Saturday, November 27, 2010

First Ruffian Mani ~

Yowza, I really need to do some cleaning, but it's so not motivating when you're home alone! I hate that the man works Saturdays and we can't spend two days together. I made my first attempt at a ruffian mani for Thanksgiving. I was envisioning some rich fall colors. I used two coats of Sally Hansen's Hi Definition nail color in Hue. This is a bright beautiful yellow gold with gold shimmer. I then free-handed the top part of the mani with China Glaze's Riveter Rouge from the Vintage Vixen collection. I've never really been into reds, but this one is fantastic! She's more of a maroonish red with glorious gold glitter.

I had the bright idea to stamp the leaf image from konad plate m56 with China Glaze Classic Camel on my tips to make it even more Thanksgiving-ish. It appeared very lightly and wasn't what I expected stamping with the thick and opaque, Classic Camel. I still think it turned out very festive! I need to work on this technique a bit as I always have a problem using nail guides too early and peeling off my base polish so either my patience or free-hand needs to improve!~ Have you done a ruffian? Do you use guides or free-hand?


  1. i used free hand but my polish was kinda thick, i guess runny polishes would be a nightmare to work with! love the colour combination :D

    i have problems with stamping :(

  2. I have only attempted a ruffian with the m19 stamp with a China Glaze Romantique color. A free handed attempt is too challenging for me.

  3. Very cute! I'm not really sure what a ruffian I'm going to have to google it and find out! :) I know, I'm pathetic! But a very fall and festive mani!

  4. Looks nice!! I haven't even tried ruffian to be honest but seems pretty hard :/ I like the colors you used, reminds me of christmas hihi

  5. Jamie ~ I guess it just takes time =D maybe I need better tools, love your bunny!

    Beata ~ I was surprised this turned out as good as it did

    Peach ~ A ruffian is the opposite of a half moon manicure, you do the base color then another color on top with the bottom turned upwards, make sense? Not sure where the name originated from?

    Iris ~ Thank you! I thought they were pretty together!

  6. Very pretty :)
    I tried a ruffian mani once but I failed miserably. I generally suck with lines of any sort.

  7. Cel, I totally do too! I can't even keep a line straight on paper let alone my nails!

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