The Nail Files: Boho Chic

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This weekend marks my hetero-life-partner's Dirty Thirty. For months, her amazing boyfriend has been planning a massive party and I'm so excited that I have to resist the temptation to run around my living room while flailing my arms like a kid all hopped up on pixie sticks. The theme is boho-chic, as my HLP looooooves her some hippie-chic-ness, so in honour of her (and her party) I knew that I'd have to come up with an awesome mani. 

When I think of boho chic, two people come to mind: Stevie Nicks and Nicole Richie. Since I have a serious case of potty mouth, I naturally gravitate more towards Ms. Richie and because she's presently getting some flock flack for wearing an accessory with feathers, I was reminded of a technique that I've been meaning to try. So, I combined the new technique with a tried-and-true favourite and it ended up looking bitch'in (see, I told you that I can be potty-esque).

What I Used:

The Tutorial I Followed:

The End Result:

After going through The Nailsaurus's tutorial, I got to work. Starting with my feature fingers, I did one coat of I'm Not Lion and then layered the feathers on top. Now, the Nail-tually talented Nailsaurus stated that you should put 3 coats of Seche Vite BEFORE doing your final trim and let me tell you, that's sound advice. I didn't do it for my right thumb and it's still all jaggedy after FIVE coats of SV. You've been warned, haha!

For the other fingers, I started with two coats of Creative Fantasy and then did a gradient to black, using a makeup sponge. For a pictoral I did of how to get a great gradient, click here.

I'm torn between wearing one of two dresses to the shin-dig so this mani will work with either, which is good because I won't have much time on Saturday to do them. 

And the lovely Janie from Fortune Favors The Brave came up with the utterly brilliant idea to create a Pinterest board for The Nail Files. You can follow either Janie or myself to see them, and that way, if you miss a week or are just looking for some inspiration, you can see all of the pictures there! Like a LIBRARY OF NAIL FILES, which is freaking awesome because it's a combination of my two most favourite things: nails and books. So yeah, like I said, Janie really is a freaking genius.

Can't wait to see what you're all rocking this week!


Chelsea said...

I'm seriously loving this!! You have some major talent going on!!!

Kimberlee VDW said...

Love the idea of a Pinterest board - following now!

daydreaming beauty said...

PURPLE!! I love it!!

Crystal said...

Pretty love the purple!

Jen B said...

Your nails look amazing! Hope the party is awesome!

Toria Mason said...

Awesome! I really want to try the feather technique. I'll have to remember your advice when I finally do! :)

Lulubelle said...

Great idea about the Pinterest board and love your nail feathers!

aka Bailey said...

Such a cool technique! Where did you find your feathers? I've just started following all of your Pinterest boards - great idea having the Nail Files be their own board!


Drama Queens Mum (Kimberly) said...

Very nice. Love the purple.

Drama Queens Mum (Kimberly) said...

p.s. I just realized that I wasn't following you on Bloglovin' & Twitter. So I'm following on both now & I just added the button to my side bar.

lilliesandsilk said...

Ok, I'm loving your nails. The colors are really pretty, as are the design:) Enjoy your evening!

Lillies & Silk

Janie E. said...

I absolutely LOVE the purple and black gradient. That is just awesome!

And you are too kind. I don't know why I didn't think to suggest a board for the link up like a year ago. I'm obsessed with Pinterest lol.