Thursday, 4 August 2011

In case you don't already know, I'm a bit of a nail freak. I always like to have mine neat, filed and often painted. And while I'm open to trying unusual colours, I'm a bit of a rookie when it comes to patterns or irregular styles, so I was surprised when I found myself quite taken with this photo. And when I decided to replicate the look, I even went a little further by using more nail varnish colours than shown in the picture, and I'm really pleased with how they turned out - fun, yet still uniform.

OPI Tickle My France-y, OPI Hong Kong Sunrise, Rimmel Coralicious, Mavala The Elle Red, Max Factor Ruby Fruit

My latest purchase was the OPI Hong Kong Sunrise shade. It's a few seasons old as far as I know, but I was just browsing and had to get it, and I'm so glad I did. I'm not usually too keen on shimmery colours - I tend to go for the 'milkier' types - but it's just a gorgeous summer colour with a subtle sparkle. What really surprised me though was The Elle Red by Mavala. I'd never tried Mavala nail varnishes before but got this colour free with my Elle Subscription, and it's stunning! Everybody needs their staple red nail polish, and this is most definitely mine. The consistency is incredible, and leaves the most perfect smooth finish and it still hasn't chipped after a good 4 days or so. Seriously, I recommend Mavala.

After I'd finished my nails and was sat in my garden, I noticed that the coral colour on my ring finger was very similar to the petals on a rose plant next to me. And as I was walking round later on I found that more flowers pretty much matched my nails, so I got a few shots to compare. I think the gradual changes in the colours are perfect for the summer, and recommend it if you've got a bunch of nail varnishes with a little left in the bottom that need using up.

Will be at a festival until Sunday, so I wont be updating (who am I kidding, I'm awful at posting regularly anyway). Have a great week!


  1. loving the photos, so much fun
    love this!
    you've got such a great blog, keep it up!


  2. Beautiful colours; I really need some more OPI. Have a great time at the festival! x

  3. oooh I love all of these colours! not thought of painting them in all diff colours before.

  4. You must have such patience to get your nails looking so perfect! my varnish always chips almost immediately, no matter how industrial strength it is. Which festival are you at? Big Chill?

  5. I love this post!
    I love how you were influenced so much and then highlight the post with the relation to the flowers in your garden! Maybe its my artistic side coming out thats appreciating this post so much haha.
    lovely nail colours and yer your really patient at perfecting your nails, i cant, mine are alway so messy hah.

    The Trend Palette

  6. like you, i always need my nails to be short and neat, but love colors too! i love how your nail shades were inspired by the flowers

  7. You. Rock. The colour combination is lovely. I especially like the plum.

  8. awesome gradient nails! i've gotta try this!!