Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Green Gradient with Golden Shamrock

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I’m not Irish and I don’t even like to get sloshed, but I enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day because

1.  My favorite color is Green and Rainbows (yes, that’s the answer I give, don’t judge me)

2.  I LOVE GOLD

3.  I love clovers (today I wore my real 4 leaf clover necklace)

4.  I’ve always secretly wished I was red headed and green eyed

5.  I love me some cabbage and potatoes

6.  I don’t like to get hammered, but I do still love a good beer

7.  Did I mention rainbows?

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The real big deal about today’s manicure is that it’s actually the first time I’ve ever attempted a gradient.  I followed the basic process of painting white on all my nails, then painting 3 shades of green onto a cosmetic sponge and dabbing each nail.

I did between 2 and 3 layers per nail with the sponge.  Then I added green glitter on the tips.  For my ring finger I painted a coat of China Glaze Angel Wings over the entire nail, then added a shamrock.

The shamrock is 3 metal studs, which I painted over and then painted on the stem.

And yes, for St. Paddy’s day it should be 3 leaves because St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach about the holy trinity.  Overall I like how it turned out, but I know I can do better.  I have the excuse that I was on a time schedule because I did these right before heading out to a St. Paddy’s party!

To all my Irish friends, I hope you had some luck today, or at least some cabbage.

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Polishes and Supplies Used:

  1. Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat
  2. 2 Coats Sally Hansen Xtremewear White On
  3. Cosmetic Sponge for gradient
  4. Nailite Mint Green
  5. Maybelline GoGo Green
  6. Ulta The Jungle Look
  7. Pure Ice I’ll Behave
  8. 1 Coat INM Out The Door Top Coat
  9. Revlon Fall Mood
  10. China Glaze Angel Wings
  11. Studs from BornPrettyStore
  12. Poshe Top Coat

 

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