Thursday, April 7, 2011

Simmer Down Now

Have you ever began polishing your nails with a rough design in your head but really no clue how it should/would turn out? That's what happened to me this time. I knew I wanted "blue" and "flowers" but that's about it. I'm not sure that this is what I was going for, but I'm really not complaining. It's a blue glitter flower nail design:  

At first, I didn't think I needed OPI Simmer & Shimmer. I was wrong. In fact, I only own two of the Burlesque Glitters, and after loving both of them, I think I might just need to go ahead and get the rest of the collection. I need to "simmer down" before I get too excited about them.

I knew that Simmer & Shimmer was going to be hard to get it opaque, so I began with a coat of China Glaze Adore.

Once again, their Romantique Collection is great, but it shows every nail flaw (including my peely nails). I don't own too many metallic polishes for that reason. I think metallics are nice for bases to put under glitters and for stamping.

These are the steps I followed to achieve this glitter mani:
  1. Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat.
  2. Apply 1 coat of a base color (China Glaze Adore).
  3. Apply 2 coats of glitter (OPI Simmer & Shimmer).
  4. Using a color (China Glaze White On White) and a dotting tool, dot on 5 small dots in a flower pattern on your accent nail.
  5. Using a toothpick, drag the middle of each dot toward the flower center of the 5 dots. This gives it the "petal" look.
  6. Using your dotting tool and another color (China Glaze Shocking Pink), make a small dot in the center of your flower.
  7. Apply 2 coats of Gelous (to smooth the glitter).
  8. Finish with 1 coat of Seche Vite.

And just in case you're interested, here is the flower detail on the accent nail:

The fun part about flowers like this (I had never tried them before) is that they can be a little messy and still be super cute. And surprisingly, they were really easy to do! I'll have to perfect this technique for next time.


  1. I love this. If I thought about doing that myself I would be worried that it'd just look "busy." But it doesn't! It's very pretty. :)

    I've just tracked down and completed my Burlesque collection too! Had to locate Sparkle-icious from evilBay though, for a pretty decent price because it was no longer available on Amazon D: So I'd suggest grab them up while they're still around and not HTF yet.

  2. the burlesque glitters are awesome. i wish i had nabbed some when they were out!

  3. Nice nail art! Love the combo of color/design :)

  4. Gorgeous!! I love the glitter and those flowers are adorable! :)

  5. This is so pretty - I love the little flowers!!

  6. Thank you! And thanks Beej... MUST. GO. GET. BURLESQUE. GLITTERS. NOW... hehe.

  7. Lovely. Simmer & Shimmer is one of my lemmings, and now I want it even more.

  8. this is very pretty i love the mani.
    the blue sparkle reminds me of a mix of Absolutely Alice & Mad as a Hatter.. love it

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