Lit from Within: #WeekOfLoveChallenge - Wearing My Heart On My (Striped) Sleeve
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

#WeekOfLoveChallenge - Wearing My Heart On My (Striped) Sleeve


Hello, Fireflies!

Is there a Valentines' Eve?  Well, it's not official, but for many, this day is full of anticipation of what tomorrow will bring! So, in honor of the occasion, I have one of my favorite manis of the challenge for today's theme - hearts.

I started with OPI Sleigh Ride For Two.  So romantic! This wine-colored polish has a tiny bit of shimmer in it, but it doesn't catch the light, and you can't see it on the nail.  Like an overpriced sleigh ride through slushy streets, this polish is nice in theory, but a bit of a disappointment in reality.

OPI Sleigh Ride For Two

I was inspired by the mani in this Pinterest Pin (argh, another one with no watermark, and no link!) to break out the striping tape and create some different striping patterns using Nikka K NY112, a lovely mushroom taupe.

Nikka K NY112, a lovely mushroom taupe.

When I want my silver glitter to be opaque, but not thick, I layer it over a silver polish.  I used a Sally Hansen nail pen in silver to draw hearts on my thumb and ring finger, and then used silver glitter over it. 

Oooh, shiny!

When I want my silver glitter to be opaque, but not thick, I layer it over a silver polish

Reminds me of my fave rugby shirt I used to wear in high school.  Not that I played rugby.  They were fashionable for 5 minutes in the 80's.


On my other hand, I decided to try and create a complimentary look without messing with striping tape or nail art.  I love how it turned out!


Bottle shot:  OPI Sleigh Ride For Two, silver glitter striper, Nikka K NY112, and Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen Silver.

Bottle shot:  OPI Sleigh Ride For Two, silver glitter striper, Nikka K NY112, and Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen Silver.

When you wear nail art, do you do it on both hands?  I usually do it on one hand if it's just for fun or the blog.  If I'm going out, I try to do it on both hands.  This is the first time I can remember trying to do a complimentary look for the other hand.





42 comments:

  1. Love the stripes with the silver heart! Great design :)

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    1. that was my fave nail, too! Thanks, Lisa!

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  2. Love your colour choices. So elegant! Too bad you can't see the shimmer on the dark colour but it's still pretty.

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    1. I'm pretty sure I was seduced by a blogger's pretty pix! lol. I usually am.

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  3. Oh, that OPI is gorgeous!
    I like the "alternative" V-day colors you chose for this pretty mani!

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    1. It's my classy, sophisticated look! lol.

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  4. I would have never thought to pair that burgundy with a taupe brown. I love it... I am gonna pair those shades together... it will help to tone down the dark colors which I don't use often on my nails because it normally makes my fingers look much shorter... but this will really help to tone it down. :) thank you - love this design & look.

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    1. I'm thrilled it gave you some ideas for your own nails! I actually love dark colors on my nubs. Dark colors on short nails is tre' sophisticated!

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    1. I can't wait to tell my husband you said that. He thinks I'm sooooo predictable! lol!

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  6. You are so artistic! I'd never be able to come up with this color combination, but you made it work masterfully. Is it weird that I think this manicure looks like yummy chocolate truffles? :)

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    1. I think we've all got chocolate on the brain this week! lol. Thanks, girl!

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  7. I love the taupe, purple and silver combo. So pretty. :)

    Let's not talk about rugby shirts. That is a fashion moment that should never be revisited. LOL

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    1. Thanks! Something tells me you've got an old picture stuffed in a drawer of you in a rugby shirt with your big hair and 'claw' bangs! Oh, wait, that's me.

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    1. I don't know why, but I love the heart over the stripes! I've seen that in quite a few manis, and I just love it.

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  9. I definitely cannot do stripes on my nails. I would end up with horizontal lines, vertical lines, and everything in-between trying to make the same line on every nail, lol. But it looks super cute on you!

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    1. I used striping tape for these... but I hear ya. Even with tape, I tend to get lines that lean.. I need a nail level!

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    1. thanks! Apparently, I'm ground-breaking in my use of burgundy and taupe! lol.

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  11. Love it! Makes me think of vday candies ;)

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    1. high-end, fancy ones, of course, right? lol

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  12. That is so pretty! I love the little silver heart :-)

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    1. I am nearly always compelled to so a little accent on my thumb, not sure why! glad you like it. :)

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    1. I wish the shimmer were more vibrant, but it is a beautiful color.

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  14. Ooh, love the base color and the variety of this look!

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    1. Thanks, Miranda! I don't usually like to wear two different manis, but in this case they complimented each other enough I felt more confident.

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    1. Born Pretty store and other Asian stores (ebay) usually have the best prices, but the longest wait times. It's so fun to use!

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  16. those hearts are frickin adorable

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    1. That is frickin' awesome of you to say! lol

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  17. Ummmm. I might have also had a rugby shirt. Maybe. Anyway, I love this cute design! :)

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    1. I loved mine. Out of all of the outrageous fads of the 80's, I wouldn't have guessed this one would become maligned. I also wore layers of socks to match my shirts, and popped my collars... lol

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