Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Purple Curtain

Hi ladies,

I have a lovely polish from Diamond Cosmetics to occupy us until I receive the new Spring colors. I am so very excited for the package to arrive this week! Hi Ho Silver is a melding of lavender and grey into a pearl finish. There is a slight pink flash I find captivating. I wore this polish for three consecutive days. I am besotted.

With Cover Girl Amethyst Mist, I created a funky french. I formed a border with my favorite Art Club striper, Hologram. The effect is most apparent in the full hand picture where the arch of the smile line is clearest. Hand positioning while holding a polish bottle can make some of the stripes appear alternately straight or angled. In reality, each is curved. The manicure makes me think of elegant drapery viewed by candlelight. I am reminded of this line from Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven: And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain...

I also think of grand ballrooms in period movies where the windows are dressed with as much ornamentation as the ladies dancing. That is our bit of whimsy for the day.

Hi Ho Silver has a certain frostiness that brings visible brushstrokes. How wonderful that the formula allowed for multiple sweeps of the brush with the same coat! There is ample opportunity to perfect the application even if mistakes are made initially. The pearl finish shows far less brushstrokes than a frost. I found Hi Ho Silver completely manageable to apply. Those who fear formulas that show brushstrokes should not be concerned with the usual issues. I was also amazed how the color was opaque in two coats.

Amethyst Mist is a versatile glitter topcoat. It works well as a subtle french and can also add sparkle to the entire nail while not overpowering the base color. At the time of this post, I noticed the Cover Girl glitter topcoats were on clearance at Rite Aid. I have each of them and I would recommend them for purchase.

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. Missed you! I really enjoy your posts. This manicure is lovely.

  2. This mani is so beautiful, you always have the prettiest manicures!

  3. This is so special ! I love your idea for this mani and it turned out beautiful :-)

  4. this is such an awesome idea! You are so very creative! I love it!

  5. I love your creations i'm inspire now =D

  6. This beautiful! I love the thin striping.

    So excited for Diamond's Spring collection. I am in love with their polish!

  7. Beautiful!
    I see more Diamond Cosmetics polishes in my future!


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