Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Keep Calm & Stripe

This mani started off as something quick and simple I could knock up before bed. It turned out to take a fair while longer than anticipated and left me with a particularly shaky hand! I love mint and white together and have done some stripes with the same colour scheme before, here.

This time I used Rimmel - Keep Calm & Play* as the base mint shade, it's from their new Lasting Finish collection and it's gorgeous. The Keep Calm range is a mix of pastels and coral and has matching lip balms in bright colours. I think the collection is aimed towards a younger market but I love those types of shades so was pretty chuffed when Rimmel sent us out a sample. Although the formula isn't quite the same standard as the Rimmel Salon Pro polishes, it's still easy to apply and has their wonderful rounded brush!

On top of the mint base I added thin stripes using a Models Own nail art pen. This is the first time I have used a metal nibbed pen for a while, especially for an entire mani. It also may be the the first time I have drawn on stripes freehand with no tape or striping brush. It required a lot of concentration to get the lines straight and consistent, you also have to try to anticipate when bubbles might come through! 
This design was inspired by Boom Nails, I'm totally in awe of her detailed work where she takes a simple idea and makes it amazing!

I kept this mani on for work but was really disappointed when I woke up and it had yellowed massively. I'm not sure what caused it as I haven't had this issue with Seche or Rimmel before. I'm not sure if it was just something in the mix of the three polishes, has anyone else had this problem before?


1 comment

  1. Haha I read your first sentence about "a quick mani before bed" and I was like "huh how is this quick this looks like so much work"! Lol I often plan on doing something simple too and then it takes so much longer than I anticipated :) I love the mint and white, and I can't believe how tiny you were able to make the stripes Jo!


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