Monday, March 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Manicure

Somewhere halfway through the day I decided to change my subtle St. Patricks's Day manicure to something a bit... greener. Since I didn't have much time to work on it, I opted for one that was quick and simple...

The base of the manicure is Color Club Wild Cactus from the Fiesta collection released this spring. It is a beautiful deep green cream with a hint of blue. The formula is smooth and creamy making application easy. The color is very pigmented and it can be used at just one coat for full opacity. I used two coats anyway as that is my preference. Because it is so pigmented it works well for stamping as you can see in this first St. Patrick's Day manicure. Swatches are without a top coat...

Swatch Details
Brand: Color Club
Collection: Fiesta, Spring 2013
Color Name/Number: Wild Cactus, 984
Number of coats: 2
Top Coat: No

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

On top of Wild Cactus, I added a layer of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. This shade is released once a year for St. Patrick's Day by Sinful Colors. It usually sells out quickly and after missing out on it last year, I was finally able to snatch up a bottle and try it out for myself. I can't say that I incredibly impressed with it. The flakes are mylar and a bit stiff, so in some spots they would stick up off the surface of the nail, driving me absolutely crazy. This is just one coat of Green Ocean plus a top coat...

On closer look, it appears there is glitter in here in addition to the mylar flakes. It is pretty when everything lays flat...

Swatch Details
Brand: Sinful Colors
Collection: Go Green
Color Name/Number: Green Ocean, 220
Number of coats: 1
Top Coat: Yes

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

As a small accent. I added a Shamrock made out of four rhinestone hearts. That may have been my favorite part of the manicure. Since I was worried about loosing the hearts I attached them with nail glue and they easily lasted the rest of the day...

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. This is so cute! What a creative mind!
    Love this Wild Cactus, what a perfect green!

    Have a great week!

  2. Fun layering! I also thought about using the heart rhinestones and it really looks awesome!

  3. I sued Green Ocean for my St. Patty's Day mani too and I am seriously in love with it. Can't wait to try it over dark blue and black.

  4. Green Ocean is kind of a pain to use and wear sometimes but you made it look like a piece of cake! aside from black this is definitely the best color i've seen it worn over!

  5. I like the subtle flakey look :). If you have zoya opal its very similar tot he mylar in green ocean and its been easy for me to work with. I dont have green ocean so i cant compare but side by sides are near dupes of the flakes.

  6. gah, it's "Paddy", NOT "Patty" :P

    Cool green, though.

  7. This is so adorable and came out so well!

  8. @Giovanna, thank you so much! I'm so glad that you like this green :)

    @Freshie, thank you! It is such an easy way to create a cute shamrock! You should try it for sure :)

    @Ameerah, I bet it would look gorgeous over both of those :)

    @Gnarly Gnails, I was so frustrated at the mylar flakes... I think I only ended up with a few on my nails which is why it looks smooth :)

    @Polished Pisces, I don't have the zoya one to compare. The color might be the same, but I'm hoping the zoya one as you said is easy to work with!!

    @purple_rain... Opps... I always thought it was Pat as short for Patrick and assumed it was Patty. I stand corrected :)
    I'm glad you like the green!

    @Ami, thank you so much! :)


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