Monday, 25 March 2013

Tutorial - Drip Manicure

Product Used:  Revlon Expressionist - "Pop Art" (300)

Get your hands on a Revlon Expressionist duo-wand colour.

I used Revlon Expressionist - "Pop Art" (300)

Roll the bottle in between your hands, back and forth, instead of shaking the bottle.  This is to avoid bubbling polish.

Paint 2 coats with the base colour .  This Base in the Expressionist collection will be labelled as number 1.

Place a dot about halfway to the top of the cuticle, with the Expressionist colour labelled number 2 (Comes with a thin nail art brush).

Make a line connecting the dot to the end of the nail.

Repeat the 2 previous steps three times, placing the dot at different levels.

Add a wavy line at the tip of the nail.

After a few minutes of drying time, trace over your work to cover up any of the base or streaky-ness that may appear.  Also, remember to apply some colour and smooth out any corners, where the drip line meets the tip.

Chart Style

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Dupe of the Day Review - Ants In My Pants

Dupe of:  Deborah Lippman's "Ruby Red Slippers"

I'm pretty excited about this dupe because Deborah Lippman's "Ruby Red Slippers" has always been my all-time FAVOURITE colour from her collection, so I've been on the hunt for a dupe for at least 2 years.  "Ants In My Pants" is a black sheer/jelly base packed with bright red micro and hex glitters.  Because the base is a bit sheer, to get similar results to "Ruby Red Slippers" I had to layer 2 coats of this over a black polish - but hey, it's small price to pay to get the best Deborah Lippman dupe results. 

"Ants In My Pants" is from the Spoiled line from the Wet N' Wild collection, which I got from the CVS in Buffalo, NY, for about $2.  Pair that with any basic black base (I used Pure Ice (980 CP) "Black Rage"), which will add on another $2, you can get this dupe look for $4 total, in comparison to $20 for the Deborah Lippman bottle.  As with all chunky glitters, I suggest you top this look off with a clear topcoat to give it a smooth, shiny finish.

Verdict - Get it.  Especially since this is my all time favourite colour combo, black jelly base and red glitter, I'd say to absolutely Spoil yourself (pun intended), and buy "Ants In My Pants".  It is such a convincing dupe of the pricier one, the only way to tell the small difference between the 2 brands is to hold swatches of them next to each other, and REALLY try to find a difference (DL is packed with a little bit more glitter than the dupe, but not $20 dollars worth).  All in all, I'm SO happy I finally got my hands on this dupe - if you find yourself at a CVS, I encourage you to pick up a bottle from the Spoiled collection.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Inspired By: Mello Yello (Patchwork Refresher)

It's been a while since I've done an "inspired by" post, so today I give you my inspiration - the drink 'mello yello'.  Not the healthiest drink, but the colours always remind me of a cool citrus-y drink on a hot summer day.

Colour Inspiration

1)  Apply base - yellow - Sally Hansen (360) Hard As Nails: "Mellow Yellow".
2)  Let completely dry.
3)  Take a piece of tape and lay it across the nail, corner near cuticle to the opposite corner at the en of the nail  - do not press down too hard on the tape, as it may take off some not-yet-dry polish upon removal - hence the emphasis on step 2).
4)  Over un-taped piece of nail, apply thick coat - green -
Sally Hansen (110) Hard As Nails: "Green with Envy".
5) Promptly, but carefully, remove tape to reveal patchwork design.