Pastel Prettiness NOTD

Now this is a super-easy, super-fast way to dress up your nails for a special event! Who doesn’t love a high-impact, easy-to-execute nail project? Fashion and beauty (me included) are having a love affair with pastels lately, so I decided to create a pretty little pastel manicure.

You will need:
* Five different pastel nail polishes
* Nail polish remover
* A Q-Tip to tidy with
* Clear top coat to finish

If you don’t have five pastel nail polishes (I didn’t, I only had four) but you’ve got a colour that’s close, add a bit of white nail lacquer to the polish and mix until it’s more pastelly. I mixed mine in the metal container from a tealight candle!

The colours I used were:
* Revlon Top Speed Pink Lingerie
* Revlon Blue Lagoon
* Sportsgirl Lace
* A peachy coloured Miki Mini (9155), and
* Revlon Top Speed Electric (which is a yellow that was far too bright, so I added some Face of Australia Cool Cotton to mix it up into a pretty pastel yellow)

Paint each nail a different colour. If you’ve got two colours that are similar, (for example: I had a pink and a peach) separate them. I put the pink on my pinkie and the peach on my thumbnail. Then tidy any messy over-paint on your fingers or nail bed with a nail polish remover-soaked Q-tip and finish with a clear top coat for long wearing pastel goodness. And voila!

Have you got a great easy-peasy way to dress up your nails? Please share!

Rosie xox

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Pretty in Pink NOTD

I’ve had Shellac on my fingers for about two and a half weeks, and as much as I love it, it’s so nice to finally have it off and to be able to play with all my pretty nail polishes again! Two new ones, which I haven’t had a chance to try yet, are Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Pink Lingerie and butter LONDON polish in Rosie Lee. My friend Sarah, of Hip & Haute posted a photo of a gorgeous pink mani with a pink glitter feature nail which inspired me to create this Pretty in Pink Nail of the Day.

Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel is wonderful! Being ridiculously time poor (like absolutely everyone seems to be at the moment) I love the fact that it dries so quickly. Pink Lingerie was a shade I picked up a few weeks ago and then promptly forgot about. When I rediscovered it yesterday I was delighted. The first coat was a little sheer and bumpy (I didn’t use a base coat, because I wanted to see how it fared on its own). But the second coat created a beautiful solid medium baby pink, and levelled out perfectly. It dries to a hard, glossy finish in under 3 minutes.

It’s a great shade for anyone, it’s not too bright, not too pale. I’d call it the perfect pink. I’m hoping that Revlon will continue to expand their Top Speed colour range, because I absolutely adore them. butter LONDON Rosie Lee was a polish I picked up about a month ago from HoneyHoney (after my love affair with Trout Pout convinced me I needed more butter LONDON in my life.) I saw a gorgeous pink glitter mani on Pinterest and when I found Rosie Lee the same day, it seemed serendipitous.

The fact that it’s (partly) named after me sated my Leonine self-absorption in a rather heady way as well. Rosie Lee is a gorgeous rose coloured glitter polish in a clear base. It reflects several different colours in daylight, including pale pink, sparkly gold and a deliciously deep rosie pink, despite (on closer inspection) being made up of only one colour glitter. On an unpolished nail, the glitter looks quite sparse and requires at least two coats to get a decent sparkle ratio going. On top of another polish, however, one coat will get you gorgeous glitter goodness and two will get you what looks like solid glitter coverage. It also dries fairly quickly. On top of my Revlon polish, it was solid in under five minutes.

 I am loving this mani! And I must say a big thank you to Sarah for the inspiration. I haven’t sealed it with a top coat yet, because I’m interested to see how long both polishes last. I usually go for simple one colour manicures, mainly because I’m not terribly coordinated, but the easy-peasy feature nail is a great way to add some interest to an otherwise simple colour. I can’t help flashing my hands and I feel wonderfully girly! I took a few shots in different lights so you can appreciate the prettiness of both lacquers.

So, are you a nail art ninja? Or do you stick to simple manicures? What’s on your nails right now? Let me know!
Rose xox

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