Saturday, 30 August 2014

Mani Swap With Not Your Average Nails


Yay reader, you are all witness to an historical event today: my first mani swap! And you are also witness to another historical moment on this blog: I've added a little logo to my pictures! :D

Becca from Not Your Average Nails and I are doing our first mani swap together - and I couldn't be more excited about it! After I had commented a few times on her amazing designs and how I would love to recreate them, Becca suggested we do a mani swap together! I had a lot of her designs on my "to recreate" wishlist, so I was more than eager to say yes!

The big trouble began when I had to pick just one design to recreate. I love just about all of Becca's designs, but some just looked like they'd be way over my head (these mega cute ice creams for example) and I didn't feel confident enough that I'd be able to do them justice just yet. I settled on her Naughty Nautical design, because I loved it from the minute I saw it and because it made me go out and buy Essie's Naughty Nautical! So I have the perfect polish to recreate it :)


Becca had made a little pictorial on how to create the ropes and the rose compass - you can see it here on Tumblr. Her tutorial is so great and clear, because I just followed it and had no trouble at all to paint the compass on my thumb.


I'm amazingly proud of how everything about this design turned out! I think I nailed the compass and I'm very proud of how straight my lines are. I did everything freehand because when I tried it with striping tape it just got all messy. I also love how Essie's Naughty Nautical looks, it's such a gorgeous colour with a nice subtle shimmer in it.

And to finish my first mani swap ever, I present to you probably the best prop picture I'll ever take! I wanted to take a picture with a nautical prop, but the only thing I could find was a rubber duck so I decided to just go for it :D  I love this shot so much, the duck looks so funny!!


Now, what design of mine did Becca choose to recreate? She picked my leopard print with Claire's School Day, which you can see here! And you can see Becca's recreation of it here!


Definitely go browse her blog and be amazed by all her awesome designs!! Honestly, you must. Now. Why are you still reading this?! :p

Here's our official *Mani Swap!* collage!


What do you think of this nautical design? Becca did an amazing job creating it, but I'm really proud of how I was able to recreate it too :D I got A LOT of compliments on these nails!
Plus: how do you like my little R logo?

Big thanks to Becca for suggesting this mani swap - I would never have dared suggest it because honestly, I'm so intimidated by how awesome your designs are! I'm super glad we did this mani swap because it was really fun and very cool to see my design on Becca's nails :)

Thanks for reading!


28 comments:

  1. amazing I love it so very much, Robin! <3

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  2. both swap manicures are amazing!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you like them, I love Becca's recreation too!

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  3. Thanks again for doing this swap with me Robin (and for all your sweet comments about my designs, I totally don't deserve them!), it was so much fun!
    And I can't believe you did your lines freehand, they look as straight as striping tape!!
    Also don't be intimidated by any of my designs, I think you're talented enough to recreate any of them (even the ice cream ones ^^ ).

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    1. YAY! And shush you, you totally deserve them ALLLL! I'm really glad you like my recreation too, and I'll promise to one day try your ice creams!! :D

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  4. loove the recreation and the new logo, it catches my eye immediately!

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    1. Thanks Franzi! I'm so glad you like the logo! :)

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  5. You did such an amazing job Robin, I love how you did the anchor !
    Amazing mani swap and your logo looks great ;)

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    1. Thanks Justine! I love how the anchor turned out :)

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  6. Both recreations look amazing! I love this mani swap. :)
    Robin, I totally understand how difficult it was for you to pick just one design and I guess it was hard for Becca as well. You are both amazing artists!

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    1. Thanks! It was indeed really hard to pick one - I'll probably just recreate some more of Becca's designs in the future! ;)

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  7. Wow wat gaaf! Alleen dat lakje van Essie al <3 <3 Wat knap gemaakt zeg! Leuk!

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    1. Dankjewel Miriam! Essie's Naughty Nautical is inderdaad echt zo mooi! :D

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  8. Lovely mani I really like the shimmer to the Essie :-)

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  9. Both jobs are great. You're both talented.

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  10. Yay your first ever mani swap! I've never done one before :( I love your new logos too! Naughty Nautical is such a nice colour - you're making me want to buy it now! You're recreation looks amazing and Becca's has turned out so well too! :)

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    1. Yay indeed! Thanks a lot Jayna - when I have some free time and if you're up for it, we could do a mani swap too! :) I'm glad you like the designs! We are going to start a buying circle for Naughty Nautical: Becca made me want to buy it, now I made you want to buy it lol!

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    2. Ooh I'd love to do that! Maybe after September as I'm taking part in the 31DC? Haha probably! :)

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    3. Hehe after September might be best indeed! :D

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  11. I adored it. The color green is very beautiful (:

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  12. Both mani's are awesome. Love the nautical theme and you recreated it very well, I think!

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    1. Thank you Saskia, I'm really glad that you like my recreation! :)

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