Friday, December 6, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light, then and now

Rather than just doing a regular swatch post today, I thought I'd do something a little more fun. I wanted to wear Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light because it's so gorgeous, and then I remembered that the last time I wore it was almost exactly a year ago. I got it as a birthday present from my parents (cool parents, huh??) last year, when I was just starting out collecting nail polish. And it just so happens I took a picture of that mani!

Let's start with the pics I took today. Ray of Light is a beautiful indigo jelly with flakies that shift from pink through yellow to green. This is two coats, but I probably could have done with a third. (I'm just too impatient, heh.)

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

I love that I was able to capture the color shift in one shot! Here's another for good measure:

This polish is so drool-worthy. Can't stop looking at those flakies!

Now let's take a look at my picture from one year ago:

Ignoring the fact that I used horrible indoor lighting, you can see how much my manicure skills have improved in a year! I knew enough to clean up my cuticles, but left a mess around the edges of my fingers. And I didn't bother to shape or grow out my nails. And obviously my ability to pose has improved since I've started blogging!

I really enjoyed looking through my pictures of manicures I did last year. I think it would be a lot of fun to re-create (and improve upon) more of them!

Feel free to share any old, embarrassing mani pics with me in the comments!


  1. I love this concept! Really awesome to see the transformation! As for me, I usually did okay with staying vaguely inside the lines but I did not understand what a flooded cuticle was! I remember thinking these were sooo good:

    1. Haha, I definitely have some pictures like that! My original method of clean-up was "get polish all over my cuticles, then pick it off in the shower". No good...

  2. I have to say your nail skills have improved :) I love the flakies, their different colors in the deep blue base must look gorgeous!

  3. Gorgeous! I so want this polish, haha. Every time there's a sale, this one is already sold out by the time I get to it, though.

    Also, great improvement in those photos! I look at my old pics and just criiiiinge.