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05 May 2014

Manicure Monday (61): The Winner's Curse

Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a weekly post that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each Monday I will show you one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure. Thanks for stopping by!

Hello again. I hope you all had a great weekend. It was the first weekend in a about month where I did not have a million things planned and I used it to recharge and rest. My current schedule doesn't allow for much free time during the week and my reading has really slowed down. I was glad to have a free weekend though because it let me start and finish the book I am featuring today for Manicure Monday.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutowski

The Winner's Curse my Marie Rutkoski has been getting a lot of hype lately and I am happy to say that it lived up to my expectations and more. I really loved both the main characters in this and the story unfolded in a way that I did not expect and I cannot wait for book 2. Why can't it be 2015 already?

This book also has a gorgeous cover and I set about recreating on my nails. I have to admit that I didn't love the outcome of this manicure. It did not come out quite as I had envisioned though it's growing on me. To start, I laid down 2 coats of Zoya Mia on all of my nails. Mia is a pretty pink/mauve creme that matched the lighter color of the dress well.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutowski

Next, using a dark burgundy shimmer (Studio M Hearts on Fire) I painted in the large petals of the flowers. After they dried I went back in with Zoya Mia and Zoya Hermina, a cool gold, to add more petals and depth. I put coat on everything and let it dry. Then using a pearly white acrylic pain and a dotting tool, I went back in and added the little pearl dots that are on the dress.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutowski

For my thumb, I decided to draw the dagger that is also part of the dress ensemble I used China Glaze Side Saddle for the handle, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby for the hilt and CND Silver Chrome for the blade.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutowski

Like I said, this didn't come out quite as I'd pictured. I really wanted something lush and full looking like the dress. This is pretty but it's missing something. Maybe I should have drawn in more flowers or more texture for the background. 

I borrowed this book from the library but I liked it so much that I will probably be purchasing a copy soon. Have you guys read The Winner's Curse yet? Thanks for coming by and checking out today's manicure. Have a fun week!

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