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Nail Art: Essie Flowerista Spring Manicure

Essie Flowerista Nail Art The Daily VarnishI’ve been getting back into nail art recently. I did a manicure inspired by a scarf from Handpicked. I also did a manicure inspired by some Marc Jacobs nail art. This manicure wasn’t inspired by a thing but a season; spring.

To say the least I have a definite case of spring fever. Baseball is back. It’s strawberry season. And while Charlotte is beautiful this time of year the pollen is also EVERYWHERE.

Julep Dawn reminds me a bit of pollen; it has just a smidgen of green in it. So I figured it’d be the perfect base for a spring inspired manicure.

To create the flowers I used essie Flowerista and a medium dotting tool. I overlapped 4 dots in a sort of circular shape. I let that dry then used essie Urban Jungle and the same dotting tool to add the dot in the middle of the flower. I also added some polka dots on the rest of the nail to fill some of the empty space.

I really love the way this manicure turned out. It has sort of vintage feel to it which I like. I do prefer this manicure matte (I used Pure Ice Frost Finish Matte Top Coat). But, just a general tip. If you want to use a matte top coat over nail art first use a regular top coat. Matte top coats will cause your nail art to smear (I learned the hard way).

Under the jump I included swatches of this manicure with a shiny and matte finish. While I like both I do prefer the matte look. But let me know which you like better!

If you don’t have dotting tools you can pick them up from Amazon or you can make your own. Also, if you don’t have a matte top coat you can DIY that as well.


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Nailspiration: Marc Jacobs Nail Art

Marc Jacobs Nail Art In the comments on my China Glaze Red-y to Rave post Nat and I were talking about mixing nude and neon polishes. That is one of my favorite summer trends. It was big last year and is still around this year. One of my favorite manicures from last summer was my Tried the Trend Nude […] Continue reading →

Nail Art: Tadashi Shoji Fall 2015

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2015 Nail Art Being that I am clearly obsessed with nail polish it’s only logical that I also follow fashion. I was browsing through the various runway shows from the most recent New York fashion week and I was really struck by the nails at the Tadashi Shoji show. Nude, subtle nails is a trend that apparently has […] Continue reading →

Valentine’s Day Manicure 2015

Valentine's Day Manicure COVER Happy Valentine’s Day! I know not everyone likes Valentine’s Day but I, for one, am a fan of a holiday that celebrates love. And chocolate. Even though chocolate isn’t the point but any holiday is better with chocolate. Anyway. While this manicure is red and pink I still think the fact that the base is […] Continue reading →

Super Bowl Nail Art Ideas!

Super Bowl Nail Ideas It’s that time of the year again; the Super Bowl is this weekend! That means it’s time to start thinking about your manicure for the big game. Because well….why not? I love an excuse to do a themed manicure. My hometown team (the Panthers) didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year but one […] Continue reading →

Nail Art: UGA Manicure

UGA Nail Art I imagine this post might confuse some of you that know I am an Auburn alumni so let me explain! The Belk Bowl is in Charlotte every year and this year Georgia played Louisville. One of my best friends went to Georgia and due to that I try, usually successfully, to put my hatred of […] Continue reading →

Happy New Year! 2015

New Year's 2014 Manicure Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun New Year’s Eve and a relaxing first day of 2015. Last night I rang in the New Year twice; once at Big Ben’s which is a British Pub that does a countdown when the clock strikes 12 in London and once at my favorite local bar. […] Continue reading →