Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Book week: The White Maniac

I can tell you now that most, if not all of you reading this post will have no clue what this manicure is based on. It is a short story that I discovered when writing my dissertation last year, even some of my lecturers hadn't heard of it. Let me show you the manicure first and then I will go into a little more detail. 


This manicure is based on the short story by the Victorian Novelist Mary Fortune called 'The White Maniac: A Doctors Tale'. The story is a sensationalised horror story with a twist.  It recounts the story of  a doctor inquiring about  a patient who he later falls in love with. However everything in the  house has to be white, from the walls to the objects in house to the clothes the servants wear. Why you ask? Well you can find out for yourself by reading the story for free over at Project Gutenburg. I would highly recommend it and it is very short so it won't take you very long to read it. I would love to hear your thoughts on the story!


This manicure uses two coats of Barry M Matte White as a base and then I used some red dried flowers I got to review from Born Pretty.


You can get the dried flowers here and the item number is #5232. The flowers come in a handy wheel which is nice and sturdy and keeps the flowers nice and safe and dry. You get a good range of colours and they are all very vibrant and great for anyone wanting to do summery manicures. You get approximately 4 to five of each flower in each section meaning that you can get a good amount of nail art from one wheel.

You have to be very gentle when picking up the flowers as they are quite delicate. I applied a layer of topcoat to my nail and then used this to adhere the flower. I then added another couple of layers of topcoat to make sure they were secure on the nail. I did find the flowers were still a little bumpy, but not enough to be off putting. I am sure if you had used a layer of Gelous this would not have been an issue.  The flowers lasted well on my nails. After two days I wanted to change my manicure but I know they would have lasted longer. What I love about these flowers is as soon as you add them you have instant nail art. They are perfect for when you don't have much time to do an intricate paint-job!

Remember you can get all your nail art products as Born Pretty- they stock so much! . If you are planning to order form Born Pretty don't forget you can get 10% off your order with the code "BA5X31" which is also on my blog sidebar. 

I hope that you like my manicure and read the story above. Don't forget to take a peek at the rest of the dozen's day two book manicures by clicking the links below!


The inclusion of this graphic means that the product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing.

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19 comments

  1. I just love using dried flowers in a manicure! I'm definitely going to check out this short story as it sounds super intriguing!

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  2. Love the dried flowers! Nice work =)

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  3. Wow, those hearts are so pretty! I love how they look with the white base.

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  4. Love the dried flowers on your mani :)

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  5. Absolute gorgeous! Never seen this before...might have to make a cheeky purchase - nails are my guilty pleasure!!

    Lulu - elyouelyou :)

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  6. Wow!! What a story!!
    I even forgot your cute nails.

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  7. Very cute! I think I'd be too scared to use those flowers. They look so delicate, but adorable :)

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  8. This turned out so pretty!

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  9. I love the story and I love your interpretation!!

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  10. That's really pretty! I've never tried dried flowers before but I should get some!

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  11. I have never heard of the story but I love your design! The flowers look amazing! You have me interested now! :)

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  12. Nice idea..it looks cute :)

    marvelikalife.blogspot.com

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  13. The dried flowers are so cool! I may have to look into buying some :)

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