Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fauxnad quickie ~ Love Bites #069

Hi Kids!
Thank you all for saying such nice things in my last post, marble fail!
I reluctantly wore that fail to bed, and did not waste a second in removing it the following morning.

The hardest part of doing a mani, for myself, is picking a base color. The more nail polish I acquire- the harder it gets...too many choices! Anyway, I narrowed it down to untried, quick dry polishes. I almost went with YDKJ Suede, but changed my mind when I heard we were going to have a partly sunny day in the 40s. I wanted color!!!
So I turned to my bucket of swatches- most of which, are 2 coats on assorted press-on nails, and some on plastic cards. My swatches are nothing like some of the ones I've seen on the MUA NB...nails attached to labeled popsicle sticks. Too much work for me~ besides, I love rooting through my collection of nails and cards.

I chose the first nail that caught my attention - Love Bites #069- a bright, pink pastel, pearl satin.
After applying 3 coats, it had that awesome "lit within" quality, typically associated with shimmers. This color is, without a doubt, super unique to me, and deserves a description, in addition to pictures.
The last polish I went nuts over was Bleach Black, Dickweed!

The chalky/whited properties of a pastel comes to mind on first impression of Love Bites #069. The bottle color is very deceiving. The pearl shimmer could easily be mistaken for a frost.
Anyway, first coat went on in thick streaks, so I added 13 drops of thinner. As with the other 3 Love Bites polishes I have, this bottle had no ballz, so I dropped in 3. #069 dries super fast like a matte, so you have to work quickly and accurately, being very careful to avoid overbrushing. The second coat smoothed the color enough to be finished, however, the addition of a third coat, really brings out depth, pearly shimmer and a hot glow to the edges of the nail. I classify this as a neutral pink...natural light brings out cool tones, and incandescent light brings out the warm.
Very cool and unexpectedly unique, I <3 this color!!! Click for ginormous size.

Here's a bottle comparison Claire's (new) pastel pink and Love Bites #69. As you can see from the (intentional) dribble on the LB bottle, polish dries to a satin finish. 

Color accurate under incandescent light.


I flew through the stamping on this mani I said,  a "quickie", meant to replace my marbling fail.
I wish I had been neater and more accurate with placement and execution, or waited until today to fauxnad over this. I have favorites going on here...the pink and black combination and Love Bites #069. I really should have waited...such a straight-up, simple fauxnad is a piece of cake, yet in my zeal to have art on my nails quickly I rushed. I'm not satisfied with this amateurish result.
Plates used- essence stampy, Konad M8 & M21.
Color Club, Where's The Soiree? to stamp
1 coat Seche.
 I purchased Love Bites #069, on clearance for $1.99, just before Christmas, at Rue 21


L said...

Oh very pretty.

PwrLftrChick said...

You did so good, as always!
Is there anything better than pink and black?

Thess said...

That is one bright color!  :-D
Greatly done.

nihrida said...

And you said you're not a pink type of girl... =) I don't like pearly finishes...but I have to say this looks great on you. And I love the konad designs you added. =)

gildedangel said...

Oooo, that is so pretty!!

ange-marie said...

Love this pink!  Its so bright.  I loooooooooooooooooooove bright pinks

ainos2 said...

Oh-but I *AM* a pink girl! You have me confused with someone else.
I need some "color" on my hands for this to be perfect.

ainos2 said...

Thanks L!

ainos2 said...

Thank you Christy!

ainos2 said...

Aw, thank you Thess!
As much as I love this color, I'll be doing another mani tonight. I can't go through the weekend being bothered with this sub par fauxnad.

ainos2 said...

Thanks doll! I love how this glows!

ainos2 said...

Thank you ange-marie!
Pretty wild that a not too well known, cheap polish makes it into my top 10!

makeupgirl21 said...

That is so pretty.  Love the color and the pattern.