E-femme-ral Nail Art

Romance author Rebecca Roybokssøn once said, “Life is unpredictable, it is ephemeral. It often slips through our grasp and falls away, much like the delicate petals of a dying flower”. Her words, as always, are poignant-potent even- and I think she is part of the inspiration for behind today’s post: The Des Geulasse E-femme-ral Nail Art.

My sister Primrose, as I’ve mentioned before, is obsessed with painting her nails and I would say that Efemmeral is the epitome of her style. It combines the brevity of life with the beauty found in the delicacy of women. It think it’s honestly the ultimate sign of femininity in the natural world.

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To get this look all you need is some dry clear glue, a nail polish color of your choice, and flowers picked fresh from any garden.

Start by painting a base layer on your nails and letting it dry completely. Once the first step is done, lay out the flowers you want to use and then add a single drop of glue to each nail, starting with your non dominant hand.

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Press your flower choices into the glue and let dry slightly before moving onto your next hand. You may need help for this- so just ask a friend and you can give each other manicures!

I love this look especially because it only lasts for as long as the flowers live. I think it’s the ultimate way to show how in tune with nature you are: by wearing something that will soon perish we are facing our own destinies and accepting them with feminine grace.

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Just be careful: moving too much can destroy the flowers. If you plan on trying out the Efemmeral look I recommend not driving, dancing, walking for more than a few minutes, or really any other activity that requires kinetic energy. I know the nails may sound impractical, but it’s worth it for looking good for a few hours!

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17 Comments

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    Natalia I
    July 13, 2016 at 8:00 am

    OMG so cute! Perfect for me because I hate going out I love just watching TV all night. Now I can look great while doing it!

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    Brithany
    July 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    What kind of floral tea is that you’re drinking?! Last time I tried to make a rose scented tea from a lovely Damask I found in my garden I accidentally swallowed a thorn 🙁

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      Phyllis
      July 17, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Hi Brithany, my sister and I usually make our Spice Drawer Tea (we actually have a post on it here: http://desgeulasse.com/spice-drawer-tea/). I definitely recommend using a blender or food processor first to make sure the thorns are fine enough to swallow. Good luck!

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    Rashida
    July 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Hahahhaha I get it it’s nail polish!!!

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    Keyla
    July 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Just what I was looking for! I have an invitation to an upcoming girls night event and I just know we will sit still for a long time so these will probably stick just fine. My only question is can I sleep with them on? Is there any method to keeping them looking fresh after a sleep? Have you tried gloves! Maybe scotch guard?

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      Phyllis
      July 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Hi Keyla, unfortunately we have tried scotch guard but it really only harms the flowers faster. I think part of the beauty is that there is no way to make them last. I recommend instead letting the flowers die overnight and then sporting the rotted look for the next morning- this way you accept life for what it is.

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    Lisa Favre
    July 14, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Whoa! This looks great. Not sure it would be fitting for my lifestyle, but I totally love looking at it on others!

    Lisa Favre
    http://marblecrumbs.com

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      Phyllis
      July 14, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Hi Lisa, glad you like the look! It’s totally hard for the more active people but in the future I will keep you in mind 🙂

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    Laura
    July 14, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Woow, great post!!

    http://www.lauramacij.com/2016/07/claire-babe.html

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    lesley kim
    July 14, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    So beautiful!
    http://www.lesley-kim.com

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      Phyllis
      July 17, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Thank you, Lesley 🙂

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    Laura Mitbrodt
    July 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    wow this is such a cool idea!!
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

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      Phyllis
      July 17, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Thanks, Laura!!

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    Mildo
    July 16, 2016 at 9:58 am

    what a nice thought !

    http://www.mildo-on-the-town.net

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      Phyllis
      July 17, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Thank you so much, Mildo <3

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    Jock
    July 23, 2016 at 3:21 am

    There is a critical shortage of inrifmatove articles like this.

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    Edgardo Umland
    August 24, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Nella scelta di prodotti cosmetici infatti fondamentale affidarsi a ditte che possano garantire e certificare i componenti utilizzati. La Femme ed Aleas Cosmetics offrono appunto tale garanzia, sia per chi rivende, sia per chi usa tali prodotti.

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