|From l-r: essie ridge filling base coat, Sinful Colors in Easy Going (300), Julep Nail Vernis in Kelly, Hayden, Alicia,|
and Sasha, essie luxeffects in Set in Stones, Julep Nail Vernis in Oscar, and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat (picture taken without flash)
|Picture taken with flash|
I'm not going to lie, I had been rocking the pink sparkly zebra print Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips for about 2 weeks. I just couldn't make myself remove something so pretty, especially since there were practically no chips and it was still as shiny as the first day I applied them. Truth is, my toes needed attention, so since my fingers were going to get messed up while trying to remove the paint on my toes, I went ahead and resolved to give my fingernails a fresh coat of paint as well.
|The mani I loved to much to remove. It will be missed :(|
It was around 10:30 pm when I started the whole process, and since I had to wake up early for the Nordstrom Beauty Bash (stay tuned for more on that), I knew that I couldn't do anything too intricate (plus the hubby started asking "Are you finished yet" almost as soon as I pulled out the polishes). After examining my ever expanding collection of nail varnishes, I noticed that I had just the right combination of shades to do a simple gradient/ombre manicure. I have a relatively short nail bed, so trying to fit a combination of colors on one nail is just not an option, plus time (and my fam) just wouldn't allow that. So I started with my favorite base coat (essie ridge filling base coat), and then starting at my pinky, applied varying shades in a complimentary color family, going from pale, creamy pink (Sinful Colors Easy Going and Julep Kelly), to cantaloupe (Julep Hayden), to salmon (Julep Alicia), to coral (Julep Sasha). I couldn't stop there; I always like to have a little extra sparkle, so on my accent nails (left ring finger and right pointer) I added a layer of silver, multi-sized glitter (essie luxeffects Set in Stones) and then a layer of gold glitter (Julep Oscar). I topped it all off with my HG top coat, the cult favorite, Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results!
|The final results! This is my left hand and the right looks slightly different because the pointer finger is covered in glitter. I'm holding my favorite cuticle oil from Julep...|
So, yeah, I may have used more bottles of polish to achieve a single manicure than the average woman, but I NEVER claimed to be average :) What do you think of this easy rendition of the gradient/ombre trend? Will you be trying it? What color family would you like to see done? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Until next time...
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