Ombre Nails

This week Monday night is nail night!

I usually do my nails on a Sunday night so I have fresh nails for the week, but it’s Australia Day long weekend – Yay for 3 day weekends!

So, tonight I’m doing Ombre Nails. I’ve wanted to do them for a while after I saw them on Pinterest, but I didn’t have any sponges at that time… I’ve gotta say that these nails are probably the best nails that I’ve ever done! I am amazed at how well these turned out for my first try!

This is what I was aiming for – a peach base with a hot pink ombre tip, as seen on glamour.com!

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This is what I used to create my look:

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 Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor Paparazzi Don’t Preach, L’Oreal Jetset Hasty #201 (Perle), Essie Good to Go topcoat and a make-up sponge.

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Paparazzi Don’t Preach – could you get a longer name for a nail polish? Lol! I love this colour, it’s a pretty, pale peach neutral colour. It’s a colour that loves tanned skin. By itself, it’s a clean, super profesh look for the office! It’s a thin formulation, nice and shiny, is self-levelling and dries in a flash. Fun Fact: Did you know the brand is called “Nicole” after OPI President and CEO George Schaeffer’s daughter Nicole Schaeffer? 

So I started my Ombre Nails by painting Paparazzi Don’t Preach on all my nails and waiting for it to dry. This is 3 coats:

Nicole by OPI Paparazzi Don't Preach

I bought a pack of 50 make-up sponges on eBay for $7.50 – this should last me a while (left)! I cut one sponge into four pieces as you really only need it to be the width of your nail (right).

Sponges from Ebay Makeup sponge cut into four

I didn’t use the same technique as shown on glamour.com – they mixed the two polishes on a plastic pocket, then dipped the sponge in. I find that their method uses up a lot of polish, it’s a bit of a waste. Instead, I painted the sponge in two sections, light colour on top and darker colour on the bottom. You just sponge it on each nail and re-paint the sponge when you need more polish.

This is what my nails look like after sponging – yes, you will get the polish all over your fingers! I tidied this up with an earbud (Q-tip) dipped in nail polish remover at the end.

Nails after sponging

Tip: Move the sponge up and down on your nail to create the best gradient. If you’ve got a noticeable line between the two polishes or put too much pink on, paint the top of the sponge with the peach and go over the top of the pink section and vice versa. It’s really easy to fix Ombre Nails if you’ve stuffed them up!

This is what my sponge looked like

Add 2 layers of clear top coat, like Essie’s Good to Go and you’re done!
(Left) Indoor lighting, (Right) With flash:

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Finished! How easy was that?! The magic really happens when you put on the top coat. It smooths out all the sponge marks and makes your gradient appear seamless! 

With top coat

Ombre Nails Finished without flash

Have you attempted Ombre Nails? What method did you use?
What colours do you think work best for Ombre Nails?

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Galaxy Nails

Sunday night is nails night!

Tonight’s mani is Galaxy Nails! This is where I got my inspo from:

This is what I wanted my nails to look like – a nebula:

These are the polishes I used to create my look:

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L’oreal Resist & Shine 736 (Black Turquoise), China Glaze For Audrey, Orly Royal Navy, OPI Grape…Set Match, OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle & Essie Good to Go topcoat.

L’oreal Resist & Shine 736 – They call it “Black Turquoise” but it looks like the darkest, blackest green to me! It’s basically black in daylight, the green only shows under flash:

736 No Flash   736 Flash

OPI Grape…Set Match & OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle are from the OPI/Serena Williams Glam Slam set:

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This is what I did to get my look:
2 coats L’oreal Resist & Shine 736

Sponged on one drop of China Glaze For Audrey per nail
Sponged on one drop of Orly Royal Navy per nail
Sponged on one drop of OPI Grape…Set Match per nail
1 coat of OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle
1 coat of Essie Good to Go topcoat

This is what my sponge looked like (left) and this is what my nails looked like after sponging (right):

 Sponge   After Sponging

Seriously, you can use any sponge, the sponge I used was from packing material! You fold the sponge in half and paint one dot of nail polish on the edge and then dot it and blend it to spread the colour around and smooth out any hard edges.

The final result… Galaxy Nails:

Final Result

Don’t you think they look like little Nebulas? (!)

Tip 1: You have to use metallic polishes to get the Galaxy look. Matte polishes won’t give you the same effect.
Tip 2: If I were to do it again, I wouldn’t use the Orly Royal Navy, I’d use a lighter blue like OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise.
Tip 3: You have to use holographic glitter topcoat if you want it to look iridescent like a galaxy, regular silver glitter will make it look more like a night sky.

