Friday, June 29, 2012

Good, Bad, Better!

Hi Readers!  I'm going to tell you something that you might want to make sure you're sitting for.  Ready?? Clarins 230 ruined my mani.  Yes you heard me--Clarins 230 totally ruined my Illamasqua gradient!  I thought it would be awesome to gradient with the Illamasqua's I have--Phallic, Scarab, Baptiste and Virdian and it was! It turned out great
I gradiented Baptiste with Scarab and Phallic with Viridian and look--it turned out great!  Normally when you put Clarin's 230 over both Scarab and Baptiste it looks amazing so I thought hey I'm going try it over my my gradient.  FAIL!
YIKES this is just a hot mess!  I was pretty upset about it because before putting on the Clarins 230 this was a gorgeous gradient.  Check out these before and after pics
I really didn't want to take it off because honestly this is an expensive mani! Illamasqua's aren't cheap and neither is Clarins 230 so what to do--what to do?  In the process of trying to figure out how I was going to save this craptastic mani I got nail mail and in the package was China Glaze Passion!  Lo and behold it saved the day!  From now on I will refer to Passion as the McGuyver of polish!

Look at how gorgeous this mani is now!!!I LOVE how the Clarins 230 peeks out under the stamping!
It just blows me away that a polish I snagged for $4 in a blog sale saved this ultra expensive mani from the garbage!

I stamped Passion over my Illamasqua gradient using the leaf image from BM 210 and the peacock feathers image from BM 212.  It is so lovely now!

Here's the star of the show!!

I am definitely going to make some jewelry like this!  I'd like to try ring and matching necklace! But in the meantime I tried on a few rings I had laying around to see how they looked with it.

This one looks great with it I think!

This one's okay but not as great as the peacock.  

What do you think about this mani Readers?  Did you think it looked okay without the stamping over it?  Do you agree with me and think the Clarins 230 ruined a great gradient?

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you all have a fantastic day!


  1. I think it looks amazing with the stamp in the end and the original gradient was gorgeousss.

    I love how you always have cool jewelry to match all your manis!

    1. Thanks Stephanie wait til you see the latest ring I just got!

  2. The gradient was absolutely gorgeous before clarins 230.. it's such a bummer that it wrecked it. But the stamping made it all better!! :D

    1. Who knew Clarins could ruin a mani??? Thank goodness for that cheap China Glaze lol!

  3. These are Stunning :)

    ~ Jamie-Leigh

  4. Ok, first of all, how could 230 ruin ANY mani?? Lol. If I had it I'm not sure I could even bring myself to use it in the first place, so kudos to you! :) I loved the gradient alone. It's very striking. I actually like the 230 on top even though it mutes the colors a little. But I really LOVE the stamping! It looks very regal. Your bird ring is gorgeous! I think it is a perfect companion for this beautiful mani!

  5. Andrea my heart broke when Clarins ruined it lol! I'm so glad I didn't give up on it because the stamping totally made it! I don't even care if they aren't "summer" colors lol!

  6. Blasphemy! Speaking ill of Clarins 230, lol! I do like it with the stamping on top though!