I’ve seen a couple of versions of this type of manicure kicking around lately, although of course I’m not organised enough to have noted where and who they belonged to, so thanks lovely anonymous internet ladies who gave me the inspiration for this one.
I am also not together enough to have found the time to take photos when I was done, so we’re going to have to make do with a phone picture I took while at work. However, I’ve just got a new phone and I’m really impressed with the picture quality, so that’s a bonus lesson learned.
The polishes used are Essie – Nice Is Nice, which is one of the lilacs that I always think it’s a good idea to buy and then I realise that it’s a colour that really doesn’t suit me. To make it wearable I sponged Orly – Charged Up over striping tape. Normally with tape I follow the advice to remove it while the polish is still wet, but on this one I left it until it was dry and I was really pleased with the crisp lines I ended up with. The only thing I didn’t like about this manicure was the area that I dinged once I’d applied my topcoat, but I guess you can’t have everything…
And here is the finished result:
This week I seem to be all about digging out classic polishes, I need to make sure my favourite Winter shades get an outing because it’ll be Spring before we know it and then I’ll be all over yellows and oranges.
With that in mind today I have Essie – Midnight Cami which I absolutely love, although it’s one of those frustrating dark blues that basically looks black unless you examine it closely. To spice things up I’ve added a good dollop of Nail Pop – Sequin Effect, a gorgeous green / gold flakie. I’ve only ever tried the flakie polishes from this range because none of the other colours have ever excited me when I’ve been browsing the shelves of Superdrug, but Sequin Effect alone is enough to make me think that maybe us British ladies aren’t as badly off as we sometimes think when we’re looking with envy at the US polish ranges.
I just want to note that I’ve been experimenting with a couple of different top coats lately because although Seche Vite changed my life (and I don’t feel like I’m exaggerating very much there) I’m getting fed up with its gloopiness and how careful I have to be to avoid bubbling. Here I’ve used Zoya’s Armor which I had high hopes for because I love the Anchor basecoat, but after one day’s wear I’ve got significant chippage and I really wasn’t impressed with the dry time. I’ll give it another go, but on this evidence I’m afraid it’s a thumbs down.
It seems a few days have gone by since my last post, I’m not quite sure how that happened as I’ve had lots in my head that I wanted to write about. But now I’m back and writing with aid of my late Christmas present from a lovely man – I now have a keyboard for my ipad which is going to make blogging so much easier.
The manicure I have for you today came about from the realisation that I hadn’t done a proper sponged gradient for longer than I can remember, so here we are.
I just used two colours, Essie – Mint Candy Apple and Orly – Green With Envy. These are both core range classics and Green With Envy makes for great gradient due to its creamy jelly (crelly) texture, so I think I got away with using two colours without an interim one between.
You might want to ignore my manky skin in these pictures, I’m having some issues with allergies at the moment – one of my colleagues scared me by suggesting I might be allergic nail varnish, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the case!
I knew as soon as I decided to do this challenge that I would struggle to find the time, but it’s day two and I’m still giving it a go, albeit with another simple mani. I’ve used gold a couple of times lately, so I thought I’d go with something slightly different and use gold glitter.
This is Essie Mamba which is a colour I never wear on it’s own because it refuses to work with my skintone, however I had a feeling it would be the perfect base for a gold glitter gradient. The glitter is OPI Glim-Merry Gold which is another of my mum’s stashed old QVC purchases. It dates back to 2003 and I had no idea it was so rare until I googled and there were hardly any swatches, now I know I will at some point do a proper swatch as I absolutely loved using it.
This isn’t the most gradienty of gradients, but I’m really enjoying wearing it.
Now for one of my absolute favourite colours of all time, Essie’s Mink Muffs. I need something sober for this week and this fits the bill. Strangely for a brown I always get compliments when I wear this. It’s just so creamy and yummy looking, it’s not too light and not too dark. Love love love!
I’ve had this one in my head ever since this happened.
Rather than throw away the empty dried up bottle of Essie’s Mod Square and the dried up contents splattered on a sandwich bag, I figured I could keep them and come up with some sort of nail art.
I used a couple of coats of an unnamed Color Club from one of those sets they always have in TK Maxx. According to this post on i haz a beaty blog it’s called I Believe In Amour.
Anyway, while this was still wet I broke off some shards of the dried up Essie and stuck them on before sealing with Seche Vite.
I’m quite pleased with it, I think they look like little islands in a sea of Angel Delight. What do you think?
I threw that last photo in for fun so you can see how bad the disaster was!
All being well when this post is published I’ll be on a plane. I’m flying to Nashville for work for a couple of weeks. Not the most excited I’ve ever been about a business trip, but we’ll see how it goes I guess.
So while spending the day washing every item of clothing I own and trying to get enough of it dry to pack I figured I should do my nails, after all you never know who you might meet in an airport.
This is a lesson in what happens when you fail to plan. After applying base coat I taped some vertical stripes of naked nail and painted on Essie Nice Is Nice. After removing the tape and top coating I added horizontal striping tape and sponged on Bourjois So Laque in Bleu Violet. Turns out none of that made any sense and in the end it just looks a bit lame, not dreadful, but not what I wanted.
I’m leaving my striping tape and sponges at home, so anything I do while I’m away should be a bit different. Let’s hope so anyway!
See what you think…