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Oscar dress manicure: March’s NCC #1

Hello sweeties and welcome to March! I’m hoping against hope that it’s going to start getting warm soon! March ushers in another theme from the Nail Challenge Collaborative, and this month we’re doing manis inspired by fashion. Since the Oscars just happened, I figured at least one would be based on a beautiful dress worn at that event.

Julianne Moore at the 2015 Oscars

Julianne Moore at the 2015 Oscars

For my first NCC look, I decided to base my mani on Julianne Moore’s dress. I thought that the addition of texture at the chest and waist would translate perfectly to a manicure. It wasn’t my favorite dress seen at the Oscars, but it was certainly one I thought I could recreate easily! Plus she won an Oscar, so she deserves homage! 🙂

My mani based on Julianne Moore's Oscar dress

My mani based on Julianne Moore’s Oscar dress

I actually did this manicure from my memory of what Moore’s dress looked like. And in my memory, I thought her dress was more off-white than it actually was. But after looking at her dress again, I wish that I had used a lighter base color like OPI My Vampire Is Buff or something like that. Also I had remembered the rest of the dress as a shimmery off-white, so I made my base a holo. But in reality, Moore’s dress looked more textured throughout. Ah well!

Oscar dress manicure

Oscar dress manicure

But despite that, I still like the overall outcome! I really like the pop of texture at the base and tip of the nail. In different colors, I think this would be very wearable!

Polishes used:

  • Base color: Zoya Charlotte… this is a mini polish that was a limited release, and I got it in one of Zoya’s special sales. It was in a set of 3 – this odd greenish-tinted neutral shade, a gold metallic, and a black. I do not like Charlotte. It looks absolutely awful on me!
  • I topped Zoya Charlotte with Digital Nails Spectraflair Linear Holographic Topcoat... this is my favorite holo top coat ever! I decided to add this to the mani because Moore’s dress was more complex than just a creme base.
  • Textures:
    • Zoya Tomoko… This is a beautiful champagne PixieDust – LOVE! I dotted this at the base and the tip of each nail.
    • Zoya Dahlia… the perfect black PixieDust… also LOVE! I placed small dots of this at the tip and base of each nail on top of Tomoko to emulate Moore’s dress.

What do you think? What was your favorite dress seen at the Oscars? My favorites were Naomi Watts’ and Rosamond Pikes’.

Check out more fashion-inspired manis from the NCC ladies:

A Post-Christmas Christmas Manicure

I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Christmas yesterday, and I hope your day was filled with happiness and love! I’m still feeling festive, so I decided that I want to show you another Christmassy mani.

Christmas skittlette mani

Christmas skittlette mani

I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to end up with when I started this mani, but I’m pretty happy with the results! I picked a bunch of new festive polishes and threw this baby together.

Another pic of my Christmassy mani!

Another pic of my Christmassy mani!

I had seen somewhere on the interwebs that Zoya was discontinuing their PixieDusts, so I picked up a ton of the original formula (those are my favorite!). That was such a surprise to me since Zoya puts out so many Pixies and they’re really popular. Were you/ are you as surprised as me? But anyways, I wanted to utilize one of my new Pixies – I think Tomoko is such a perfect festive polish, so I had to use it for this mani.

Products used:

  • Index and middle fingers:
    • Base color: Zoya Veruschka… my favorite of the Matte Velvets – it’s this beautiful emerald green with subtle silvery gold shimmer
    • Top color: Indigo Bananas Enchanted Lake… this is like the emerald version of Acid Ocean (see my blog post featuring it here), a beautiful dark green jelly with orangey and green flakies. It’s so pretty!
  • Ring finger:
    • Base color: Zoya Veruschka
    • Chevron nail vinyls… I got these particular ones from Nail Vinyls
    • Top color: Zoya Tomoko… a beautiful off-white golden textured polish. This is a gorgeous original PixieDust!
  • Pinky: KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’… I got this beauty as a gift, and I love it! It’s such a great pink-leaning red holo. It had been on my wishlist for awhile, and I’m so happy to finally own it! Thanks to Brigitte from Color Me So Crazy for hooking me up with this baby! 🙂

What do you think? Do you wear festive manis after the actual holiday itself? How was your Christmas – what did everyone get?

Happy belated holidays!