imperfectlyperfect: Close up of fingernails painted green, black & gold. (nails (Loki))
Believe it or not, the idea for this manicure was The Husband's idea.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for my final manicure. On the one hand, it was the last one, so you feel like you should do something big and fancy and showy...on the other hand, I feel like half the time that just sets up an enormous amount of pressure and subsequent guilt if you can't attain that level of showiness and brilliance and it's often as good or better to do something really simple really well.

I don't KNOW that I did something really simple really well, but I love the hell out of this very simple, super cute manicure.

I am done with my graceless heart/So tonight I'm going to cut it out and then restart... )

AND THAT'S THE MONTH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! \0/
imperfectlyperfect: Close-up of fingernails painted dark purple with white nail art. (nails (Hawkeye))
Continuing my thought from last night... I've been kvetching about being restricted to one color all month (by my choice!), but it is true that having a limited palette and limited shades within that color has forced me to be more creative, in terms of coming up with this many manicures that are all the same color but still distinct from each other. I don't know if I'll ever do a project like this again, but it's been a wonderful stretch.

Pink Manicure 15. )

Pink Manicure 16. )

Pink Manicure 16.5. )

Pink Manicure 17. )

Pink Manicure 18. )

Pink Manicure 18.5. )

Pink Manicure 19. )

Pink Manicure 20. )

Pink Manicure 21. )

Lately, I'm also posting my pics to Twitter and Instagram. I'm poisontaster at both places, if you'd rather follow me either of those places.
imperfectlyperfect: Close up of fingernails painted green, black & gold. (nails (Loki))
I really like doing my nails in two different colors. I don't know what it is, exactly. This manicure started as another attempt to do that Phases of the Moon manicure that I did in beige & black, but in shades of pink, instead. I didn't like how it turned out this time, either, so I decided to just alternate colors and do a half & half on my middle finger:

Uneven Phases )

conversely, I ADORED this next manicure.

I'd been messing around with incorporating black into the palette, while still keeping the pink front and center. I'd been thinking of it in terms of people we've lost to breast cancer, but in a moment of inspiration, I thought it could also refer, just as easily, to the darkness that surrounds you when you go through a cancer experience, even as a bystander. So I decided to do another riff on the Cloudy Day manicure I did on my Chicago trip. And it came out great!

Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul. )

Looking for inspiration, I'd googled "pink manicures" just to see what came up and I found this ombre manicure. The blogger had used stamping, but it would be just as easy to do actual dotting.

A Little Dotty. )

I decided to give each of the top coats I bought a week-long try out. I used INM Out the Door for this manicure. It's got approximately the same wet-to-surface dry time as Seche Vite, but it's a much thinner polish, meaning it doesn't feel as seamlessly smooth to the touch (I can still feel the bumps of the dots through it) and it doesn't dry as glassy-shiny. Still, I've been wearing this manicure since this morning, and there's no noticeable shrinkage at all. I definitely want to try it with a vegetarian polish like Zoya before I pronounce it my new favorite, but it's definitely impressed me so far.
imperfectlyperfect: A woman in a purple a-line dress (Clothes (purple dress))
I've gotten a number of new polishes recently and I took pictures of them and did some swatches on my fingernails, but trying to get that organized and written up (and failing at it) has been delaying me from posting ANYTHING, so I'm just going to post some manicures and then hopefully I'll get back to the swatch posts.

VERY IMAGE INTENSIVE. )
imperfectlyperfect: A woman with braided hair seen from above (Hair (braids))
So, after vowing that I was going to wear that Loki manicure into the dirt, it started chipping within a day. *sighs* O, Loki, I only want to love you.

Without any serious intentions of what I wanted to play with next, I decided to try out a newer polish I'd scored over the weekend, I Don't Give a Rotterdam, part of the 2012 Holland collection by OPI.

Ka-Pow! )

Today, I already noticed some shrinkage--one thing I've read and noted first hand about Seche Vite top coat is that it encourages shrinkage in a lot of polishes--and I was ready to keep experimenting.

However, today was a busy day and I didn't have a lot of time to devote to my nails, so I scrapped my initial, more complicated ideas for the day and decided to try out Orly's Mysterious Curse:

Curses, dots and dings. )
imperfectlyperfect: Nails painted black with shiny black tips. (Nails (black manicure))
My original thought about doing a Black Widow manicure was that I was going to try and do a tape off manicure where I put a red hourglass over a black nail (and I may do that at another time, because that just sounds cool) but at the last minute, I decided to try a half-moon manicure, something I've never done.

The Black Widow. )
imperfectlyperfect: Nails painted black with shiny black tips. (Nails (black manicure))
so, if Sunday was my Iron Man manicure and yesterday was, as [personal profile] embroiderama pointed out, my Hulk manicure, I decided to try and do Captain America today. I already had the PERFECT blue for it!

Captain America. )
imperfectlyperfect: A woman in a purple a-line dress (Clothes (purple dress))
I wanted to try out the Julep polishes in a more meaningful way, so today, I put on Popova.

Popova. )

Bottom line: I do love the color, but I don't love the polish.

I knew I wanted to layer another Orly Glam FX polish over it, Monster Mash.

Monster Mash. )

I was idly musing about how it might look with the matte top coat on when [livejournal.com profile] quietdiscerning told me to try it, so I did!

