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After only three days my purple patterned nails began to chip. If you’re a nail polish fanatic like me, you try not to never leave the house with chipped polish. So, I had to remove and start fresh!

It’s way too cold and dreary for June right now. My apartment building manager even turned on the heat for us because it is just that chilly and wet! To offset all the grey going on with the weather I opted to go for some pretty pink hues and do an ombré design. In the past I’ve done my ombre by sponging one shade at a time, but I recently saw a different technique on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

All you need is a makeup sponge, your 3 shades of color, a piece of paper towel, and a q-tip. I was worried that the color on the sponge wouldn’t go on a clear top coat so I cleverly painted on two quick layers of a nude as a base. For the pink hues I am using Revlon’s Coral Me WIld, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fuschsia Flare, and L.A. Girl Love Not.

Paint horizontal stripes on the sponge starting with your darkest shade and don’t be afraid to overlap the colors. This will help blend the shades together. I also recommend keeping the lines narrow in case you have smaller sized nails. After putting a medium sized amount of the colors onto the sponge, quickly dab the sponge onto your paper towel to remove any excess polish. Then place then sponge directly onto your nails and rock the sponge it ever so slightly from left to right to make sure the polish gets onto the edge of your nail. It can get a bit messy around your cuticles so make sure you have a q-tip and polish remove by your side to clean it up after. (Or you can tape around your nails using scotch tape, but I was too lazy tonight :)).

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This is a really quick way to do a nail design and I’m definitely going to use this technique again play around with different colors, not just shades of one color.

By the way, you will absolutely want a good top coat for this design as the sponge will leave a bit of a texture on your nail. Seche Vite is the best!

What are some of your favorite color combos right now?

xo,
e.

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I bought my first bottle of magnetic nail polish (Nails Inc. Trafalgar Square) on a trip to LA at Sephora back in November 2011 and I was so excited to go back to my hotel room to try it out. $18 for a bottle of polish is a bit over my budget, but I was on a mini vacay so I let myself splurge :)

It took me at least two tries on each finger to get the magnetic waves looking right and only 2 or 3 nails on each hand looked good. I was so disappointed, but I kept it and figured I’ll try it out another day when I have more time.

Then yesterday, I came across this mani that Precious Polish did and it inspired me to give the bottle another try, which worked out great because I’ve just started watching the Friday Night Lights series and it kept me distracted while I magnetized each nail (yes, magnetized my nails lol) because the trick is to hold the magnet very still for a at least 15 seconds while the polish is thick and wet.

See how dark and contrasting each nail is? It still took me a couple tries to get it good.

I then cut thin strips of masking tape to block off a diagonal section of each nail and used L.A. Girl Flare in Bubble Gum to paint the other half.

Not sure if it’s super obvious, but I forgot to alternate the tape on my index finger. It must’ve been all the football action on TV. Did you know that Taylor Kitsch (aka Tim Riggins #33) is a Canadian from BC? My home province!

xo,
e.

Sometimes all a girl needs is some glitter and everything seems to get way brighter and better.

I was visiting a girlfriend in LA and picked up a bottle of L.A. Girl Glitter Addict in Inspire and I couldn’t wait to try it out when I got home. By the way, don’t you just love good inexpensive polish? This bottle  only cost me $3.50!

I used Sephora by OPI in Dark Room as the base, then laid on two thick layers of Inspire on top, but it still didn’t feel blingy enough so I added a pop of silver with Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!. When I finished, I kept staring at how shiny my fingers were, then I thought “shit, how am I going to remove all this glitter?”. I’m writing this post a week later so I can tell you that it took me about an entire episode of Friends to take these off my and my fingers were so dry from the remover the next day. Vaseline to the rescue.

**UPDATE** I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before! Several months later, I’m reading a post from Oooh, Shinies! and she shared the perfect tip to remove glitter polish, click here if you want to save some major time!

xo,
e.