Happy Monday all! I have some bad news . . .I had a bit of an accident the other day. I accidentally sliced my finger open cutting chicken the other night (ouch!) and the worst part about it is that it's my swatching hand!! I was in tears worried that it wouldn't heal itself and that I'd have a deformed finger for the rest of my life. Thankfully this isn't the case and after a few days of band-aiding and anti-bacterialling I am glad to say that my finger is (somewhat) back in business. So after getting sick of looking at my ugly 3-day-old manicured hand, chipping from the traumatic experience (if you follow me on twitter you may have seen the damage), I put on a cute colour to cheer myself up. Sweetpea from Australis. Now most probably don't remember one of my very first posts where I swatched and reviewed some blue polishes. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love this colour, but as you may have noticed, I have a tendency to favour brands, in particular OPI. I've just found the formula and collections to be so amazing that I can't stop myself from opting for an OPI. But I remembered this gem that some friends gave me for my 21st, along with a tiffany's necklace (the colour is very close to the tiffany's aqua blue - not quite as close as China Glaze's For Audrey but almost). Anyway, here's some swatches from today and I'll add in one from the first time I swatched it. Notice how short my nails were back then!!
today . . .
The last photo was for a bit of fun. I was trying to get creative with my photos and wanted to get an action shot of the polish dripping into the bottle. Haha. I'm always amazed at how polish ads and beauty articles seem to make the polish drip so well (I have an OPI poster hanging on my wardrobe that gets me every time). Managed to get the full effect of the drip here. Anyway moving on . . .
Now I couldn't just leave this gorgeous base colour with no art so I thought I'd have a go at some nail art I've been planning on trying for a while. I thought it only appropriate as "The Nail Trail" to try out a "Snail Trail". So being inspired by many other bloggers who have tried something similar with bees, flies, paper planes etc, I thought I would have a go with snails. Check it out:
Snail Trail Nail Art
I started off by painting a dotted, winding, trail with OPI's Peace Baby and then added a faint coat of Alpine Snow over the top. I then did the snail using a mixture of OPI's Green-wich Village and Mermaid's Tears for the body of the snail and then a mixture of Over The Taupe and Tickle My France-y for the shell. I then used You Don't Know Jacques for the swirl pattern on the snail's shell. I finished with two white dots for the eyes using Alpine Snow and then two black dots for the pupils of the eyes using Black Onyx. Overall very happy with how this turned out. I only wish it was a little easier to photograph (trying to show the trail matching up is difficult in these photos but I hope you get the jist.
Hope you're having a great day! Apologies again for the semi sliced middle finger. I really did try my best here to hide it as much as possible because I realise it's kinda gross. I look forward to full recovery soon and lots more swatches to come! Cya soon :)