Monday, 26 March 2012

Monday Mani ~ Spring Sparkle

I thought a pretty mani would be a cheery way to start each week and share my latest favourite nail look. It will also encourage me to look after my nails and cuticles all the time and not just when disaster strikes! I hope you like the first of my Monday Mani series…

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The first sunny weekend of Spring made me want bright nails with a touch of glitter to catch the sun’s rays, so this is what I came up with… Spring Sparkle! 

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The gorgeous orange shade is Peachy Rose #021 by GOSH and the gold glitter is by Saffron London, picked up cheap as chips on eBay, inspired by the lovely Fee over at Makeup Savvy. The colour isn’t peachy or rose, but what I’d describe as a ‘soft’ orange. It’s bright, but has a gentleness about it. I applied two coats for this look.

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I’ve never had a full on glitter top coat before and am so impressed with this one with fine particles of glitter alongside little squares and large hexagons, which sometimes needed a little manipulation to place. You could use tweezers or a cocktail stick to do this, though I seemed to manage with the brush as I didn’t want them to look too uniform.

This last shot was to show the colour out of direct sunlight, though you can barely tell the difference!

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I liked the sparkle just on tips to avoid an OTT daytime look. The glitter particles are set in a thickish clear gel polish, so I definitely needed a top coat to smooth out the surface, though this wouldn’t necessarily be the case if I’d covered the whole nail with glitter.

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I’ve been using Orly Polishield for a couple of months and think it’s a fantastic topcoat - think I got mine from BeautyBay. If you’ve used Seche Vite, they are comparable, except this one is less gloopy and takes a little longer to dry. As you can see in the pic above it has a similar almost plastic effect smooth finish.

So do you like my first Monday Mani? What have you been wearing on your nails this weekend?

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