*I'm still on vacation, but I KNOW you are dying for the reveal of Constantly Redone's Hubby's Picks. Did she succeed in combining her hubby's picks into a stunning manicure. Oh my did she! I love it!!!*
After ditching the initial urge to run with the Army theme I picked up in the polishes my military man chose, I spent some time pondering what manicure I should attempt. I've been seeing a lot of the ikat manicure around, so I decided to run with it. The first time I saw the ikat print, I honestly hated it - but a lot of my eventual loves start out that way. Toms for example. And Starbucks. Mmm...coffeee.....*shiny eyes*
Sorry, I digress. The base color is Zoya "Tao", a metallic pewter colored polish, and then I used my China Glaze "Matte Magic" to add some texture dimension to the look. I followed Kayla Shevonne's ikat tutorial found here (http://www.kaylashevonne.com/2013/01/nail-art-tutorial-ikat-print-design.html), which is excellently done. Zoya "Purity" in all her stark white wonder worked perfectly for the base of the ikat print, and I think Zoya "Shawn" really pops as the only "color" in the look. Finger Paints "Black Expressionism" finishes off the look - which I went ahead and fell in love with! I added a bit of seche over the pattern itself, making sure to leave the background in all it's matte glory. What's with this love/hate pattern to my interests anyhow?
As a nice bonus, this mani totally matches the view of my yard. My grey porch and green grass were just made to be a backdrop to these photos. I hope you enjoyed the look, and the guest post. I know we all look forward to Candice's return - but I personally hope she has a great time on her vacation. That, and avoids tornadoes, because I desperately need her to return so I keep what little sanity I have left.
xoxoConstantly Undone (Frankie)