Friday, March 28, 2014

The Lacquer Legion: Lucky

It's the last Friday of the month, so it's time for another Lacquer Legion manicure! This time around the ladies who run the challenge chose "lucky" as the theme, and after thinking about it for a little bit, I decided to attempt a more personal take on this prompt than I have for the previous challenges.

I know this manicure probably looks like it's better suited for Valentine's Day than for a March "lucky" prompt, but bear with me: this little glass heart is actually my lucky charm. It's not something I carry with me every day (partly because women's slacks just don't have pockets often enough, grrr!), but I always make sure to grab it when I'm feeling like I need a little something extra to face the day.

It's not just a little trinket I picked up randomly, though. My husband gave it to me years ago, back when we were still newly dating. So to be completely honest, it's not that I feel like this heart brings me luck, exactly—it's more that when I look at it, I'm reminded how lucky I already am to have found someone so wonderful to spend my life with.

The manicure I created to go with this heart is actually pretty simple: it's a base of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Punch Drunk with stripes of Zoya Purity and butter London Queen Vic applied with a striping brush. I know the obvious choice to mimic blown glass would probably have been a water marble, but I wasn't confident in my ability to capture the stripes properly that way, and they're really what stand out to me most about this little heart.

I don't have too much practice yet with fine line work, but I still pretty happy with how my stripes turned out. You can tell that by the ring and pinky fingers I was starting to get the hang of things more because my lines are a lot cleaner.

The other challenge with this manicure was photographing it! I typically put on lotion right before taking my nail pics to make sure my cuticles look as nice as possible, but I vastly underestimated the difficulty of holding a small, very smooth glass object with lotiony fingers while also trying to position everything optimally for a picture. It was no easy feat!

Anyway, that's my "lucky" story—thanks for looking! And thanks to the Lacquer Legion ladies for another great prompt.


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