Copycat Nails with Sation Off the Record Pink

Today I took nailspiration from the fabulously talented Jordie of the blog J0rdz Stylish Fingertips.   She recently posted a tutorial on how to do a gel nail look with light pink fading to clear.  I tried out this look myself today, and here are the results!  I used Sation Off the Record Pink and Kleancolor Sugar Coat to create this look, and I tried out the Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Topcoat to top it off.

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How do you think it turned out?  It’s not so bad for a first try, but it’s a long way from the greatness of J0rdz’s version!  I’ll have to keep practicing.  There’s a little bit of staining on my ring finger nail that I didn’t realize was there, and it would definitely look better without it.  😉

I used four light coats of Off the Record Pink, and then dabbed a coat of Sugar Coat over the lighter area in the center.  The Sation polish was very easy to apply.  I had more trouble with Sugar Coat, as it took forever to dry.  I might try adding some thinner to it the next time I use it to see if that makes a difference.  The Kensington Caviar topcoat was really great.  I have read mixed reviews of it in the beauty blogosphere, but it dried incredibly quickly and does add that shiny, kind of squishy look of gel polish to the manicure.

I purchased all of the polishes used in this manicure.  The Sation polish retails for $5 on the Sation website.  The Kleancolor polish is $3.49 on the Kleancolor website.  Kensington Caviar topcoat is $10 at Sephora.

Nail Art NOTD: Hits Speciallità Guerra dos Sexos in Linha de Frente

My NOTD for today is some simple half-moon nail art using the Hits Speciallità Guerra dos Sexos set in Linha de Frente.  The set consists of a medium gray that dries to a matte finish on one side and an iridescent topcoat on the other that has a slightly pinkish hue with lots of blue shimmer.  I used it the ‘intended’ way, with the blue shimmer as an accent to the gray, but I also tried layering the gray on top of the iridescent shade for an accent.  I also added a rose nail charm since the coloring of it seemed to go so perfectly with this pair!

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There were no application issues with this polish.  I purchased this set from Llarowe some time ago, but it doesn’t look like it’s available there anymore.  This could probably be got by special request from one of the brand’s retailers if you’re interested.