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.
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.
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?