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Talon-tastic Thursday: Sophisticated bling

Thursday, March 31, 2011   |   46 comments



I took an absolutely ridiculous number of photos of this paint job. Seriously. I'm so embarassed about it that I don't think I can bring myself to actually tell you what the final count wa- oh, go on then, twist my rubber arm.

It was 72.


And this was the only one of them that came close to doing it justice! 

This week's Talon-tastic Thursday offering was inspired in part by Nonie Creme's work for the Yigal Azrouel show at New York Fashion Week (black with jagged gold glitter tips) and in part by Sophie's diversionary mani (a reverse French manicure in greige with perfect gold tips.)

My weapons of choice for this one were Essie Chinchilly, a grey creme with a slight purple undertone, and the gold glitter from Tenerife that seems to get a mention every other time I do a nail post.

What can I say, I heart it.



I applied a base coat of CND Stickey, two thin coats of Chinchilly, and then sparingly applied the gold glitter polish to the tips (I did a little "how to" on this for Beaut.ie; you can find it here.)

You could use loose glitter, of course, but I usually prefer to use a glitter polish where possible. It's far easier, not to mention less messy, especially for someone as graceless as myself who would be quite likely to upend the loose glitter and then have to spend the next 6 months picking bits of it out of the carpet...

A note on the lighting conditions in these photos: The weather in London hates me and wants me to cry. That is all I can conclude from the truly terrible light that it throws my way anytime it sees me getting my camera out. All of these pictures (and the other 68) were taken indoors without a flash, but the one of my nails was taken during a split second of proper bright daylight that was nowhere to be found when I was taking the rest. Bah!

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46 Comments:

  • At April 01, 2011 1:12 am, Blogger Miss Educator said…

    the best word I can think of to describe these is...delicious. They are only divine. The creamy shade of the grey is totally gorgeous. Ok enough adjectives for one post hahaha

     
  • At April 03, 2011 7:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lynnie - this is gorgeous! long overdue comment to tell you how much I love all your TalonTastic Thursdays!! And also your articles for beaut.ie. I bought Lancome BB Sand at Christmas having seen it on you so might try out this with it!
    Katherine

     
  • At April 11, 2011 11:41 am, Anonymous Mimi said…

    Gorgeous!

     
  • At April 13, 2011 1:29 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Thanks ladies!

    Katherine - what a lovely comment, glad you enjoy them. And thank you x

     
  • At April 13, 2011 2:18 pm, Anonymous Pixie said…

    Hi Lynnie,

    i follow ur posts all the time on beaut.ie but never realised you had your own blog! i just gave a quick scan back through your old blog posts tagged 'holidays'...did you do any posts about your holiday in california and vegas last year? planning mine at the moment!

     
  • At April 13, 2011 2:47 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Pixie, I didn't, although I had great intentions of doing one! Am terrible for putting the ol' holiday posts on the longest of long fingers and then never getting around to them.

    Is there anything in particular that you'd like to know?

     
  • At April 15, 2011 7:13 am, Blogger NailUtopia said…

    Beautiful glitter love it!! The mani came out gorgeous!

     
  • At April 20, 2011 6:48 pm, Anonymous Shoezanne said…

    Ooooh J'adore these nails. Absolutely fabo!

     
  • At June 26, 2011 7:35 am, Blogger Eloise said…

    I'm not usually that into nail art but this is so amazing! You have talent for sure! Great idea, I'm totally trying it sometime!!!

     
  • At June 27, 2011 9:12 pm, Blogger CherrySue said…

    Just stunning! I have the Leighton Denny in Supermodel but gots ta get me a gold sparkle to try this look.

    CherrySue x

     
  • At June 28, 2011 5:06 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Thanks a mill ladies x

     
  • At July 03, 2011 4:06 am, Anonymous Martha S. said…

    This is just beautiful! I found the photo of this on Pinterest and had to come over here to see how you did it. It's going to be my next mani!

     
  • At July 07, 2011 2:18 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Martha S - thanks for stopping by, and for letting me know where you saw it. I'm a bit of a Pinterest addict so I got very excited about it being on there! I hope it turns out well for you :)

     
  • At July 08, 2011 8:04 pm, Blogger Julie said…

    I can't wait to try this! I just hope I can find these or similar polishes around here! :)

     
  • At July 23, 2011 12:21 pm, Blogger Bourbon&Pearls said…

    I never wear nail polish but this is just absolutely beautiful, so ethereal and delicate.

     
  • At July 24, 2011 4:49 am, Blogger Katherine said…

    I found this picture on Pinterest as well, and had to find out how you did it. This mani is beautiful!!! I have the Essie shades readily available, but I've never seen the gold glitter brand before. Can't wait to try my own version. Very inspirational!

     
  • At August 08, 2011 2:25 am, Blogger DALLIANCE said…

    AMAZEBALLS!!! saw this on pinterest and im def trying it!

     
  • At August 25, 2011 12:37 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Julie / Bourbon & Pearls / Katherine / DALLIANCE - aw thanks! Hope it works out for you.

     
  • At October 10, 2011 12:22 am, Anonymous Laura said…

    I blogged this beautiful nail idea here: http://lettherealworldbegin.blogspot.com/2011/10/pretty-pinterest-nail-art.html

     
  • At October 10, 2011 11:02 am, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Laura - what a great round-up of inspirational nails, thanks for including mine.

     
  • At October 30, 2011 6:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lynnie,

    Where I find this glitter?

