Monday, July 22, 2013

NOTD: Neon Tips


What better way to get back into blogging than by putting up a NOTD post?
To most it would probably be the worst way but to me, a self-proclaimed nail painting goddess (who am I kidding; I'm merely an egotistical enthusiast), it is the only way. In this skin cooking heat mixed with bouts of intense humidity we've been wading through this month I'm really not kidding every time I say I haven't done much in terms of makeup. Painting my nails, however, is a wonderful constant in my life even when the weather is far from.



Just like with my last nail art endeavor, this was a manicure inspired by Pinterest. And while it isn't exactly the same (it was much more subtle and 'elegant' looking with richer colors) I am thrilled with the outcome.
I have to be honest with you though: I was not thrilled with one of the polishes. 

If you remember waaaaay back when I've already given O.P.I.'s "Don't Pretzel My Buttons" a rave review so it should be pretty obvious that the bad polish in question is Color Club's "Reign In Spain".
I got this in my June Birchbox (last month) and was really excited to slap "Reign In Spain" on my nails because a.) I've had love affairs with multiple Color Club polishes in the past (here and hurr), and b.) the color is so unbelievably perfect for the summer. It is the definition of neon; brighter than a highlighter and blinding in certain lights (okay I exaggerated on the latter but at least you get my point).
Unfortunately the formula, unlike the color, just didn't perform for "Reign In Spain". It gets ridiculously gloopy and thick after application on each nail so you have to shake it (ferociously) at least 10 times to get your nails done.




Alas, I got my nails done and, like said, I'm so tickled with the result!!
If you've ever tried to photograph neon colors before though you can empathize with me when I say this manicure was impossible to photograph and get true-to-color. You'll just have to trust me when I say the slanted neon of "Reign In Spain" against the neutral backdrop of "Don't Pretzel My Buttons" is extremely eye catching and a treat to have on my tips.

Have you done any fun manicures lately?
Any luck with neon polishes (or is it a hue/color that's impossible to formulate well?)?
Do share!

xoxo - Cassie

16 comments:

  1. Okay, see this one? This I could do! I love the highlighter color of Reign in Spain but it's such a darn shame it was hard to work with! I'm going to go ahead and do this one instead when I'm done cleaning my house. I just need to find a highlighter bright neon! I see them all the time on blogs but can never find them myself!! BOO! Love the slanted design, Cassie! :D

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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    1. Haha yay I'm glad you're going to give this one a shot Jess! I hope it worked out :D And I know china glaze has a neon collection out right now if you want to nab some!!

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  2. GIRL you nailed that! Hehe pun intended. But seriously that nail look is insanely amazing! Come do my nails right now.

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. Lol beautiful pun Sarah. And thank you!! Glad you like it; I'll do your nails any time ;)

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  3. Love this! Regin of Spain is THE color I have been looking all over for and now I know it DOES exist.

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    1. If only it were formulated better :/

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  4. This combo looks absolutely great, I love it.

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    1. Thanks so much I'm glad you like it!!

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  5. cute design :)

    http://lifeslikearoadwetravelon.blogspot.com/
    x

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  6. Love that color club polish! This design is super cute :)

    http://yourbeautyfixreviews.blogspot.com/

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    1. Why thank you!! So glad you like it ^__^

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  7. I think you photographed your nails perfectly! The neon tips look so cool - I really love the colour combination with the super elegant neutral. It's like fashion for your nails since neon accents are so in (especially that yellowish-green colour). Sorry to hear the Color Club polish sucked - such a gorgeous colour wasted on a terrible formula :(

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    1. Thank you so much dear, you're so sweet :) Neon really is in haha I didn't even think about that! Glad to be trending though ;) And yessssss it was such a tragedy about the color club product *still weeping*

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  8. This looks great! I received the same color in my birchbox last month and thought it might be a little too bright to wear on its own, but really like the angled tips.

    It's too bad that you didn't like the formula though, I ended up ordering the Wanderlust set from birchbox that this polish is from and haven't tried it yet. Now I'm wondering if that was a waste.

    Deana
    TesoriBelle.com

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    1. So glad you like the look of this manicure and maybe got some good inspiration to use your bottle of "Reign In Spain" as well :) Hopefully your polishes that you bought don't have the same problem with consistency!! I've got my fingers crossed for you <3

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