Manicure Monday (94): Blameless

May 4, 2015 Beauty, Manicure Monday, Thuy 4

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Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a feature that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each week I’ll showcase one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure.

Hello! Hope you all had a good weekend. I was sick about a week ago and found myself totally uninterested in reading. I hate it when you’re so sick that can’t even read. Doesn’t that just seem wrong? Anyway, when I finally started getting my mojo back I decided to read something that would be a fun read. I decided to picked up Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. I had read book 1 a couple of years ago and really liked it but held off on reading the rest of the series. After I was sick I decided to go back to them and read the next two books, Blameless and Changeless, in a couple of days. For this week’s Manicure Monday I decided to go with Changeless for my matching mani.

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This cover has a lot of photographic elements that I knew I would not really be able to recreate very well so I decided to create a design based on other elements on the cover. Alexia’s parasol immediately drew my eye. I also wanted to incorporate the beautiful reddish copper color of her dress into the design. I ended up with a fun stripe pattern that isn’t an exact interpretation but that I think captures the spirit of the cover.

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First I painted 2 coats of a nice white creme (Cult Nails Tempest) onto all of my nails. I made sure that was fully dry before I went on to the next part. To create the stripes I used nail striping tape to section off where I wanted to pain the black and copper stripes. I should have take a picture of this part for you guys to see but I totally forgot. Once I had the tape where I wanted it, I carefully painted the black and copper stripes, making sure to stay within the taped lines. Let the polish settle for a tiny bit and then carefully peel the tape off.  If you are careful, you should have nice clean stripes.

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For the black I used Wet N Wild Black Creme and the coppery shade is Orly Ginger Lily. I think the stripes came out OK. There are a few not so clean areas where the polish got stuck on the tape but it’s hard to see unless you look very closely.

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This manicure reminds me of racing stripes than a parasol but I still like it. I don’t often play around with striping tape but it’s a good tool for creating geometric looks. I will have to remember to use it more often. Thanks for checking out this week’s manicure. Does anyone else love this series? I am taking a break but plan on reading the last two books soon. :)

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  • Lucy

    Very nice! I think Alexia would approve. Love this series!

    • Thanks, Lucy. Me, too. I can’t wait to read the next two. I just wanted to give myself a break so they didn’t bleed together in my mind.

  • Jessica Samuelsen

    I love this series too! It’s such a nice break from the usual memes! I don’t have the patience to do such a good job on my nails so I will live vicariously through your pictures!

    • Thanks, Jessica! It takes some practice for sure. I am much better at just painting my nails than nail art but it’s fun to give myself a challenge.