Happy Birthday Nails!

Yes, I know I disappeared over the weekend, but today is my BIRTHDAY! I have special sparkly fingernails and toenails today! First all, I absolutely adore my birthstone – sapphire. My wedding band has a line of sapphires and diamonds, and my engagement ring has a Montana Yogo Sapphire flanked by two diamonds. Although my favorite color is red, sapphire blue is my second favorite color.

First up, my toes. πŸ™‚ I started off with 2 coats of Mentality Sailor:
Mentality Sailor

I then added a coat of Sinful Colors Smokin’ Hot (out of focus to show sparkle):

Mentality Sailor and Sinful Colors Smokin' Hot

Lastly, I added two thin coats of I Love Nail Polish Once Upon a Starry Night:
Mentality Sailor and Sinful Colors Smokin' Hot and I Love Nail Polish Once Upon a Starry Night

I had so much trouble getting a good shot of the sparkle on this one, but here are a few shots:
Mentality Sailor and Sinful Colors Smokin' Hot and I Love Nail Polish Once Upon a Starry Night

Mentality Sailor and Sinful Colors Smokin' Hot and I Love Nail Polish Once Upon a Starry Night

For my fingernails, I wanted to evoke the colors of the Montana sky in September. The sky becomes such a rich blue color, and it makes me fall in love with Montana all over again. I decided to do a gradient of 3 blues – essie borrowed & blue (light blue), essie avenue maintain (medium blue), and essie butler please (blue leaning towards purple).

Inside, natural light, no flash:
essie borrowed & blue, essie avenue maintain, essie butler please

Inside, flash:
essie borrowed & blue, essie avenue maintain, essie butler please

To try to show the brilliance of a Montana sky, I added a thin coat of Sinful Colors Smokin’ Hot. Lastly, I fished out blue hexes from OPI Polka.Com and silver hexes from OPI Crown Me Already to represent my wedding band.

Inside, flash:
essie borrowed & blue, essie avenue maintain, essie butler please, OPI Polka.com, OPI Crown Me Already, Sinful Colors Smokin' Hot

Outside, natural light, no flash:
essie borrowed & blue, essie avenue maintain, essie butler please, OPI Polka.com, OPI Crown Me Already, Sinful Colors Smokin' Hot

Here are a couple shots to show the sparkle:
essie borrowed & blue, essie avenue maintain, essie butler please, OPI Polka.com, OPI Crown Me Already, Sinful Colors Smokin' Hot

essie borrowed & blue, essie avenue maintain, essie butler please, OPI Polka.com, OPI Crown Me Already, Sinful Colors Smokin' Hot

What do you think of my birthday manicure & pedicure? I adore them both, and can’t stop staring at the terrific sparkle. Have a great rest of the day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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