Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Show Me Your Mug

I did this manicure for a contest on Constantly Redone's blog. It is such a fun idea, I may have to do it again! She loves coffee mugs so she asked for manicures inspired by coffee mugs/tea cups. I absolutely adore my Starbucks coffee mug (I paid waaaaayyyy too much for it) so this is the mug I chose to depict in my manicure.

It's the Starbucks mermaid with some fun swirly designs (maybe they are coffee plant flowers and pods?) with some great coffee bean accents in bronze.

I started with a base of Essie Very Structured nail polish. This is a beautiful milk chocolate brown color, but one that my hubby prefers to call 'poo nails'. Hardy har har.

Here is the coffee mug that I used for my design. My hubs steals it all of the time, even though it is MY mug. I walked past it at Sbucks so many times when I first saw it, because it was just too expensive. Like $15 or something ridiculous. But then I finally broke down when they only had one left, and I bought it. It's such a good mug!

Here's my right hand, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out, even though some fingers were a little wonky. The middle finger is supposed to be a coffee cup in bronze, and the thumb is supposed to be a seashell in bronze. It's really hard to paint any good detail with my non-dominant hand.

All of the artwork was made with acrylic paints, and here is the nail polish base I used: Essie Very Structured. I liked this mani so much, I really want to do another set using one of the teacups from my grandma. They are so beautiful!

18 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!! When I first glanced at the manicure (without reading anything in your post yet) I thought "wow, that reminds me of Starbucks!" XD. I also adore that mug!! Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Yup Ashesela! Other people have recognized the Starbucks lady too. :) I am going to see if my Starbucks baristas will throw me down a free coffee for this one, ha ha!

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  2. Great mug and manicure!!! I have waaaaaay too many mugs and teacups to ever be able to choose, hahaha. :P

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    1. Thanks rach! I have lots of mugs and teacups too, but this one is definitely my favorite. :)

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  3. Wow...amazing, they look like ....hmmm..chocolate? :)

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    1. Bwahahaha! Thanks! Better chocolate than anything else. :)

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  4. I feel like a cute mug makes a drink better, but a manicure to match? Pure perfection!

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    1. Thanks so much Nail Treasures! I agree!

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  5. your nail designs are amazing!

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    1. Oh thank you so much ZuKi!! That is really nice of you to say!

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  6. This is awesome! I love how original it is and my husband pretty much lives in Starbucks and would love it on me. Thanks for the inspiration. Your designs rock.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words! This was really fun to do! Sadly, I didn't get any free Java out of it, LOL!

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    1. Thanks! I really like the colors in this mani, especially the bronze accents.

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