I'm doing my very best to stay calm and make a civilized intro to this post, but all I can think is AHHHHHHHHHHHH and that's really not the best way to start off, now is it? But that's totally what my mind does when I look at my nails right now. Oh. My. Goodness. (pulling it together...)
Today's manicure mixed the 31 Day Challenge prompt o' the day with the Fishbowl Friday prompt I pulled last night. GREEN and OMBRE respectively. I could've done a simple green to lighter green ombre, or maybe a gradient to yellow or blue. But instead, I chose purple, added in some blue shimmer, and a coat of flaky, ultrachrome awesomesauce for good measure.
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
China Glaze Treble Maker
China Glaze Violet Vibes
KBShimmer Look on the Nightside
Pure Ice Oh, Baby
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite
Today's prompt for the 31 Day Challenge is GREEN nails. Easy enough, right? Well, that got a little more complicated with the addition of this week's Fishbowl Friday prompt! Initially, I wasn't sure how the mash-up between the two would work out, but I think I'm gonna be able to handle it!
At first, I thought about sticking with more of a Fall pallet for this manicure. But this weekend is traditionally a bittersweet goodbye to warm weather and all the things I love about Summer. Don't get me wrong, I love my sweaters and boots more than most people. I'm just never really ready for the warm weather to go, you know?
Once I settled in on Treble Maker, I knew I wanted to pair it with another bright color. I chose Violet Vibes from the same collection to keep up the same level of brightness. Annnd I might have been searching for any chance to incorporate Look on the Nightside into a manicure since its arrival on Wednesday. It's an ultrachrome flaky that flashes from green to teal to purple. The flash is strongest on green and purple, depending on which angles you're viewing from.
After testing out Look on the Nightside on a nail wheel, I decided I needed a little extra shimmer. Because more glitter is always better, right? Absolutely! Originally, I was thinking purple shimmer, but then I settled in on Oh, Baby, a fine shimmer that flashes from teal to blue to purple. It's not a strong flash though, so you see mostly blue shimmer. Definitely a perfect way to bridge the green to the purple!
I sponged on my gradient. That took a little while to get to opacity. I did have to go back and paint my tips with just the Violet Vibes twice in order to try and cover my VNL. Thankfully, Look on the Nightside hid the majority of what was visible! I always forget how sheer neons become when you sponge vs. painting! When my green to purple ombre was complete, I went in with a coat of Oh, Baby, then a coat of Look on the Nightside, followed by a coat of Oh, Baby. One coat of clear and a coat of Seche Vite and I was good to go!
When it comes to the 31 Day Challenge, the hardest part isn't figuring out how to paint your nails, or painting them everyday. For me, the hardest thing is a day like today, when I really love the manicure I created, knowing that I have to take it off tonight and start all over again. Booooo! Can you tell that I'm not ready to take this one off yet?!?
Rather than focus on all that, let's switch gears and talk about the fact that this Friday kicks off a 3 day weekend for most of here in the States. I've been in desperate need of a day off for a while, and I'm excited to be able to spend a whole whopping three days with my little wolfpack. For the first time in a long time, I'm breaking out my chili for a picnic this weekend. Other than that, some grilling, a little shopping, a whole lot of relaxation and snuggles with Mr. Sparkle and Sparklegirl. Happy Friday, indeed!!!