I've been watching my rose bushes carefully over the last few months, waiting and waiting for those little green buds to release their fluffy, fragrant blossoms. After having no rain all year until March (seriously), I was worried they wouldn't thrive.
And then the skies opened up and it rained for three days straight and the shrubs exploded with rosebuds within the week. My herb and vegetable gardens are looking pretty bounteous, as well. Thanks, Mother Nature!
So many of us in Phoenix, myself included, truly crave rainy days. They're so rare that I've actually forgotten how to use my windshield wipers after a dry spell. And when there's a forecast for rain? Holy moly, you better believe that all us desert dwellers get excited. My Facebook feed is abuzz with chatter about potential raindrops.
Plus, there's the way the Earth smells after a rain in the desert. There's no other smell like it. You see, there's this plant called the Creosote Bush that is so powerfully aromatic that the entire valley just fills right up with the scent. When I first moved here, I was put off by the smell as it's a little musky and dirty, but now my nostrils crave it. It's one of the first things I'd miss about Phoenix should I ever move from the valley.
But I digress. Back to roses.
To celebrate spring, I've decided to do a sweet little nail tutorial for you. I'm calling it a Vintage Rose French Tip.
First gather a few supplies. You'll need a base nail color (I went with a milky lavender), pink, white and two shades of green. You also need a dotting tool, nail art brush and a top coat. I'm using Seche Vite because duh.
After applying a base coat, paint one to two coats of your base color. I went with NCLA's As If. It's my most favorite purple in the world.
Next taking your dotting tool, dip it in some pink (I'm using Zoya Shelby) and apply three dots across the tip of each nail. These dots do not have to be perfect, so don't stress.
Using a tiny nail art brush and white polish, create "C" shapes and swirls around each and every pink circle. You can go back in with your pink again to create even more depth. Honestly, don't strive for perfection. Inconsistency between the roses is what makes them look the most natural.
After you've got your swirly roses done, it's time to move on to the leaves. Again, these don't have to be perfect.
I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish in Green with Envy and simply created two small lines stemming off of each rose.
This is optional, but for extra dimension you can add a few touches of a darker green nail polish. With a light end, just layer the darker green on top of the light green. You can even go back in and layer the lighter shade on top of the green again. Have fun with it! The dark green I'm using is Sinful Colors Last Chance.
Finally, apply your top coat. I prefer Seche Vite because it dries within minutes, freeing my hands to do things such as each eat cheese or pee.