Without further ado...the lovely and talented Lauretta!!
A hearty "HELLO" to all readers and followers of Young Wild and Polished! I'm extremely honored and excited to be invited by the talented Nicole to contribute my first ever guest post on her lovely blog. I met Nicole through Twitter and her infectious
This post is somewhat unique. We are both participating in Breast Cancer Awareness 2012: Polish Us Pink, organized by The Subtle Shimmer. It is a collaboration between a group of nail bloggers (or enthusiasts on Instagram and Twitter) to post a pink manicure every Monday of the month in October.
This topic is close to both our hearts, especially so for Nicole. Through this collaboration, I came to know that her friend has breast cancer and is recently hospitalized. And Nicole herself has had a personal brush with the disease. I've witnessed a friend's mother lose her battle with breast cancer last year. So, all of us have banded together for a very good cause, in hope of spreading the awareness.
I tend to ramble.
My first pink manicure for #Polish Us Pink (the hashtag for Twitter and Instagram) features 2 contrasting pink polishes; a-england Iseult, a "delicate romantic pink with opalescent pearly reflection" and China Glaze Pom Pom, a medium dense mix of fine and small mauve pink glitter in a translucent pink base.
For the base, I used 3 coats of a-england Iseult, sans base or top coat:
Using a bubblegum-pink acrylic paint, I painted on the pink ribbon, a symbol for the cause:
You may be wondering why it doesn't look exactly like the pink ribbon in the BCA logo. Do read on.
To add some dazzle, I layered 2 coats of China Glaze Pom Po over the acrylic paint:
Here's another look at it outdoors, in the daylight:
The mani was finished with 1 coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top Topcoat. I've always found freehand nail art daunting, but I thoroughly enjoyed this mani. Please continue reading for the mystery of the other half of the pink ribbon. We'll get there pretty soon!
For those who would like to have information on breast cancer and related topics, Nicole will list the revelant organisations in the USA. I have similar information up on my blog for those residing in Singapore.
It's been a great pleasure guest-posting on Young Wild and Polished. Have a great start to the new week, lovelies!
A Lacquered Affair
Aw, yay...thanks Laur, you are such a joy!!
Ok so the rest of that crazy design!! Haha it will all make sense soon, I promise!!
So for my half of the mani, I started off with 2 coats of Essie Sugar Daddy, my favorite jelly pinky white color. It does require about 4 coats but let me tell you this baby is worth every second. It is such a classy gorgeous neutral!
Isn't she a treat? Everyone should own this baby!!
I then drew on my design with pink acrylic paint, as the talented Lauretta did. I forgot to take a picture of this step, so sawwy. But it looked similar to Laur's, except not as perfect. (hmm forgot to take a pic of the crappy step, does anyone buy this story?)
Finally I added some glitter...the best part!! Milani One Coat Glitter Pink Flare was my choice of poison. It was perfect for the look I was going for!
It's all coming together now isn't it?
AND FINALLY.......DRUMROLL PLEASE......
Forget this crap...I'm tooting my own horn...TOOT TOOT...and Lauretta's horn...TOOT TOOT TOOT TOOT. We done good right? Look how that baby matches up. I must say her side of the ribbon is fantabulous and mine is like the little sister hoping to be as good as her much cooler older sibling. Free hand is tricky but this one I really had a great time with!
Huge thanks to Lauretta for her brilliant idea and gorgeous design!! You rock girlfriend. My first guest blogger done good! How will I top this one?
Hope you guys enjoyed, I had a wonderful time with this mani and working with a great friend!
As always, Happy Polishing Loves!!