Saturday, April 27, 2013

7 Deadly Sins Challenge (Lust): Bed Of Roses

Hello! My week of minimal sleep and lots of study is finally over. I finished my last exam yesterday morning, and it went pretty well, I think. I'm in the midst of packing up my room now, and I'm heading back home tomorrow for the summer. My first year as a university student is complete, and summer awaits! Hopefully this means that I can focus more time on getting back on my blogging game :)

Here are my nails for day two of the deadly sins challenge. Today's prompt is: " Let your body talk and feel free to do whatever you want" while keeping with the lust theme. I decided paint some realistic roses on my nails. My thought process behind this was that roses are romantic and seductive, but also that every rose has its thorn... or something. I'm not sure, just go with it haha.

I've really been into these more realistic nature patterns. I'm experimenting a lot with shading and highlights, and less outlines. I really enjoy doing these because they feel very natural and actually less methodical. They're a lot easier than geometric prints and these only took about half an hour from start to finish.

I started with a base of OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons. I used a striping brush and Sephora by OPI And Then He Said... to paint the basic shape of the roses. I then shaded with American Apparel Port, followed by American Apparel Hassid and a bit of OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons to highlight. For the stems and leaves I used American Apparel Hunter followed by American Apparel Army Jacket for highlights.

Don't forget to visit the other participants in the challenge for more lust-themed nail art!



  1. Oh wow the roses look amazing! Tutorial maybe? :">

  2. Angbryn Pixelse27 April 2013 at 17:51

    Your roses turned out very lovely. Nice shading technique :)

  3. I love this, the roses look so real and pretty! The nude background keeps it mysterious in some kind of way:) xoxo

    Meant To Attend

  4. Paper Thin Nails27 April 2013 at 18:59

    Woah! You need to do a tutorial on this! They look so real and amazing!! :)

  5. This is stunning - I'm so impressed with the level of detail in the roses. And it's amazing it took you only 30 minutes! That would take me forever and it still wouldn't look like that. And congrats on finishing yur first year! =)

  6. Congrats on finishing your first year! Woohoo! :D
    You mani looks amazing! I love how detailed the roses are!

  7. OMG... This is just incredibly amazing... The colors, the shapes of roses, really beautiful!
    Congrats for your exams :)

  8. So gorgeous and realistic!! Beautiful!

  9. I love them, they look perfect! Quite rockmantic I have to say ^^

  10. You're really becoming one of my favorite nail artists! I love all of your designs (and your pictures). These roses look amazing, beautiful colors... hah I'm a fan! :)

  11. Eliana Jordán29 April 2013 at 17:09

    great blog!love your nail designs!do you want to follow each other?

  12. Vicky Standage1 May 2013 at 05:51

    Your freehand skills amaze me! I think this is the best rose mani I have ever seen, perfectly executed. Love it!