#ablecs15 Week 2: Shades of Grey

The #ablecs15 challenge continues and because I'm still struggling to figure out which outfit I'd like to match my mani to, I chose to do the theme Shades of Grey first this week. Though actually my Shades of Grey turned more into few shades of grey plus a hint of yellow... But I think it's still quite approriate mani for this theme.

Shades of Grey is of course quite current theme because of the movie and everything around it. I haven't read the books and I'm not interested about the movie either, so I didn't want to do a mani that would relate to the themes of the books or the movie (eventhough that was of course one possibility for this theme), instead I just went literally with different shades of grey.

My mani is quite obviously also trying to bring the spring here as I'm quite bored with the winter already. I really like winter, snow and all, but somehow this year I'm just waiting the spring to arrive anxiously. So in order to make the spring come faster I decided to paint couple coltsfoot flowers on my accent nail (or at least some yellow flowers that look a bit like those). I actually had to go to wikipedia and check out what the flower is called in English, I had no clue! Apparently the common name is coltsfoot and officially it's tussilago... You learn something new everyday.

The flower is called leskenlehti in Finnish and if you translate it literally it means widow's leaf (or widow's newspaper as lehti could be translated to it also, lol. Yup, Finnish is really a strange language). Anyhow, at least here in Finland it's one of the signs of spring as it's the first flower to bloom after the long winter and you can many times spot it even when there's still some snow in the ground.

First I did two coats with Essie Maximillian Strasse Her. Then I used the easy dry brush technique and added some Essie Mind Your Mittens, Color Club Silver Lake and Zoya Evvie on top. This time I think I managed the dry brush technique a bit better and didn't end up with too much polish on nail so you can really see the different colors. Then I did the flowers using Essie Vested Interest, Mojito Madness and OPI Jade Is the New Black for the stems and OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana and China Glaze Trendsetter for the yellow flowers as well as of course a tiny nail art brush.

These flowers are the hint of color among everything dark and grey in the early spring. They bring the color and everything else follows. That's the reason I decided that they were the perfect thing to paint to represent spring and also the perfect thing to give some color to otherwise grey manicure, just like they do in the nature.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Maximillian Strasse Her, Essie Mind Your Mittens, Color Club Silver Lake, Zoya Evvie, Essie Vested Interest, Essie Mojito Madness, OPI Jade Is the New Black, OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana, China Glaze Trendsetter
Top coat: INM Out the Door
Decorations/techniques: dry brush technique, hand painted nail art

Are you guys waiting for the spring already as well or are you still enjoying the winter?


  1. Vautsi, tosi hienot kynnet! Nuo leskenlehdet on älyttömän onnistuneet ja todella näköisensä :)

    1. Kiitos paljon! Mukava kuulla, että tykkäsit näistä! :)

  2. Onpa kiva tuo dry brush-jälki! :)

    1. Sillä tulee kyllä hauskan näköistä jälkeä! :)