Floral nail art on Givenchy Noir Celeste polish

Floral nail art stickers on Givenchy Noir Celeste polish
For this week's GOT Polish challenge, the theme is "flowers". As weird as I am, I knew I wasn't going to do anything with light or bright colours, or anything typically floral. I went through my stash and decided to go with a black nail polish for the base to make it look a bit gothic. I only own two black nail polishes - China Glaze Liquid Leather, and Givenchy Vernis Please! nail polish in Noir Celeste. I have used Liquid Leather several times but Noir Celeste had been swatched once and put away, so I decided to pick it up a second time.
Noir Celeste is a winter nail polish, but my whole point is to not have a floral-looking manicure with flowers. This is not a pure, creamy, jet black, but a very shimmery black polish, meant to represent a starry sky. Here is how Givenchy Vernis Please! Noir Celeste looks without any embellishments.
Givenchy Vernis Please Noir Celeste black nail polish swatches
I had picked up Noir Celeste in 2013 when a website named Medplus Beauty offered a discount to the first 10 customers - after checking that the expiry date was only in 2015. The formula is so-so; I much prefer specialist manufacturers' polish formulae, such as O.P.I., China Glaze, Ciate, Zoya and so on. This wasn't streaky, but it was a little too thick for my liking and didn't go on very evenly. Drying time was decent and the glitter did not feel gritty or rough. There was a little tip wear in two days, which needed touching up before I embellished the manicure.
I was going to stamp flowers on this, but, as you know, my back won't cooperate now, so I decided to take the easy way out and just apply these nail art stickers. A bit lazy; I prefer even freehand to this, but I don't have a choice right now. I will be, if you pardon the awful pun, sticking to nail art stickers for my next mani as well, or until my back gets better. All pictures - unedited as usual - are outdoors in natural light though it was blazing that day and washed out the colours quite a bit, especially my skintone.
Floral nail art stickers on Givenchy Noir Celeste polish
The stickers are thin and stay on flat without sticking out. I wore Bourjois Gloss-Fixant topcoat above them and they stayed put through showers and brush-cleaning for two days before I spent time in bed picking out the polish altogether. I like the overall effect - it looks a bit like Japanese maki-e work, doesn't it?
This is my submission for the flower-themed GOT Polish Challenge. Next week is going to be interesting - the theme is neon and so unlike me!
P.S. My giveaway is almost over. Please give me a few days to sit up and verify entries. And I have a surprise coming up after that in May, so stay tuned :)

  1. Alexis @ thelittlebrunette.comMay 01, 2014

    Your nails look great!

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  2. Lacky CornerMay 01, 2014

    I like that you did the flowers over a dark base. Very nice!

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  3. erikatheicyoneMay 01, 2014

    I like these flowers and over the black, stunning. :) If you have Wet-n-Wild in your neck of the woods, their basic black creme polish is an excellent polish. It's an excellent polish, fantastic for a nail art base, dotting, stamping and it's dirt cheap, to boot. :)

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  4. KarishmaMay 02, 2014

    a new take on floral nails... i super like it :)

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  5. MyBeautyJunctionMay 03, 2014

    Thank you so much! <3

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  6. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 30, 2014

    Thank you!

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  7. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 30, 2014

    I wanted a gothic look, though the coloured flowers put paid to that ambition lol. Thank you!

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  8. MyBeautyJunctionNovember 30, 2014

    Thank you! For some reason, I always assumed that WnW polishes were um... unfit for stamping! When you assume, you make an etc. etc.. I'll be sure to get the basic black; I'm a sucker for cremes that can stamp.

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