Remembrance Day poppy manicure with Essie Barbados Blue nail polish

Remembrance Day poppy nail art with Essie Barbados Blue swatch
Coming from a family with some World War I and II scars, I always remember both anniversaries - Remembrance and VE Days. This time I decided to try a poppy manicure. Only, it was freehand and we all know freehand nail art and I don't gel well.
As I wanted the red to stand out, I picked Essie Barbados Blue for the base colour. A frosty ice-blue nail polish, this colour does not suit my skin tone at all and the streaky formula was difficult to work with. I needed four coats for this opacity and, even so, you can see the streak marks if you look closely enough.
The poppy red is Bourjois So Laque in shade #25 or Rouge Casino. The formula of the So Laque polishes is a dream compared to Barbados Blue. The black is my favourite China Glaze shade - Liquid Leather.
I'm going to be doing some more nail art challenges in November, so it looks like a manicure-heavy month for my blog. Ciao!
Check out some cool manis in this challenge for nubs below.

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  1. These are really cute! How funny that we both did red flowers. I didn't know they were for Remembrance Day.

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    1. Haha yes what a coincidence!

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  2. These are really pretty - I wish I would have done a Rememerance / Veterans Day Mani!

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    1. Thank you! Am sure you'll do some amazing nail art for the next Remembrance/Veterans' Day.

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  3. When I was young they'd sell poppies in school and I always cried until my parents gave me money for it. Now they wouldn't allow it but I think it was good to do. I wonder if there were sellers on the streets today - I wasn't out and about but I always buy them when I see the Veterans selling them. Good remembrance.

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  4. Thanks very much for sharing your memory! There are many poppy sellers around Remembrance Day through the UK and parts of Europe; many of them have a story to tell about a partner, sibling, parent or even grandparent whom they lost in the war. I'd like to visit Flanders someday - between 2014 and 2018 hopefully and actually see the famous "Fields".

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  5. What a unique mani! Love that blue. GIGLOVE

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