Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blue Tone-on-Tone French feat. Zoya Sailor & Julep Eloise

*Zoya press sample

Helloooooo friends!!  In case you're interested, I'm officially on vacation today, and just recently awoke from the most awesome night's sleep.  A day with zero commitment is a beautiful thing, am I right?!  Plus, sleep is just the best.  The best!

So I saw this amaaaaazing funky french by The Obsessed on Zoya's fb page and I became, appropriately, lol, obsessed.  I adore subtle, classy, and somewhat edgy twists on the original french and this tone-on-tone beauty spoke to me immediately.  The Obsessed features two Zoyas, this fall's ever-so-violet leaning navy Sailor and last fall's smoky blue Natty.  Not having Natty in my stash, I looked to a similar dark, smoky blue creme, Julep Eloise.  Like The Obsessed, I used Sailor as my base, and Eloise for my tips.

Zoya Sailor and Julep Eloise blue french manicure
 
Zoya Sailor and Julep Eloise blue french manicure

Zoya Sailor and Julep Eloise blue french manicure
 
 I've always had issues with my frenches, entirely due to technique.  The last time I did one I used Essence French Manicure Tip Guides and those worked well, and the effect was much nicer than my freehand.  The thing is, you have to wait until your colors are 100% dry before doing anything.  This means, perhaps intuitively, perhaps not, that your base must be dry before you apply the guides, which are nice little curved stickers.  Then, after you paint your tips, you need to wait until those, too, are completely dry before removing or else you'll have a mess along these lines.  The dark, tonal colors are admittedly more forgiving but still.  BE PATIENT.  (This is mostly just a reminder to myself, because, well, I'm not).

Zoya Sailor and Julep Eloise blue french manicure

Anyhoo, I just adore this.  Both colors are gorgeous as all get out and the effect is so cool and subtle, like, I think there's something going on there... are my eyes playing tricks?... No, there's definitely something going on... that's two different colors, mann!

If you're looking to go shopping, Eloise isn't currently available on Julep's site but both Sailor and natty are on Zoya's.  Essence French Manicure Tip Guides are available where Essence products are sold.  I've seen them at Fred Meyer and Ulta.

As always, thank you for reading and have an awesome day!! ♥♥
*Zoya press sample

29 comments:

  1. The combination is stunning! I love how subtle the french is, it looks so chic!

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    1. Thank you so much! I totally agree-- the shades are perfect together.

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  2. Ooh this is beautiful, especially on your gorgeous long nails!

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  3. You won't believe this, but when I saw that pic on Zoya's FB page, I immediately thought of you! I thought, "I bet she's gonna love this, and I hope she re-creates it." :D And it does indeed look gorgeous on you. Cremes look so GOOD on you. Methinks it may be your flawless paint job. Enjoy that vacation!!

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    1. Lol, really? That's pretty awesome! You're perceptive :) And thank you so much, I fully intend to. Lots of sleeping in to be had. :)

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  4. Love it! What a cool take on a french mani.

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  5. Oooh vacation... there's nothing better in the world! Hope you have a wonderful time off. :) This is sooo gorgeous, I must say! Those two colors look lovely together. Subtle, but still obvious... perfect for a French tip mani. :)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Vacation + sleeping in; though we do have a few things planned, it's going to be largely comprised of chilling out, lol. And thank you... I've learned I'm not really a fan of the classic version (I used to be) but subtle little twists and updates sure make it fun :)

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    1. Isn't it a cool idea? I'm so glad I spotted it!

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  7. WOAWZERS!!!!! Perfect sis!!!! This subtle French is über-cool and looks stunning on your beautiful nails! <3

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    1. Thanks so much, sis ♥ I worry about the frenches on my short nail beds because I think they can make my nails appear shorter but the dark colors seem to work the illusion in the other way ;)

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  8. Gorgeous nails! love the subtle french mani :)

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  9. I totally saw this on the Obsessed's blog and LOVED it!!! You did such a great job duplicating it. You are so talented:) I just love this look...so subtle and perfect!

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    1. You're so sweet... It's all in being patient, seriously. And thank you ♥♥

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  10. Sailor is one of my favorite new Zoya's! It is just so ridiculously gorgeous!!

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    1. I really like it, too.. I almost didn't do the tips, lol... Just kidding but it does look gorg on its own :)

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  11. Aw, your mani looks gorgeous!! Great job finding an alternative for Natty too. Love it and thanks for the mention!

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    1. Well thank you for creating such a stunning look :)

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  12. What an awesome technique! I love it!!

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    1. Me, too! I want to try it with some reds next.

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    2. Red...red....red.......red!!!!! (Yes, it's my favorite color...some might say I'm obsessed...at least that's what the voices in my head say...>.>)

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  13. Oh wow, this is beautiful! I love the colors you put together!

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    1. Thanks, Crystal :) It was fun to do and fun to wear.

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