I have a Sunday ritual of relaxing and unwinding from a stressful week. In the months of September – April, it’s unwinding from the stress of school, and in the summer months, it’s the stress of work. I love taking my time washing and deep conditioning my hair, skin and, of course, nails. Don’t be confused, of course I paint my nails on other days as well, but I usually enjoy the process more on a Sunday (it must be psychological). I like to think of Sundays as “Spa-day”, and today was no different. I was thinking about it and I thought I’d show you what I did!
Interested in seeing what specific polish I used? Read more, my friend!
So, usually, I’m pretty boring. I’m terrible at nail art, and I usually don’t think of doing fancy or creative things with my nails. I’m serious, the most creative thing I do with my nails on a regular basis is have one accent nail.
However, lately, the creative juices have been flowing. I don’t know what it is, but I have been taking my nails to the next level.
You see, I am a nail polish hoarder lover, but I still always want more. In particular, there have been quite a few Essie shades that I have been lusting after lately. But, as I already have my fair share of polishes, I can’t go out and buy them without a) an extreme feeling of guilt and/or b) an extreme lack of money. So, I combine my creativity and lust and make my own polishes.
Wait, what!? Did you read that correctly? YUP! I make my own! I look at the polish I want, compare it to what I already own and find a combo that will get me to that colour. Depending on the complexity of the shade, sometimes it takes a bit of fiddling and a couple of trial runs, but trust me, it’s worth it.
So, this week, I was really wanting Essie’s Haute As Hello, which is described as a creamsicle colour. I love the way it looks in the bottle in stores and in the online swatches I have seen. Thus, I worked a little magic.
|Mixing palette, Essie Cute As A Button & China Glaze Peachykeen|
To cut to the chase, all I do to create my own polish is a put a couple of drops of each polish (today I used 2, but I have used up to 5 before) in my palette, then take a toothpick until it’s all mixed together. Then, I take an old nail polish that I don’t like, using only the brush, and apply it to my nails. Truth be told, though, you can apply the mixed colour with any nail polish, as most of the time, I wipe the applicator off when I am done applying.
Today, this is the colour I ended up with, and I have to say I love it. I don’t think it’s a close to Haute as Hello as I could have gotten, but I don’t really care. When you strike upon a colour as gorgeous as this one, you can’t mind.
|2 coats and it’s so pretty! (natural light)|
|Makes me want orange sherbert…*licks lips* (flash)|
What you need:
- A mixing palette (I got mine at IMATS last year, but you can pick one up for a good price at any beauty supply store)
- A toothpick (I’m sure you’ll be able to find one of these, but if not, a broken Q-tip or a small plastic spoon will work, too)
- Nail polishes of choice…
|China Glaze Peachykeen – a light peach colour (flash)|
|China Glaze Peachykeen (natural light)|
|China Glaze Peachykeen (natural light)|
|Essie Cute As A Button – a coral-y pink colour (natural light)|
|Essie Cute As A Button (flash)|
|Essie Cute As A Button (natural light)|
|Deep wells! Perfect for mixing!|
The details for this colour:
5 drops of China Glaze Peachykeen & 3 drops of Essie Cute As A Button per hand.
Et voila! You’re left with beautiful and unique nails! I guarantee you won’t have the exact same nail polish colour as anyone else!
Just as an FYI, I usually wait for my nails to dry (including top and base coats) and then I use some cheap disposable gloves with a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to remove the nail polish from the bottom of the pan. I find this method very handy and if you do it pretty soon after the nail polish dries, it’s super easy to remove!
The only bad part to this nail technique (if you can even call it that) is that you can’t ever duplicate the colour exactly, but you can always get in the realm.
But you know what, with the amount of moods I go through for nail polish and the amount of colours I want to apply by the end of the summer, once is enough for the next several weeks! 🙂
Alright! So, that’s it! My nail polish for the week! Please let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you want to see more of the same! Also, feel free to ask any questions or just say hi in the comments down below!
Thanks for reading!