No Hate Rogue! An Introspective Grey and Electric Pink Manicure with OPI and Hello Kitty

Greetings from the warm, fuzzy heights of attempted open-mindedness, fellow rogues!

First up, I just wanted to thank everyone who participated in the caption contest! The results are being considered carefully by a panel of experienced (if a bit sniggery) kobolds, and the winner will be announced soon! πŸ˜€

Right! So: a couple of days ago, the fabulous adventuress Kelly From VampyVarnish had an important post on her blog: it was part of a #StopTheHate campaign, and was a great piece on the mysteries and evils of ‘hate’ online, and cyber bullying. You should go and have a read, if you haven’t seen it already! Go ahead, I’ll wait ^_^.

Done? Great πŸ™‚ Now, her post got me thinking about hating on stuff, and how it often has to do with a lack of open-mindedness. From there, this rogue’s brain leapt to thinking about situations in which I myself am a little less than open minded when it comes to beauty. I hope I do OK when it comes to accepting peoples’ differing tastes and choices (wouldn’t be a very effective adventuring party if everyone was identical, would it?), but I do have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to certain shades and styles on myself. This dislike is totally irrational, and I decided to have a go at breaking through a couple of my pet ‘hates’: grey nail polish, and french manicures!

The result:

Grey and Electric Pink Manicure with OPI and Hello Kitty Polish

A grey and pink french manicure with the polishes responsible: OPI My Pointe Exactly and Hello Kitty Pop Fizz.


So, obviously, due to my dislike of the idea of grey polish on me, I only actually had one in my stash – and that was one I got ‘collaterally’ in the OPI NYC Ballet Soft Shades Collection mini set. It’s My Pointe Exactly, and it’s a cool grey jelly polish. I was casting around for something that would look cool with grey for the french manicure part, and came across a mini bottle of Hello Kitty polish that I bought in Hobart (of all places) for a dollar once. It’s Hello Kitty Pop Fizz, a neon pink base with pink and iridescent hex glitter in it.


Grey and Electric Pink Manicure with OPI and Hello Kitty Polish

This is how it looks if you overexpose your photos slightly (or you put neon polish in bright diffused daylight and your camera packs a sad :-D)


In terms of the polishes themselves: the OPI grey jelly is marvellous – it flows onto the nail smoothly, self-levels any streaks, dries to a gorgeous squishy shiny jelly finish, and is reasonably opaque in three coats. BUTITSGREYSHUTUPSYL!. Pop Fizz is, er… a little more difficult. It’s incredibly thick, and dries practically on the brush. The upside of this is that you get really dense, opaque coverage. The (other) downside is that it’s lumpy and gritty and incredibly hard to freehand french manicure lines with… πŸ˜›


Grey and Electric Pink Manicure with OPI and Hello Kitty Polish

Grey and pink manucured nails clutching an invisibility potion. What does it mean? No-one knows…


So you might be wondering, at this point, what my problem with grey polishes and french manicures is. After all, this manicure actually looks pretty snazzy, right? Well, the grey part has to do with the fact that I’m a cool-toned vampire, and tend to assume that anything in the grey/taupe spectrum will make me look even deader than usual. Like ‘will-get-confused-for-one-of-the-undead-by-the-cleric-and-friendly fire-shall-result’ kind of confused. The french manicure part probably has to do with the fact that I think it looks better on longer nails, and my nails are never very long (makes scaling rooftops and disarming traps much harder, you see).


Grey and Electric Pink Manicure with OPI and Hello Kitty Polish

A little thumbnail diversion….


My thumb nail, in fact, is so short at the moment that I couldn’t even bring myself to give it the thin french manicure line that the other nails had! I decided to go with a chevron instead, as I figured including an element that just looks ‘objectively’ strangeΒ  and contrived wouldn’t really help the goal of this little quest of beauty-related self discovery…


Grey and Electric Pink Manicure with OPI and Hello Kitty Polish

Never let go of your invisibility potions, guys. Once you drop one, you will never find it again, trust me…


Incidentally, if you’re wondering why the very tips of some of my nails aren’t pink, it was an unfortunate result of the rather thick pink lines catching in the topcoat as it dried and being pulled back a touch. Obviously, I didn’t penalise the grey/french issue at hand for this πŸ˜‰


