Thursday, February 17, 2011

NotD - Labyrinthine

Finally gave my nails a chop today, a few remain patched, the rest are fragile, but the end of ‘sheers, no way!’ appears to be approaching.
I absolutely can’t remember why I chose to do labyrinth nails today. I suspect that there my be a Harry Potter on my mind/Goblet of Fire/Triwizard Tournament/hedge maze connection there. Branching mazes are impractical for manicures, though (at least in my opinion), so I chose to do something rather labyrinthine, but still hedgy, instead.

Here’s what I used today:

  • OPI Nail Envy Soft & Thin
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener
  • Manhattan Lotus Effect 110D (again from the London Calling Collection)
  • Barry M Nail Paint 293
  • essence black & white 02 white hype
  • a bunch of greens
  • Spooky Nails 2 in 1 nail tattoo liner black
  • Seche Vite

I started with a basic application of 110D. One coat of each base, then two of Manhattan 110D and one of Seche Vite.

110D is a medium grey crème polish, very basic, but also very versatile. When compared to other shades of grey, it appears to be faintly greenish, but this is unnoticeable unless a less saturated shade is directly next to it. This, like the turquoise I used recently, is fairly opaque and covers easily in two coats.
I found this as easy to apply as the turquoise from the same collection. This polish was smooth and even and caused no problems whatsoever. The flattish brush is very nice and supple, indeed.

Here’s 110D in two coats with Seche Vite:

While I let the base dry a bit I grabbed my sponging stuff and something plasticy to dab the polish on. I used 110D, Barry M 293 and essence white hype to create a mottled grey ‘pebble’ effect.

Then I prepared several dotting tools and green polishes. With my finest dotting tool and a medium green that would blend into the background of the hedge I marked out the path.

Then I chose a dark and a light shade of green and dotted these colours over the markings. These two shades are supposed to only peek through.

Then, a layer of my main colours (the leafiest ones), dabbed on singly and swirled together.

I then added a couple of light shades and more of the main colours.

When I was happy with the appearance of my hedges I added a little black blob of a person navigating the labyrinth and sealed the polish with a couple coats of Seche Vite (ew, gotta retire that bottle, there’s that point where thinning doesn’t really restore the proper texture any more).

On a side note: I just realised that I’ve had my Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 for well over a year and, in an effort to use it up (not exactly cheap, that balm!), decided to try whether it’s any good as a cuticle balm. Me likey, though it has to be used like Lemony Flutter or any other intense oily treatment and needs be removed before actually doing anything with your hands. I wouldn’t buy it just for that purpose, but it’s good for travelling, I suppose.
What’s your favourite improvised beauty treatment?

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