Anyway, in the time since I last wrote to you I managed to land myself a job at Crabtree & Evelyn, which I have to say I'm really enjoying. I get to spend all day smelling wonderful and using lots and lots of excellent hand cream. The downside to working for C&E is the dress code that I have to stick to. Within about 20 minutes of getting the phone call to say I was hired, the district manager emailed me a copy of the dress code document. The actual clothing part of it isn't a big deal, but it's the section on nail polish that nearly killed me. Just one little sentence. "Nail art is not permitted and nail polish must be conservative in colour." NOOOOOOOOOOO.
So that's what the title of today's post is in reference to. There's no nudity, (probably) no swearing, no drug references. It's just not appropriate for work.
Apologies for the weird pink smudge on my ring finger. I don't even know what that is.
Normally on my work days I wear something neutral like Rimmel Steel Grey or OPI You Don't Know Jacques, but because it's my birthday I'm just going to buck the rules and wear what I want.
I was originally just going to use enough coats of Color Club Alter Ego to achieve opacity, but the day I did this manicure my bestest friend came back from Vietnam and brought me a sack of deliciously chemically Asian nail polish (and a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Vietnamese) so I decided to use one of them as a base.
The polish that I used as a base is from a brand named Alibe. I don't know how it's actually pronounced, but I like to pronounce it the way a person with a bad head cold would say "alive". None of the Vietnam polishes have names, and this one is a blue-toned purple creme -way less blue than it is in the picture- that covers beautifully in two coats and dries to the same sort of satin finish that a neon polish would (interestingly, the neon pink polish she brought me dries shiny).
On top of the Alibe purple I added a coat of Alter Ego, which is a dusty purple base absolutely packed with gold and silver glass fleck shimmer. I just love how the glass flecks don't show up until the light really hits them, and then BAM! Blinded by sparkle.
Finally, because nail art is something that I have sorely missed since I started working, I stamped the zebra print from BM-223 with Sally Hansen White On and sealed the whole thing in with Seche Vite.
What do you think? If you were an employer would you let your employees bend the dress code rules a little bit for their birthday?
Thank you so much for reading, I'll be sure to talk to you again soon!