Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sally Hansen ~ Scarab - featuring The Beetles



Sally Hansen ~ Scarab

This mani is special because it made me step outside my comfort zone.

It all started out with two layers of Sally Hansen “Scarab”. Scarab is a duochrome shimmery polish that shifts between blue and green. I like this! The polish is easy to work with and has very good pigmentation. Drying time is pretty average.

Here’s what two coats of Scarab looks like, with a layer of NYC fast drying top coat over:


I looked at it for a little while, considering what to do with it, when it struck me: Why not try and make the colours of a pretty beetle?

I used a make up applicator to sponge across my nails. I used Chatte Noire #709, which is a beautiful green/gold duochrome. I got it in a swap with sweet Anastasia from Little World of Coloured Nails.

Here’s that step: 


Then I grabbed one of my new polishes, namely Sally Hansen’s “Gilded Lily”, which is a gold glitter. I’m so not into golden polishes, but I’ve been eyeing this since they put it in the display in my local drugstore. And I bought it because it’s nice not to limit yourself colourwise :)

I used the same applicator to sponge on a thinner band of gold across the band that I’d already sponged. I am quite impressed with this golden glitter – it’s definitely a win to have a polish like this!

 
Then I mixed a couple of drops of Scarab with a couple of drops of Gilded Lily on a piece of plastic and used the same applicator to sponge on the mix over the existing band of polish. I did this to make it all come together. Scarab isn’t quite golden enough to pull off this mani, so I thought I’d help it a little bit.


Here’s another picture of the finished mani:


And the bottle shot:


I like the look of beetles; I think most of them have really amazing colours.
What do you think? Are you a beetles fan? ;D

10 comments:

  1. ohhh so many pretties in this amazing manicure! They're looks very nice together! I like beetles and I became a fan of them last month :)

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    1. I was happy to use these three pretties in a mani altogether, and I really like the end result! :)

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  2. i love what you did here! i really need to see if i can find those sally hansen lustres.

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    1. I got this one in a swap with a US girl, so you definitely should be able to find them :)
      And thanks! x

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  3. This is so pretty! The color combination is genius! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. You don't know how happy I am to hear that!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much. It's a different colour scheme than I'm used to, but I like it :)

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  5. These look great! And I love how beetles look in like photos. In real life they all look squished.

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    1. That's a really good point. Beetles often look really great on photos! :)

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