Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fail and Unfail: Orly Snowcone & Depend 243

Hi girls! Here's my first NOTD since returning, kind of nervous! Please be kind, my cuticles are still... um, awful. But I've maintained my painting technique so hopefully that's redeeming.

My original idea was to do Depend 243 on my nails with accent nails of Orly Snowcone, and then do opposite dots of each. But, it doesn't always work out. Here they are pre-dots:

Orly Snowcone is a perfect blue creme. Seriously. This was one coat, and no top coat. Look at the shine and perfection! It was also really easy to control (this picture is no cleanup!).

I got Depend 243 from Dolores in a swap, and it's a really pretty purple with gold shimmer (or microglitter, I can't really tell, TBH). These swatches are two coats and no topcoat. This one was also really manageable.

Here it is once I added the dots...
 Disasticure 2012. For some reason, I hate the way Snowcone looks dotted. So I took it off and gave up on the accent nail idea, and this beauty was born:

This is actually my first full dotticure (hehe) and I kind of love it! I need to do this more but for some reason I always back down.

Oh, also! I used my Chick Nail Polish top coat here, and I love it! Look how shiny this mani looks! I got it free with a promo way back when but never really got around to trying it. It works well especially when I'm taking my time and not using a quick-dry necessarily :)

What do you guys think? Disasticure? Cute? Was I right to switch from accent to full mani?



Megan Rhoads said...

I like both but the end result looks more refined.

Amanda (Fashion Footing) said...

I have several things to say:

First of all, I'm so happy to see this post, because i missed your blogs :-)
Second, I love that you made up the word 'disaticure'. That's fantastic.
Third, your cuticles do not look awful!
Fourth, I liked both versions of the dotticure!
Fifth, I need to do more dotticures.

The Little Canvas said...

I love the blue with the purple dots! Although, the purple with the blue dots aren't awful...just for some reason they don't stand out on the nail as much. I like my dots to pop, like they do in the second mani! so freaking cute! and girl, your cuticles are ten times better than mine! i have a fear of pushing mine back so they just kinda sit there in their pure awfulness lol

Jacqui said...

Super cute!! I like it so much better with Snowcone as the base and the purple for the dots! Excellent decision =)

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Haha thank you! I like to think my judgment is sound ;)

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

I push mine back all the time and I'm constantly trying to take care of them but have the bad habit of biting around my nails when I'm bored or nervous which isn't so pretty lol

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

1. Aww thanks sweetie!
2. Disasticure is actually borrowed from The Little Canvas who also borrowed it haha, I can't take credit!
3. Thanks... they've seen better days, though!
4. Thanks again!
5. Yes you do, they are awesome and cute.
6. This is a lot of points.

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Thanks! Since I wore it to work, that is important!

KarenD said...

I love all the variations.

Dolores Zimerl said...

For me both look great, I actually like the one with Snowcone dots more than the other, but as I said both look great =).
I think your cuticles look fine, they are not perfect,but I've seen 1000000x worse. Quite a few of my friends are cuticle and nail bitters so you can imagine how it looks like...
For me the best cure for cuticles is Afrodita gel cuticle remover and a little bit of lemon fluttery every day =). I hope you find you holy grail too =)
You said you bite your cuticles? I also have a bad habit. I always tear away polish when I'm nerves and this also makes a lot of damage.

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Thanks, Karen! You always do a lovely job :)

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Thanks hun! My cuticles need work but I especially need to stop biting and picking. It's a work in progress!