So first of all, if you follow me on twitter, you probably know that yesterday I had a tragic nail break on my swatching hand, which is pretty much the worst thing ever for a nail blogger.
I managed to patch the nail up with some nail glue, Orly Nail Repair Powder, and some Entity 1 clear gel, but I had to stop my swatching marathon that I had just started because acetone kept removing the patch. I'm heading to Sally's today to pick up some non-acetone remover, so hopefully that'll help and I'll be able to continue swatching. But I did miss a whole day that I had planned on dedicating to swatching, so posts might be less frequent over the next few days while I catch up.
Anyways, tonight David and I are heading over to a friend's house for a fun game of poker and I wanted to wear a fun manicure. I'm still obsessed with the studs I got from eBay, so I knew I wanted to incorporate those. I started thinking about unique ways to use them, and I somehow landed on cherry blossoms. I did a cherry blossom mani a long time ago (almost 2 years ago, actually!), and even a tutorial for it, but this is definitely different.
I wanted a vibrant base colour that would go well with the colour scheme I had in mind for the cherry blossom trees, so I went with Illamasqua Noble, a vivid cyan blue. I then used my medium length striping brush and Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme to create the tree branches. For the flowers, I used my a few different sized dotting tools and my favourite nude polish - OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons. Finally, I added the gold studs (which are 1.5mm, by the way) in the middle of the larger flowers and topped everything off with a coat of Seche Vite.
I really like how this turned out! I love that the colour scheme and the studs bring an edgy vibe to the mani, while the delicate cherry blossoms keep it soft at the same time.
Thanks for looking! And be sure to wish my poor index nail a short and easy recovery!