Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hot for Dots!

Was at the mall over the weekend and  I passed the Dippin' Dots kiosk. Instead of longing for ice cream, I immediately thought about how I could incorporate dots onto my nails without them looking so crowded. Today, I came up with the answer:  Okay, so it's a bit crowded.  I like it!  I started with OPI Nail Envy Original Formula (Always) then two coats of OPI Strawberry Margarita (Thank you, Jennifer), immediately followed by one coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.  20 minutes later, I started dotting!  Now, I have had a really neat dotting tool set sitting on my nail shelf just gathering dust.  I had never used them before, and bought them a year ago on a whim.  I never really had an any idea when I'd use them, but I was inspired at the mall.  The set I have is by a company called Kuanglung and it's called simply, "Marbleizing 888 Spiral Tool." #s 1-5.   Alrighty, then.  Amazon.  $4.99.  Can't beat that.  Here they are:

The colors/dotting tools I used for the dots were from largest size:

China Glaze Papaya Punch - tool #5 -  large ball
China Glaze White On White - tool  #3 - larger ball
China Glaze Grape Pop - tool # 4 - smaller ball
Sally Hansen Green With Envy - tool  #2 - smaller ball
Finished with another coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

Since I decided to dot on a whim, I did not plan.  I had nothing to dab my polish onto, so I grabbed my scotch tape and turned it onto its side.  I dabbed the polish onto that.  Worked okay.  It melted the plastic!  Live n' learn.  I'll buy some small paper plates and use them instead.

So yeah;  this was fun, and a learning experience.  If you look carefully, you'll see some what looks to be a hair on my ring finger nail.  It's actually the Grape Pop polish.  If you let the polish sit for too long, when you dip your dotting tool into it, it will 'string.'  Ah well.  I love how it turned out.  I love dots.  They remind me of my other passion; beads.  Who knows, maybe I can bead my nails!?  Anyway, have fun with color.  Maybe try to stay within a family of colors.  White base with black and greys.  Greens.  Hot colors.  Cool colors.  Complimentary colors might be fun!  Drop me a line and tell me what you think!

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