Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Happily Ever After On Avenue Maintain






If every day could be a saturday, I'd live happily ever after. But today's tuesday, so I'll have to find another reason to be happy... ;-)





For this mani I started with two coats of Essie Avenue Maintain (Madison Ave-Hue Collection), a "parisian light blue" (Source: Essie) creme. To be honest, I don't know how parisian blue looks, I'd describe the color as a medium cerulean, just like the color of a summer sky. Two coats weren't quite enough for opacity, but as I planned to sponge over it, I didn't add a third.





As a second step, I added a gradient using a make up sponge, Avenue Maintain and Kiko 265 China Blue, a midnight blue creme. (no topcoat in this picture, that's why it looks so coarse)





On top of the gradient, I dabbed one coat of Aphrodite Lacquers Happily Ever After, a clear base with "blue and aqua shimmer, with various holo and metallic glitters ranging from purple to blue to teal."
(Source: Aphrodite Lacquers)




Application was easy, no fishing for glitters needed, and the polish dried pretty smooth. I finished with one coat of Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer. 













 The Aphrodite Lacquers shop on Etsy is closed right now until further notice, but I hope Rebecca, the owner, will be back soon.



18 comments:

  1. This is one happy troop for sure :-)!!! I love the combination and that glitter - sigh, so pretty and sparkly!!! Let's start a happy Tuesday then - have fun :-)

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    1. Thank you Christine! I took friday off (= i mache d Brügg), so today is like wednesday for me, and tomorrow will be friday. Yay! :-)

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  2. Ui, ein wunderschöner Effekt. Gradient mit Glitzer hab ich noch nie irgendwo gesehen.

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    1. Vielen Dank, Wiebke! Gradient mit Glitzer ist wirklich nicht so häufig, die meisten scheuen sich wohl, die Gradient-Arbeit wieder zu überdecken ;-)

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  3. This looks so great. I love that you applied the glitter over a gradient.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like it :-)

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  4. Lovely combination! I might copy it. I got an order full of glitter top coats today and I cannot wait to try them! :-D

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    1. Just copy away :-)
      Oh, you've got nail mail? I love nail mail! Have fun with your's :-)

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    2. I haven't found the time today, but tomorrow I am gonna give it a try :-)

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    3. Just take your time :-) I've a whole folder of bookmarks on my laptop of manis I want to copy someday ;-)

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  5. Beautiful mani! The glitter is gorgeous.

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  6. Even without the glitter the blue gradient looks fantastic! :-)

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  7. I love your blog because you seem to share the same passion for the blues, greens, and purples that I do. Which does not mean that you do not do justice to other colours :) I wait to see what you post next. Oh! And I love your header for obvious reasons :)

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    1. Blues, greens and purples are the best :-)

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