Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wooden Shoe Like to Know? Fail.

Holy cow, it's Thursday? Usually I'm over the moon about Thursdays but today I had to call in sick from work because what I thought was allergies has turned into a full blown head cold of some sort. No bueno. When I can't breathe through my nose I'm generally not a happy camper. Oh, and I've got a baby shower to go to tonight... I don't know if I should go, I don't want to get the mother-to-be sick.

Also, I broke a nail (two in fact) while exploring WinCo last night so I had to file down my nails again. That's ok though, they were long enough to drive me nuts anyway. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy my massage yesterday. How could I have gone so long without one?!?

In honor of my disappointing nail break and surprise sinus congestion (gross I know, I'm sorry) I am going to show you a manicure I wore and was sadly disappointed in. For some reason, every swatch I saw of Wooden Shoe Like to Know? before I bought it had a hint of purple or mauve or taupe in it and that is what I was hoping for when I slapped this baby on. As you can see, no purple... no mauve... no taupe. And barely a shimmer to be seen, unless in direct or bright light. Le sigh.

Wooden Shoe Like to Know?:

Two coats, no topcoat. Very easy application of this 100% completely chocolate brown polish. Don't get me wrong, for a chocolate brown this is a beautiful execution. It's creamy and rich with a deeply hidden copper shimmer. I can't help but be a little let down, it just fell flat on me.

OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know? 

OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know?

OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know? 

Copper Shimmer:

In an attempt to liven up WSLtK, I sponged on CND Effects in Copper Shimmer. I sponged because unlike the sparkles, Copper Shimmer shows very visible brush strokes (sometimes, if not careful in application) and I wanted something a little more subtle that would give the flatness I felt a little more body.

In these lamplight photos you can see a little bit of the texture that sponging left, this is under a layer of tc so by texture I mean varying densities of shimmer. Sponging did a little to raise my spirits but it was still difficult to overcome my disappointment.

CND - Copper Shimmer over OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know?

CND - Copper Shimmer over OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know? 

CND - Copper Shimmer over OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know? 

Uuummm... check out the shimmer NOW! My sponging really made a difference in direct/bright light and that made me a lot happier. Only comment, I wish Copper Shimmer was actually "Copper Sparkle." I should also note, I took this off by the next morning and it was easy peasy.

CND - Copper Shimmer over OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know? 

CND - Copper Shimmer over OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know? 

CND - Copper Shimmer over OPI - Wooden Shoe Like to Know? 

Now my dears, I am off to cozy up on the couch with my kindle and try to breathe. XOXO

6 comments:

  1. You really made it come to life! I was initially taken with WDLTK when I saw the first swatches, but after all this time I can tell when pictures have been through photoshop to enhance the sparkle. PS makes the pictures look nicer, but it doesn't give an accurate description of the polish. The way you've shown it, falling flat basically and being not what we all expected it to be is much more true to life.

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    1. I was suspicious of the taupe/mauve looking brown swatches but I held out hope that it was the true shade. I am not too fond of true browns on my nails but a taupe or mauve... now I can get behind that! I consider it a lesson learned, from now on I'll just have to be a little more cautious when making my purchases if I doubt the true shade.

      I have no PS/editing skills, I try and it gets too frustrating and time consuming. Luckily Picasa is easy enough for me. :) It seems a little dishonest to me to change color or enhance swatch photos. I'm glad to share my disappointment! lol

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    2. I'm the same, I haven't even tried to learn ps, I don't have the time for that! I just want to crop my pictures, tag them and that's about it. Brown is my least favourite nail colour. It's so hard to find a flattering one that doesn't fall flat/look boring, even harder than green. I don't mind using it for stamping though.

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  2. I totally forgot I had this color. I think I was confusing it with Gouda Gouda Two Shoes. Btw, I didn't know people photoshop swatches. I mean, what's the point?!?!

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    1. I wish Gouda Gouda was the color of cheese. lol I didn't even buy GGTS because it's that shade of dusty rose that makes me feel like I'm 60. It just looks terrible on me.

      As far as photoshopping, I'm opposed to it for most things other than adding cool effects. Anything other than that feels like a lie. (particularly in fashion photos)

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