|For the curious, I decorated my right hand as always.|
|My right hand holding a selenite egg.|
|A peony and an iris|
After reading Nails Magazine's report of the $51,000 manicure created with 10 carats of faceted diamonds, I considered what I would pay for a luxurious manicure. I decided to move the decimal point over to a more agreeable number and let the spirit of whimsy possess me for a bit.
I began with a base of Diamond Cosmetics Classic Pink and painted a funky french using Moonsand. The dark silver foil polish seemed the perfect setting to place jewels. I used a mix of clear and rainbow gems from various rhinestone wheels from Bundle Monster, Cina and Nubar. I chose clear flatbacks from Art Club that are smooth, without facets. I placed silver beads at random between the jewels.
If I had been trying to duplicate the $51,000 manicure exactly, I would have chosen small crystals to match the size of the diamonds. I wanted my tips to be as luxuriously brilliant as a jeweled egg. This look contains over 250 gems and beads. I am sure the ladies with the $51,000 manicure longed for bigger diamonds on their nails. Perhaps that was all they could afford.
Diamond Cosmetics Classic Pink was the perfect choice for the $5.10 manicure. At $2.50 a bottle, it is within the budget. At three coats, this shade is semi-opaque. The sweet pink color and the jelly formula make Classic Pink a notable choice for French manicures. Despite being sheer, I didn't find the formula streaky even on my long nails. There is just enough opacity with the formula to hide staining and give the nails a fresh look. A good basic, I will be revisiting this shade for future nail art.
I hope you enjoyed my luxury on a budget manicure.
Classic Pink and Moonsand were sent to me for review. US residents can purchase these shades at diamondcosmetics.com. For international purchasing, visit boozyshop.nl.
Happy painting, ladies!