So I needed a cute themed manicure that would still go with a dress I wanted to wear to my friend's wedding today (Congrats Emily!!). I didn't really want to match it to my dress because I didn't feel like doing a black and white floral pattern with bright pink to match my cardigan, PLUS having to take a picture of me in it. Basically, I knew I wanted a cute black and white funky french, polka dots, and little red bows and it was just a matter of finding something cute and fashion-y to base my vision off of!
CG's White on White
SOPI's What's A Tire Iron?
So, while this was inspired by this shoe, it
was done with appropriateness to the
special occasion in mind. It still went really nicely with my dress! I just did a straight-up solid application of the bright red I used
for the bows (Zoya's Sooki) on my other hand but couldn't get a very good photograph before the weather turned bad. Here's the link to a quick review post because hey, solid color application clearly counts as a swatch, even if it isn't documented at each coat.
Back to the my left hand (the one based off the shoe): While I worked darn hard on on the clean-up, my thumb's cuticle line was so stubborn (even after a hot shower). Also, my cuticles insist on being kind of dry here and there despite constant application of this cuticle oil I got from Sephora (by OPI) about a month ago. I've almost gone through the whole thing (with generous application):
While the reviews on the cite are largely positive (and it does smell great), it only sort of works for me. I think my thumbs just refuse to hydrate no matter what I do (this cuticle oil + VS hand lotion + prenatal vitamins), so I guess I'm in the market for some kind of crazy hardcore cuticle moisturizer.
Also worth mentioning: Blue Cross Cuticle Remover is amazing and I do notice a difference between that and this OPI cuticle oil in most of my nails... but big guns are still needed from somewhere for my needy, stubborn cuticles. :(