The Hulk. )

Bottom line: it's true, matte can make everything better!
imperfectlyperfect: Text: I like being weird. Weird's all I've got, that and my sweet style (Sweet Style)
I tried out Butter's Snog. It's a dark raspberry pink creme. I liked it fine. Like Slapper, it has a nice, smooth formulation, it's color true from bottle to nail, it dries pretty quickly and to a nice hard shine.

Snog. )

I was going to be wearing a red dress, so I decided to go with Cult Nail's Annalicious, a beautiful bright red with a lot of intense gold shimmer. The shimmer doesn't show up as well in the picture, but trust me it's there:

Annalicious. )

After failing with Orly's It's a Meteor layered over Germanicure, I wanted to give it another chance to shine and I thought it might go better against a brighter color, so I layered it over the Annalicious:

Iron Man. )

At lunch with the ladies, [livejournal.com profile] beanside & [livejournal.com profile] nilchance surprised me with one of the colors off my wish list, Sinful's Cinderella.

Cinderella, Cinderella, night and day, it's Cinderella... )

Unfortunately, we had crab legs for dinner, and cracking open the carpace was not so great for my manicure, so it only lasted a couple hours. Lesson learned.

When we got back home, I decided to try out a new polish I'd scored with the gals, Essie's Trophy Wife:

Trophy Wife. )
imperfectlyperfect: A woman holding a credit card; text: she had made yet another wise shopping decision (Another Wise Shopping Decision)
This is Germanicure. It's part of OPI's German Collection, and MY GOD, it is glorious!

Perfection in bottle form, i.e. Germanicure. )

Here's the thing about Germanicure. First of all, I've never seen a color quite like this. It's sleek and shiny, it makes my nails look longer than they are, and it's so elegant, I could die. Any brush strokes that show just give it a sort of woodgrain look that is flabbergastingly beautiful. I just have nothing bad to say about this polish.
imperfectlyperfect: Text: I like being weird. Weird's all I've got, that and my sweet style (Sweet Style)
When I saw Sinful's Rain Storm, through [personal profile] embroiderama, I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT. Sadly, I live in the Tattooine of the U.S. (if there is a bright, shiny center to the univere, I'm the spot that's furthest away from it), and it was just not to be found in Frederick.

But [personal profile] embroiderama to the rescue again! With hardly any pleading on my part, she agreed to check her local store and see if she could score me a bottle. AND SHE DID. \0/

(Seriously, I have been hanging out at my mailbox like a sad puppy, waiting for this mofo to show up)

Sadly, I forgot to get a picture before I'd blinged up my ring finger with Orly's Sashay My Way, but there's plenty of Rain Storm still showing. I thought about playing with the matte top coat again, but I felt like this manicure called out for that hard shine.

There's a Rain Storm Sashaying My Way. )
imperfectlyperfect: A woman in a purple a-line dress (Clothes (purple dress))
There are a lot of pictures today, mainly because today was a day I couldn't get anything right. Also: today was a pretty terrible day, which didn't help one bit.

Suzi Says Feng Shui, My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Can't Be Tamed, Matte About You, Bossy Boots, Frostbite, Spazmatic. )
imperfectlyperfect: Nails painted black with shiny black tips. (Nails (black manicure))
Okay, so I have to take back some of the bad things I've been thinking about Butter London. I still think $14 is a lot to pay for a single bottle of nail polish (I am cheap, this I know), but I have a better understanding of why people are willing to pay that much for Butter's products.

Which is to say, my order arrived today.
My Butters. )

Though Lady Muck was the color I was most looking forward to trying (I'm kind of obsessed with blue-greys right now), I ended up putting on Slapper, because I wanted to see how it would look, paired with another of the Orly Glam Fx polishes, Mermaid Tale.

Slapper. )

Slapper went on like a dream. A DREAM. The first coat was about as sheer as you'd expect, but so silky smooth and not at all streaky. I can't even explain how incredible the formula on this is, but the phrase 'like butter' takes on an entirely new meaning. The first coat dried in less than a minute. It was opaque on the second coat and it dried in only fractionally a longer time. I was ready for my topper in less than 5 minutes, I'd say. AMAZING!

Slapper with Orly's Mermaid Tale. )

I knew Mermaid Tale would be a similar color to Slapper, but I didn't realize how close until I layered it on. Mermaid was much easier than Be Brave or Sashay My Way; though a little clumpy (there's a LOT of glitter in the base), it flowed on pretty smoothly and the distribution of glitter was very even. I didn't have to dab or finesse at all. Just one coat and done.

Mermaid Tale lives up to its name, very aqueous, and the light green micro glitter looks like dots of phosporescence. The glitter effect is fairly subtle because of the similarity between the colors, but I find I kind of like it, because I keep getting pleasantly surprised every time I move my fingers and light flashes from them like emeralds. But I'm also interested to see how it will look with a more contrasting base polish.
imperfectlyperfect: Text: I like being weird. Weird's all I've got, that and my sweet style (Sweet Style)
This is going to be a really image intensive post. There has been a LOT of nail painting going on.

Green With Envy, Street Siren, Sashay My Way, Something Sweet, Lincoln Park After Dark & Be Brave. )

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