Sunday, January 27, 2013

Retro-mani with black and white dots


Red Retro  
Back to another decade

I feel like doing manis where I don’t review the polishes I use. I will write what I think of them and state how the formula is and drying time and all that, but sometimes it’ll be more ‘for the record’, than a real review.

I’ve actually done this design before, but it’s been a while, and I had already decided that I wanted to do it again. It’s a retro mani – reminding me of old wall paper :)

I started out with two coats of NYC “Penn Station”. It’s a bright shimmery red. I used two coats for this mani, but if I ever should want to wear this polish on its own, I’d definitely go for three. Drying time is fantastic; it dries really fast.

Here’s the polish on its own:


It’s pretty, but I want glitter. I applied one coat of OPI DS Bold. It’s pinkish and silver glitter in a red jelly base, and it’s from autumn 2011. 

Here’s that step:


Then I used two stripers from Claire’s: A black and a white. I made stripes alternately on each nail. I started on my middle fingers and worked my way out. I ended up with nails looking like this:


I used Essence “Ahoy!” from 50’s Girls reloaded collection, and Essence “Black is back”. They are just plain white and black crèmes. I dotted white polish on the white lines and black polish on the black lines. Easy peasy, Lemon squeezy. Here’s that step:


And then I dotted white dots onto the black, and black dots onto the white, and after a layer of Poshé top coat my mani was done:


It’s quite retro-ish, don’t you think?


Here is a pic of the stack of polishes I used. I could have used the two way nail art polishes to make dots with too, but I find it much easier to make it look neat with an ordinary dotting tool.


I can feel that I’m getting a bit better working with both hands, so that both sets of fingernails look equally good. In the beginning I was very shaky, and couldn’t quite place the dotting tool where I wanted to, but I could really feel today that it’s become much, much better! I guess practice is what it takes…

I think this is exceptionally cool! This is the type of mani I don’t want to take off again!! But hey – enough about me: What do you think of this?

24 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much, that makes me so glad!! :)

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  2. I think it looks super pretty! :)

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    1. Thank you for always being so sweet! :)

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  3. Det ser super fedt ud! Yvonne fra Olsen banden ville elske de negle :)

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    1. Jeg er fan, så det passer mig glimrende!! :)

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    1. Thank you - mission accomplished then :D

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  5. Such a cool look! I am loving DS Bold....of the Valentine design ideas! :)

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    1. I looked at DS Bold for a *long* time before I gave in a bought it. Now I'm happy to have it :)

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  6. A true retro mani for sure - lovely retro colors too :)

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    1. Thank you :) I'm so pleased with this look! :)

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  7. oh i really like what you did here! i need to try this pattern, very cool!

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing this design on your nails too! :)

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  8. I really love it! I'm going to have to give this pattern a try :)

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    1. Please do! I'm looking forward to seeing it! :)

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  9. I love the end result! It's so retro and fun! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thank you so much - I feel the same way :)

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  10. I have seen this look before and have always wanted to try it and then I forget about it!!! I love this!

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    1. Me too! I'll do it again with other colours to see if they rock too!

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  11. Love this! Although I have never tried it it's one of my fav retro looks!

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