Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lighting Strikes Violet Femme

I feel like I haven't posted in so long!  Reality is that I had a couple of manis that I wore for three days, and I was having a crisis of sorts with my pictures (more on that at the bottom of the post.)  

Today's mani is my first venture into mildly Halloween-y nails.  I'm not at all excited for Halloween this year; I used to get excited about dressing up and going trick-or-treating with my friends (and the candy-eating that followed) but this year my mom has finally pulled the plug on that one and isn't letting me go, saying that I'm too old.  (16 isn't too old as long as you're dressed up, right?)  Since I do school online and am not at all the type to go to crazy parties,  I'll most likely be spending the night at home watching re-runs of all the Castle Halloween episodes alone.  


Mildly depressing rant over, here is my somewhat Halloween-y mani.  I don't care for the standard orange and black combination, so I went instead for silver and purple.  Close enough, right?  I started this mani with a base of Picture Polish Violet Femme, which in my opinion is the most perfect shade of purple polish ever.  Purple is my favourite colour, but I don't have many purple polishes because I'm so picky about exactly which shades I like; this one hits the spot!  It's deep and rich, and super saturated with an almost-neon purple pigment that is oh-so-perfect.  Two coats, and a stamp with BM-305 using Essie No Place Like Chrome, and this is the result.  

What do you think of the rotated picture? 
So, the picture crisis:  I used to take my pictures outside on the deck in the morning before I left for school and dance, but now the annual torrential downpour has started and is unlikely to let up at all until March.  That, plus the fact that it's not very light out by the time I leave in the morning, and I'm a little panicky as to what to do about my photos.  I made a lightbox and played around with it a lot, but I still can't get anything close to what  I want my photos to look like.  I'll play with that, and hope that I can get something to work!

How do you like my Halloween-ish mani, or do you even think it says Halloween at all?  Hate to be a party pooper but is anyone else as not-excited for Halloween as I am?  



18 comments:

  1. Violet Femme is a gorgeous purple! I love using the Essie metallics for stamping, they are perfect! :)

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    1. They are, aren't they? I only have 2 but I'm constantly tempted to pick up the rest whenever I see them! Haha thank you! :)

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  2. I love this! Awh man, that is pretty depressing. I'm not too excited for Halloween either... I'll probably be sitting at home doing nothing haha.

    Regarding the pictures, you should get a daylight bulb! Mine isn't bright enough but if you buy one that is it'll help sooooo much. Depending on the intensity of the light you may or may not need a lightbox. Like for me, my light isn't bright enough so shining it through tissue paper just makes it darker. However, with a super bright bulb the tissue paper with soften the light which is good :D You maybe already knew all of that haha

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    1. I figured I'd have to get a different bulb, but had no idea where to start. Now I'll have to go get a daylight bulb and hopefully that should fix things! Thank you so much! :)

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  3. This is SO pretty! The purple is perfect, the stamping is flawless, and your nails are to die for :) Beautiful mani!

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    1. ps - what kind of camera do you use and what settings do you use? Your photos turn out so pretty!

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  4. That's sucky! 16 isn't too old as long as you have friends who will go with you too. If you're by yourself with little kids then its another story...

    I never had a good place to take my pics (plus sometimes I do multiple looks at night and take pics in between) so I had to go the lightbox route. It took me a bit of fiddling too but my advice is to make sure you have stark white tissue paper (I mistakenly bought a bone white the first time) and I use one of those helix looking daylight bulbs. Kayla Shevonne has a good post on her pic taking set up. Hope my babbling helps!

    My anniversary with my boyfriend is on the 31st but as for the weekend before, we don't really have any plans. His friends are going to be in from NYC for that weekend, so I fear I'll be alone quite a bit. Maybe I can get caught up with Castle too! :D

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  5. This is so prettyy! As for Halloween, call some friends and watch Halloween themed things and eat candy <3 That's how I do it now =)

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  6. lovely color combi,, love the design and all,,,

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  7. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog today and I gotta say, I love your nails, your manicures, your stamping and everything!

    Wish I could have nails as nice as yours!

    I'll be constantly stalking your blog <3

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  8. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog today and I gotta say, I love your nails, your manicures, your stamping and everything!

    Wish I could have nails as nice as yours!

    I'll be constantly stalking your blog <3

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  9. this purple is amazing! :) and yea if my boyfriend were into it id go trick or treating and Im 21 lol good luck with the picture crisis! >.<

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  10. This is a nice halloween mani! Very 'striking' indeed ;) I hope you have a great halloween nonetheless and good luck with the light box woes! :)

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  11. Looks really gorgeous. I no longer go trick or treating but go to the pubs and clubs in town - just for the excuse to get dressed up :D & I'm 23 :P

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  12. wow this is a stunning manicure!!!

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