Friday, February 14, 2014
#WeekOfLoveChallenge - Valentines' Day Gouged Hearts
Happy Valentines' Day, Fireflies!
Whether or not you celebrate, I hope you take a moment today to appreciate yourself and know that I appreciate all of you who spend a moment here with me. Hugs!
Today's nail art was inspired by a cloud mani done by Lucy's Stash. I love the layered look of a cloud mani!
I started with OPI This Gown Needs A Crown, a polish with a unique silver satin finish. It's a similar idea to the OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, but the texture isn't as fine.
I followed up with Literary Lacquers Strawberry Ice Cream Soma, a soft baby pink with a subtle scattered holo.
Next up, OPI Cute Little Vixen. I loved the berry color.. but I also loved the name for this mani. Who doesn't look forward to being a cute little vixen (or cuddling up with one!) once in a while?
Last, but not least, Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso. Lovely, dark eggplant purple with a copper shimmer. Again, loved the color, but also the name, which means, "more motion." Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more?
For the hearts, I took an orange stick with some cotton, dunked it in acetone, and rubbed through almost all the layers of polish. I can't remember who started this, but I believe they called it a 'grunge' technique. Yeah, my hearts do look grungy.
Topcoat actually worked against me a little - it filled in some of the hearts and made them harder to see. This probably would have worked better if my hearts were bigger. Take a note from the Grinch, whose heart grew 3 sizes.
Bottle shot: OPI This Gown Needs A Crown, Literary Lacquers Strawberry Ice Cream Soma, OPI Cute Little Vixen, and Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso.
Being in love usually means being vulnerable enough for that person to be able to hurt you. I hope that today your hearts are full, and not metaphorically gouged out like these.