Saturday, March 09, 2013

Edgy Cherry Blossom Nail Art

Hi everyone!

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!

21 comments:

  1. Ohh.. :( I broke my nail on the swatching hand too :( I hate it! :D
    Btw... This manicure is soooo pretty! :)

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  2. So lovely!! Love the colour and studs

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  3. Great manicure! I love your work Kayla, you're defintely my favorite nail artist!
    Looking forward to any new posts of yours.

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  4. So pretty, the design is genreal is so great!! I hope your nail recovers!! :)

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  5. Yet another beautiful, stunning manicure! And speedy recovery to your index finger!

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  6. That happens to me so often that now I just try to keep my nails at the shortest length or with a bit to spare to make life easier lol. I like the cherry blossoms you did.

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  7. This is a gorgeous mani! I love that you used the studs.

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  8. try being a dishwasher and a nail blogger at the same time! breaks happen so often for me! good thing it's only a temporary job! love this mani! may your break men's quickly! :)

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  9. Love these! Very cool that it's such different colours than you usually see with a cherry blossom look!

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  10. I broke two corners off nails on my swatching hand so I know how you feel.

    I love this cherry blossom mani, it's a really unique colour combination :)

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  11. gorgeous manicure! hope the nail will grow soon

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  12. Oh No! I know what you feel, hopefully your nail will grow back soon.

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  13. Awww my lovely Kim!!! I hope you'll be ok :)

    I know how you feel because i broke all my nails everyday haha!!


    Kiss!



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  14. I feel your pain. I am good at repairing my nails, and just posted my tea bag repair technique, have you ever tried it yet? I like to cut my nails down when I am ready, and this really helps. I love love your edgy and original artistic style, great job! : )

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  15. Gah, my sincerest condolences, Kayla! Totally love the edgy sakura, especially the way you incorporated the studs, and that brilliant blue is amazing!

    Good luck at the poker table! ^_^

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  16. so cute! and best wishes to your poor broken nail!

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  17. I'm always amazed by your nail arts. Awesome!

    Im with you for your nail-break. My medium one died too... :-/

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