Friday, June 21, 2013

Vintage Summer Roses and Essie Turquoise and Caicos

Hey guys!

Happy Friday! I can't believe it's already been two weeks of summer for me... it's going by way too fast! But at least I've been getting a lot of fun in for my last summer ever. Yesterday I went for a run on the beach. It was amazing!

Today the look I want to show you is some floral nail art that I've been wanting to do for a while. I love things that look vintage, hence the design I'm showing you today and the color scheme. Click the Read More link to see the full post!

For this look, I started off with a base of Essie Turquoise and Caicos. T&C is one of my favorite polishes in terms of how it looks. It was also my first turquoise polish ever, and it ignited my undying love for polishes in this color family. T&C is a soft yet bright turquoise creme. I'm sure you've heard about the terrible formula - I used to think it was the worst! But trying it again this week for the first time in a long time, it actually wasn't so bad! I think the formula just takes getting used to. I used three thin coats and waited a little bit longer than usual in between each coat to avoid bubbling. If I just wanted a turquoise mani, I probably would have done 4 coats just to make it completely opaque. But 3 was sufficient in this case because I knew I would be layering other colors over it. Here's 3 coats of T&C, not top coat. Isn't it so pretty??



Next I used a striping brush to paint on the lines using Zoya Neely, a very light mint creme. I love the subtle contrast between Neely and T&C. At first I was going to do white stripes, but I didn't like how much the stripes stood out, so then I tried Neely and it was perfect! I'm so glad that I now have a striping brush. Even though the lines aren't the most crisp or straight, they were so easy to create using the striping brush as opposed to striping tape. Then I created the base of the roses with Essie My Place or Yours, a medium pink creme. I used OPI Mod About You, an almost white pink, and darker pink acrylic paint to add details on the roses. Lastly, I created the leaves using China Glaze Exotic Encounters. I finished it all off with some top coat. Here's the finished look!

So there you have it! My vintage summer roses. I know this look isn't super original, but I loved creating it and I love the final result nonetheless.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!


  1. This looks great Kelsey! I love vintage looking rose manicures so this nice to see. Love the Essie color a lot :)

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I love T&C too it's so amazing. Have you tried it?? So so pretty

  2. Great job! I think your lines look great :)

  3. Wow...this is a blast from my past. When I was in college, the 7th floor of my apartment building was wallpapered in a vintage pattern, and it looked like THIS! No kidding. Beautiful job. :)

  4. Pretty! Why have i not tried this yet?? lol

  5. I love that polish! And those stripes and those roses! Very well done!!


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