Sunday, 2 June 2013

Siege & Storm

I have had a great week in NYC - I met so many awesome book bloggers and got a stack of fantastic books that will keep me busy for the next few months!

Today I want to share three manicures - one is a re-do and the other two are for the same book: Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I did a mani to match Leigh's first book, Shadow & Bone, and Leigh was so enthusiastic about it which was awesome! I wasn't 100% happy with it because I didn't quite match the grey so I decided to have another go.

For the base I used China Glaze Elephant Walk and then I sponged on some Zoya Dove. I used Glam Nails nail art pen in Jet Black to draw the swirls on my thumb, middle, and pinky fingers. On my ring finger I used Glam Nails nail art pen in Snow White to draw the antlers.

For my index finger I used Ulta3 Scarlet and a thin brush to paint the tower and I used Glam Nails nail art pen in Jet Black for the details.

I am a lot happier with this version, the grey matches the cover and I was able to include the antlers which I originally wasn't able to do!

Onto the sequel, Siege & Storm! For my first attempt I wanted to capture a few of the graphics used on the cover - the book does not come out until June 4 so I got my bf to print me out a high quality image to work with.

I started with a base of Chi Chi Going All the Way. For the sea dragon I used Barry M Matt White and a thin brush. I used Zoya Maura for his eye and a yellow and orange for his scales/fins - I didn't write down which ones I used but almost any medium shade will work.

For the castle tower I used Zoya Maura and Orly Ruby for the details. For the waves I used Butter London Lady Muck.

I liked this look but I am used to my manis having more of a theme rather than each nail being different and due to the length my sea dragon looks a little more like a sea worm! So, I decided to take most of it off and do another version.

Again I used Chi Chi Going All the Way for the base. Once dry I used Barry M Matt White and Konad image plate M63 for the swirly pattern on each nail. Then I took L.A Colors Art Deco Striper in Red Glitter and dabbed some on.

I don't really have a preference out of the two versions but I do like that this one has more of a theme to it whereas the other one is a bit of a jumble of different images.

If you're in L.A and want to attend Leigh's pre-launch party on Monday night you can check out the details and RSVP here!


  1. These are GORGEOUS!!! My favorite is probably the second Siege and Storm one, I love the glittery accents! But I really really love the sort of lighter look for Shadow and Bone. I'm a huge fan of gray nail polish in general though, lol.

  2. Awesome! Love your blog :D I love books and nail polishes. New Follower.


  3. OMG I absolutely LOVE it!!! Love the series and just loved meeting you this weekend :) :) those nails are amazing.

  4. nice job! i think all of these look pretty awesome. hope you still have these nails tomorrow so we can compare. mine are more of a creative interpretation, as usual. your nails match the covers perfectly. also love the antlers you did on shadow and bone.

  5. Lovely manicures I love them all :)

  6. they are both fab but I really love the swirls on the second one! the glitter red against the grey is wow!


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