For me, one of the unmistakable signs of anxiety/depression is the lack of nail inspiration. That’s the reason why I did my nails only 4 (yes, four) times last month. I felt miserable for a number of reasons and all I wanted to do was lying in bed and sleeping. I don’t know if devoting some time to improving my painting skills has helped me to feel better, but it has surely helped me to focus on other than my own fears.
I definitely want to do this manicure again because I loved it so much! I’ve got a thing for half-moon manicures (for me they’re the epitome of chic), so I decided to go for an untried combination – nude and sparkling red. I used Deborah Lippmann Putty in Your Hands as base and China Glaze Ruby Pumps (aka the best red glittering shade ever).
I’m currently on a nail polish ban (well, everything-make-up-related ban, to be honest, sigh) but last month I had the chance to get a bottle of Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like for a very cheap price. As all the Deborah Lippmann polish names, this one is a homage to a song, too: it refers to a 1982 song by the American New Wave group The Waitresses. It’s a crème polish, described as “playful periwinkle”. The picture above was taken without flash and you can see the colour is definitely periwinkle.
When I took a picture with flash, the colour turned into a fantastic electric blue! As a blue nail polish enthusiast, I’m happy to have it in my stash: it’s true it’s not an extremely unique colour, but it’s a nice addition nonetheless.
Sorry for the bad pic. After taking a look at the manicure above, you can really tell something was wrong with me. I’m not that good at painting my nails, but I’m not this bad either. Oh, well, I guess I put my nail polish on on a particularly bad day. Btw, the colour I used is one of my favourites – OPI Red My Fortune Cookie, from the Hong Kong collection released in spring 2010. It’s a warm shade, incredibly easy to apply and pretty pigmented.
Last but not least, my favourite manicure of the month – another half-moon mani I did with Essence That’s What I Mint! as a base and Essie Wicked. I love the combination of mint green/baby blue and black cherry. It was really a dream to do this manicure because I worked with two of the best polishes I have in my collection. That’s What I Mint! is a stunning shade which combines mint green and Tiffany blue; forget all the similar colours you may own, because this one beats them all. As for Essie Wicked, it’s everything I’ve always wanted Chanel Rouge Noir to be – extremely pigmented (I applied one coat only) and wear-resistant.
Now that it’s December 4th, I’ve already painted my nails once, so I’m sure next month I’ll have something more to write about ♥