Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Spring maple leaves? TPTC

Hey y'all!

Let me start off by wishing my mommy a very happy birthday today.  I wish I could be there to celebrate it with her, but such is life.  Today I took some very LOOSE inspiration from my husband's little maple trees that live in front of our house.  Their spring colors seems to be green and greenish yellow tinged with red.  They're quite pretty, and I wanted to sort of play with the colors in some nail art.  I cannot confess to these actually looking anything like maple leaves, but whatever...

spring maple leaf leaves nail art


In creating today's look, I actually wound up using all Barry M products.  I don't know why but that usually makes me really pleased with myself when I do an entire mani using all colors from the same manufacturer.  Is that weird?  Don't answer.

spring maple leaf leaves nail art
L-R: Barry M Plum, Key Lime, Blood Orange, Gold Foil
This is basically what results from giving me a couple of NurofenPlus, a mug of Irish coffee, and sending me to my den.  I probably could have planned this out better but mostly I just started painting.

spring maple leaf leaves nail art

It all began with two coats of the lovely Key Lime on all nails.  I adore this color but it needs nail art on my fingers, otherwise it makes my fingers look kind of yellow.


spring maple leaf leaves nail art

When it was dry, I used the very edge of a makeup wedge to sponge irregular lines of Plum along the side of my nail.  Again, there wasn't a whole lot of forethought behind this; I just kind of went with it, and the technique doesn't even really show since I ultimately covered up most of it with the gold.  

spring maple leaf leaves nail art

I then took my fine detail brush and used it to splat on Blood Orange around the outline of the purple splodges in some mocking semblance to my inspiration maple leaves. 

spring maple leaf leaves nail art

I'm so, so sorry, maple leaves.   Unsatisfied with the results, I decided to add some veining with the Gold Foil and that same detail brush.  I'm not sure this made it better.  However, I was feeling NO pain, so I was okay with the decision.  I added the rhinestones on my two middle fingers somewhere during my second mug of spiked coffee, because bling is always prettier when you're working on a good weekend morning drunk.

spring maple leaf leaves nail art

After taking a few pics of it as-is, I thought, hey, I should matte that!  So I did on all the nails that didn't have rhinestones with Sally Hansen Big Matte. 

spring maple leaf leaves nail art

spring maple leaf leaves nail art

I kind of wish I'd done it before I added the rhinestones, because I quite prefer it matte to glossy.  

spring maple leaf leaves nail art

In any event, I hope you enjoyed today's drunken nail art.  Maybe I should make this a series.  What do you think?




15 comments:

  1. This is really super cute! I especially like it matte!

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  2. Never heard of or tried out this brand of nail polish before. But wow, those results do look /seriously/ good. I think they do kind of resemble maple leaves as well, you know :) You used a good mix of colours which perfectly go well with the background. I might try these out you know, without the jewels though.

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    1. Thank you! I would love to see them!

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  3. I really like this look, especially in the Matte as it makes the gold really eye catching x

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    1. Thank you! I love how matte makes the shiny things stand out.

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  4. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your inspiration for this!!!

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    1. Thank you! They are really lovely little trees, but I am glad I'm not the caretaker or I'd probably kill them!

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  5. I fell in love with these when I saw them, I think you did a grand job, I love the idea, inspiration and story you gave! Love it! Before I go, I would really love for you to take part in my World Cup comp - I won't post the link because I don't want to spam but you'll find it on my blog, don't worry if you don't want to, just thought I'd mention it just in case because I'd love to see what design you come up with (maybe another drunken one would be fun :p) xx

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    1. Thank you! Can't wait to find out what team I get!

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  6. Oh and I forgot to mention that the nails look even better in matte, it makes them look more realistic :D

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  7. I do the same. I get kinda proud of myself when I complete a look within polishes from the same brand :)

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  8. These are awesome! You could do a drunk polish series, like the youtube show: My Drunk Kitchen. Very funny!

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    1. That needs to be a video series! Challenge: accepted!

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