Monday, September 16, 2013

31DC2013 Day 3: Yellow Nails

I mentioned it last time, and I'll say it again now in the interest of full disclosure: I really don't like yellow. I think other people can look amazing wearing it, and I've seen it used brilliantly in professional decor, but I usually go to great lengths to avoid having it in my own wardrobe or decorations. I just think it looks terrible with my skin! But just for the 31 Day Challenge, I made a point of going out to find a yellow polish I could stand to have on my nails for any length of time. In the end, the winner was butter LONDON Jasper, and the manicure I came up with was... well, interesting:

My husband said it reminded him of a cartoon turtle or dinosaur, and honestly, I think that's a pretty fair assessment. After I got the base of Jasper applied and dried (and it covered beautifully, as you can see, especially for a light colored polish), I added butter LONDON Slapper to the tips using striping tape and to the cuticle line using a dotting tool. The overall effect is definitely not a subtle one! If I had it to do over I'd probably leave off the dots, or maybe do something different at the cuticle, but... oh well. What're you gonna do. :) I'm glad to have Jasper in my collection now, though, for those rare occasions when I need a nice, soft yellow. I may even use it again in another 31DC manicure this year—I have a few ideas already!

Another note about this manicure: since I knew I wouldn't be wearing it for very long, I topped it with Seche Vite to get it dry as fast as possible. And while it did dry super quick, I ended up having the same problem I always do with Seche Vite: within a few hours of these pictures being taken, my polish started severely shrinking up away from the edges! I'm so envious of people who don't have this problem with the Seche Vite top coat because if it weren't for that issue, I would use it all the time.

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