Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Mani #1: Polka Dots... Mattified!

Hey guys!

I'm so sorry for not posting in so long! All of a sudden school got pretty hectic, and I have a big test on Hematology coming up next week. And, damn, blogging takes a lot of time and hard work! But I'm not going to give up, although posts may be more sparse than I would like. I have so much respect for all you ladies out there that write amazing posts and do awesome nail art on a consistent basis. Even though I've been preoccupied with school, I've still been doing my nails everyday, so I have a lot of pictures of swatches that I'll post soon.

Today, I want to show you my first Valentine's Day manicure! But first let me tell you about my dotting tools. I've been wanting dotting tools for a while, and on January 8 I finally decided to buy them (10 different sizes for only 6 bucks on Amazon!). After 3 weeks had gone by, I realized I still hadn't gotten them in the mail yet! All the while I was coming up with a bunch of polka dot mani ideas in my head, checking the mail everyday hoping a little package would appear in my mailbox. I think my roommate heard me talk about these elusive dotting tools everyday! But finally, on Monday, over a month after I had placed my order, I found a small little packet in the mail. I had almost given up hope and thought they were never going to come! But alas, they finally got here, and of course I had to use them right away!  

So today's post is of my first Valentine's Day nails using the much-anticipated dotting tools that I got. I think the polka dots actually came out pretty good for a first attempt, and you best believe I'll be featuring a lot of polka dots in the future. I love how easy the tools are to use, and there are so many different designs you can make! AH! STOKED!  

Click on the link below to see more pictures and a description!

For this manicure, I really wanted to use a nude background, I thought it would be a little more interesting than just using plain white.  I started off with 3 coats of OPI Samoan Sand (an awesome skin-tone nude) and waited for the base to dry. Then I used Zoya Shelby, OPI Mod About You, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the polka dots. 

My idea was to create a gradient of polka dots, from the darker pink to the white. On the nails, this didn't exactly translate how I wanted it to. I wanted the gradient to stand out a little more - I think I would have needed to use more and smaller dots to achieve the effect I had in my head.  Also, the nude background didn't look how I imagined. Zoya Shelby blended in with Samoan Sand and didn't really stand out, making the gradient look a little weak. 

But oh well, I still like how this manicure came out. It was simple and easy to do, which is always a plus. Here are my nails before I was completely finished with the look:

I added one coat of Essie Matte About You to make all my nails matte, and I definitely preferred it this way! It made things a little more interesting. Although, Samoan Sand mattified kind of reminded me of a band-aid, but I just tried to ignore that.

Valentine's Day is a really nice excuse for me to use pink polish, since it's not  a color I reach for a lot. It's nice to branch out once and a while though and see what I can create with pink!

So what do you guys think of this look? I can definitely improve on a lot of aspects of this manicure, but I won't be too hard on myself since it was a first attempt. Do you like to use dotting tools? Are you as obsessed as I am? I would love to see some polka dot manis that you other bloggers have created!

Happy almost Valentine's (or Singles Awareness) Day! Thanks for reading =)

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