Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ASBMF- Day 4- April Showers

So, I've been writing papers and finishing projects non-stop for the last 2 days while going to work a few times too. My brain is mush and I'm still not done! I told myself I needed a break and doing my nails is definitely a great one! Hooray for working the creative part of the brain!

Next on my ASBMF Challenge is April Showers. I wasn't sure how I wanted to approach this design, so I put it off for a bit. Good thing I did! The last 2 days have been nothing but rain  in April and provided me with the inspiration I needed.

I knew I wanted to start with a gray base since rainy days are usually dreary. I looked through my stash I found the perfect gray polish- Barielle U-Concrete-Me. It was the perfect watery gray I needed for a rainy day! I applied 2 coats of it.

Looking outside, I spotted the Rhododendron bush that has been in full bloom for a few days now. Perfect addition to my gray background, says me! So, with the dotting tool, I took my bright pink- Essence Ultimate Pink- and made informal flower designs. Then, I took my green striper brush and added a few leaves. The black striper brush was used to add the center dots/stamens to the flowers. Next on my list was to add some rain for the April showers. I figured I'd keep with the really informal look of this manicure and simply took the blue striper brush and made a few quick swishes down the nail. Here's what it looked like:

Not horrible. I actually quite liked it. Yet, I felt as though something was missing. So I looked through my polishes again and pulled out Jesse's Girl Fire Fly. It's a clear based polish with color shifting micro glitter. It reminded me of the shimmer of dew so I snatched it up and applied it to my thumb nail for a test.

Gah! I didn't know if I liked it....it showed up more gold on my nail than in this picture...and gold just doesn't make me think of dew. But I continued to examine my thumb nail...and thought a bit. I rocked my finger back and forth, watching as the colors shifted in different light. I didn't hate it. It started to grow on me. I kept it! I applied to the rest of my nails!

I'm really glad I kept it. It added that extra oooomph! I think it actually resembles the decreased viability that goes along with a particularly heavy spring rain. It really does invoke a rainy day feeling. I know it's suppose to be "showers" but here, in Northeastern Pennsylvania....April is unpredictable and more often than not, we end up having spring downpours!

Colors I used in this manicure.

I hope you all enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Really pretty. Love the thumb pic. Came out great.

  2. I really like this! Its so creative! :)

  3. Looks great! Sometimes ideas just take a little time. Good thing you waited, because this mani looks really lovely!

    1. Thank you! I'm also glad I waited! Can't rush the creative process.

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  5. wow very pretty nails!!! I wish I had the patience for it!

  6. Wow!!! That looks amazing! I am jealous of your skills:)

  7. Thank you, everyone! You're really making me blush!

  8. CUTE!!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check it out here: http://mandyspolish.blogspot.com/2012/05/versatile-blogger-award.html