A Little Bit of Sakura

I’ve been testing out polish so much that I just can’t keep up with myself!! So the glitter-off base is working so well that I’ve been changing manis almost nightly. The fact that it causes polish to chip sometimes within hours is not actually a bad thing for me – more excuse to redo the mani and try something else!

At some point though I took a break from the glitters and attempted an easy looking design I saw online.

I actually really love the effect of the flowers against the mint green/blue background! This design is supposed to mimic the famous Japanese sakura (cherry blossoms) and I must say it does a pretty good job with minimal effort!

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You have to forgive my blotchy application.

Base coat: Homei Glitter Peel Off Base Coat WITH OPI Natural Nail Base Coat on top. I had some bad, bad staining with just the Homei!

Non-sakura nails: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! This is a popular one that I finally bought, not thinking that chocolate brown was really my thing but I came across a couple of occasions when I wanted it for nail art. Actually it was surprising, the formula was great and it went on very neatly and well pigmented. Barely needed 2 coats. Practically paints itself.

Sakura nail base: L’Oreal Color Riche 853 Menthe Glace. I’ve used this before, much prefer it over the Essie. Goes on very well.

Sakura branches: L.A. Colors Art Deco Black. Like the Orly art brushes, the brush for this is long and thin. No complaints, went on well.

Sakura petals: OPI I Love Applause.

Sakura centres: OPI Dim Sum Plum.

Top coat: No getting past that Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

I did the flowers using a toothpick, could just as easily do with a dotting tool (though I did have better control with the toothpick, maybe because of the size of my dotting tool).

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