Friday, January 18, 2013

Island Girl

Hey all! The work week has come to a close; time for some R&R, no? :) A couple of days ago I got an anonymous message on Tumblr requesting a tropical nail design. It's freezing outside and the threat of snow is looming so I thought, why not? We could all use a nice warm vacation right now. Unfortunately, that won't be happening for me any time soon so the next best thing was to bring the fun to my nails :)

I immediately thought of palm trees and sunsets but I don't think that's really my thing, you know? :P So I went on COLOURlovers, a great site for palette and pattern inspiration, and found this fun colour palette. With that I created this hibiscus and tribal tropical design. I'm very pleased with how this one worked out. It involved a lot more detail than my usual looks but it was worth the extra time! :)


I started with American Apparel California Trooper on all of my nails. Using the polish brush from American Apparel The Valley I painted a little less than half of the nail near the cuticle. For the tribal print I added stripes of colour with the polish brushes from American Apparel Sunset Blvd and American Apparel Manila. I used a white striping polish for the designs and a dotting tool. For the hibiscus flowers I used a striping brush and American Apparel Sunset Blvd with American Apparel Malibu Green for the leaves.

Have you or will you be escaping to a tropical paradise? My last vacation was Christmas 2011 so I'm aching for a bit of sunshine and warmth. I'd love to read about your favourite vacation in the comments below :)

BRITTNEY XO

18 comments:

  1. I love this ! Awesome :)

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  2. The result is freaking awesome, I must say! The flowers contrast with the tribal, and I love it VERY MUCH, ha!

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  3. It's been snowing like crazy the past couple of days in Germany so thank you for this design! It warms me up immediately ^.^ I love the color combi you use and the design itself is very clean. My fav vacation place would be Vietnam I guess. Having a good time with family and friends, plus it's warm there xD

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  4. argh don't make me think of summer, it's snowing right now!

    chloe @chlowitty blogs

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  5. This looks so wonderful! Makes me want to go to the islands ;)

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  6. Raindrops of Sapphire18 January 2013 at 15:52

    Oh those nails are gorgeous! I really like your blog! I'm glad that I found it! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits, personal style, likes and much more :) :)

    www.raindropsofsapphire.com

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  7. wow the design looks amazing! :O

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  8. wowwee, these are amazing (:

    xx

    http://laurathroughthelens.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. This is so beautiful, I love the hibiscus flowers you did!

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  10. These are gorgeous! I love your hibiscus flowers!

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  11. Ooh what a pretty tropical mani! I love the flowers! They look amazing :D

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  12. Girl, these are ay-MAZING! The design itself is fabulous--I love the combination of the geometric and the flowery--and you did a spectacular job with it. And I'm totally crushing on the colours!

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  13. Yun, The Polish Hideout20 January 2013 at 20:51

    This is super cute and tropical! I love it, especially the flowers! :-)


    ~ Yun

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  14. Holy friggin frack!! I can't sat how much I love these nails!!! This design and colour scheme is gooooorgeous!! I might be trying my hand at something like this in the future... genius! :D

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