Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Cinderella Story

Let me tell you, I feel so relieved being able to post a simple, beautiful look after my previous fails. I find it very frustrating when I can't translate what's in my head to what's on  my nails. Thankfully, that wasn't a problem with this look!

Also, I'm still feeling pretty icky, so I didn't do my usual photoshoppery to fix my poor pathetic cuticles. I apologize in advance, but I feel the look is princessy enough to forgive. I hope you agree!

So- this all started with an email I got from KKcenterhk. I almost missed it, because it somehow wound up in my spam folder! Thankfully, I saw it, because they wanted me to try their water decals. I said sure, and after browsing for what seemed like hours, I finally decided on N.NAIL-WDHHC069-Silver- a set of metallic filigree designs.

In all honesty, I wasn't sure what to expect. The water decals I've seen and used prior to this point were very thin, and I couldn't imagine a metallic water decal actually working. But I was optimistic, and eagerly awaited the chance to try them.

Click this one to see the detail on these decals!
Once they came in, I was absolutely floored. They're absolutely gorgeous, shiny metallic silver and so delicate! The only problem I have with them is that they were too darned hard to photograph- I must have taken 20 pictures and this is the best of them!

They are slightly different than other water decals I've worked with, though. Instead of coming loose after seconds, they take a few minutes to really turn loose from the backing paper. I actually used a pair of plastic tweezers to peel them off once they were saturated, but they're very sturdy and held up beautifully.

However, once I had them in hand I couldn't decide what to pair them with! I wanted something simple... no holos or duochrome to take away from the delicacy of the design. I also knew I wanted to put a stone inside the circle of the design. It just seemed made to be accented!

Finally, I decided on a polish I didn't think I'd like at all- Kinetic Candy by China Glaze. It's a pretty enough polish, it was just too pale, too blue, too  Easter for me. I decided to add a coat of Love My Nails Dazzling over the top, and a tiny blue gem from my Fing'rs Nail and Body Jewels.

I don't know if I've mentioned this lately, but this is probably my favorite set of nail gems. They're tiny and so sparkly, plus there's such a fun variety of shapes! This set was provided by the kind folks at Fing'rs ages ago, and I keep finding new uses for it!

You see the end result here... this blue sparkles like Cinderella's ball gown, and I don't want to hear the clock strike 12! I've had this on for days and don't want to take it off. It's so shimmery and delicate, and I am just in love!

Who knew I could be a pale blue, Easter kind of girl? Certainly not me! I also left the Dazzling off my thumb, just to show the decal a bit more clearly without all those sparkles.  I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

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A teaser post because I am sick.

I wish I could show you what's on my nails at the moment, including the process to achieve said look. Instead, I am producing prodigious amounts of toxic biohazard waste from my nose, which seems like it's kicked into production mode for the world's most disgusting slime factory. I don't know what one would want disgusting nose slime for, but I'm sure there's an evil genius out there plotting the world's doom who could figure a use for it.

Too bad for him I'm keeping it all! Bah, you can't have it, evil genius! You'll have to find your own snot factory! This one is on the side of good!

... yea, I think the cold meds are kicking in. Or the sleep meds. Or maybe the pain meds... I'm on a lot of meds.

So instead of the awesome post I had planned for today, you get a single picture: my thumb. It's a hint of how awesome this manicure is...and it's also the only photo I could finish prepping before I had to lie down and actively germ fight (in other words, sleep). Enjoy it, and hopefully tomorrow there will be glorious descriptions and photos and other nicenesses.

It's a pretty picture, I think. Or maybe I just need sleep... at this point, I can't really tell. I'm going to sleep now, since I'm typoing more than I'm typing, and I'm spending to much time correcting the corrections I already corrected....

Say goodnight, Laynie.

Goodnight Laynie! :D
The room is all spinny. This makes it much harder to type a straight line!.
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