Friday, June 3, 2011

Surf's Up, Dude!


My first time in a MAC store EVER was in January 2005, and it was at the Pro Store here in Las Vegas - before I even moved here! I even remember my first eyeshadow that I purchased - Melody! My love affair began way back then, and since, my collection has grown to a ridiculous amount - over 70 full-sized pigments, 5 15-pan palettes full, quads galore, almost every color of fluidliner, and pencils, paints, lipglosses, glasses, sticks, etc. galore. It's a tad ridiculous, honestly. I'm a makeup hoarder, though I've gotten much better about passing up most or all of a new collection, even if it's LE, because generally I have a color that is so close that the layperson wouldn't be able to tell the difference, or because it's merely a repromote in different packaging. :-D (I do fall for them on occasion - can we say Wonder Woman Ruby Woo?!) Needless to say, I fell for the new Surf Baby collection, taking home Short Shorts e/s (I'm forever on the hunt for a Pollen dupe - my fav MAC e/s ever), Surf the Ocean pigment stack, Hangin' Loose nail polish, and Surf Baby! Cheek powder with the amazing gold hibiscus flower on it. The only thing I'm not loving is the pigment stack - SO difficult to work with!! (Was the gold supposed to be mousse-like?)

Anyway, because I LOVE the colors of the packaging and the hibiscus in this collection, I HAD to do a nail design based off it! :) Hope you like it!!




I used American Apparel Cotton as a base, with Lotus Herbals in Code Orange for the stripe as well as the hibiscus on the ring finger. For the yellow I used CND Bicycle Yellow, and for the grey/taupe, I used Essie Chinchilly. For the gold on the hibiscus, I used China Glaze Hi-tek. Topped everything off with two coats of Seche Vite top coat.

25 comments:

  1. Awesome! I love the idea of nails based off MU packaging! And yes, I think the pigment stacks were supposed to be 'textured,' they looked like little metallic rabbit poop to me :S

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  2. This looks great :) I love the flower. And the stripes remind me of an old surfboard... somehow... lol. LOVE IT! :)

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  3. I LOVE that hibiscus flower. It's so gorgeous!! And the colors are dead on for the surfing theme! All around awesome :)

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  4. gorgeous! I love the stripes! :)

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  5. creative! you did a really nice job too

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  6. So cool. I'm a MAC girl myself :) Love how you did the flower, it looks great.

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  7. Very, very cute! Perfect for summer!

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  8. Cute!! :)

    So I'm really excited, I got a few bottles of Claire's Mood Color changing polish, and definitely dipped them in and out of cold and hot water like you did. They are so fun, even with me being a mom and getting married in a few weeks (I'm 22), I still love the fun polish!

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  10. I like it. The hibiscus is beautiful :)

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  11. Love the stripes, LOVE the flower- seeing a hibiscus flower always makes me want Aqua de Jamaica- yummmmmmm.....

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  12. Really nice! You did such a nice job on the hibiscus!!

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  13. Love the look - how long did it take to do the overall design? Always debating the time versus cost argument...

    [professional manicure versus do at home]

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  14. Thanks so much, everyone!!

    Talia- Thanks! :) it look maybe 30 minutes? The Hibiscus were the only detailed part, and those only took a few minutes apiece.

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  15. Hibiscus is very beautiful! I love this flower and you made it so nice :)

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  16. Ohhh, that hibiscus is STUNNING!!! The gold on it is just... wow!!! GORGEOUS!

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  17. Lindo perfeito...parabéns
    beijoss
    www.beatrizunhas.com

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  18. I am very happy after seen this blog, the pictures of hands with painted nails are too good to see. Thanks for this post.

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