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31 Day Challenge 2014: *06*

The storms last night created some technical difficulties preventing me from posting. My apologies! Thankfully, the skies are much calmer this evening, at the close of Day 7. Friday's nails were blue, and yesterday, Day 6, called for VIOLET nails...

Violet & Gold Gradient Manicure

Bonita Lacquer Treats Gradient Manicure

Violet & Gold Gradient Manicure

Bonita Lacquer Treats Gradient Manicure

Violet & Gold Gradient Manicure

Polishes Used

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Bonita Lacquer Treats
1/2 Coat Sally Hansen Big Money
1/4 Coat SOPI The Golden Age
1/4 Coat SOPI I Found A Pot Of Gold
1 Coat Sinful Colors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I look at these photos... I can't help but think Radiant Orchid, literally! I know I said I was trying to use untried polishes from my stash, but then I saw Lacquer Treats at Rite-Aid on Friday. I knew it was the perfect violet shade for Day 6 of the 31 Day Challenge. Oddly enough, this was my second purchase from Bonita's Halloween Display, and I'm not entirely sure how I overlooked this shade originally. O.o

Lacquer Treats is a gorgeous orchidy-violet purple that is brimming with a champagne-colored shimmer. Right away, I thought about doing a gradient with Big Money. Honestly, I'm pretty sure I've only ever used Big Money in gradient manicures. It was part of Sally Hansen's Gem Crush collection, and the formula is just perfect for gradients! Despite adding a little shine to the mix... this layering was still missing something...

When in doubt, I add more glitter. So, I layered on some extra sparkle with The Golden Age from SOPI, followed by a dusting of golden sparkle with SOPI I Found A Pot of Gold. A coat of clear followed by Seche Vite, and I was good to go!

I really loved how this layering turned out. I was kinda sad to have to take it off after only a day of wear. Typically, I probably would've worn this for at least 2-3 days! But the challenge waits for no one, storms or no storms! Next on the list? BLACK & WHITE nails that I will be posting shortly!


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