Saturday, September 14, 2013

31DC2013 Day 14 - Flowers

Today I have for you a floral manicure for Day 14 of the 31 Day Nail Challenge. I have had this manicure in head ever since reviewing the OPI Euro Centrale collection, although I didn't get a chance to try it at that time. It has been begging to be brought to reality ever since and I'm so excited to finally be 'forced'/ have an excuse to try it thanks to this challenge...

For this manicure I used six lacquers from the spring OPI Euro Centrale collection, starting with a base of My Vampire is Buff. I roughly sponged five petal flowers using You're Such A Budapest (violet), My Paprika is Hotter than Yours (coral red) and Can't Find My Czechbook (baby blue). I also sponged the center of each flower with Oy-Another Polish Joke!, a gold glass fleck polish. Using a striping brush, I drew the petals and dotted the flower centers with black acrylic paint...

I just love how this turned out and seriously, I'm so happy to finally get this out of my head and onto my nails to share with you! I really wanted to try this abstract short of flower...

I figured that a fresh swatch of My Vampire is Buff wouldn't hurt either. It is a beautiful soft ivory cream. Good application and it is opaque in two coats. I initially wasn't planning to re-swatch it so my application was messy and because of that I added a third coat to even everything out for these photos. This is one of my favorite neutral bases for nail art. Swatches are with no top coat...

Swatch Details
Brand: OPI
Collection: Euro Centrale, Spring/Summer 2013
Color Name/Number:  My Vampire is Buff, NL E82
Number of coats: 3
Top Coat: No

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

I'd love to know what you think of this manicure!
Do you have any ideas floating around in your head that you just haven't had time to execute?

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. You're right, it's a beautiful base for this nail art! And I adore your flowers! :-)

  2. Just... beautiful!! You know, I had to re-read the part you mentioned you roughly sponged the petals... I wasn't really believing that was sponging and so I zoomed it lool. It's done beautifully and Anutka, please to get your ideas out of your head more often! ;) kisses,


    P.S: OPI My Vampire is Buff is also one of my favorite bases for nail art.. but I'm always upset it requires 3 coats..

  3. Beautiful design! Love this so much!

  4. oh what are you doing! only yesterday I was thinking to buy the Vampire or not.. now I think I'll buy it :D

  5. SO lovely! My Vampire Is Buff is my go-to nail art base! <3

  6. This is a really great look. For me it's not really the lack of time that's a problem, but the lack of talent. I have a lot of ideas that are waiting to be done when I get my skills up to par.

  7. Love it, the flowers look awesome!

  8. Thank you all for your wonderful and sweet comments! I'm glad that you like this flower art! It means a lot to me :)

    @Cristina Santos, I do need to get more ideas out! Thank you :)
    MBSW, is another favorite for sure!

    @Mari Lumme, I'm sorry to tease you so! This is the perfect base though! I can't even imagine what amazing manis you'd create with it :)

    @Emiline Harris, keep practicing! It definitely gets better! For me, doing challenges such as this 31 day challenge really boosts the skills!

  9. These flowers are so pretty and girly, imaginatively created to look like, to me, water colors. I'm 51 y.o. and all my outside voice can come up with is, "Squee! So cute!!"

  10. Lovely. The effect of the sponged polish filled flowers is great.

  11. @Delphi, squee! Thank you so so much <3

    @Alexis, I'm so glad you like it! Thank you :)


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