Thursday, February 11, 2016

Understated Valentine's Day Glitter Placement


It took me all day to be inspired for today's post - literally it was 11:00 pm when the light finally struck.  I was reading through my blog subscriptions and came across Vampy Varnish's post on the Orly Melrose Spring collection.  The bulk of the comments were about how unique one shade in particular was - Beautifully Bizarre.  Yes, it's pretty and yes, it's unique...but I had the feeling I could replicate the look of the polish utilizing something in my stash.  All in the name of utilizing my stash and not continually purchasing new.

So after some browsing through my stash, I remembered a fairly opaque baby pink - Wet 'n Wild MegaLast in Cherry Blossom, which is a long ago limited edition polish.  I did 2 coats of it.  To get the shimmery part of Beautifully Bizarre, I turned to my Pure Ice drawer remembering that I had some transformer toppers.  I pulled out Oh Baby!, which may be discontinued.  I did 2 coats of the topper as well.  I got close with this combo, but my base pink is a shade or 2 too dark.  I don't have a lot of baby pink polishes, especially ones that are opaque in only 2 coats.  I probably would have been closer if I had used SinfulColors Tutu (that I used the other day under a Pure Ice heart glitter).  So while I think this is a little darker than my inspiration polish, I still really like it.
>>my lighting is making it look more yellow than it is in real life<<

Cherry Blossom + Oh Baby! almost = Orly Beautifully Bizarre

Wet 'n Wild MegaLast Cherry Blossom, Pure Ice Oh Baby!, Funky Fingers I <3 U

I let this dry for quite a while before proceeding - 4 layers already, you know...

To tie this in with my Valentine's Day Week theme, I decided to use this combo as a base to one of my heart glitter toppers.  I pulled out Funky Fingers I <3 U since it's one of the few that have a truly clear base, and is made up of primarily pink hearts (which is what I wanted).  I ultimately decided to do glitter placement so I wouldn't end up with quite so much of the clear base layered on my nails.
I ended up with a simple, understated Valentine's Day appropriate manicure that I'm really enjoying the final look of.  Yay!  Of course, now I won't want to take this off so...I still have 2 more days leading up to the holiday plus the 14th itself.  Even though my base color is a bit darker than the inspiration polish, I'm going to mark this as a close "my version of" a.k.a. dupe (close dupe, that is).

Have you decided on a Valentine's Day mani yet?  Do you like subtle looks, or all out festive?  Do you ever find yourself combining polishes to try to replicate one you see elsewhere?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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