Friday, January 30, 2015

January BHB Mani Swap

Mani Swap with my nail thread buddy Scoutie!  You can find her on IG as @manimaninails.  Go check out her page, she's very talented and has some great video tutorials posted!

I chose to recreate her ruffian roses mani, but with a little twist of my own.  More pics and info after the jump!

Antique Style Roses in a Ruffian style mani


BHB Mani Swap, originals on left, recreations on right


Goodness my part of the photo in the grid is dark!  I really need to get a lightbox.

Anyway, I was in love with Jac's mini roses in a ruffian style.  I picked out colors I thought would be appropriate, only to realize that Zoya Jacqueline (hehehe, although not spelled the same) was a little more buff than I intended.  I went with it, and figured OPI Don't Speak 18k gold topper would complement it well.

L-R: OPI Nail Envy, Zoya Jacqueline, Zoya Savita, Zoya Anthea, Zoya Carey, Zoya Kierra, Zoya Veruschka, OPI Don't Speak, KBShimmer Clearly on Top

So I started with a base of two coats of Zoya Jacqueline.  This formula was pretty nice to work with, a little streaky on the first coat, but much better with a second thicker coat.

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Zoya Jacqueline, two coats no topcoat

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Zoya Jacqueline, two coats no topcoat

I dotted on the base of the roses in a ruffian-style manner, then used a medium striping brush to add detail to the roses.  I used only a teeny bit of polish on the brush for the detail.  This took much longer than I planned for, but I am not great at freehand art so I had to take it slow.  

Progress of my rose nail art

I used the same brush to add the leaves, although I did not grab another polish to highlight the leaves for better detail, so I need to remember that for next time I do roses.

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Ruffian Style Roses

After I finished the roses, I dabbed on OPI Don't Speak gold topper on the tips of my nails, and then blended it down between the roses.  I didn't want to put it over the roses and I was actually thrilled with how it turned out.

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Ruffian Style Antique Roses


Have you done any ruffian-style nail art?  Drop a link to your blog post, I'd love some more inspiration!

22 comments:

  1. I love this! I've never seen roses placed that way on the nail. It's a really pretty look!

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    1. Thank you! I can't take credit for the idea, I simply recreated it, but I love the way it looks too. =)

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  2. I'm planning to do some ruffians for V day :) your roses are stunning!

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to see your ruffians! =)

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  3. I love this! It's very pretty and feminine and I love how you added Don't Speak on top.

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  4. This is so classic elegant!! Reminds me of s Victorian Tea Room ^_^

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  5. I don't think I'd have the patience to do this mani. Props to you! The roses are so detailed!

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    1. Hehe, thank you, Katey! I typically don't freehand because I too lack patience!

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  6. Zoya Jacqueline is one of my fave nude kind of polishes. Love the way your roses came out. This is a lovely mani.

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    1. Thank you, Roselynn! It looks like a dupe for OPI My Vampire Is Buff, which I also have and love.

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  7. These are so pretty, I'd love to try something like this on my nails! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. This is lovely! You both did a great job on the swap. :)

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