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Mani Monday: Ombre Manicure

Happy Mani Monday everyone!  After last week’s St.Paddy’s day mani using Tart Deco- I wasn’t quite ready to give up my corals just yet.  The weather has been so gorgeous and summer-like in Chicago lately that bright and fun colored nails seemed totally appropriate.  After searching pinterest for some inspiration I came across this photo of some beautiful pink ombre nails and immediately decided I had to duplicate this mani with corals.

The good thing about being a nail polish addict was that I have so many colors of polish that I already had most of the colors needed to create perfect ombre effect.  Ps- if you don’t know what ombre is- it is a graduation of color from light to dark.  If you don’t have all of the colors- you can mix your own using your main polish color and white nail polish- which is a little more complicated.  I did the darkest color on my thumbs and the colors got lighter and lighter once I got to my pinky.  Here’s what I used:

From left to right: Essie Ole Caliente, Essie Peach Daiquiri, OPI Mod-ern Girl, Essie Tart Deco, Essie Hi Maintenence

And here’s the manicure:

*Note- I didn’t have the perfect shade for my pinky so I did one thin coat of Essie Tart Deco and then two coats of Essie Hi Maintenance over the top.  In hindsight-I should’ve picked up Essie’s A Crewed Interest (Spring 2012) from the beauty show since it would’ve been the perfect color!  Oh well!

Fortunately I have quite a few different colors I could do this mani with.  I might try green or purple next!


Mani Monday: Luck of the Irish…

Since St. Patrick’s day fell on a Saturday this year- there was even more reason to celebrate.  Everyone and their mother, literally, came to the city of Chicago to watch the Chicago river turn neon green and get their drink on.  In order to prepare, a few of the girls from work came over on Thursday for sushi, beer, nail painting, and college basketball.  It was quite the sight to see- four girls just as worried about how their brackets were doing as they were to what Irish theme they were going to paint their nails.  The problem was…we had too many options we couldn’t decide what to do!  It’s my fault.  Instead of just green- I had many shades of green, orange, glitter, stamps, etc that you can see in the photos below.  Decisions were finally made after a bit of ‘testing’ of the endless combinations and the end result on each girl ended up being just as unique and fabulous as they are!  I can’t wait for the next party!Colors used were: Green-Essie Going Incognito and Navigate her, OPI Jade is the new black.  Orange- Essie Orange it’s Obvious, and Tart Deco.  Sparkles-Sephora by OPI Traffic Stopper Copper and Flurry Up.  Tools used: Sephora Dotting Tool and Konad Plate M60.