Monday, February 14, 2011

Cutesy Valentines Mani!


Let me just say - I love Valentine's Day. I love LOVE. I love it in all of its cheesy glory!!

Onto the manicure...

Once upon a time I got some really cute heart sequins/glitters as a swap extra. I thought they were adorable, but I waited until the right time to use them - Valentine's Day was obviously going to be that perfect occassion! I wanted to do a mani that was festive, but not overly 'themed' because I was going to wear it for a little while. So I chose a soft pink manicure with a heart-themed accent nail.

This is the result!


The non-sequin nails are Essie Put A Ripka Ring On It - which is my absolute favourite opaque baby pink creme - 2 coats to creamy goodness! The formula has specks of what is supposed to be diamond dust in it - but it basically looks like the sparsest glitter on the planet. So sparse that you never see it unless its in the bottle...and even then...ehhhhh.... So that was a gimmick, but I adore Judith Ripka jewelry, and the colour and application of this are absolutely divine! Even though I own so many polishes, this is one bottle I'm already halfway done with.

On my thumbs I did several coats of Essie Mini How High and put the hearts over that. Initially I wanted to layer the hearts over each other to cover the whole nail, but they were too thick to do that, so I ended up just scattering them over top. I think it looks pretty cute, and the hearts reflect irridescent purple/blue/green in the light!

I hope all of you enjoy your Valentine's Day - and celebrate the love you give and receive in all of its forms! Did you/are you going to do a themed manicure to celebrate?

kittytokaren


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19 comments:

Trincess said...

this is beautiful! =D adorable =)

Cherry Pullinger said...

Cute Valentines nails!

Morgan said...

So cute!! I love valentine's day too!! and that pink is gorgeous:)

kelliegonzo said...

aww that is cutesy :)

Sia said...

Love,love,love!! x

Ha Bisky! Nails said...

This is adorable!!

kittytokaren said...

@Trincess - Thank you! :)

@Cherry Pullinger - Thanks friend!

@Morgan - I'm glad someone else loves Valentine's Day!! :)

@kelliegonzo - Hehe yes its almost too cutesy!

@Sia - Thanks my friend!

@Ha Bisky! - Thank you!

k2k

Grace said...

That is adorable. I love it! I've got an interview today/tomorrow, so I'm rocking another neutral. Sand Tropez. A little streaky but after 3 coats, I really like it. It's like body language and playa del platinum had a baby. Not exactly festive, but a great polish.

Martha said...

I absolutely love this! Adorable.

Jenny$1983 said...

Oh that is lovely! Last year I did an ombre manicure (to use as many of my pink polishes as I could since I don't wear them!) with some Konad stamping but this year I did a Black Swan themed mani because I was going to see it last night (ManGlaze Mayo with Color Club Explosive on ring fingers and Barry M Instant Nail Effects over it all) and I like it so much I don't want to change it for something I probably won't even like that much, I'd just be doing it for the sake of a theme! That was a long sentence, I do apologize ;D

Lily nail said...

cute :)

Lesley said...

such a cute idea! not OTT at all which is rare for a V-day mani! :)

coffretgorge said...

i love it! very sophisticated but still festive! :) yes, i did a V-day mani hahaha

paint that nail said...

That is so cute!! I have never seen that with just hearts, I have with rhinestones though. So creative! :)

Zara said...

That's adorable!

kittytokaren said...

@Grace - I just got Sand Tropez and I'm concerned about how its going to look on my skin, so I'm glad to hear that you love it!

@Martha - THank you! Adorable is a good word :)

@Jenny - I like the sound of your ombre manicure! As well as the Black Swan mani - the nail effects seems like a perfect choice for that theme! And yeah if you aren't going to like a v-day themed mani, don't change the one you love!

@Lily - Thanks!

@Leslie - I'm so glad you said that - its exactly what I was going for!

@coffretgorge - What did yours look like??

@paint that nail - Ahh yes the Katy Perry-style rhinestone mani! I wanted to do that with the hearts and cover the whole nail, but they were too thick :(

@Zara - Thank you!

k2k

Honey_lili said...

sooo cute ! and that polish is perfect ! I was looking for a work appropriate polish and this one must be it, thanks ;)

kittytokaren said...

@Honey_lili - Thank you! I think it is definitely work appropriate! :)

k2k

Lucy said...

This is such a sweet manicure! Love those hearts. I was really disappointed with the Judith Ripka polish. I saw them swatched and I didn't order them. I thought since they contained diamond dust that they would be special. I like her jewelry also.

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