Lyndar the Merciless

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Midweek Mani: Red Mountain Flowers

Wednesday, June 13, 2012   |   10 comments

Bit of a random one, this: the base is OPI Alpine Snow with polka dots and vaguely floral geometric detail drawn with a red nail art pen, which Himself says looks like red mountain flowers (eh?!) all topped off with Seche Viche. I did this on Friday evening and have had just one major chip since, even though I spent most of Saturday gardening. Not too shabby.

White nail polish bring out my inner Goldilocks: most brands make theirs too sheer, too thick, or too streaky, and it seems to be a very difficult colour to get just right. Alpine Snow is the closest to just right that I've come across to date, and with a little care during application is even and opaque in two coats.

By the way, if you've had the misfortune to buy a crappy white polish, don't chuck it. A base coat of white - even if it's not perfectly applied - under neons and pastels will make them pop and help prevent them from looking streaky.

PS - Here's part of what my gardening on Saturday achieved. Not quite as fancy as my inspiration images, I know, but I'm just impressed that everything you see here is still alive!

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  • At 12:02 pm, June 13, 2012, Blogger Rachelle said…

    hey Lynnie,

    sorry if I asked this before! I am terrible of keeping track of what im asking where!

    So, what nail art pens are ya using?
    And where could I purchase some?

    Thanks a million as always x

  • At 1:30 pm, June 13, 2012, Blogger Le Smurf said…

    Oh no you diiii-int do those red flowers yourself??

    Super talented!

  • At 11:36 pm, June 13, 2012, Blogger Sabrina said…

    Seriously adorable, and great that it lasted till now :-)
    That's a good tip (using white as a base) I picked up a Barry M peach melba the other day, i love the colour but its streaks like a biatch.
    Nice work on the gardening. Normally when i plant anything it's dead in a wk. But i've been lucky this yr, pot plants outside and a basil plant inside, result! X

  • At 8:45 pm, June 14, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Rach - no worries, have (finally!) dug a couple of them out and sent you a pic :)

    le smurf - ha ha, I sure diiii'd! (Also - exciting news. WE HAVE FISH!!! Three of them! None of them have died yet!)

    Sabrina - congrats on the plant survival, isn't it so lovely when they don't croak?! I am still surprised when I look out in the mornings and mine are ok.

  • At 10:25 pm, June 14, 2012, Blogger Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre said…

    Love the nails Lynnie.
    Can't believe that you drew the 'flowers' - am still trying to paint a straight line. They're fab!!
    Looking forward to the next post :)

  • At 9:35 am, June 15, 2012, Blogger Le Smurf said…

    OMG Lynnie - amazing news. Wish Himself the best of luck with them. He was taking the whole thing so seriously I was almost expecting little passport pics with names of all the "lads in the tank" as and when they arrived! heheh X

    ps - tell him to watch out when he introduces new fish to the tank as they have a tendency to eat each other - another reason why a dog is a much better pet idea!

  • At 2:06 pm, June 16, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Thanks missus :)

    Le Smurf - lol! Wouldn't have surprised me, he's only one step shy of looking for their long form birth certs ;) We put three new fish in yesterday and have been on high alert for signs of cannibalism since!

  • At 4:13 pm, June 20, 2012, Blogger Jewels said…

    You did not do those flowers freehand.... You are wasted! Its gorge!

  • At 9:35 am, June 21, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Thanks Jewels!

  • At 11:00 am, December 10, 2012, Anonymous florist said…

    Mani red mountain flowers shared her is great. Useful post


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