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!


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

  2. Love the idea of a Pinterest board - following now!

  3. Your nails look amazing! Hope the party is awesome!

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

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

  6. 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!


  7. 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.

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

    Lillies & Silk

  9. 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.



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