Day 62

Day 62: Nail art March Challenge–floral

vintage rose nail artPictorial time.

I have been putting this manicure on the back burner for a while, just because it seemed really challenging for me. In fact, this is way way easier than it looks. As always I do have to apologize for the quality of pictures. I really have to do something with the lighting in this house…

1. Paint your base color. For this manicure I wanted to do something a little off beat. I always see mint green and light pinks, so I chose gray. Gray is actually one of my favorite colors–shades…whatever. This is actually more of a misty blue gray by Orly called Boho Bonnet.

2. This part requires no nail art tools at all. I just simply took the brush out off the bottle of this pretty butter London color–Scoundrel and dabbed small dots around the nail. They don’t have to be perfect since roses aren’t perfectly round anyways, the bumpier the more characteristic. Do try to avoid getting gobs of nail polish on your nail. This is just to help hasten the whole process–the more the polish, the longer the drying time.

3. With a short thin brush I used essie Bond with Whomever to get the highlights of the rose petals. There was no method to this part either. Just dip your small brush in a drop of paint and make random strokes within your flower dot. By making strokes in different directions it gives your roses a little more of a natural look.

4. With the same brush, dip into a nice leafy green color. For my roses I used essie Mojito Madness. This is the fun part because this is where the manicure comes to life. You can really paint leaves wherever you like to fill in the blank spaces and it gives your flowers a nice little pop.

I couldn’t just leave my accent finger blank so I painted stripes using the two purples I used to paint my roses.

I encourage everyone to try this flirty girly manicure. It’s easier than it looks, trust me!

Happy polishing!

 

Day 51

Day 51: Orly Decoded

Orly decoded

 

I’m not going to lie, when I walked over to my nail polish rack I was planning on grabbing a hot pink. I looked at the top shelf and I “discovered” this bottle. I don’t even remember buying this–that’s when you know you have a problem!!

Either way it works! For the past week we have been getting weather temperatures in the 70-80s and then all the sudden it starts raining an rain is in the forecast for tomorrow! The color is a deep gray cream that packs a lot of shine. This is without a top coat and you can almost make out my reflection! This polish went on smoothly with no issues. I’m glad I unknowingly bought this one!! =)

Happy polishing!!

Day 48

Day 48: Orly Mirror Mirror

Orly Mirror Mirror

 

I am absolutely loving this color! I love the light gray especially for today’s weather. Today started out sunny and it is slowly fading to overcast, but it is still warm outside. I thought today would be a good opportunity to squeeze in a semi-fall color before we get into full blown spring weather. This polish not only has an amazing color, it has an amazing consistency and it dries fast. It is opaque with one good coat, but it doesn’t have that thick consistency that most creams do. This is actually pictured without a top coat so that means there is plenty of shine packed into this polish. If you plan on wearing it for longer than a day then don’t forget your top coat!!

Happy Polishing!

PS. I just started my first nail art contest on instagram. If you are an instagramer and want to try and win some swag follow @polished_me! Good luck!! Contest ends April 15th!