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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Wedding Nails Recreated

Hi everyone! The manicure I have to show you today is quite special to me. This is what I recently wore for my first wedding anniversary...a recreation of my wedding nails! Because I didn't blog about it the first time, I thought now would be a good time to share with you. 

For my wedding last year I wanted to avoid the typical bridal, french manicures etc. Purple is my all-time favourite colour so it was an obvious choice for my wedding colour too. I decided to do something less traditional which felt more 'me'. 

Recreated Wedding Manicure - OPI Funky Dunkey, Rumples Wiggin & Planks A Lot - Red Dog Designs Custom

I wanted something special so I knew my friend Gina could help me out. Gina is the creator behind 'Red Dog Designs', one of my favourite indie brands. I love glitter polishes and Gina's are some of my favourites. Her polishes are always so sparkly and so well thought out and complex. 

I was thrilled when she agreed to make me a wedding day custom! I sent her a picture of my shoes as inspiration and trusted her to come up with the perfect polish. She did just that. 

Recreated Wedding Manicure - OPI Funky Dunkey, Rumples Wiggin & Planks A Lot - Red Dog Designs Custom

My custom is a blend of various shades of purple glitter in different sizes with the signature Red Dog holographic microglitter. 

I had a lot of trouble before the wedding trying to decide what base colour to wear underneath my custom but I kept coming back to the same few polishes. I ended up doing a gradient with them! 

I started out with a white base. Then I used OPI Funky Dunkey, Planks a Lot and Rumples Wiggin to create my gradient and topped with one coat of my custom and some topcoat. 

Recreated Wedding Manicure - OPI Funky Dunkey, Rumples Wiggin & Planks A Lot - Red Dog Designs Custom

I still love this manicure a year later and I feel like I will probably continue to wear it for our anniversaries. 

What do you think of it? What did/will you wear for your wedding manicure?

Red Dog Designs polishes can be purchased from the Red Dog Designs Store.
You can like the Red Dog Designs Facebook page to keep up with new releases and restocks! 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

OPI Sheer Tints - Watercolour

Hi everyone! I have a mani from the vault to show you today. I can't believe how long ago I did this mani and that I didn't get around to posting it before now!

Back when I got the OPI Sheer Tints collection I decided to play with them and do this manicure to get a feel for them. They are glossy, slightly tinted polishes which could be worn alone (though not my cup of tea) or used over different bases to tint the colour. I basically wanted them for nail art and layering like this though! I know this look has been done and varied a lot but I still enjoyed my take on it. 

OPI Sheer Tints - Watercolour

I used 2 coats of white polish and then added random swipes and spots of each of the 4 Sheer Tints (I'm Never Amberrassed, Be Magentale With Me, Don't Violet Me Down and I Can Teal You Like Me) making sure to overlap them in some places.

OPI Sheer Tints - Watercolour

The formula on these is a little thick but still easy to work with. I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat. I ended up wearing these for almost a week because they were so pretty! I definitely can see the Sheer Tints being very versatile. What do you think of them?