As I wrote yesterday, the weather here has been dreadful. If it isn't raining, it's snowing (in APRIL!). It has put me into a bit of a funk. As a result, I thought I would brighten up an awesome platinum colour with these bright polkadots. But I ran into a bit of a problem. For the past three weeks I've been on the hunt for a set of dotting tools. In the end, I never did find any. I've tried Sally Beauty, Trade Secrets, Shoppers, and even Michaels. If anyone knows of somewhere to buy dotting tools in Canada, please let me know! Anyways in the end I got creative and used the plastic end of a bobby pin and I think they turned out quite nicely.
As a base colour, I used two coats of Essie's Playa Del Platinum. It's from the Resort 2010 collection. It's a grey-beige blend rather than a pure grey. The uniqueness of this colour is what originally brought me to buy it. It truly is a warmer grey. Then I used four colours for the polkadots. Firstly, I used Essie's E-nuf is E-nuf. This creamy coral is a great punch of colour. Then I used Essie's Turquoise and Caicos. This Tiffany box turquoise colour was also released as part of the Resort Collection in 2010. For the third set of polkadots, I used Essie's Splash of Grenadine. Again, this colour was a part of the Resort Collection in 2010. As you can see, this was one of my favourite collections that has been released so far. Splash of Grenadine is a wonderful mix of lavender and pink. Alone, this colour almost makes me look like I've got some colour (which is far from the case). I can't get enough of how it's not quite a true purple nor is it a true pink. Splash of Grenadine is truly lovely. The final colour used for the polkadots was Essie's Over the Edge. This gunmetal grey has a nice hint of sparkle. As described by Essie, it's "a dramatic metallic midnight silver". I couldn't have described it any better. I like how it's not just a flat black, rather it's quite a dramatic grey.
Overall, I love how this manicure turned out. This was my first attempt at polkadots and I'm sure I'll get better. Are any of these colours staples on your nails? Do you use any other home-made tools to polkadot? If so, which ones?
Keep those fingers pretty!