Saturday, 14 February 2015

You Are My Cuppa Tea

valentine's nail art
 
As Emma mentioned earlier in the week, we're not too fussed about Valentine's day here at Dahlia Nails. All the lovehearts just don't do it for us! However, I do find cute little un-Valentine's cards absolutely captivating, there are so many funny/rude ones on Etsy! I didn't think it would be appropriate to recreate them as a lot are fairly obscene, but they did give me the idea for a cute Valentine's nail design that wouldn't make my stomach turn!
 
Emma and I absolutely LOVE tea, especially when accompanied by a chocolate digestive. The only thing we don't agree on is the colour, Emma's is like warm muddy milk whilst I take it black or with very little milk. Looking back recently I realised that we haven't created any tea-based nail art since we've had this blog and I couldn't believe it! I knew I had to do some and Valentine's was the perfect excuse.

valentine's nail art

I love a good pun so couldn't resist incorporating an image of a mug of tea into a cute phrase mani. I wasn't sure whether to go for a traditional teacup and saucer or a hefty great mug, but went for the mug as who am I kidding - none of us bother with fancy china!
 
The base colour is Lap Of Honour* from Barry M's new Speedy Nail Paint collection. It's a stunning lilac with a hint of grey to tone it down a little. The fast dry formula makes it perfect for a base colour as you don't have to wait long at all before starting on your nail art - however, this makes it tricky to use within the actual art so we'd advise avoiding that. I used Barry M nail art pens to draw the mug and the writing, with the help of a tiny brush for some of the detailing/touch ups. The tea (as it's mine) is dark brown Mushroom, I'm sure Emma would have gone for something like Coconut instead!! I topped it all off with a generous coat of Barry M's Matte Top Coat* which I think suits the design quite well.

valentine's nail art

My boyfriend and I don't tend to bother with Valentine's as it comes so close after Christmas, our anniversary and my birthday. We've usually run out of ideas by then! I have got him a card but as you'd expect, it's not particularly soppy.
 
What do you have planned for Valentine's Day?
 
Love,
 
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