I personally don't really celebrate Valentine's Day, mostly because both mine and hubby's birthdays fall in January, as does our old "dating anniversary" (our wedding anniversary is in June). So after Christmas, two birthdays, and an "anniversary," we're just plain broke by Valentine's Day. We know we love each other. Hehe. But I did want to do a somewhat festive manicure for the occasion, so I thought it was the perfect time to break out another Deborah Lippmann!
This is two coats of Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers over two coats of China Glaze Lubu Heels. Ruby Red Slippers is a combination of large hexagonal red glitter and smaller round red glitter suspended in a jelly black base. It's a bit cooler toned than these pictures show - more of a true red. It applies pretty easily, but you need short brush strokes to avoid moving around the glitter too much. I love how this turned out - so dimensional, sexy, and full of va-va-voom! Perfect for Valentine's Day! Click to enlarge to see this saucy little minx up close!
I had been lemming Ruby Red Slippers something fierce, and I'm really glad I finally had the perfect occasion to wear it! Hubby LOVES it, so I consider that a huge WIN for this polish! The only down side, which I should have considered, is that the black base pretty much covered up Lubu Heels entirely. I thought they'd be a perfect match, but I could've just used one coat of a plain black and gotten the same effect. But don't think you need to layer this. Like Across the Universe, the base is colored enough to be opaque with three coats. Ruby Red Slippers retails for $18, and you can grab it at Nordstrom or www.lippmanncollection.com.
Just for funsies, here's Lubu Heels all by its lonesome:
This is two coats, and I just adore it! It's a black jelly base with red glitter. It's subtle, but sexy - a good alternative if you don't want to go all out with Ruby Red Slippers (or pay the hefty price for it). It's in the core line, so you can pick it up at Sally's or Ulta for about $6.
One more Lippmann left to try, so stay tuned! I'm sure as soon as it goes on, an instant lemming will be born for more Lippmanns. That's always how it goes, right? :-)