15 August 2013

Leaves on Orly Au Champagne

With my nails (and wrist) in traction this week, I shuffled through my dwindling stockpile of nail pics and came across what was probably one of my favourite manicures yet--and it wasn't even technically finished!

nail art leaves on orly au champagne

I started this manicure with Orly Au Champagne, which is all kinds of shimmery, satin-y gorgeousness. Now, this was three months ago, so I couldn't swear I didn't put down a layer of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls first, but the bulk of it is definitely the Orly--I specifically went out and overpaid for a second bottle just so I could do a full mani without worrying over using it up...

Anyway, back from that fascinating derailment, I went on to add a whole bunch of leaves with acrylic paint. I had maybe three different mixes of green next to each other and kept switching them up so that the leaves would have some good depth and variation. The idea was to have a lush jungle or fern-like background to paint some bright flowers on top of, but when I paused to let the leaves all dry, I kinda fell in love with it, just the way it was, and decided to stop right there.

nail art leaves on orly au champagne

Part of the reason I love it so much is nostalgia--it reminds me of that "ivy-covered everything" decorating trend from the mid-90s...and yes, I did just date myself a little bit, so...hey, how about a macro to show off that beautiful Orly Au Champagne?

nail art leaves on orly au champagne

This is definitely one of those polishes I'm going to want to keep a backup of. That soft shimmer is just so pretty! And I can always paint flowers over the leaves another time--just this once it was nice to let the leaves stand out on their own.

20 comments:

  1. Good You didn't add any flowers ;) This looks amazing the way it is.

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  2. Beautiful! I think this one is perfect as it is.

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  3. This is really pretty, very different too. Nice work!

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  4. I love it this way! Maybe after a day or two I would have added some flowers, just to try that out before taking the mani off... Just in case it made it even better! :p But it looks perfect on its own!

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  5. It is absolutely beautiful - love it!

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  6. I adore - LOVE - LOVE, LOVE Au Champagne - it's like no other white/cream anything I have. Gorg leaves

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  7. I love love loooove this!!! Orly Au Champagne is a favourite of mine as well! :D
    I hope that you feel better soon!!!! *hugs*

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  8. Orly Au Champagne is a perfect base and your leaves are gorgeous! :-)

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  9. This is so beautiful. I love everything about it from the shine in the base to the colors and brush strokes of the leaves.

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  10. So pretty!!! I'm glad you kept it like this because I love the leaves.

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  11. I love the colours in this, the different greens give it so much depth!

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  12. These are so gorgeous! I love this with just the leaves!

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  13. These are fabulous! I hope you feel better soon!

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