Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ABC Challenge: Flowers

I ended up doing a flower manicure because my two ideas prior to this were huge FAILS! lol. Yes, and that starts with an F!

Anyways, for this I used a base of China Glaze For Audrey and did a subtle gradient with OPI Fly (Yeah...you see what I did there? ;)) Then added some dried flowers. That seemed too bland for me, so I added some little iridescent sequins around the flowers, and it was perfect. I don't know how well it translates to pictures, but it really looked like flowers floating on sparkling blue water. I went shopping the next day and got tons of compliments on them!

Also, if you ever want to use dried flowers, my tip is to put them on tacky polish and then use a nice thick top coat to seal them on. That works the best. I didn't do that with my index finger (that's always my trial and error finger)...I had tried putting the top coat on first, then putting the flower on. It ended up falling off. But the rest were sealed in securely.







49 comments:

  1. Wow it does really look like flowers floating on some magnificent island's water... ^^ I am glad you were hugely complimented on them, that's always so nice! :)

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    1. Thank you! And yes, it is. I hate when I spend a bunch of time on a mani that no body notices! lol.

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  2. This mani makes me so happy! I love the spring/summer feeling to it :)

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  3. Wow this really looks incredible. I love it!

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  4. I've never seen anything like this before. It really does look like flowers on water. Pretty cool.

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    1. It looked really neat in person, too!

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  5. This mani is so festive and funny, I love it! <3

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  6. As soon as I seen your mani I instantly thought Hawaii! Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! That is somewhere that I definitely would love to visit!

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  7. I can see why got so many compliments Sarah! This is so beautiful!!!
    Also thanks for the tip on the dried flowers. I have some but I've never tried them.

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    1. Thank you! :) You should try them sometime! They really make for a visually enticing manicure.

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  8. They look like flowers floating in water - so pretty!

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  9. This manicure is SO cute, I love it! It's perfect for spring!

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    1. Thanks :) I will probably be wearing it again!

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  10. Cuuuuute - I'm planning to use dried flowers for my "flower" day in the challenge I'm doing! Yay!

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany! I really had fun with them :)

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  11. These are absolutely perfect!! They look just like a perfect Spring day!!

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    1. Awwww, thank you! I'm sure I will do them again when it's actually spring time! lol.

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  12. Wow, nice job, this is so perfect for spring!!

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  13. I have nominated you for Liebster Award. http://itsallaboutthepolish.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/ive-been-lucky-enough-to-have-been.html :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! :) I am flattered that you thought of me!

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  14. Oh this is just gorgeous!! I have never seen this before. Are they are real flowers? Im intrigued! :)

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    1. Hmmmm...I think they are real flowers. They are dried, though, so they are very brittle and fragile. You have to use tweezers when you handle them. They are sold on Amazon, Ebay, and Born Pretty Store. Probably other places, too, but those are the most predominant.

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  15. The index looks the best for me! This mani is amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I love how the pink popped against the blue base!

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  16. Very cute!! I'm a florist so I love flower manicures! <3

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    1. I am not a florist, but I love flower manicures! lol.

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  17. Oh my gosh, these are so cute! I love that the flowers stand up against the base! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thanks! The flowers had such bright and fun colors! :)

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  18. OMG!!! Love them!!! They have a 3D effect!!

    Kelly
    xoxo

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  19. What a beautiful mani Sarah! You did great!

    Flowers can be pretty tricky to get on the nail nicely cos they break so easy. When I use them with gel I always use a piece of plastic wrap to press them against the nail smoothly. I don't know if that technique would work with a top coat.

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    1. Thank you, Ria. Great idea with the plastic wrap. I will have to try that next time!

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  20. Oh, honey. I must tell you that I was a bit concerned what I'd find here after learning about your "F"-ing difficulties in our Facebook group. Sarah! It turned out SUPERB and STUNNING. This is a very creative mani that you've knocked right out of the park. Love how the glitter suggests a pond of water. Love how the flowers so beautifully complement the concept.

    You did a FABULOUS (another "F") job!

    Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!!!!!

    Lisa xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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    1. Thank you so much!! I had first tried flames and then feathers, but both were horrible! I'm glad I ended up with this :)

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  21. Love it! Now I want to try out the dried flowers Ive had stashed away for over a year! Great mani!

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    1. You definitely should! Even if just for an accent nail!

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  22. I lvoe this! So delicate and springy! I just picked up some dried flowers so I'm going to have to give this a try!!

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    1. Thank you!! I bought a bunch of nail art stuff and wanted to try the dried flowers before anything!

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  23. I had the worst time this week, everything I did semmed to fail, so I hear ya there sister!! This turned out so super cute, the color Columbia are fab!!

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    1. That was supposed to say color combo - darn auto correct!

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    2. lol!! Thank you, the color Columbia is great ;)

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