Friday, February 14, 2014

Minty Emerald Ombre Nails

Happy Valentine's Day, bitchessssssssssss!!

Today's mani uses 3 nail polishes that have each been showcased on my blog in the last month or so. I showed you the Sally Hansen Jade Jump and Revlon Parfumerie Balsam Fir polishes in my Drugstore Madness blog, and Revlon Orchid polish was the first radiant orchid polish that I showed you in January. I was immediately interested in doing an ombre look using Jade Jump and Balsam Fir, and only by coincidence did it occur to me that I liked the look of Orchid being thrown into that mix as well. The 3 polishes just happened to be sitting near each other on my desk the other day, and I thought, "Well DAY-UM you three look like one hot ticket."

So yesterday I set out my little makeup sponge, my three polishes, my dotting tool, and some Scotch tape, and got to work on this little look:

Green mint ombre nails with an orchid heart accent

I think my ombre is improving - this is just the third time I've done it. You can see the other two ombre looks here and here.

Revlon Pafumerie in Balsam Fir, Sally Hansen Jade Jump, Revlon Orchid

After applying two coats of Jade Jump to all of my nails (it was streaky after the first coat, but evened out much better after the second coat), I taped up my fingers with the tape. This ensures that less polish will get all over your fingers, and makes clean-up easier later...

Taping nails to prep for sponging on ombre

Then I sponged on my ombre...

Taped nails with sponged on ombre

Here they are after I removed the tape - still some clean-up to do, but not nearly as much as there would have been if there'd been no tape!

Nails with sponged on ombre, mint to emerald

You may be able to tell in that above picture that I also added a Revlon matte top coat over the ombre, because. Just because.

Finally I added my orchid heart accent using my dotting tool, and gave the heart a quick pop of top coat to make the shiny heart stand out more from the matte ombre.

Mint and emerald ombre nails with an orchid heart accent

Green ombre nails using Revlon's Parfumerie polish in Balsam Fir

Green ombre nails using Revlon's Parfumerie polish in Balsam Fir

Green ombre nails using Sally Hansen's Jade Jump

What do you think of these Valentine-y ombre nails? It's definitely a bit more work to give yourself a sponged ombre mani, but it's worth it every once in awhile. Treat yo self.

Valentine's Day green ombre nails

Do you have any big, sexy plans tonight?

Do you exchange gifts with your lover? If so, what'd you get your S.O.?

And happy birthday to my baby sister, Markie - she turns 22 today! #MyLittleValentineAngelBaby!


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  1. GIRLFRIEND!!!!! I am IN LOVE with this. IN LOVE!! The matte quality just adds something SO DIFFERENT and unique!! And the use of colors is so interesting to me! AND I WISH I COULD DO OMBRE THAT WEL!! I always make a huge stinking mess and give up. I might have to give it another go but HOLY MOLY I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

  2. Okay, that is really cool. I so do not have the patience for the clean up, so kudos to you!

  3. Great tutorial. I love this color. You did a great job and the heart is a perfect touch!

    1. Glad you liked it Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. They look great!! You are so good at ombre. Jealous!

    1. I still have some practicing to do, but I think I'm getting better! :)

  5. Very pretty, Bailey!
    I feel like mine would come out horribly... lol.

  6. Love your nails! I've never thought of using tape as a guard before... I just kind of clean everything up after. =P

    Arielle from Tangled Musings

    1. Thanks Arielle! This was the first time I used tape and it definitely cut down on the clean-up time - plus it helped me keep the polish from flooding my cuticles!

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    1. Aww, practice makes perfect!! I'm not perfect yet, but I keep practicing :)

  8. Cute nails, and I love the heart too!

    Lillies & Silk

  9. LOOOOOOOOVE! LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE! The ombre choice of colours! The matte! It's perfect! And I don't even really like matte but it makes the heart really pop and ohmygodIloveitsomuch!!! It's matte-ness, I say. UTTER MATTE-NESS!

    (Side Note: Just when I thought I couldn't love this many anymore, the matte-ness pun took it to the next level. I can't, Bailey. The awesomeness is truly overwhelming. Haha!)

  10. Love the ombre and the color combo :) I may need to try the tape method since I make a mess with the ombre method lol

    1. Thanks Kimberlee! Yeah sponging on ombre is one messy technique - I'd say it was worth the time it took to wrap my nails in tape first!

  11. Wow, this is fantastic! I love the sponged ombre... what a clever way to create the color gradient. This would be perfect for Saint Patrick's Day. :)

    xo Always, Abby


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