Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Polka Dots

Good morning polished world!  How are you all today?!  I'm doing swell!  If you read yesterdays post, you know that today's post was supposed to be a continuation of it.  Of course though, I destroyed that base with a lovely disasticure.  After another disasticure, I finally was able to come up with today's manicure for The Beauty Buffs.

Our theme today is polka dots!  Something which I love!  I can't tell you how much I love any form of dot manicures.  They're so versatile and can always create a statement, especially when part of a manicure.  I always think that they're a perfect accent to a kitchen sink manicure.

For today's design, I decided to do a festive Fourth of July kitchen sink manicure with a polka dot accent!  My polka dot's aren't your traditional dot design, but instead a zillion little dots mixed together on the nail.  It's still considered polka dots, right?

Let's take a look! 




Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Livingston
  • Zoya - Ling
  • FingerPaints - Paper Mache
  • OPI - This Crown Needs a Gown
  • FingerPaints - Red, White, and Hue
Only difference base wise between yesterday's manicure and today's is the middle finger!  Instead of using Zoya Ling on that finger, I went with OPI This Crown Needs a Gown with a top coat of the FingerPaints patriotic matte glitter Red, White, and Hue.  All kitchen sink manicures need a glitter accent of some sort, am I right?  I purchased Red, White, and Hue a few weeks ago at Sally Beauty during a BOGO along with Paper Mache.  I am so happy my neighbor noticed the display tucked away because I never would have seen it and would have missed out on such a great patriotic glitter.  It's a perfect polish also, not too much base, and not too much glitter.  It was just right and applied so evenly in one coat.  There was no need for manual placement of glitters, it all just fell perfectly!

Zoya Livingston and Ling are the perfect America Red and Blue shades.  Livingston is from the Cashmere collection last fall, and Ling is from the new Tickled Collection for the Summer.  Livingston is a close dupe of the Red My Lips by Sally Hansen I featured yesterday.  Both are crelly like and apply evenly in two coats.  If anything, the Sally is a microshade darker, but it's barely noticeable.  Regardless, I love how both shades match the matte glitter.



For the most important nail, the polka dotted one, I did a quick base coat of my new favorite white, Paper Mache.  When the base was dried, I used different sized dotting tools and applied red and blue dots all over the nails.  I create this look by starting off with the largest dots first, then going through and add the little dots after filling in any open areas.  I tend to get a little crazy filling in, but it's okay because it all ends up looking amazing.

What do you think?  Liking the patriotic kitchen sink manicure?  Are you a fan of polka dot accent nails sch as this one??

Don't forget to check out the other lovely Beauty Buffs posts!  Can't wait to see what everyone did!





This is going to be my last post before the Fourth of July, so to all my American followers, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday!  Please no drinking and driving or injuring your pretty polished hands in a fireworks accident.  Leave the fireworks to the professionals, please.

Until next time, <3.

**Some polishes in this post were provided for review.  Please see my disclosure policy**