Monday, October 15, 2012

China Glaze On Safari nail art part 5 - geometric print nails!

Hey lovers! It's Monday again, which is lame, but I'm back from my weekend blogging hiatus, which isn't lame! At least I think it isn't lame. It's okay if you guys don't agree. Really... I'll be fine. I'm not crying. Don't look at me.

Okay! Today I have part 5 in my CG On Safari nail arts series for y'all.

China Glaze On Safari nail art - China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Adventure Red-y

BAM! A sort of abstract geometric tribal vibes print, yeah? The inspiration for this print is this image from Shutterstock:


I've had it saved in my "nail inspo" lightbox for a while and after I bought the OS collection I was super glad I hadn't used it yet because suddenly I had TWO PERFECT COLORS FOR IT.

China Glaze On Safari nail art - China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Adventure Red-y

That lovely khaki base color is China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, two coats of buttery neutral perfection. This pulls much more neutral on me than a lot of other swatches I've seen... on other people it looks more yellow but I think I have some pretty serious yellow/olive undertones in my skin, which makes colors do weird things on me sometimes. I like it though.

China Glaze On Safari nail art - China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Adventure Red-y

The red is China Glaze Adventure Red-y, a rich, blue-based red that I reeeeally love. When I first saw swatches of it I was like, meh, it's red. I have one of those already, so no thank you. But there's something about the tone of this red that I just love on my skin tone.

China Glaze On Safari nail art - China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Adventure Red-y

I bet you guys can guess how I did this pattern. Can you? Do you give up? Okay fine, I'll tell you. I freehanded all of it with my little mid-length striper. R U SURPRISED?!

This is yet another of those patterns that I thought would be a super quick and easy Sunday night nail art adventure but ended up being a little more time-consuming than I initially imagined. They were still really fun to paint, though.

China Glaze On Safari nail art - China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Adventure Red-y

I was actually really surprised at how much I ended up liking these nails. I wanted to do them mainly to use these two colors together and because the pattern seemed pretty easy to replicate but I didn't expect to really love them... this color combo is definitely not on my usual roster, which is probably why I was skeptical of it. But I ended up liking the combo a lot and I love the way the pattern looks translated across all my nails.

Look ma, both hands!

China Glaze On Safari nail art - China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Adventure Red-y

Here's a SUPER BONUS SWATCH of Adventure Red-y, which I wore all weekend by itself. There's something about red nails that just feels so classic and lady-like.

Look at that SHINE! That RICHNESS! Sigh.

China Glaze Adventure Red-y

So what do you guys think of these? Do you like them as much as I surprisingly ended up liking them?

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun? I went to the cabin with my boy and we played beer pong (PRO TIP: if you never drink beer, don't play beer pong with your boyfriend who's really good at beer pong or you will not feel so great the next day), went on walks, shot guns and watched movies all weekend. Totally awesome. Then yesterday I bought a TENT!!! It's my first tent and I'm super pumped about it and I can't wait to go camping now. Okay, tell me about your weekends! Tell me about your nails! GO!

12 comments:

  1. These are so cool!! You did an incredible job. I, too, am a huge fan of the OS collection :)

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    1. thank you so much! Seriously me too, I think this collection is probably my favorite complete collection ever!

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  2. Love it! I can't believe you did that amount of detail with a striper, and on both hands! I can't tell you how many times I've done an intricate design only on the left hand. LOL

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    1. thank you! Haha there are plenty of times I do intricate designs on my left hand only but I love the way my nails look so much when both my hands match that I'm trying to get better at doing both :)

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  3. At first these do not appear to be your colors but they love your skin so much. I like the red so much on its own, but I am ah-mazed at how you did almost identical patterns on the corresponding nailz. You're a dreamboat.

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  4. Seriously gorgeous! Just found your blog and I love it!

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  6. I really like tribal designs, I got myself a nail plate for stamping on some tribals because I can't for the life of me do that find of delicate work, specially on my right hand. :-)

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