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I must admit that I’ve been really slacking on my mani’s and I even gave my nails an entire week of rest without any polish except for OPI’s nail envy. But don’t worry, I’m back on it and will try to post more often!

I was surfing the interwebs for inspiration yesterday and came across a denim ombré inspired mani and decided to give it a try myself. I debated whether I wanted to do a pink or blue  and decided to go with the blue, staying true to the denim theme.

First I painted the white base with Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On. It took me 3 coats to make them look really even and opaque so I’m not sure if I would want to use this one again. White polishes are so hard to use! Then I dripped some Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue onto a plastic plate to create the denim part of the mani. Using a make-up sponge, I sponged the blue very lightly starting from the tip of the nail until 2/3 was covered. I dabbed into some more blue onto the sponge and gradually made the tips darker to create the fullombré effect. Once the blue dried I decided to use Sephora by OPI’s matte top coat instead of a gloss top coat. I felt that this made the effect feel closer to denim.

This is maybe the second time I’ve ever worn blue nail polish and I still think it clashes with my skin tones, but at least they look cool! Well, I think so anyway :)

So besides chips, I also love indulging in a bit of froyo (which is what the cool kids call frozen yogurt). I had the chance to catch up with a good friend tonight over a cup of original tart at a nearby joint and got him to take a pic of my fresh nails (which I Instagram’d):

What’s your latest nail art inspiration?

xo,
e.

 

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One of the more popular nail trends I noticed over the past holidays was the gradient mani. I tried to do it once with just the bottle brushes and two different shades of pink, but it did not work out at all. Like, at all.

I eventually found a really good tutorial, which is actually from 2 years ago (wow, am I late or what) and it shows you how to do a gradient mani using the sponge technique. I dug up some old makeup sponges and seized the opportunity to use my newly purchased American Apparel Metallic Bronze Dash with Color Club Boho Mojo and added dash of glitter with Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!.

Originally I didn’t want to use a glitter, but my sponging wasn’t so great and it left a bumpy texture so I figured adding the glitter would hide the ugliness. I’m really glad I went for it because the larger pieces of glitter made the whole mani pop and the Bronze Dash with the Boho Mojo made the nails look very ethereal, almost universe-like and the glitter resemble the planets. Now I’m just getting too deep about this mani.

In natural light, the Bronze Dash didn’t pick up as much as I had hoped for even though I sponged on a good amount at the tip of the nails to make them more intense, but the photograph and Instagram-ation of the mani made them look really awesome. I received a lot of comments and can’t wait to try out the technique again when my nails are longer and with other color schemes.

What are some nail trends that you think are coming back from back in the day?

xo,
e.