Lit from Within: Tri-Polish Mardi Gras!
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tri-Polish Mardi Gras!


Hello, Fireflies!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Well, color me happy! Color me green, blue, and purple, because those are the March colors for the Crumpet's Tri-Polish challenge!  This is my very first one, and I hope you like it.  Photographs really didn't capture the true, sparkly glory of this mani.

I started with GAP Sparkling Sea, an ocean blue with tiny red glitters.  This was a little patchy in two coats, but beautiful in three.  If I wasn't showing you this step, I would have stopped at 2, though, because the tips get covered up.

GAP Sparkling Sea, an ocean blue with tiny red glitters

The next step was to add a gradient with Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer 2014.  $@#(%#$ camera and its distaste for purples.  This was so gorgeous in Real Life, with the purple shimmering with the blue, and the blue glitters in 2014.

I need a moment. SIGH.

The next step was to add a gradient with Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer 2014.

The green on the very tips is Colors by Llarowe Behead The Drama Queen, a deep metallic emerald color.

The green on the very tips is Colors by Llarowe Behead The Drama Queen

What's better than a gradient? Flakies! Flakies are better than just about everything.  This is Island Girl Hawaiian Girl.  Yeah, the flakies are mylar shards, and there are some straight-up gold pieces in it, too.  Made me feel a little more Mardi Gras-like.

Flakies! Flakies are better than just about everything

This nail art is so versatile! If you're reading this on Fat Tuesday, and celebrating Mardi Gras, you might think this is a totally appropriate mani for that!  Or, if you're reading this on another day, or at the beach, you might think this is a great mermaid-y mani. 


Or, you might be covering your face, crying, 'my eyes! my eyes! They burn!' and scrolling down as fast as possible.  I don't know.  There's no accounting for taste, really.


Bottle shot:  GAP Sparkling Sea, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer 2014, Colors by Llarowe Behead The Drama Queen, and Island Girl Hawaiian Girl.

Bottle shot:  GAP Sparkling Sea, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer 2014, Colors by Llarowe Behead The Drama Queen, and Island Girl Hawaiian Girl.

I actually took some of these pix with my regular camera, and some with my iPhone to try and capture the loveliness of this mani.  I *really* wanted to share it with you.  I would stare at it when I was driving in the car.  It was love.  Ever get really frustrated that you just couldn't capture something on camera?


38 comments:

  1. Gorgeous mani. I'm an island girl, literally living in the island of Oahu, HI. Boo me for not even owning one Island Girl nail polish. I'm so behind!!!!

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    1. Considering you can only buy them retail in Hawaii and Las Vegas (I got mine from a blog sale) you should be hooking your mainland girls UP! lol

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  2. That is a beautiful gradient! It makes me think of the depths of the ocean. :)

    I get frustrated with my inability to capture things accurately with my camera all of the time. :D

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    1. Me, too! For example, my camera never captures that I really look like Cindy Crawford.. no matter how hard I try. ;)

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  3. That's a gorgeous mix of polishes Nidia :)

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    1. Thank you, Maria! I wish you could see the purple more, but I'm happy with the result. :)

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  4. Happy Mardi Gras! This mani is totally appropriate for the occasion, but I would wear it on any other day too :)

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    1. I can't lie - I did this mani for the challenge, and then realized it was Mardi Gras! The flakies I think take it a little more festive, especially the gold ones. Every day's a party!

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  5. Gorgeous mani! Love the shades you used!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I love rich jewel tones.

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  6. Beautiful mani!!! Love the shades very Mardi Gras!!! Happy Fat Tuesday ;)

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    1. Thanks so much! I'd be looking at my nails, and miss all the beads! lol, good thing I'm not actually going to a parade!

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  7. LOVE it!!! I'm a huge blue fan :) I love that you do all these challenges. I need to get plugged in to some of them!

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    1. I think I bit off too many challenges for this month.. but they keep me stretching my repertoire!

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    1. We need a polish called Peninsula Girl for us Florida ladies. LOL

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  9. love the gradiant of blues!!

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  10. I can't imagine anyone covering their eyes at this mani. It's very cute

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    1. Aw, thanks! I suppose there are those who only like red nails, or neutral colors.. but then they'd definitely be on the wrong blog! lol

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  11. Love all the colors you chose to use! So pretty!

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    1. Thanks! I wish they'd photographed better, but they did go together nicely.

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  12. I love Island Girl polishes. I have a few and love them.

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    1. I think I have two. They're just not easy to get unless you're in Hawaii or Las Vegas, or you have a mule!

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    1. I guess it photographed that way, but the gradient is actually blue/purple/green.

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  14. OMG the Island Girl polish totally makes this! LOVE!

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    1. I think flakies could possibly solve many of the world's problems.

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  15. I'm so out of the loop, I didn't even know gap had polish! I've been a long time fan of Island Girl!

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    1. I only heard about the GAP having polish because when they first came out, there was one that was a spot-on dupe for the much-coveted Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily. When I went looking for it, they had a 2/$6 sale, and I couldn't resist.

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  16. So festive! I can't believe I forgot to pay tribute to Fat Tuesday this year!

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    1. I have hurricane cocktail glasses, now I just need a kick-ass recipe, and I'm ready to celebrate Nawlins-style! lol

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