imperfectlyperfect: A dark-skinned laughing woman in lipstick (Cosmetics)
I had an inspiration picture for this one, but the manicure I made ended up looking almost NOTHING LIKE the inspiration picture, except that they both involve circles.

This is the picture I started with.

Now let's look at what I did:

We go in circles. )
imperfectlyperfect: A woman in a purple a-line dress (Clothes (purple dress))
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Though I don't honestly expect that I'm going to raise anyone's awareness, I decided I wanted to try and do a month's worth of pink manicures. I don't know if I'll succeed, but just the action of doing it has given me a sense of comfort and solidarity.

Six Days of Pink. )

I feel like this project is being good for me in a few different ways. I do have a feeling of connectedness, of being part of something larger that I don't think I've ever had, in relation to cancer. I spent a lot of my cancer time defining and having illuminated all the ways I was RADICALLY DIFFERENT from everyone else, both in how I dealt with my cancer and in how the various medications and side effects affected me. So this is a new thing and it's a...IDK. A reminder that this is something that has affected me, at a very personal level. And then, at the other end, it's something very life-affirming and creative, to bring beauty out of something that has otherwise affected me so negatively. It's a mental exercise to work with a single color (albeit in many shades) and come up with something different each time. Like I said above, I don't know if I can realistically come up with 31 different pink manicures. But I will enjoy the hell out of trying.

"I was very against pink and purple when I was young, because they were girls' colors. But that was only because I didn't want people to write me off for what I can do. When I got into my 20s, I decided that was stupid. " ~Danica Patrick
imperfectlyperfect: Nails painted black with shiny black tips. (Nails (black manicure))
This is an old post now. I had it 90% written and then I got too lazy to upload the pics and post. Or, well, lazy and the fact that I have a cold that is sucking all the life from me. So, okay.

After seeing a swatch of Sally Hansen's Xtreme Color in Ivy League on a friend, I decided I had to try that color out RIGHT AWAY, since I already have it.

Well. I got the first coat on okay and I was waiting for the second coat to dry when I had some kind of crazy tremor in my hand and completely fucked it up. I mean, completely. Exasperated with myself, I took it all off and tried again.

I'd just put the second coat on my left hand when The Husband emailed and asked me out to lunch. It was all still totally wet, because this is NOT a fast-drying polish. So, it all got screwed up again, and it never dried enough to take a picture.

So here's the thing: the color on Ivy League is GORGEOUS. It's a pale, metallic green, like a peridot. It looks amazing. But. The polish is INCREDIBLY slow to dry. I think it is probably my slowest drying polish to date.

It's one thing for polishes to dry a little (or a lot) slowly on the second coat, but Ivy League is slow to dry even in the FIRST coat, which is just kind of a deal breaker for me. And, because it's so slow to dry, it got very bubbly. So, after the second time it all got messed up, I decided fuck this for a game of soldiers, and decided to try something else.

I'd been eyeballing China Glaze's Trendsetter in my box for a while now; it's a dark yellow/gold polish in the bottle and I suspected it wouldn't look very good against my yellow skintone. I'd gotten it as part of a collection purchase; it probably wasn't something that I would've bought on my own. But, since I had it and as long as I was just fucking around anyway, I decided, why not?

Well. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Strictly in the bottle, I feel like it's one of those colors that's so ugly it might go round the bend back into repulsively interesting?

On the nail, my first thought was Harvest Gold, a color I've always liked considerably less than that other staple of the 70's, Avocado Green. And, as I suspected, it didn't really look great against my already yellow skin. Once on, it made me feel like I had a severe smoking problem. So, after snapping a quick pic (this is just after 1 coat), I took it all off.

Yellow Blues. )

Today was really not my day and I maybe/probably should've just said fuck it and not bothered to try again, but I'm stubborn. So the next polish I picked out was another one I'd been dying to try as soon as it showed up.

There are certain shades I've been looking for from the start. I want a nice, true red creme, I want to find the perfect gray-blue/cadet grey, and I'm looking for a specific kind of purple.
But all the purples I'd found so far were too dark and/or too dusty or too red, or otherwise not-right. Until this one.

It's another color I couldn't get to photograph well; I've noticed the pictures I take with my phone tend to tinge a little blue, and, consequently, all the pictures came out very blue, but let me assure you, this polish is NOT blue. It's an amazing, almost GLOWING grape purple. It's so utterly amazing; of all the polishes I have that haven't photographed true, this is the most vexing, because it's such a lovely, LOVELY color. I keep saying, "This is the purple of my HEART!" And it is.

The Purple of My Heart. )
The formula is smooth and easy to apply with solid coverage. It's a little sheer, even after 3 coats, but not unacceptably so. It's just perfect

In the meantime, I also decided it was time to redo my toes (my toes and my fingers never match) So, if you can stand to take a look at my ugly foot, here's Essie's Coat Azure. Excuse the mess; I hadn't cleaned up my toes yet.

ALSO A POLISH MADE OF LOVE AND SUNSHINE. I have to repeat how impressed I am with Essie as a brand. Their polishes are so amazingly consistent in how well they apply, the trueness of the color, opacity, how long they last. If I was going to cleave to a single brand, that brand would be Essie.

This little piggy. )
Coat Azure is the closest I've come to the blue-gray of my dreams, though it's not quite there yet. It's very blue, but it's got a kind of bruised storm cloud quality to it that I really love. It feels very classy and elegant and I find myself wishing I had a pair of peep toe pumps to properly show it off.

So, my Julep polishes have arrived (and I'm PLEASED AS PUNCH with them so far!) and I purchased another collection, so hopefully I will post about those soon.
imperfectlyperfect: Nails painted black with shiny black tips. (Nails (black manicure))
I'm at the stage in my cycle where my nails turn brittle and break off. Always such fun! And I mean that, sarcastically. My favorite nail (is it weird that I have a favorite nail? I usually suck at favorites, but I have a favorite nail) broke today, so I bit the bullet and chopped them all off.

The one skill that I do not have, that I really need to work on is learning to file my nails. Or really, learning to shape my nails, since I can get them smooth, I just can't get them even and in the shape I would like. My nails are fortunately, given the current trend toward square nails, naturally pretty square but all nails could use a little shaping as they grow out, or when they get cut or broken, and I suuuuuck at it. Just really, truly suck at it. To a point where I actually considered making a manicure appointment today, just so I could have a pro file and shape my nails. *facepalms*

That didn't happen, though, and I sucked it up and did my best with what I got. Today's nail color was selected by a random number generator from the list of 86 polishes I have not yet tried and it is Roman Gelato, by Pixel.

Big pics & review under the cut. Say hello to my little friends! )

I really do have some more serious posts I want/am trying to write, but so far, most of my write-fu has gone into trying to write this novel and when I've tried to muster my higher thought function, it's been less than lucid. Whereas talking about the silly colors I put on my nails is blithery fun.

I need to find another nail icon. Hmmm.

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