Monday, May 2, 2011

$5.10 Manicure: Diamond Cosmetics Classic Pink











For the curious, I decorated my right hand as always. 

My right hand holding a selenite egg. 



A peony and an iris

























Hello ladies,

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!

19 comments:

  1. Love it and love the price! So shiny :D

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  2. Love this! What a great idea! I cant believe the ridiculous amounts of money people would pay just to have their nails done, when they will want to change them within a few days!

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  3. I love your version. And the price to create it, too. :)

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  4. Very Lady-Gaga-esque. Loves it!

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  5. love your nails !!! so bling and pink!!!

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  6. yours looks so much better than the expensive version!! lol

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  7. This many is really wowww! Love it :D

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  8. This is a great idea and lovely take on the French mani!

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  9. Is this your best manicure ever? It could be.

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  10. Wow! This is amazing. I love jewels, I'll have to do this one day if I have a lot of time to spend. :)

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  11. I'd call this fancy smancy! Look so beautiful and wicked cool!

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  12. The dutch bearded iris reminds me of my mother's bulb plantings. Iris in Florida are puny by comparison. We do have teddy bear iris tho and they are a wonderful color combo of yellow and brown.

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