Catching Fire is in its opening weekend! The Hunger Games is one of my favourite book series and I was really impressed with how well the first movie was translated and made, so I was infinitely excited to see the sequel on the big screen today. In celebration of the movie, I also finally bust out the Revlon by Marchesa 3D jewel appliqués nail art set that I received from Stephanie a few weeks ago (I’d been saving them for the right occasion, since they’re just so pretty). The Jeweled Noir design is delightfully in tune with Katniss’s outfits in the movie (black, gold, and red). The perfect combination indeed. As a first-timer of things such as nail art, I chronicled it with some pictures.
Since I first found out about the partnership between Revlon and Marchesa to produce nail art designed after some of the fashion designer’s most well-known dresses, I have been dying to get my hands on all of them as soon as humanly possible. I can spend hours staring at my laptop screen drooling over their dress designs. Little did I know, these appliqués are so limited edition that I literally must have visited over ten Shoppers Drug Marts without finding a single box. Steph was kind enough to put me out of my misery and gifted me with her box of Jeweled Noir.
Inside each box, one can find a mini filer, a cuticle pusher, and 18 jeweled stickers. Putting them on is not very difficult, but everyone else who has reviewed them suggests you take your time in applying them to ensure that they look pristine and also less likely to peel off within a matter of minutes. I followed Steph’s instructions and also a very helpful video by Leanne Colley of imabeautygeek.com. In short, here are the steps that I followed:
- Clean, trim, and file nails. Swipe with nail polish remover to remove any oil or dirt.
- Choose a sticker that is a size larger than your nail. Be sure to measure against all of your fingers first, so you don’t get stranded with a sticker too small when you’ve already begun applying. I found it was helpful to cut each sticker out from the sheet, so that if the shape isn’t perfectly matched up to your nail bed, you can easily trim the excess off before using.
- Apply sticker, starting at the nail bed, and press onto your nail, pulling lightly over the edge. Use the cuticle pusher to secure the sides.
- Use the nail file and gently swipe in a sideways/downward motion to remove the excess sticker.
Voila! Pretty nails. And I’ve got some excess stickers and trimmed strips to use at a later date. Beautiful, right? I’m at risk of staring at my fingernails for hours now. I hope to eventually be able to try all of the designs.
In related news, Catching Fire was astounding. Just as the first, the movie was superbly translated from novel to film (a rarity, as we all know). It was action-packed but extremely emotional. Exceptionally gratifying to loyal readers, but my dad and brother also really enjoyed it. Jennifer Lawrence is so, so, so talented. I’m always blown away by her performance. It’s been really interesting to see the reactions from those who have never read the books. I wish I could relive the shock of the twist for the first time – it had felt so good when I was reading it! But it’ll be even more rewarding when the non-readers watch Mockingjay. It seems the movie will be released in two parts, which I think is both good and bad: good because it will give them a chance to tell the story in full and draw out the fandom excitement for a little longer, bad because I’m not sure I’ll be able to wait very long after Part 1 to watch Part 2 (it’ll be like Deathly Hallows all over again)! Either way, I want to watch Catching Fire again very soon. It was absolutely superb.
Have you seen Catching Fire yet? And have you tried the Revlon by Marchesa nail art?