My original mani plan ended up having an element that just would not work, so after going back over the ideas I'd had for this post, I decided this one was much more fitting anyways, since Haleigh's blog features such great nail art. I hope mine is worthy of being here! I give you Fowl Play:
I cannot even tell you how excited I was to find out that OPI's Merry Midnight has an almost exact dupe. I wanted MM after seeing only one photo of it, but when I discovered it was going for upwards of $25 on eBay, I was quite sad. Then along came a comparison post (or several!) with Orly Fowl Play, and with some trepidation, I headed back over to eBay. This time however, I was overjoyed to find I could get my dream polish for only $5!!! Mmmm...just feast your eyes on that vampy purple, flaky, sparkly, rainbow-y goodness!
Being a huge fan of plays on words, I had a "liiiightbulb" moment and realized that freehanding an owl as an accent nail would mean I could entitle my post Fowl Play! ;-) hehehe
Isn't he a cute 'lil guy?! :-D I think he needs a name...any ideas?
Mr. Unnamed Owl is composed of Zoya Reagan, Sinful Colors My Buoyfriend, Zoya Arizona, and just any old black & white for the eyes, against a background of OPI Can't Find My Czechbook. The color combos are truly endless, which is super fun! :-) I don't actually have a nail art brush set, but a detail brush from my roommate's set of craft brushes (from Wal-Mart) worked just fine. I also used a pin - yes, A PIN - for the beak & the dots on the owl's body, as well as the black pupil & the teensy, infinitesimal, tiny, microscopic white glint on the pupil.
In case you were curious, I did end up doing my right hand because I really want to be able to wear this mani for a few days, so I had to at least attempt to make my hands match! He's a tad...deformed, but still loveable. :-) OH! I almost forgot - the branches are China Glaze Ingrid. Pretty much the only brown I have in my stash. And of course, it has a fine gold shimmer in it, so my apologies, but Houston, we have a sparkly branch!
The application of all these polishes was really great. Ok, yes, I used most of them in minute quantities, but I was glad to see they were all very opaque as there was a lot of layering going on! This is only two coats of Fowl Play. I think I would classify it as a couple-shades-lighter-than-eggplant purple jelly base, but it's highly pigmented, so the coverage is great - as is the drying time. I've had SO many issues with bubbling cremes lately, so this was quite a welcome relief.
If any of you have read my blog, you know I'm very long-winded, and I'm sure I could continue on about this mani, but I feel I've kept you long enough, especially since this is a guest post! I leave you with one final shot:
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this inspires you to be creative & boldly go where you've never gone before...on your nails. ;-) Or in life.
~ Emily :-)