CND Copper Chrome just around the edge of each nail.  I like to put one drop of my sponging polish into one of the little vials I save from my contact lenses, then tamp the sponge into it several times before taking it to my nail.

To soften it up, I topped it with CND Ivory Coast, a very sheer cream shade.  It really doesn't change the color much, it just makes it a little softer.

The only downside with this mani is that there's quite a bit of clean-up involved.  I used Qtips dipped in remover to get most of the polish off my skin, and then went back with my fine brush to get what was left.

What say you?  Yea or nay on the halo mani?

10 comments:

  1. It's lovely - like an antiqued picture frame! Your mani skills are way out of my league!

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    1. Comes of spending way too much time painting my nails!

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  2. Pretty! Your nails are always so fancy- you're the wizard of nails and knitting :)

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  3. Well, Gail, I'm biased on this subject.
    You are THE QUEEN OF ALL MANIs
    ♥♥♥ your nails.
    hugs

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    1. Hey, how did you make those hearts?! I love that!

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  4. So awesome!! I've seen this kind of mani with a solid line around the edge of the nail, and I have yet to be impressed. Such a huge difference by sponging an irregular border. Excellent job!

    I use a concealer brush dipped in acetone for clean-up. Never have been able to wield a q-tip with much grace or ability...

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    1. I use a concealer brush too - I really like the e.l.f. ones from Target, and they're only $1! The Qtips are only for the polish that got way far away from my nails!

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