11/06/2011

9th We love jewellery~ Reverse French

Hi, everyone~ I'm back again. Today I'd like to show one design, which involved lots of my 'innovation', haha~ But still inspired by Japanese magazine:



And below is my result:



I shoot the photos under sunset, so the color look kinds of weird, somewhere red and somewhere greenish. Actually the reason I didn't completely copy the original piece is that I didn't have enough small crystals. :p Anyway, I quite like the outcome, it look much better in person.


The nail polishes I used:
OPI Nail Envy Maintenance: as always, base coat
ESSIE Petal Pink: perfect for french manicure, very watery and slightly sheer. It needs 3 coat to get full coverage, and the color comes out will a little paler than your natural nail. 
DIOR Black Plum #981: this is one of my favourite shade (notice, I said 'shade'). I hate the quality, not durable, not glazed, yet very pricey. I bought this bottle purely because of the shade. The shade is deep plum/purple, look perfectly elegant and noble. It's more purple and lighter, comparing with Chanel #18. But when layering both of them in thick coats, they are almost identical.
MAVALA Colorfix: I saw the reviews in mua and impressed by the durability of this top coat. However the actual effect is quite disappointing. It dry super slowly, and only can layer it after the colored nail polish completely dried up. Hence, there is a lot of waiting. And the worst is: no significant difference at durability, peering with Seche Vite. What?! After all that dreadfully waiting? It really pissed me off, now I used them as glue to adhere crystals and beads, bla bla bla...
SECHE VITE dry fast top coat: as always, top coat.


Other materials and tools:

Heart shape and square shape acrylic crystal, 2.5mm clear crystals, 1.5mm clear AB crystals, 1.5mm half-ball pearl, and 1mm silver beads. 
In terms of beads, there are 2 kinds of beads on ebay. They are made in different materials and with very distinct quality. The first type: made in clear glass or plastic, with silver or gold plate, also available in various color, e.g. pink, purple, black, blue, etc. They are very light in weight, with irregular shade (like eggs) and size (some really small and some much bigger). And the plate always goes off in 24hrs, disregarding you layer a thick topcoat on them all not. You should totally avoid using these beads.
The second type is made in metal, only available in silver and gold. They are in perfect round shape, usually larger than the former and much heavier. And the best, their plate won't come off. Maybe gold beads will fade in a week, while silver beads does not fade at all. Their price may be a little higher, but for the superior quality, you definitely should go for it.
The way to identify them is check out the zoom in photo, the metal beads will lie in order even in the container. And another way is asking the seller. If the seller lie to you and make you receive those inferior one, paypal/ebay will give you justice. So no risk at all.
Tools: dotting tool, and super fine nail paint brush. I purchased the brush form Sasa in HK, maybe sasa.com have them. These brushes are crazy, you can see in the photo, even finer than the head of gel pen... And the price is adorable as well, approximately $5 for 3 pcs.


OK, back to the topic. The steps:
 1. two coats of ESSIE petal pink.


 2. Use super fine brush to line out the bounder.


 3. 2 coats of DIOR black plum at the top area.


 4. place the main stone in the centre of arc.


 5. place pearl and clear AB crystals rotarily.


6. place beads around the crystals, and layer top coat. Done~


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