Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mix and Match Mani - Grey and Black Skittelette

So you know how they say, every day you learn something new? Well recently, I had seen the word skittelette floating around the internet. And because my brain does not always work, I could not figure out for the life of me, what skittelette meant. I couldn't find a clear definition for it, but was pretty sure it had nothing to do with skittles.

Finally after googling tons of skittelette images, it hit me. A skittelette mani is kind of a mismatched nail art style where no two nails are alike. However, each nail shares a common thread, through color, design, or theme. Now that I can define what a skittelette is, I can show you some examples in my own work.

As you can see in each mani, every nail is different. However, all of the individual nail designs seem to "go together" with the rest of the mani.

But the best part of this whole thing? As I was desperately trying to figure out what a skittelette was, this was the mani I was wearing. The irony kills me every time!

Anyway, as I mentioned one post ago, I have sort of felt like I have been in a nail funk. I have been having a hard time coming up with designs and I wasn't happy with the last couple I had done. However, I have to say I am pretty pleased with this one. It kind of looks like a Friday night out in New York City.

To achieve this look, I first painted my base, a lovely soft gray from the Maybelline Color Show collection. All of you should know by now that, that's like my favorite collection ever. But moving on. Once my base was completely dry, I used nail art tape purchased from the Born Pretty Store to create the straight black vertical lines on my pointer and pinkie. Then to add some sparkle, I did a glitter gradient on my middle finger, using China Glaze's Boo-gie Down.

I am obsessed with this color! It is a glitter polish (obviously) consisting of small and large gold and copper hexagon glitters, medium matte white glitters, small and large black hexagon glitters, and a few small black bar glitters (but not enough to be annoying) in a clear base. Basically, a party in a bottle. If anyone remembers a previous post I did about a bet I made my boyfriend, this was one of the polishes he bought me after the bet (He recently bought me the 3 for $12 Zoya deal, so when I get those in, I can show you my final haul).

And finally, to accent my ring finger, I used some clear nail polish to add a black stud rhinestone. I think it adds a little bit of edge without being too much ornamentation...And Bam! Instant skittelette! The studs were also purchased from the Born Pretty Store. I think I have mentioned this place to you guys in a few posts, but if I haven't, its where I buy a lot of my nail "extra's" as I like to call them. I have purchased nail decals, nail rhinestones, nail tape, studs, nail glitter and tons more from the Born Pretty Store. They offer good products at a good price and have good customer services. However, keep in mind that they are shipping from over seas, so orders generally take a while to reach you (anywhere from 1 - 2 months). However, they sell a lot of unique things so their products are worth the wait!

You can use my coupon code CJCX31 to receive 10% off of your order!!!! : )
*only works on non-discounted items*

On that note, I just found out that the Born Pretty Store nail art water decals (which I talk about in a previous post) are on sale for $.88! You know me, I love a good bargain so I am super excited about that. And to start off the New Year, the Born Pretty Store is doing a massive giveaway. Five lucky winners will win 24 sets of nail art water decals from the born pretty store!

In order to enter, as stated on the website...Share/Repost this giveaway news/sale to any website (using the banner below and this link). Then copy and paste where you posted the sale (the URL link) and email it to bpssample2013@gmail.com to enter. Good luck!!!!

Like this design? Check out my other's on pinterest!

Maybelline - Audacious Asphalt
Sally Hansen - Black Out
China Glaze - Boo-gie Down

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