Monday, June 10, 2013

Mismatched Nails Julep Alma, Zoya Reagan, & Shimmer Melissa

Hi All!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  My weekend has been extended, as I took today off to meet my friend for lunch and shopping.  We are going to the Mall of America, so my plan is to pick up some more American Apparel polishes.  I have my eye on Echo Park.  We also plan to stop at Michael Kors and drool over their handbags.  We both want one so bad, they are just a tad spendy and our husbands don't seem to be on board with the idea.  We'll work on them though - perhaps it could be my birthday gift for the next 5 or 6 years ;)  I really like this one!

On to the manicure.  This is my take on mismatched nails.  I have been enjoying Sammy's blog, The Nailasaurus.  I LOVE when she mixes and matches - and mismatches.  I am no where near as talented as her and obviously don't do nail art, but I thought I'd grab a few different colors and textures and see what happened.  Here is what I used...Zoya Reagan (pink), Julep Alma ("dijon mustard creme"), and Shimmer Polish Melissa (glitter).
Julep Alma Zoya Reagan Shimmer Melissa
When figuring out which colors I wanted to use, I decided to worked off of Julep Alma. Alma is a challenge for me as it wouldn't be a color I would be drawn to...ever.  I think it's better than China Glaze Trendsetter, but not THAT much better LOL.  It came through a little more yellow on some of my shots, but I think I was able to capture the greenish chartreuse-ness of the polish in the ones I decided to post.  Alma was opaque in two coats and wasn't as hideous as I thought it would be.  Maybe I'm branching out a bit...or maybe I am just going nuts.
Julep Alma Zoya Reagan Shimmer Melissa
I thought Zoya Reagan went pretty well with Alma. Reagan is such a beautiful raspberry creme. It's so opaque and I have always loved it.  Reagan is one of the Zoya's I recommend when people ask.
Julep Alma Zoya Reagan Shimmer Melissa
When choosing a glitter accent, I thought Melissa looked like it would work great with these colors.  Melissa is a densely packed glitter polish with a variety of sizes and colors.  This is two coats of Melissa with nothing as a base.
Julep Alma Zoya Reagan Shimmer Melissa
I have referral links at the bottom of my blog for Zoya and Julep.  You can try Julep for free by using the code listed.  If you would like to try Zoya, you can use my link and code to receive your first polish for free.  If you add two additional polishes to your cart, you will receive free shipping on your entire order.  Please comment or email if you have questions about either one.
Julep Alma Zoya Reagan Shimmer Melissa
I hope you enjoyed my take on mismatched nails.  I think I'm going to try a few other combos in the future...it was kindof fun!

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38 comments:

  1. I like this combination, Essie! Really pretty! Have fun at the mall!

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  2. I love this combo too! It's unexpected but totally goes together :)

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    1. Thanks! I was surprised how much I ended up liking it.

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  3. Looks like a GREAT swatch to me!

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  4. I really like this combination! That Shimmer is to die for! ;D

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    1. Yes, Shimmer Polishes are awesome. I love how you only need one or two coats.

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  5. Wow I love this! I love the Nailasaurus too... I'm always so impressed with her mismatched pairings, but it's hard for me to come up with them myself! Great job! This looks awesome =D

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  6. You did great with this mismatched manicure! Its pretty :)

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  7. Really lovely! Love how the colour work together and the glitter just defines it all!

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    1. Thanks - yes, they ended up looking great together.

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  8. i think alma looks alright one you. i like unusual colors though. it's cool that you found a way to use it even though you don't love it.

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  9. Love this color combo, what a fun one for Summer!

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  10. I love the combo
    http://www.betzysmakeup.com/

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  11. Well, you successfully managed to make condiment-esque look cool :) I hereby designate Trendsetter your Mission: Impossible (if you can bear to spend money on it, that is, lol). I'm pretty sure you need that MK bag in your life but I know how hard it is to convince DHs of these things... Good luck and have a fun time at the mall!

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  12. Cute handbag! Hope you had a fun day shopping with your friend! :)
    I really like your mismatched mani! I think you picked out a great set of colors to put together!

    ~ Yun

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    1. We had a great time. It was so nice to wander and chat:) Thanks for the compliment on the nails!

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  13. great mani, the glitter really ties it all together!

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  14. LOL, Melissa's post must've given you the boldness you needed to give a Trendsetter-esque color a try! Way to go! :-D Alma is definitely a baby step on the path to Trendsetter; I'm scared for you! Truly what I would call an "ishy" yellow. ;-) You're right though, in this combo, it really isn't too bad!
    I really like the first and the last photos - the first one looks spot-on color-wise, & the last one is so...simple & pristine; a great way to show the polishes in their bottles. :-) I must say, the wheels are now turning as to mismatched combos I could try...hmmmm.

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    1. Oh I can't wait to see what you come up with. It's so fun:) Yes, Melissa really set the bar high on the ugly nails! :)

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  15. Hi Essie, lovely handbag!! I so understand where you and your friend are coming from - LOL!!! I love your matchy mismatch :-)! Great color combination, I think the yellow looks so cool especially because it is combined with Reagan, oh I just LOVE off the edge color combinations. And aren't those Shimmer Polishes great? The one you choose looks perfect next to the other two!!! - in short: you floored me with this mani :-) - Christine

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    1. Oh thank you so much Christine. Your comment made my day:)

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  16. What a fun day we had! Can't wait to buy our MK bags together, ohh it will happen, it's just a matter of time. So excited to hang out again in Aug, plus this will be an extended BJ party. Look out Pequot Lakes, they don't even know what's coming... Love the colors by the way, your cuticles look amazing. :)

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    1. Ah Jenny, you commented:) Welcome! I can't wait to hang out with you at the cabin, it will be so much fun :) ttyl

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