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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 →

essie Vices Versa

essie Vices Versa The Daily Varnish Y’all. This nail polish has quite the story. Vices Versa is from last summer’s Too Taboo Neon collection. I got the entire collection and asked Katie if she wanted any of the polishes. She was insistent on me sending her Vices Versa. So like a good friend I mailed Vices Versa up to Richmond. That […] Continue reading →

Essie – Perennial Chic

essie - perennial chic Good morning, lovelies! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday weekend. We decided to have Easter lunch with my Nana so I chose this lovely peachy nude for the occasion. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll recall that my Nana considers the fingernails to be an extension of the fingers – and […] Continue reading →

essie No Chips Ahead

essie No Chips Ahead The Daily Varnish Earlier this month I ordered a couple new (to me) essie nail care products; No Chips Ahead and Second Shine Around. Honestly, I saw Second Shine Around in Nail It! magazine and was really interested in trying it. Since I wasn’t in love with the top coat I was using (China Glaze Fast Forward) I decided […] Continue reading →

essie – Picked Perfect

Essie - Picked Perfect Hey, hey, hey! It’s my favorite day! Every time a new polish collection comes out, Alli and I have a conversation that goes something like this: Alli: I just ordered some polishes from the new XYZ collection… Katie: Are there nudes? I WANT THE NUDES! This is how it worked out for essie’s Flowerista collection […] Continue reading →

essie Petal Pushers

essie Petal Pushers The Daily Varnish Spring officially arrives this week (thank goodness!). The weather has been warming up a bit so I’ve found myself reaching for a lot of what I’d call transitional polish colors. Petal Pushers is an absolutely perfect transition polish. Part of the Flowerista collection, essie describes Petal Pushers as a cool rain slate with red and […] Continue reading →

St. Patrick’s Day Manicure 2015

St. Patrick's Day Manicure 2015 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!! I hope everyone is wearing green today. When I was a kid I didn’t like green much (still not one of my favorite colors) so my parents always told me that since my last name was Fitzpatrick I didn’t have to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. I have no idea […] Continue reading →

essie Aruba Blue

essie Aruba Blue The Daily Varnish Finally after years and years of admiring Aruba Blue from afar it has landed in my collection. After seeing it used in several shows this past NYFW I just had to have it. And I have to say it didn’t disappoint. Essie describes this as paradise in a bottle and I’d have to agree! Aruba […] Continue reading →