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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Pastel nail art for spring with Ciate Pepperminty nail polish

Pastel spring nail art with Ciate Pepperminty nail polish
For once, I have actually picked a pastel nail polish for spring/summer. I normally love fall polishes for all the year round. Did I mention how obsessed I am with Ciate nail polish now? I wore Pecan Pie for my previous manicure. This time, I picked Pepperminty. The photograph above was taken in artificial light, so it looks a tad bluer than it actually is. But I have more photographs in different light conditions below.
Pepperminty is a fresh minty-turquoise creme nail polish, which goes on opaque in just one coat, though I wore two. Thick, creamy and very O.P.I.-creme-like, this polish is why I want all of Ciate's collections. This is what Pepperminty looks like on its own, without topcoat, in natural light:
Pastel nail art for spring with Ciate Pepperminty nail polish
The photographs above and below were taken in natural light. The brush is superb and drying time is decent. I applied this mani on Friday evening and have not had tipwear or chipping yet.
Pastel nail art for spring with Ciate Pepperminty nail polish
This time, I opted for freehand nail art - something I suck at, but I am determined to plod on until I can draw horses, flamingoes and Tinkerbell on my nails and make all three look different and recognisable. I picked the Models' Own Artistix Nail Art Pen in Pastel Lilac, and, using the pen nib-end, drew squiggles/waves diagonally all over the nails. The middle finger's squiggles came out too thick while the other fingers sported thinner doodling. The photograph below is with flash, indoors.
Pastel nail art for spring with Ciate Pepperminty nail polish

I finished up with the Rimmel Pro Super Wear Ultra Shine Top Coat. I have decided to move out of my sombre comfort zone and do more spring/summer nail looks this year and experiment with paler shades. Stay tuned for the results!
This is my submission for the Nail Art For Nubs link-up hosted by Leticia of Cosmetics Aficionado. Do check out the lovely nail art designs by the other participants.

Click here to check out my international giveaway, ending in April.

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