My Week in Nails

I had a busy mani week, although it wasn’t a particularly busy blogging week. It’s Spring Break for my daughter, which gives us a very welcome break from school. And we’ve been busy doing life stuff. Which doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging stuff. But we manage to mani, even in the midst of chaos. A girl has to keep some semblance of civilization, after all.

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I started out my week of manicures with a little bit of Spring or Summer evening goodness. I used all OPI polishes in this gradient: First Date at the Golden Gate, Never a Dulles Moment, Mad for Madness Sake, and Viking in a Vinter Vonderland. I stamped over it with Funky Fingers, Gesso, and I used a design from Born Pretty Plate BP-L008.

I felt like I hadn’t done a gradient in a little while. Now that I’m thinking about it, I did one in February, but it wasn’t this complex. I haven’t done many gradients using more than two colors, and I’ve always found them to be a challenge. It’s even more challenging at the moment, due to my shorter nails. I wanted a sunset-looking gradient, and I looked online for some pictures to get an idea of colors as well as what order I should put them in for the gradient.

Overall, I was really happy with how this gradient turned out. I wish my nails were slightly longer, which would have allowed a bit more of the orange tone at my cuticle line. But I like the blend. And I was happy with the look of the stamped design over the gradient. It was a good mani.

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Next up was Colores de Carol, Bluebell. Not much could have convinced me to take off my sunset gradient with stamping manicure. But the arrival of my Colores de Carol Spring Thermals did just that! I had to get this gorgeousness onto my nails right away. Rawr!!

And she is lovely. I’m using this photo because it shows this beautiful polish in both its cool and warm states, although it will go to a slightly more brown-toned beige when it is completely warm. I love this polish. The flakes are gorgeous against both the warm and cool tones. I’m hoping to do a post on these soon, so I won’t gush over this lovely lady too much right now.

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My next manicure was with Zoya, Scout. I stamped over it with Zoya, Debbie, using a design from Born Pretty Plate BPL-029.

This was my first time wearing Scout. I have discovered I have an abiding love for these types of “ugly-pretty”, greens. And Scout is no exception. I love this base color, with its murky yellow undertones. And the shimmer is so pretty. I got the idea of stamping over Scout with a brown, and I could not get it out of my head. I hadn’t used Debbie for stamping before, and I was happily surprised to find Debbie works excellently as a stamping polish, in addition to being an amazingly yummy brown.

I was so, so, so happy with how this manicure turned out! The brown and yellow-green are beautiful together. And this whole manicure gives me a flashback to my childhood in the 70s. It has that kind of vibe to it.

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Next up is Zoya, Brandi. I used Zoya, Debbie again for the stamping, and the design is from What’s Up Nails plate B017.

Brandi, Brandi, Brandi … How do I love thee? Well, I don’t love thee quite as much as Padma. But it’s a close thing. This is a gorgeously juicy “grandma” rose. And we all know how much I adore those. I love this in combination with the brown. I think it turned out to be a great color combo. And this design is too much fun. I finally have some Spring-themed stamping plates, and I am enjoying the heck out of them!

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And, finally, here is the manicure I’m wearing today. This is Colores de Carol, Azalea. Have I mentioned my “pink moments”? Um … yeah. I think they are on full display in this week’s manicure wrap-up. This polish is beautiful. I LOVE this pink! I love it when it is bright and vibrant in its cold state. And I love it when it is softer and lighter in its warm state. It is beautiful and perfect all the way around.

THE WRAP-UP:

Overall, a pretty great manicure week! There was some nail art, some “fugly” green (and I say that with love), some color changing fun, and lots of pinkness. Oh, so much pinkness. Am I turning into a gal who loves pink? I guess I had better think on that. Think Pink — ha, ha!

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