Red Sailor Manicure


I had got a few new Avon nail polishes to try, new Essie baby enrolled into my ever-growing nail polish collection and I got a bit frisky with nail art stripping tape, even nail jewels lately – so this was bound to happen. A new mani is on the horizon and I thoroughly enjoyed making it. I'd like to say that it was smooth sailing but not apparently so as I've encountered a few setbacks – from stripping tape mishaps to one nail polish showing a bit neon on photos (in real life it isn't). However, I do hope you will enjoy this nail ‘look’ I've created. My opinion on Avon nail polishes has always been good, almost stellar. After a new nail color range emerged I definitely felt intrigued. Avon Gel Finish nail polish in Fabulous is a peculiar but very juicy hue. A bit tomato red but it does have some pinkish and coral shades thrown in. I've google-d this shade and I've noticed that, in general, this shade appears to be more red and orange-y and neon than it is in real life. However, it really is a healthy, plump color that looks gorgeous painted on. The brush is good, makes application a breeze and the texture of this nail polish is easy-peasy to work with. Pigmentation is spot on but I have noticed that desired, full opacity requires 2 or 3 coats. I've applied only 2 coats and on close-ups, you'll notice that the white nail tip is peeking through. Honestly, I have only noticed the light sheerness on photos, not real life.


Pristiglo mi je par noviteta iz linije Avon lakova za nokte, nabavila sam i jos jednog Essie ljepotana a takodjer mi trakice za nail art kao i minijaturni kamencici za isti nisu vise strani. Mislim da je bilo za ocekivati da novi manikir osvane na blogu. Jako sam uzivala u kreiranju neceg novog te, iako bih voljela reci da je bilo sasvim lagano, ipak sam se suocila sa par problemcica – nije bilo lagano savladati nail art trakice tj. njihovo nanosenje koje ne rezultira lakom koji curi posvuda a i jedan lak za nokte izgleda kao neonac na fotkama (dok u stvarnosti nije). Pored tih sitnica, ipak se nadam da ce vam se novi dizajn mojih noktica dopasti. Moje misljenje o Avon lakovima za nokte je oduvijek bilo prilicno dobro, skoro pa besprijekorno. Nakon sto se nova linija lakova pojavila u katalozima, malo je reci da sam bila zaintrigirana. Avon Gel Finish lak za nokte u nijansi Fabulous je specificna nijansa koja posjeduje odredjeni kvalitet koji bih nazvala ‘socnost’!. Paradajz crvena nijansa koja sadrzi i ruzicaste te narandzasto-koralne tonove. Proguglala sam ovu nijansu i primjetila da redovito na fotkama djeluje kao neonsko zarka boja sa dosta intenzivnijim crvenim i narandzastim tonovima nego sto su u stvarnosti. Kako god da je opisete, radi se o fantasticno lijepoj i ‘zdravoj’ nijansi koja djeluje krasno na nokticima. Cetkica je solidna, umnogome olaksava nanosenje a i tekstura samog laka je jednostavna za koristiti i nanositi. Pigmentacija je hvale vrijedna no mozda ne i bez greske jer su potrebna 2 do 3 sloja laka da bi se postigla potpuna prekrivnost. Ja sam nanijela 2 sloja no na fotkama sam tek primjetila da bi mozda i treci bio pozeljan posto se na kadrovima izbliza primjeti bijeli vrh nokta. 

For this Red Sailor Manicure I've decided to paint four digits in this sumptuous tomato red hue and the accent nail is painted with the gorgeous Essie Fiji. That is a creamy white nail polish with pinkish undertones and I hoped that it would bring out the pink, underlying undertones of the Avon's Fabulous. That kinda flopped as the orange tone still stands strong. But I never felt discouraged so I grabbed my stripping tape I got from the bornprettystore.com and slicked on two coats of Fabulous over Fiji, than quickly removed pieces of tape. I find that the trick to getting clean lines with stripping tape is fast removal after the top layer is painted on. I got a clean nautical reddish-white appeal but I've also decided to throw a cutesy star-shaped nail art jewel from the Revelique Nail Art Set.  I find it to be a nice little detail and for some reason, it reminds me of a brooch attached to a nautical, stripey T-shirt. I am really happy that both nail polishes dry fairly quickly so this mani took me less time to create than I anticipated. Simple, effective accent nail with a dash of nail art jewels. In fact, I've initially wanted to use my stamping set but I cannot seem to make it work for me. Any tips or tricks on how to get a clean, detailed shape on a nail? Or is it the choice of nail polish what makes it work? Feel free to leave me your suggestions.

Za manikir koji sam nazvala Crveni Mornar, odlucila sam da nalakiram sve noktice osim na domalim prsticima ovim socnim paradajz-crvenim lakom iz Avona dok su preostala dva nokta nalakirana sam Essie Fiji lakom koji je posluzio kao baza. Essie Fiji je kremasto bijeli lak sa njezno ruzicastim podtonom za koji sam se nadala da ce na fotkama izvuci i ruzicasti podton Fabulous laka. Nazalost, moj plan nije uspio te je nazandzasto-crvena i dalje prominentna. Nisam se dala obeshrabriti te sam zgrabila nail art trakice koje sam nabavila sa stranice bornprettystore.com. Na Essie Fiji bazu sam poredala trakice te nanijela dva sloja Fabulous laka i brzo poskidala trakice kako bi dobila mornarske prugice. Ono sto sam naucila da je trik za postizanje cistih prugica uz pomoc ovih trakica jeste da se ubrzo nakon lakiranja gornjeg sloja, jako brzo uklone. Kada god bih ih ostavila da se osuse, trakice bi povlacile i okolni lak koji nisam zeljela dirati. Crveno-bijele mornarske prugice su tu ali bila sam pod dojmom da nesto nedostaje stoga sam dodala i posljednji detalj – nail art kamencic u obliku zvijezde. Ovu sladjusnu zvjezdicu sam uzela iz Revelique Nail Art seta i jako mi se dopada te me iz nekog razloga podsjeca na minijaturni bros, zakacen za prugastu majicu. Zadovoljna sam brzim vremenom susenja oba koristena laka i uopsteno rezultatom kombiniranih elemenata. Moram priznati da sam na pocetku zeljela iskoristiti stamping set no, koliko god se trudila – nisam zadovoljna i dosta se mucim oko njega. Da li mozda imate savjete kako da se postigne cisto i detaljno preslikavanje motiva sa stamping plocice na nokat? Ili je tajna u odabranom laku za nokte? Bila bih jako zahvalna ukoliko bi mi pomogle svojim savjetima.

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