Monday, February 22, 2010

Baby's Breath

Hello ladies,

Hot Lips from Diamond Cosmetic's Spring Collection is electrifying my nails today in neon pink. This shade is certainly eye catching. I received four compliments when out running errands.

When I first removed the bottle of Hot Lips from the shipping box, it reminded me of the 1980s. Much of my childhood was spent in that decade. I was thinking of the prevalence of bright fuchsia in make up and fashion. I also remembered the baby's breath flowers that bloomed in the back corner of my yard. I loved touching the tiny white flowers. They seemed like lace, growing out of the earth.

I stamped the flowers in white pearl special polish from Konad plate M24. I added the pearls to balance the gentle blossoms with the bright background.

Hot Lips is a fussy diva polish, as most neons are. There is a way to circumvent this. I started with two coats of Diamond Cosmetics Super Base. This product is a ridge filling base coat with a white tint. Using a concealing base before applying a neon is key to achieving opacity. I followed Super Base with three coats of Hot Lips. This practically took care of the visible nail line issue. There is a hint of it, but the stamp I chose tricks the eye. This color would also work well with French tip Konad designs.

I wasn't entirely convinced by Hot Lips until I walked outside. Sunlight fully ignites this neon. Indoors in low light, it looks like a basic berry creme. I would recommend coordinating Hot Lips to the forecast and your activities. This is a great shade for strolling about on a sunlit day or relaxing with a beverage in front of a picture window.

Hot Lips was sent to me for review. This shade is available for purchase at for the very agreeable price of $2.25. Super Base was also included in my review package. It retails for $2.50 in the treatments section.

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. Love the way you used the pearls, this is such a nice design!

  2. I am going to love this polish! (I, too, was sent for review) and Super Base is my go-to....always!
    Your Konad is so pretty!

  3. Love the pearls ... I need some pearls =) Well, this no-buy can't last forever LOL

  4. beautiful addition with the pearls =) great job! <3

  5. A fussy Diva polish! Well, you'll already know I am in love! But a neon? Now I am really intriuged! Love the blossoms and pearls xxx

  6. This manicure was really awesome; you are so creative!

  7. Omg...By far, this is my favorite mani- ever!
    The color, stamp choice the pearls, all together are absolutely breathtaking!!!

  8. I love the contrast between the super bright fuschia and the sweet and gentle konad with the pearls :3

  9. I love your creative descriptions. This is so lovely and ladylike. I love the pearls also. My Mother had a huge bush of baby's breath in the garden. I loved filling vases with the flowers. They were messy when they started to dry.


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