Monday, 7 April 2014

Pastel Love


Hi lovelies!

Today I have a pastel design for you!
I bought some new polishes a few weeks ago and one of them was "C03 Evergreen 60s" by Catrice. 
This is a limited edition polish from the Crème Fresh collection.


I just love mint green so I couldn't resist this polish :) I would have bought more from the 60s inspired collection but this was the only colour left at the time - I might go back to see if the store has some of the other colours again.

The Evergreen polish wasn't the easiest to work with, however - it got thick very quickly, I had to be really careful to use thin coats because otherwise the polish would just drag and create lumps. 

The drying time was, unfortunately, quite bad: normally I can paint my second coat of polish on my left hand thumb when I have finished my first coat on both hands (starting with left hand thumb and ending with right hand pinky), but I really had to wait about 20-30 minutes here (I didn't time it, I'm sorry, so I'm not quite sure of the exact time). Maybe the coats I used were still too thick or something - very very thin coats are a must with this polish.

When I drew on the hearts for this design, that was really tricky - Evergreen would just thicken sooo quickly and lump together - you can see that a few hearts have some lumps here and there. The polish also has a streaky finish. Haha, so okay it's really not the easiest polish to work with, but I'm actually very glad with it because of the gorgeous pastel colour and the pearly like finish, but I have to get used to working with this polish.

The other colour I used for this design is Essie's Muchi, Muchi. 


I found inspiration for today's design in this Pond Manicure by Adventures in Acetone. I thought the idea of layering a sheer polish was so fun, so I tried it out myself, and I also made little hearts like Adventures in Acetone because they look so cute :)


I painted three coats of Evergreen on my thumb, index finger and little finger. The polish has such an amazing colour and finish - it's shiny, but also a bit pearly (if that makes sense, a pearly finish?). I used a top coat for extra shine.

On my middle finger and ring finger I started with one coat of Muchi, Muchi. Then I drew on 3 hearts on each nail with Evergreen. I did another coat of Muchi, Muchi on top of that, and again added a few hearts. Another coat of Muchi, Muchi, some more hearts, and then a final coat of the Essie polish to finish it. And top coat for extra shine of course.

As you can see, my nail line is still a bit visible on those two nails, but it doesn't really bother me in this design. And I love the pastel look of it all :)


That's it for today's design! Have you tried this layering technique yet? I think it looks super fun and it's really easy to do :)

Thanks for reading!

18 comments:

bubica vucko said...

thanks dear new friend for add me !i follow you now on bloglovin!
love pastel nail polishes , and i like your cute hearts nail art !
kisses and regards !
bubica

Robin said...

Thank you Bubica! I I took a look at your blog and I just had to follow you because your designs are amazing! Thanks for following me as well, I hope you'll enjoy my blog! :)

Ela said...

I love mint polishes as much as you do, I think:)
Love that mani:)

Frankie Hunter said...

Very strange that it took so long to dry. I didn't have this issue with the "Haute Future" Colletion from Catrice...
Anyway... Your designs is very lovely (as ever =) ) and Springy (!? can I say it like that?, haha don't know). Oh man, I love Spring and all the pastell nail art!

The Sequined Nail said...

This combination is so pretty! The hearts are so cute! :)

Robin said...

Haha, who doesn't love mint polishes? They are just so gorgeous ;)

Robin said...

I'm glad you didn't have any issues with it! Maybe my bottle is just funky or maybe I applied the coats too thick? I'll see how it goes next time I use this polish!
And thank you! Springy can definirely be a word because I totally get what you mean! :)

Robin said...

Thank you! Yeey for pastel hearts!

AJ Naillacqueruk said...

Ooo I adore this mint green, so pretty and the pearly finish makes it even more perfect!

Christina said...

I love mint green too! Your nails are gorgeous!

Christina
http://kissesandflowers.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

Indeed, the pearly finish makes it so pretty! (and different from all the other mint greens I couldn't resist buying haha)

Robin said...

Thank you Christina! The colour is so perfect for spring right now :)

Lucy (the Nail Snail) said...

The Catrice is gorgeous, the combination of pink and mint green is perfect! It's so hard to find pastels with good formulas though :\ I love the "pond" manicure look!

Robin said...

Thank you Lucy, I love the colour combination as well! I will continue the search for the perfect pastel polish - and use that as an excuse to buy lots and lots of pastels haha!

Ithfifi Williams said...

Beautiful manicure, Robin! I love pastel shades and I think how you've paired the colours and hearts looks gorgeous! :) xx

Robin said...

Thank you very much! :)

HGNailDesign said...

I love the evergreen polish. its fresh and so spring-y. I love the little hearts to :')

Robin said...

Thank you! It is very spring-y indeed, I love it! :)

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