Another bitterly cold winter hump day here in the Midwest. All I can think about is Springtime and sunshine, flowers and fresh air! So my solution to bring on the Spring was a blushing pastel mani.
Perusing through my collection of lacquers, my eyes were immediately drawn to the soft pinks, blues and pale lavenders hidden amongst the vamps and glitters. My pinks were beckoning me…”Pick me. I’m soft and delicate. You know you want me.” I caved.
I love the polish collections at Rue21 and icing. They have fun shades and seem to keep up with the trends including indie-like concoctions. And all for bargain prices. These two pinks jumped out at me. I’d love to give you the Pink Ice names but, and yes I’m shouting…THEY HAVE NO NAMES! Sorry, had to emote. Anyway, they do have style numbers. And the Icing glitter topper did at least have a name. It’s “Sugar Coated”.
The shimmery pale pink on the left I used an a base undie. The shimmer is a gorgeous hint of gold. Not enough to really change the pink, but enough to give it depth. I was surprised to see how it dried to a satiny finish. It’s really quite lovely and nearly a one coater. According to the label the Style number is 1564 and the color is 057. I left it to one coat since I was going to too it with the crelly on the right.
I topped “057” (now doesn’t that sound absurd?! 😉) with this gorgeous pale crelly, Style number 1380 and Color number 068. I had first tried her on her own and quickly found it would have taken at least four coats to be opaque. It reminds me of the milk left over from eating cereal with red cereal berries that bled and left the milk pink. Yum! Lol Inside you’ll find foiled pink flakies and hexis, tiny pink micro glitters and silver flakies and hexis.
I then topped two fingers with the Sugar Coated then bright pink mini flower studs. I’d love to do some other color variations of this mani. It’s pretty quick to do and really what took the most time was placing the studs. My nail beds are pretty small so that’s always a challenge.
I hoped you enjoyed my hump day mani. It sure brightened my day!
I just realized the two brands I used for this look were similar in name. Well sorta. Pure Ice and Icing 😉
The accent finger was a delightful discovery. I was “shopping” through my stash for a color to compliment the teal sparkle of my new textured polish. Then I remembered, I had two Pure Ice bottles that would be perfect. I get my Pure Ice at Walmart for $1.97. Underneath I used two coats of Watch Me Go, which was surprisingly near opaque. This gorgeous microfine glitter is full of blue and green sparklers in a clear base. Then it was topped by two coats of Heartbreaker. I LOVE this shimmery topper. It’s a light teal/blue? jelly with blue and green shimmer. Very tough to describe. Talk about a transformer! I’ve used it over countless manis to creat duo finishes. It makes a super smooth and glossy coat over most micro glitters. You should see what it does to chrome sand metallics.
One of my newest discoveries of late was this stunning black textured lacquer by Icing. Their Quick Sand textured line is really great quality. This color, Lost in Paradise, is a fine black sandy texture (feels a lot like Zoya’s Pixie Dust) that is nearly opaque in two coats. It reminds me of Zoya’s Dahlia, except it’s twinkle is brought about by a good dose of of shiny teal micro glitters. It’s kind of thick on the brush but easy to work with. And it dries really fast. I wish you could see it sparkle in real life. I just couldn’t capture how gorgeous it is. Seeing it wet, I can also picture it with a high gloss topper as well. It reminds me of that “little black dress”. In fact, if I had been in charge of naming this stunner, that would be it’s name. It was a BOGO, so basically cost just under $4. I never imagined loving black this much. But it works for me!
I am loving this Cashmere effect lacquer by Icing! This is in Cabernet and the formula is much like Layla’s Soft Touch polishes. At the time, this shade was the only one available at my Claire’s store. I’d love to see this finish in a vampy burgundy. The satiny finish dries fairly quickly and is easy touchup. The brush, hidden inside the cap (like Butter London) is a nice size and easy to work with. I love this formula! Of course you can still gloss it up with a top coat. Do any of you know of a satin top coat? I’ve seen everything from glossy to matte. But one that protects a satin finish and retains the look would be brilliant! Need input. I paired Cashmere here with Zoya’s Pixie Dust in Tomoko.