    Thanks,

    Melissa.

     
  • At November 04, 2011 1:27 am, Blogger iamacraftymama said…

    I also found you on Pinterest. I have chinchilly which I LOVE. Once my nails grow back out(all broke after two days of painting)I am going to try this.

     
  • At November 07, 2011 7:50 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Melissa - outside of Tenerife, I don't know where you might find it, I'm afraid. You could use loose gold glitter but any gold glitter polish should do the trick :)

    iamacraftymama - hope it works out well for you (and that the painting was worth it!)

     
  • At November 25, 2011 8:29 pm, Anonymous shannthall said…

    hey!!!! me encanto tu post!!! te sigo por love meagan!!!! saludos desde MEXICO!!!

    shannthall.blogspot.com

     
  • At December 05, 2011 11:05 pm, Blogger SchirmerAR said…

    I can't tell from the picture, but is the glitter made to look like trees?

    I tried it but it didn't look like yours! Maybe I need to drag the gold polish with a toothpick or something? can you tell us how you got that look please?
    Thank you so much! Love all your posts!

     
  • At December 13, 2011 3:37 am, Blogger Shopping Addict said…

    Hi, we don't know each other but Julep stole and removed your watermark and used your photo:
    http://blog.julep.com/french-tip-with-a-chic-and-modern-twist

     
  • At December 13, 2011 4:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You'll be skinned alive by the beauty blog community for stealing photos. Major No-No. A public apology MIGHT save your following.

     
  • At December 13, 2011 4:27 am, Blogger Definitely Addicted said…

    Don't know if you were made aware or if they got your permission, but Julep used your picture... http://blog.julep.com/french-tip-with-a-chic-and-modern-twist

     
  • At December 13, 2011 11:04 pm, Blogger Courtney K. said…

    This looks TERRIFIC! And it looks like something I could do after a manicure starts to pull back from the tips! AWESOME!

     
  • At December 13, 2011 11:59 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Hi SchirmerAR - I just used the nail polish brush but you could certainly try a toothpick, hope it works out for you :)

    Courtney K. - thank you!

     
  • At December 14, 2011 12:01 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can a non-professional purchase the Tenerife polish? I've been scouring the net looking for it. It's beautiful!

    Thx! Melissa

     
  • At December 14, 2011 12:04 am, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Shopping Addict & Definitely Addicted - thanks so much for the heads up, they appear to have amended it and given me credit now :)

    Anonymous - this work and all the photographs of it (together with the other 70-odd pictures that I didn't publish!) are mine. If you know of someone that's claiming otherwise, I'd appreciate your letting me know so that I can take appropriate action against them.

     
  • At December 15, 2011 5:36 am, Blogger FashionFrenzy said…

    So cute it turned out so good! im so trying this asap!

    http://contagiousfashion49251.tumblr.com/

     
  • At December 18, 2011 2:52 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Hi Melissa, I've never been able to find it online either so I only use this bottle very occasionally! To the best of my knowledge it's just a cheap consumer polish that my sister picked it up in a corner store, which is probably why it's so hard to find.

    To be honest, I've given up hope of replacing it :(

     
  • At February 09, 2012 7:09 am, Anonymous Working In Tenerife said…

    Looking awesome...!!!

     
  • At February 13, 2012 1:25 am, Blogger Murai said…

    I know I am late to this but that manicure is sick! LOVE it.

     
  • At February 14, 2012 9:58 am, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Murai - better late than never, as they say ;) Thanks for visiting!

     
  • At February 29, 2012 5:14 am, Anonymous Pam B. said…

    Absolutely luv the look, think I'll try it! :O)

     
  • At May 30, 2012 10:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi,
    Your picture is posted on e.l.f. blog and it's not credited! They cropped out the watermark and posted it as if it were their work. I don't think that's professional of them at all so I'm just letting you know. People should be given proper credit where it is due.
    First time here. Nice blog :)

     
  • At May 31, 2012 1:16 am, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Thanks for your visit and for letting me know, Anonymous :) Have been in touch to ask them to provide proper credit and a link.

     
  • At June 08, 2012 2:35 am, Blogger Karleen Torrance said…

    Where can I buy the gold glitter polish here in the states.

    thanks

     
  • At June 09, 2012 2:07 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Hi Karleen,

    I'm afraid I don't know of any stockists of this gold glitter polish. Any gold glitter with small particles should do the trick, though, once it's suspended in a clear base.

    I think that polishes like Nicole by OPI Brilliant Idea, China Glaze Medallion (or Cleopatra), Sephora by OPI Looks Like Rain Dear, OPI Spark de Triomphe, NYX Gold Sparkle, or LA Colors Gold Sparkle would all be quite similar. You could also use gold craft glitter.

    Hope that helps :)

     
  • At June 15, 2012 4:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OMG GOrgeeeOUS! I actually thought it was an olivey colored base color. Anyways must try it!

     
  • At January 19, 2013 8:43 am, Anonymous Pearl said…

    Beautiful and tasteful
    I love this, thank you

     
  • At January 24, 2013 12:46 pm, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment, Pearl :)

     
  • At February 22, 2013 1:45 pm, Anonymous Paula said…

    Wow! I am a huge fan of this look. I've got this kind of golden nailpolish at home but I'm not so sure if I have a good polish that goes well with the gold. Seems like I have yet to buy another nailpolish if I wan't to try this look. And I really really want to. So I obviously don't have a choice. Thanks for sharing!

     

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