Sunday, January 23, 2011

NotD – The French of Idleness

I tend to doodle when I’m bored or when I’m listening to someone talk without taking notes. Somehow I can’t just sit with my hands idle. And these days I have a tendency to draw nails and try various designs. During a slightly tedious presentation I happened to come up with an embellished french manicure that I really wanted to try out. However, I don’t think that this would look all that pretty with traditional cream/pastel pink and white (which I’m not too hot on anyway) so I chose less than traditional colours.

This is what I used for this design:

  • OPI Nail Envy Soft & Thin
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener
  • OPI Gargantuan Green Grape
  • OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui
  • Seche Vite

First I applied my base coats, three coats of Gargantuan Green Grape and sealed the polish with Seche Vite. I already swatched and reviewed Gargantuan Green Grape here, but since I had the camera out anyway (and it’s so much better than the old one) I took another photo in three coats:

The design is a bit tricky. I used Suzi Says Feng Shui and a fairly fine dotting tool to apply arcs and such. I cheated and elongated the nails by making the line a the tip relatively skinny, about half of my actual free tip. I cleaned up the blue polish where I outlined the nail and added another coat of Seche Vite.

Random BTW: I’m always amused when I give my cuticles a Lemony Flutter soak and I can judge that day’s circulation by it melting or not. No idea why it amuses me so.
Do you have moments like that?

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