Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Funky, Tribal Half Moon Mani!

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Good morning! Mr. Adventures In Acetone and I were walking around the mall last night (kid free!) and I came across a gorgeous shirt in one of the department stores. I wish they had it in my size, it was bright and chartreuse and I loved it! Also, I told the hubby that it would be an awesome nail polish color. Fast forward to this morning, as I'm sitting at my nail desk: I look up at the rack of OPI polishes and OMGOSH(!!) I have a polish the same color as the shirt! OPI Life Gave Me Lemons from the new Neon Collection-- I had forgotten about it because it's not a color I typically reach for to wear. 

I knew I wanted to do some kind of pattern over it, and I think I may have gone a little overboard with this mani. I tried to combine half moons with tribal print, but the other colors seem to have been washed out after I added the matte top coat.

  • I first started out with three coats of OPI Life Gave Me Lemons, a bright chartreuse creme that walks the line between yellow and lime green. 
  • Next, I used a script brush and Sinful Colors Black On Black to draw free hand half moon shapes. (If I had the time to be more patient, I would have preferred using half moon guides to get a better shape.)
  • From there, I used the script brush and black again to do vertical lines from the half moon to the tips.
  • I then filled them in with different colors in a random order: Illamasqua Seance, Milani Silver Stilettos, some were solid black, and the rest were left chartreuse. 
  • Then, randomly, I did different lines and dots in the same four colors in the different sections. 
  • I topped them with Seche Vite top coat, but then decided to make them matte, so Butter London Matte Finish was added on top.


There's a lot going on with this mani, so I'm undecided on if I like it or not. I'm still wearing it, though, so I like it enough to keep it on. I just wish that Seance and Silver Stillettos were brighter over the base color. What are your thoughts? Thanks for reading!

*Some of the polishes used were sent as samples and previously reviewed with my honest opinion. 
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  1. I don't think you went too far, I think it's fab! And I love the color on you! (You should totally find that shirt elsewhere in your size. ;) )

  2. Beautiful manicure! You definitely didn't go too far, the neon looks perfect paired with the tribal design

  3. i bought life gave me lemons and i havent even used it yet. shame on me.

  4. I don't think it's too much, the element and the colors play really well together. That is one lovely mani, and I'm happy you are keeping it :)

  5. Wow! I'm amazed at the detail you were able to get!

  6. i really like this and i think matte-ing it makes it that little bit different xx