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Friday, June 27, 2014

Baptisia and Bones

Sometimes the simple combinations are the most delightful. This manicure combines a rich, moody Cirque polish with a large, flashy nail charm from Hex Nail Jewelry.

Cirque Baptisia is a deep, rich indigo shimmer with small flashes of silver sparkle. I used two coats for the coverage shown, and the formula was smooth. In the shade, you can really see the flecks of silver, while in the sunlight the deep shimmer of the base is more prominent.

I also added a fishbones charm from Hex Nail Jewelry. Nail charms seem to be used most often in complex nail art manicures, but I also like adding one to simple manicures on as a sort of "accent nail." It's sealed in with topcoat for additional protection.

These last two photos show Baptisia in direct light -- see how the shimmer of the base is more prominent?

Have you tried nail charms yet? Do you like to wear them simply or as an addition to a nail art manicure?


  1. I bought a couple nail charms from them (after seeing your bee mani!) and I loved them but promptly lost them both. Whomp whomp. :(

  2. Oh no! Sorry to hear that. :(

  3. This may have immediately turned me onto nail charms. The simplicity here is definitely what gives it that extra edge. :)

  4. Thank you! So glad you like it.

  5. Love that fish bone nail charm. So cute!

  6. Loving the charm but we aren't allowed to wear anything on our nails at work except polish. I am going to see if I have a stamp with this design or free hand this adorable summery mani. I love that polish, do you know if there are any mainstream drugstore polishes (Sinful Colors, OPI, Essie, Sally Hansen et al.) that perhaps have a dupe for the color or are almost dupes? I love that color soo much.

  7. Julia de OliveiraJune 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Simplismente adorei !!!


  8. I haven't tried nail charms yet, but after seeing all the cute designs done with them, I feel like I'll have to give them a try. The trick is finding ones that will work with nubbin nails. :p

  9. There are actually a lot of smaller options! Give their site a browse!

  10. That is very cool. I like that you didn't do nail art around it because now it really lets the charm shine on its own!

  11. That is the coolest nail applique ever! Looks really cool.

  12. Ooh I just love the appearance of that nail charm. I have worked with nail stickers before, but never charms themselves. Cirque nail polish is awesome. I believe I own that shade, and I use it often ^^


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