Grey and Electric Pink Manicure with OPI and Hello Kitty Polish

Cuddly sweater shot! πŸ˜€


So, the big question: what did I get out of all this in terms of my little enlightenment quest? Well, for starters, since most enlightenment quests involve schlepping to the top of some precipitous spire to have a singularly obtuse conversation with a wizened old sage, I’d say the cost/benefit ratio for this one was pretty great! No mountains to climb, no sour yak butter tea to sip politely, etc, just a bit of faffing about with a rather sticky pink polish. As for my opinions on french manicures, I still think the traditional colour scheme on my shorter nails is beyond me, but two unconventional tones are actually growing on me. And the grey polish issue? Well, even though I probably started at the shallow end with a soft, cool, sheer grey, I’m still not sure I would reach for it over, say, my beloved purples. I will own, however, that it has opened my eyes to some of the possibilities with grey polishes, and even made me curious about…



Hm, no lightning. Anyway, there you have it! a couple of assumptions challenged, a mind wedged slightly further open, and a spiffy manicure accomplished. Would you give this combo a go? Do you have any little pet beauty ‘hates’ that you would be open to trying (again)?


Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


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19 thoughts on “No Hate Rogue! An Introspective Grey and Electric Pink Manicure with OPI and Hello Kitty

  1. I love this post and your manicure! I think it’s important to step outside your beauty comfort zone sometimes, and beauty blogging has certainly helped me do that. There are still quite a few things I avoid, though: bronzer, lipstick with shimmer or frost, bright matte eyeshadows, and “too much” (i.e. a normal amount of) blush and mascara. I need to work on accepting all of these on myself!

    Like you, I’m not a huge fan of gray polishes: a lot of them look too stark and cold against my hands. They need to be light and/or have a little warmth to them, as My Pointe Exactly does.


    • Secretly, I was devastated that they used their ‘pointe’ pun for that set on the grey polish πŸ˜› They had a peach and a pink, and they use it on the grey? *sigh*.

      I know what you mean about bronzer. That is still way outside my brainspace at the moment, as I don’t really think I look good with any sort of tan. I blame the vampire genes πŸ˜‰ Frosty lipsticks are okay, so long as they’re not also pale in base colour, but I too would rather have glitter in my lipstick before I have white shimmer (frost)!


    • You should! πŸ˜€ I was going to make it neater and try the scotch tape thing…but we didn’t have any scotch tape πŸ˜› fortunately, triangles aren’t too horrible to freehand!


  2. I read Kelly’s article, and it was the first time I heard of an actual website devoted to trash talking about people. I will confess to being curious – I checked out the website. I couldn’t stay there for more than a couple minutes; it made me feel so dirty! They need to get better things to do.

    I love that combination on you! And grey does look rather fetching on you, if I do say so myself. I’m not a huge fan of greys because 99% of them run cool, and look very harsh against my warm toned self… a warm taupe on the other hand, I must investigate!


    • I know, right? I too went and had a look at the site, and all I could really think was ‘how tragically boring does your life have to be to do this?’ :-S

      This combo is growing on me! I still don’t look at the grey and get that little flutter of pleasure that, say, purple gives, but I’m glad I did this little experiment!


  3. So, I’m just go ahead and say it, (even though I don’t mean this in a bullying way), but the effect of greytone nail polish with red tips looks like you’re bleeding from the nailbed and you’ve got a bit of a greyzombie thing going on. It’s not a healthy nail look. BUT – for a Queen of the Undead sort of look – it’s killer!!! So yeah, I can sorta get the potion of invisibility for a Queen of the Undead look, but I’m kinda WTFPOLARBEARBBQ when it comes to snuggly sweater. I guess them zombies need cuddles too?


    • Haha, I know what you mean! Grey polish is such a tricky colour, and although I feel like I understand (and like) it a bit better, it’s probably not gonna be making my purple and pink polishes suddenly feel lonely any time soon! The zombie effect is the one I’d always anticipated, but it wasn’t as bad as I’d expected. Funnily enough, it actually looked worse without the pink tips…

      Maybe that’s all zombies want – not your brains, but just a hug?


      • He’s probably right. As I was discussing with Karen, when they’re coming after you with arms outstretched, they’re probably just in need of a hug, or want to tell you that you have biscuit crumbs stuck to your face or something…


    • Heh, I really wish the Hello Kitty polish was better – it’s so cute, and the colour is fantastic! It’s ok though, because I’m happy to look at it in the bottle ^_^


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