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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Royal Wedding Manicure! And some Royal reminiscing... :)

Royal Wedding Manicure: Essie Allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge

Happy Will and Kate-iversary! (and happy 100th post to me!)

One year ago today, the Cambridges wed, and I was absolutely heartbroken. Not because Wills was finally off the market, but because our power was out for 24 hours and I missed the live broadcast of the wedding! I was so ready to get up at 4 a.m for the big event. And then disaster struck! I was devastated- I tried so hard to find a re-broadcast, but all I could find were "highlights" and commentary. I was absolutely elated that I had been right about her dress (Sarah Burton FTW!!!) but crushed that I hadn't been able to witness (live!) the moment when Kate first stepped out of the car and revealed herself...

But I'm rambling... So let's just remember that time I saw them on their Royal Tour and met Prince William and touched him, ok?

My hand and Prince William's hand. Together. Touching.

Anyway, on to why you're really here, and what probably brought you here in the first place...

In celebration of this glorious anniversary, I finally bought Essie's Allure nail polish, which was mixed with Bourjois' Rose Lounge polish, which I also have (blog post here!), to create Kate's lovely manicure on the big day!

image via Glamour

image via styleite.com

I find it oddly comforting that Kate has kind of... normal... nails. They're not long and perfect, although I'm sure wedding manicurist Marina Sandoval made them as close to perfect as possible. They're short and practical. Lovely!


Essie allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge

When I read that these two colours had been "mixed", that left me wondering: were they literally mixed together, or was it a layer of each? I decided to put it to the test... I dabbed out a few drops of each onto a piece of plastic and used an old top coat nail polish brush to mix them and apply one coat. I have to say, if this was the method used, it must have taken ages, and wasted a whole lot of nail polish! I found that more nail polish ended up drying to the plastic than ending up on my nails.

Once I had tossed that method, I tried "mixing" them layer by layer. After using my Orly Bonder base coat, I started with a layer of Allure (almost invisible, really), a layer of Rose Lounge, then another layer of Allure. Then topped with Seche Vite top coat. This method achieved a relatively opaque look, a little bit more so than Kate's look as she has a visible nail line. Although her nail bed does seem much shorter than mine, so it's entirely possible that I would also have visible nail line if my nails showed much "white" at this current length!

Essie Allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge

Essie Allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge
Essie Allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge

I can definitely see why the manicurist mixed these colours- they're lovely together. I much prefer the mixture on my skin tone than Rose Lounge on its own. While a lovely colour, it was a bit too yellow for my taste (and kind of a b*tch to work with, if I'm being honest here. Streaky as heck!) and made my hands look weird. The mixture offers a lighter, more beige colour, as well as the opportunity for Allure to cover up any streakiness left behind by Rose Lounge. It dries to almost a jelly finish-- certainly not a cream. There was a bit of patchiness for this application, but in defense of the polishes, I switched methods halfway through and was in a hurry- I smudged a few spots when I was applying the next layer of polish. So my method wasn't exactly top-notch.

final thoughts
  • Wondering why I hadn't bought Allure sooner? 
  • I'm getting incredibly Royal-Nostalgic. Clearly I am insane.
  • Also wondering what Kate's favourite nail polishes are. She should have a blog or something. Can you imagine?? 
  • Really enjoying this sunshiney weather. Nail swatches in sunlight give the best, most accurate colour. Loving it. 
  • Happy 100th blog post to me! Yay!

xo Chloe


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