I had a great weekend away, though my cuticles are a little grouchy today because I didn’t bring any hand cream or any beauty supplies at all, so they sort of got back at me when I polished my nails today. I also had a right middle finger nail break, but not too serious. I suspect it was because I spent a lot of time in the onsen- basically natural hot springs in a Japanese-style hot tub made of cedar or stone. Most hotels have a couple different tubs at different temperatures and mineral concentrations. This all added up to a lot of time in the water. Whenever nails get wet, they are very weak.
Anyway, all that aside, we had gorgeous weather despite a forecast of rain, and we saw a couple botanical gardens, lots of pretty coastline, and ate some delicious traditional Japanese food. These photos are from the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Traditional meal with sashimi (sliced raw fish), pickled vegetables, tempura, and two different kinds of “nabe,” which is basically food steamed in a pot above an open flame (in the brown pot that sort of looks like a football and the silver pots). We also had soup, rice, and two kinds of dessert.
Very clear water- I want to go snorkelling or scuba diving here sometime.
Ladyslipper orchids in the Dogashima Botanical Garden.
After relaxing, seeing all these pretty sights, and reluctantly returning to Tokyo to get back to work, I came up with a sort of unusual (for me) franken. It’s a bit sheer and after applying it, I realized it looked a lot like OPI Breathe Life, except green rather than blue. I used Pure Ice Heartbreaker (translucent with a very light green microshimmer) and added MAC Frozen White pigment and MAC Glitter in Reflects Teal and got a sort of frosty greenish blue that reminds me of the inside of abalones. I don’t usually franken sheer colors but I felt like doing one today. I added a few little decals here and there to add some interest and to cover up some nail imperfections. Sheer shimmers will definitely bring out any unevenness or staining, so be careful!
Please ignore the bad cuticles and slightly shorter middle finger.
I’m not in love with MAC salespeople as the ones I’ve come across have always been rather snooty, but dang, MAC makes a fabulous glitter. It’s superfine so it doesn’t clump up in the mixture and I have never had experiened any color fading with MAC. However, it is crazy expensive and there are others on the market that work well too. I’ve had good luck with some glitter I got from Dollar Nail Art- no color changing or bleaching. However, it’s not as fine as MAC and can clump if you’re not careful. I have some jelly glitters coming up with those cheaper glitters, so we’ll see how they hold up.