Have you tried Galaxy Nails before?
What polishes did you use? Have you got any tips?

x shelley x

Tiffany Nails

Sunday night is nail night!

Okay, so tonight I did my Tiffany blue mani.

This is the packaging that I got with my ring last year at Tiffany & Co. in France. As you can see, there’s variation in colour between the bag, warranty card, box and pouch! Some lean a little blue and then other’s lean a little green (with flash to emphasise the difference in colours). I thought there would be better quality control with a brand like Tiffany & Co!

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These are the polishes I used to create my look:

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Left to Right: Essie Turquoise and Caicos, China Glaze For Audrey, Sephora Traffic Stopper Copper, Sephora Only Gold for Me, Sephora Flurry Up and Essie Good to Go topcoat.

Essie Turquoise and Caicos is a thin formulation that runs a bit on the greener side than a true Tiffany blue. Used by itself it is too green and a bit transparent. But it does self-level, so it does finish nicely.

China Glaze For Audrey is on the thicker side and runs a bit more light blue than a true Tiffany blue. It’s pretty close though, if you can only buy one. It applies more opaque.

My trick is to use:
2 coats of China Glaze For Audrey
1 coat of Essie Turqoise and Caicos
(this layering of the two gets you nice and close to the Tiffany’s blue)
Then I added a bit of bling with the glitter topcoats and then finished it all off with one coat of Essie Good to Go to level everything out.

Tiffany Mani full hand
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With Tiffany Ring 1

With my Tiffany & Co ring, which I usually wear on my right hand.

Tiffany mani with ring

Do you think it’s a pretty good match for the Tiffany blue?
Have you tried other polishes that are a better match?

x shelley x

The Cheapest and the most Expensive!

Sunday night is nail night!

It was just a coincidence that in tonight’s manicure I used both the nail polish that cost me the least and the nail polish that cost me the most!

In a New Year’s Day haul at Target I scored this L’oreal Resist & Shine Titanium #732 for $1.00! Yes, ONE dollar! The colour is Black Violet… a very, very, VERY dark metallic purple. The formula is great, goes on like a dream, is self levelling and only takes 2 coats to be completely opaque.

The other polish I used, The Man With The Golden Gun by OPI is part of the James Bond Skyfall collection and cost AUD$39.95. I picked it up at a make up store in Byron Bay. The reason it is so expensive is that it is a limited edition topcoat made of real 18 karat gold flakes suspended in clear polish. When I saw it, I had to have it, even though it was twice the price of a regular OPI!

These are the polishes I used to create my look:

L'oreal Resist & Shine Titanium, The Man with the Golden Gun OPI, Essie Good to Go topcoat

L’oreal Resist & Shine Titanium, The Man with the Golden Gun OPI, Essie Good to Go topcoat.

L'oreal Resist & Shine Titanium #732

Outside, natural light

L'oreal Resist & Shine Titanium #732

Inside, bathroom light

L'oreal Resist & Shine Titanium #732

Inside, with flash.

I used:

2 coats x L’oreal Resist & Shine Titanium #732 (Black Violet)
2 coats x Man with the Golden Gun OPI
2 coats x Essie Good to Go topcoat                                                                                                   IMG_3079 

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Did you notice the glitter on my middle finger is different? That’s Sephora “Only Gold for Me” gold glitter topcoat.

Sometimes I experiment when I don’t know what I want to use. As you can see the gold flake stands out heaps more than the glitter and is pretty cool with it’s irregular shapes. When applying the gold flake, not much comes out on the brush. I find you need to swipe your nail sidewards to get the most amount of flake and you need to do two coats as the flakes are pretty tiny.

So, that’s my ‘bond girl’ manicure! What do you think?

x shelley x

Happy New Year!

Hola 2013!

So every new year, I start a new blog or two!

This one, Miss Bombshell, is going to document two things I am currently obsessed with… eyeshadow & nailpolish!

I’m back at work tomorrow, so I’m starting the work year clean and fresh with a nude nail with a tiny bit of bling.

I am in love with nude nails and my fave is OPI Bubble Bath. It’s a sheer, milky pink that can be built up to squishy goodness.

This is what I used I create my look:

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– 3 coats of OPI Bubble Bath
– one drop of OPI Drip Dry
– 2 coats of Sephora Flurry Up! Silver glitter topcoat, just on the top half of the nails
– 2 coats of Essie Good to Go topcoat to even everything out!

OPI Bubble Bath

OPI Bubble Bath.

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I wish my nails were longer!

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Do you love nude nails? What’s your favourite nude polish?

x shelley x