Sunday, 18 April 2010

Adorned Nails: SpaRitual Hope Springs Eternal


After letting my nails have their first ever lick of a SpaRitual nail polish with I Feel The Earth Move, I just knew I had to have more of this brand. While that first one was dark and quite foreboding, this second one that I’ve bought is very bright and screams of boundless happiness!

This cheerful polish is one of six spring colours that was released a while back by SpaRitual. Hope Springs Eternal is the name. It’s truly a bright, rather gaudy fuschia-like pink, but I wouldn’t call it offensive. After all, I can’t fault it for being happy.

The formula is thick (at least, that was the case with my bottle). The finish is metallic and I thought that the paint strokes were conspicuous if you looked close enough. But then, because it’s bright and it's got so much shine, you would tend not to see the lines. So, let’s just not dwell on that.

Each of the six spring colours comes with a little silver charm with inspirational words like Yes I Can, Shoot For The Stars and I Believe In You. Mine says simply Hope.

Shown here are with two coats of Hope Springs Eternal. I just couldn’t resist taking a couple of pictures of my pink nails with some real cherry blossoms. Hey, it’s spring! I took these pictures almost two weeks ago when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom in my garden. As we all know, once they bloom, they don’t stay proud and beautiful for very long (well, they're all shrivelled up and dried now). All images in this post were taken in natural lighting.





And then, there’s the stamping, predictably with cherry blossoms, I’m afraid. I used my first ever Konad stamping plate, S9, a plate with many cute cherry blossom images.

Using an old white nail polish, I took a portion of this image and did the stamping on all nails this time. I don’t think it looks OTT here because the nail polish is so shiny that, at one glance, you wouldn’t easily notice the stamping. View it at an angle, as I’m showing here in the following images, and only then will you see the cherry blossom images. That’s subtle enough for me.


22 comments:

Naoko said...

Wow! I love cherry blossoms!! (I discovered them two springs ago, when I was living in Washington DC, awesome landscapes!) and this nail polish looks amazing with and without the stamps :-) The silver charm is a beautiful detail. kisses!

The Diva's Polish said...

Wow! Stunning photos, cherry blossoms are beautiful, so very apt to picture them with a gorgeous shade of a Spa Ritual polish :) You suit this shade Witoxicity! Beautiful xx

susies1955 said...

Very pretty. Love the konading too.
I don't own one single Sparitual. BUMMER! :)
Have fun,
Susie

R3Beauty said...

I love cherry blossoms too! I think that is one of the few things I miss from when I lived in the DC area. Your pictures are absolutely stunning!

tris1978ton said...

It's so pretty! Who knew you can pretty up nails like that?

Dina (XYYan) said...

Love the shade! and love how you took the pic with the cherry blossoms :)

polishsis said...

I like the polish, but the reason I would buy them is the cute tag attached to it. Oh and the pictures with the chery blossom are amazing!!

Hope said...

Wow you have applied a metallic shade so well! I always have streaks!! One time, I got so upset that I boycotted the metallic nail polish I bought for a while before I gave in and tried it again after a month or so.

I still get streaks. :(

London's-beauty said...

i love how you thought of the idea, cherry blossoms! so creative :) Your nails are beautiful, the color goes well with the blossoms. i would definately wear that for spring :)x

Natalie Nguyen said...

The cherry blossom look so beautiful~ Great idea to take a pic of your hands holding them. Makes the colour stand out even more.
I like how you used a portion of the plate to make the design more unique =)

jean` said...

love your nail colours!!!

I've just started to actually appreciate colours on my nails >.<

Witoxicity said...

@Naoko
Cherry blossoms are just so beautiful, aren't they? I'm pleased that you like this polish. :)

@The Diva's Polish
Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words. The timing was just perfect with the cherry blossoms. I couldn't have had it any other way! :)

@susies1955
Thank you, Susie. Oh, I hope you'll give SpaRitual polishes a try. You'll love them! :D

@R3Beauty
Thank you very much! Don't you just wish cherry blossoms would bloom more than once every year? Sigh!

@tris1978ton
I'm glad you find this pleasing. :)

@Dina
Thanks, Dina! :)

@polishsis
Yeah, I love the cute charm too, and thank you for your kind words. :)

@Hope
On my nails, the streaks were present, but like I said, because of the high shine, the streaks became less conspicuous. :)

@London's-beauty
You're very kind to say that. Thank you!

@Natalie
I'm happy that you like this! :D

@jean'
Thank you! I hope you will enjoy this newfound love for nail polishes! :)

Crystaliciousss said...

beautiful pics!

Cynthia Zacharica. said...

Oh my god...gorgeous pics! I'm blown away, esp since I'm so very into Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom these days hehe.. N yeah last but not the least the nail polish shade is very pretty too ;)

♥xx♥

The Beautifier said...

Hey! I like this shade! VERY PRETTY! Never heard of this brand before, the packaging is cute for sure! xoxo

Witoxicity said...

@Crystaliciousss
Thanks! :)

@Cynthia
Thanks, my dear. Ha ha! A case of the cherry blossoms almost overshadowing the nail polish here, huh? :D

@The Beautifier
I'm so pleased you like this. I've featured one other SpaRitual polish before and that was the start of my love for this brand. :)

Shop N' Chomp said...

You need to be a hand model! Too too pretty =D Love, love, love anything cherry blossom!

Miss K. You said...

Such pretty nails!! I need to find myself a perfect pink that screams happiness too :) Aw thanks for the compliment.. I give credit to nice outdoor lighting for my more radiant pics hehe

Lavender said...

This is a perfect color for spring! and you are getting better at konad stamping now.

t said...

Cute nails!

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twinsouls888 said...

Wow very crisp, clear stunning photos and very lovely hands too. ^_^. I love this spring color, it look so cheerful and happy. The picture of your hand holding a flower is sooo pretty, really nice touch hehe. ^_^

Witoxicity said...

@Shop N' Chomp
Hand model?! :D Well, at least hand models get paid. What I do here is voluntary work. :P

@Miss K. You
Thank you, my dear! :)

@Lavender
Thanks! Well, you know what they say: Practice makes perfect. I can't say I'm an expert but my stamping is improving with more experience. :)

@t
Thanks! :)

@twinsouls888
Thanks so much, Ems. I'm glad you love this. We could all do with some cheerful colours in our lives. :D