Throwback Thursday – Mint Mixed Mani

About two weeks ago, I went shopping with my dearest mother. We noticed about halfway through that we kept gravitating toward any article of clothing that was relatively mint green in color. Obviously, my next mani had to match the mood!

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Madeline Poole Gradient

When I first saw Madeline Poole’s gradient using American Apparel’s new sheer shades, I fell in love. Now, I don’t actually own any of the colors but I knew I had to try the look. Obviously, mine is nowhere near as gorgeous as MP’s, but it was so much fun trying to recreate this look. There’s even a tutorial for the look that you can follow if you’re just as intrigued as I was!

I tried to keep the colors as close to the original hues as possible, but I soon figured out my stash isn’t as diverse as I thought /:

Here’s the original manicure:

 

I absolutely love how the colors work so well together. You wouldn’t think purple and orange would flow so effortlessly together, but they’re absolutely gorgeous!

Here’s my fun take of that pose:

 

 

And more pics of my mani!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, I changed some of the colors. I didn’t have a yellow (not a single one in my stash!) so I chose some different colors I thought would make pretty pairs. Also, I’m kind of wishing I’d switched the greens on my pinky and middle fingers, but oh well! I may have to attempt this look again (:

I think my favorite nails are my ring (purple and orange) and and pointer (pink and red) fingers. I think the pink and red gradient would make a great Valentine’s Day mani!

On another note: My mother is a wonderful person, though she kind of enables my nail polish addiction (: When I lamented the lack of yellows in my stash, she surprised me with Zoya’s Pippa!

 

 

We also had a rather hectic weekend and she surprised me again with some of Essie’s new Mirror Metallics shades and two minnies!

 

 

The essie’s will definitely be coming back to school with me on Monday, so you’ll see more on them soon!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I’ll be spending mine packing and stressing about moving back to Boston. Hopefully I’ll be able to post again mid-week (:

 

Acid Wash (Grunge Effect)

It’s been a while! Sorry about that. Today, I present you with my attempt at an acid wash, also known as the grunge effect, manicure. This trend has been on my mind since NailsAdored made a tutorial on March. Two weeks ago, I tried it out for my self and I am so happy with the result!

For my base, I used Sally Hansen’s Plum Luck. I then layered the following colors in order to prepare for the grunge effect.

China Glaze – Dress Me Up

OPI – Rumple’s Wiggin’, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Dim Sum Plum

Revlon – Minted

This lighting makes the polish seem a bit more brown-tinted than the overall look actually was. But I still love the effect!

I was a little scared a couple times while rubbing off the layers, thinking I had gone all the way down to my bare nail, but it ended up just being the layer of DMU.

And here we have more accurate lighting. You can see the wear at the tips, but this is after a couple days of heavy wear already.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed another look at the acid wash or grunge effect. I definitely encourage you artsy types to try it out. It took quite a bit of time but was so much fun!

 

My first attempt at doing the ever popular galaxy inspired manicure!

I had so much fun creating this look and I used so many colors, sorry I can’t remember them all ):

But it was really easy and fun to do, especially since I like to think of myself as an artsy kind of person. I used cut up pieces of makeup sponges as suggested by CutePolish¬†and I found it didn’t really matter if I messed up much. The outcome was so much better than I expected my first try to be. I’ve tried the look once again but had no makeup sponges, I instead cut up a regular kitchen sponge but that didn’t work nearly as well /:

I would definitely suggest this look to anyone just getting involved in the wonderful world of nail art, especially because it was easy to do but it looks so pretty!

I did this manicure when the Crackle look was first trending. I saw a lot of people using the black crackle with other, more sparkly polishes in OPI’s Katy Perry collection, but I wanted to try something different. I think this is still my favorite crackle combination; mint green and black crackle. I used Revlon’s Minted and OPI’s Black Shatter.

I’ve tried a few different combinations since, but haven’t found one I liked as much as this one. However, my boyfriend gave me 6 different crackle colors for Christmas year, so stay tuned!