Monday, February 11, 2013

ABC Challenge - "F" is for Flower

Another week is here...can't believe they are going so fast.  Are these posts getting longer?  They feel like they are...maybe because I am only doing this once a week, I don't know.  Feel free to tell me - I won't be offended.  Really.

I had another choice for "F" this week - flames.  What I wanted to do would have taken me a while, and I may still do it later in the challenge, but I ran out of time and this was my fall back. 

Flower is a new line of cosmetics by Drew Barrymore, and it turns out it is being sold exclusively through Walmart.  The new line is pretty small, since it is just starting.  The colors in the nail polish are not my usual - I think there are about 15 colors, and only 3 of them are my favorite darks.  The vast majority are in the pinkish range, and many are soft and pale.  Since I couldn't do my other choice, I got lazy and picked some up to try.

I ended up buying two colors.  Most of the polishes are cremes, but they did have one that looked like it might be a duochrome, and these two that I picked up were shimmers.  I desperately need practice with my stamping, and with Valentine's day coming up, I thought I would use that as the theme.

I found a plate from Cheeky - CH15 - that had 4 different heart designs, with a bonus cluster of hearts.  Perfect.   Sorry for the photo being so bright, but I wanted to get a close-up of the designs, and this was the best photo I got that didn't completely glare back the flash.

So here are the colors I used:

SPOILED Shuffle the Deck (glitter)
FLOWER Budding Romance (red)
FLOWER That's Just Dan-De-Lion (nude)

I tried to capture the shimmer on the nude color - it isn't just a glass shimmer, it is multicolored, which was unexpected.  You can't see the colors from the swatch stick, but I think you do get a hint of the shimmer. 

So, the stamping is...meh.  Not too bad, but nothing to write home about.  Considering it is my 2nd time stamping, I gotta say it's not THAT shabby.  The nude color is DEFINITELY not anything close to a go-to color for me.  Not with my skin tone; but the photos really wash me out and make me look even paler than I am.  That being said, I kind of like this mani.  I don't think I'll be doing another light one anytime soon, but it doesn't hurt to change things up a bit. Oh, and FYI - still no decent camera, and no decent weather for any natural light photos. 

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by, and while you looking, be sure to check out all the other ladies in the challenge hosted by Kimber's Lacquer Korner below.

Until next week ladies!


  1. Lovely job, and such pretty colors. I'd read about this collection in a magazine article recently. Glad to hear it's emerged on the affordable jobs.

    Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!! :)


  2. Aww cute design!
    Hey that's your second time stamping? You're doing it great honey!

  3. I've never heard about this collection!
    The stamping pattern is super cute, try again and again and you'll do soon perfect stamping. I bought my first stamping set two years ago and I still have difficulties (expecially because of the lenght of my nails), I'm a basket case!!!!!!

  4. I like your skittles mani! And you did a very nice job on stamping especially when it's only your second time. I can't wait to see more:D

  5. It looks nice! I didn't know about this new brand, and my first comment is... the cap looks cheap! They could improve that...

    1. LOL. Yes, they are a little cheap. Formula not that bad, but nude is sheer - needed 3 coats. Took a while to dry too.

  6. I'm not impressed with the nail polish but love your mani! And your stamping is still WAY better than mine! Very cute!

  7. I love the stamping patterns on the plate, so perfect for Valentines! Pretty mani!

  8. Stampings look great :)) I remember my first tries and they were nowhere near that good LOL

  9. I love the stamping, and same as Ria said, my first attempts were not at all like that! It will take time to understand which polishes work for stamping anyway!

  10. Great color combo! I've never heard of this line. I'll have to look into it! :)

  11. I think your stamping looks good considering you are just starting! I have tried stamping quite a few times and I'm horrible at it. lol.

  12. Your stamping is great!! I wrote about how Im horrible at stamping in my post (only have tried it twice) but I guess I need practice. I managed to stamp one heart that came out I would have never been able to pull off what you did. I love the color combo too!!!


  13. I think this is beautiful but I know what you mean about light vs. dark colors. I tend to lean to the dark side more often than not! For your second time stamping you kicked butt!!! Great job!!

  14. I love this plate you used. Great stamping

  15. Thanks for all the positive comments.!

  16. Great job on the stamping! It took me ages to get used to stamping! Love this:)

  17. I wish they had this brand at my walmart!! Great stamping job!