Friday, July 11, 2014

I'm Dreaming of Sun, Sand and Something Tropical!

Hello Loves!  I have a super fun summer mani to show you today.  This one started out at midnight on a Saturday night and had me cursing by 1:00 am, but the end result is fabulous if I do say so myself!  I had originally planned to do an Independence Day manicure when I started, but it took on a life of it's own and I just went with it.
Tropical Flowers Manicure, Revel Nail Gel Polish Kodie, Couture Gel Polish

I started with a base of two coats of Revel Nail Gel Polish in Kodie (swatched here).  I adore this frosty blue!  I then free-handed the white petals with Couture Ooh La La French (swatched here).  Once those were cured, I went back with a super fine detail brush and added the red accents to the flowers with Couture Fierce (swatched here).  This is the part that had me cursing.  Adding fine details with a brush the width of an eyelash to the nails on my dominant hand was quite the challenge!  I finished the first hand in 30 minutes.  The second hand took me an hour and a half (including breaks to make a pot of coffee and find a few toothpicks to hold my eyelids open).  Was it worth it?  I think so.  I wore this one for a week and received dozens of compliments on it.
Tropical Flowers Manicure, Revel Nail Gel Polish Kodie, Couture Gel Polish

Want to see a closeup of the flowers?  Yes?  No?  I'm super proud of them, so I'm going to show you either way.  lol 
Tropical Flowers Nail art, Gel Polish

I honestly think the only way I could love this mani more is if I had a beach to wear it to that week.  This girl needs a vacation with sun and sand!



  1. That detail work is amazing!! And the mani turned out to be so gorgeous! I'm definitely inspired. :)

  2. That's gorgeous! I love the red detail.

  3. It does look amazing. We all wish we could paint that well, even in 2 hrs. :) Very eye catching.

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