Thursday, 22 July 2010

NOTD - French Manicure

Hi Everyone,
I'm spending my summer away from home but luckily I found internet access, and brought my camera. Hopefully I can keep the blog updated, but apologies in advance if blog posts are a bit sparse!

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I've always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with French manicures, however I decided to give it another go after re-purchasing Barry M's Nail Paint - 66 Matte White (which isn't matte, it's a flat bright shade of white which definitely has a glossy finish). I painted my tips as neatly as I could and then corrected any mistakes and shaped the smile line using a small brush and nail polish remover.


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I'm happy with the way the manicure turned out - I'm just not sure if I like it on my own nails as it makes them look very false, like I've gone out and had acrylic nails applied. I think it's a combination of the length and how glossy the topcoat is. If the white was a more off-white colour I'm sure it would look slightly more natural.
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The photographs with the clear bottle of polish are my first attempt, but I wasn't happy with some of the smile lines as they looked a bit wonky - the photographs with the white polish are the 2nd version which I was much happier with.

One thing I have noticed is how high maintenance it is to keep them looking nice! I'm currently on the second day of wear and did have a tiny bit of tip wear which I touched up, then added a second layer of topcoat. I'm not sure if it's the polish I used - but when I've painted my nails with Barry M's Matte White before I've never had any tip wear issues. 


All photos are 2 coats of Barry M - Matte White Nail Paint on the tips, and 2 coats of Barry M 3 in 1 nail paint as a topcoat.
I'd love to know if any of you ladies (or boys!) have had an experience with a French Manicure and what you thought of it!

-LadyDanger
xxx

11 comments:

  1. I like them!

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  2. Are those your natural nails!?! I'm super jealous if they are!

    I cheat on Frenchie's, I either go to a salon or use Nailene Full Cover Nails :)

    xx

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  3. @Lora - hehe yep they're my natural nails :) I saw your post on the Nailene nails - they look really nice on you! xx

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  4. Gorgeous nails.. The BarryM 3in1 nail varnish is brilliant!! :) xx

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  5. You did a great job..it looks perfect..like salon done! :)

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  6. your nails look absolutley perfect!

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  7. i just came across your blog! i'm amazed! love it! xx

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  8. nail envy!! wish my nails were as long as yours, they look like acrylics too!! xxxx

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  9. Omg your nails are amazing! How do you keep them so long???

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  10. Your nails look really nice!

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