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Luxe Banana Mani

Hi again, Lynn here. Today I have a manicure that was inspired by a silly conversation I had with Phyrra the other day. It worked out well because there’s also a ‘Mellow Yellow’ challenge in one of the Facebook groups I’m in.


I started out with Maybelline’s Banana Puddin’, which is a pretty, pastel yellow creme. And while it’s supposedly one of the ‘better’ yellow formulas, it was still a pain in the bum to apply, as yellows tend to be. This is after 4 streaky, difficult coats, but it ended up looking pretty good anyway, aside from the fact that yellow and I don’t get along, so please forgive my lobster hands. Of course I couldn’t leave it that simple, so I grabbed my bottle of Orly’s Luxe and busted out my mad nail art skills (okay, so dots are pretty much the extent of my talent).

I used my super-technical dotting tool (the dulled end of an orange stick) and started dotting away. Luxe is really good for this type of thing, it didn’t leave any bald spots or require a lot of manipulating, and this was super easy to do. I just put a piece of tape on my desk, added a drop of the gold, dipped in the orange stick, and dot dot dot…

I don’t wear yellow very often, it doesn’t agree with my very pink undertones, but it was fun to try to challenge myself.

Any colors that you have trouble wearing? Do you avoid them altogether or do you brave them anyway?

Thanks so much for letting me share again, Phyrra!

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    • Kimberlee

      Sooooo cute!!

      • lunableu

        Thank you, Kimberlee!
        -Lynn

    • http://layniefingers.blogspot.com/ Laynie

      That is so sweet! Makes me think of bananas, both because of the color and the dots. And hey, your skills were definitely good enough to make a gorgeous design! Love it!

      • lunableu

        Awww, thanks so much Laynie! I’ve seen your nail art, so that means a lot to me, sweets.
        -Lynn

    • http://cassykinsvstheworld.blogspot.com/ Cassy

      Lynn – For your skills being restricted to dots, they are some very awesome dots! I think these colors look awesome together. Yellow is one of my “trouble” colors, too.

      Thanks Phyrra for sharing this post! It’s definitely making me think about giving yellow another try.

      • lunableu

        Thanks so much, Cassy! Truthfully, Luxe did most of the work, I just dotted it on and it was super easy to work with. And I think yellow is a tough color for a lot of people to wear. I do better with pale yellows myself, it’s just a matter of finding what works for you.
        -Lynn

    • http://spontaneouschick.com Aleya Bamdad

      This is a pretty yellow. I tend to stay away from yellow and green because neither of them look good on me.

      • lunableu

        Hi Aleya, yellow is definitely my main trouble color. I’d sure miss my greens though. At least there are lots of other colors to choose from!
        -Lynn

    • http://pearlsquirrel.blogspot.com Silke

      This is really cute! I have very pink undertones too and I mostly evade beiges and nude colors, they don’t flatter me at all. I don’t have a pale yellow like this, but bright yellow does suit me..

      • lunableu

        I actually haven’t worn any of the brighter yellows I have, maybe I’ll give one a try since a fellow pink-toned gal says they work for her ;-) Thanks Silke!
        -Lynn

    • Ollie

      That’s awesome, I can’t do any designs, I don’t like too many either I think they look tacky.
      Yesterday I had ‘lobster’ hands and I’m wearing red polish so I think it stood out more? It’s the first time I really noticed it and it really got me to think, I don’t have pink undertones do I?
      I avoid bright metallic..like silver. It looks awful on me

      • lunableu

        Hey Ollie! I usually wear my nail polish without designs too, but every now and then I decide to go nuts with the dots, lol. As for the lobster hands, just tell people you have really good circulation, haha!
        -Lynn

    • http://inhermakeupbag.bt.com Stephanie C.

      Oh my gosh, this is adorable. I love the pretty gold polka dots you added. :)

      • lunableu

        Thank you Stephanie, so glad you like it!
        -Lynn

    • http://eyegraffiti.blogspot.com EyeGraffiti

      This is gorgeous! It really got me craving some bananas! Love the little dots of gold, make the nails look very exclusive!
      Phlox

      • lunableu

        Thank you dahlin’! It really is a fun banana yellow. Reminds me of banana Laffy Taffy. Oooh… taffy….
        -Lynn

    • http://twitter.com/#!/awesome_tacos Alicia

      This is such a cute mani! Luxe Banana is definitely a good name for it. ^^

      • lunableu

        Luckily the polish names worked out here, since I’m not crafty with names, lol. So glad you like it!
        -Lynn

    • http://liquorlubeandlipstick.blogspot.com/ adri

      This looks super cute!

      • lunableu

        Thanks so much, Adri!
        -Lynn

    • http://caseemarie.com Casee Marie

      Oooh, you did such a lovely job! It looks perfect. Polka dots are something I haven’t tried yet, but now you’ve made it look so easy…I might have to give it a go. (: