31 October 2015

October empties


Dear readers,

Only 55 days to Christmas, yay! Are you excited for the holidays? I sure am and I can't wait to start decorating, although I have to say there's one Christmas decoration I've left all year round and that is a sort of advent calendar that I've been using to count down the months and now the days.
October empties by Marshmellow's Diary
But leaving Christmas aside for a moment I'm quickly going through all the empties I've been collecting this month. I'm starting off with a clear fave of mine. If you have been following me for a while you must know now that I love all the citrus scented The Body Shop products, such as the Pink Grapefruit body sorbet. Not much to say about this, it has the perfect texture for the warmer months as it's refreshing like a gel and it sinks into the skin in seconds. A must have for next Spring and Summer for sure.
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit body sorbet
This is just a regular make up remover lotion that I haven't particularly enjoyed using but only because I prefer oil or water based formulas. Why did I get it then, you may ask? It was a freebie I got with a monthly subscription to Elle Magazine
Emina Make up remover tonic milk with vineyard extract
The Macadamia natural oil range is a miracle worker and I love all their products. This is my third bottle of the Healing Oil Treatment and I'll be repurchasing a new bottle as soon as I find it on sale. My hair is extremely fine, oily and on top of that all, sparse but this oil doesn't weigh my hair down and it doesn't leave it feeling greasy. My ends look very healthy and shiny since using this and I haven't been needing a hair cut for a whole year, and that's saying something as my ends split only by looking at them.
Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment
I haven't been needing to use this after sun cream in a long time so it needed to make a trip to the trash can. It's very calming and soothing on burned skin in case you've forgotten to put on a good SPF and been into the sun for too long.
Balsoderm post solar facial
This came in a travel set that I got a while ago from Strawberrynet and I've been using it as a night cream as the texture was too heavy to use during daytime. I would not purchase the full size however, I don't like the overpowering scent of Dior products and I can't understand why I keep buying them once in a while. The container is also badly designed, in my opinion, as the walls aren't straight you can't get the remaining product that has collected near the top.
Dior Capture Total Multi Perfection cream for face and neck
The Instant Age Rewind concealer by Maybelline is a cult product in the beauty world and I was intrigued to find out how good it actually was. Not bad I have to say, it's very lightweight and it blends like a dream but I didn't feel it lasted that long on me, it wore off quite fast where I needed it the most: under the eyes.
Age Rewind concealer by Maybelline
To date this is my favourite high end foundation, I'm in 300 medium beige. It's so lightweight that you don't feel you're wearing any foundation but has a pretty good coverage without having to use too much product. The way I apply this is I spray it on the back of my hand and then I dab it on my face with a damp beauty blender. It performs beautifully and it stays like freshly applied for hours on end. BTW, I have very oily skin and although I will get shiny after a few hours' wear it looks more like a dewy shine than a disco grease ball, nothing some touch ups with a blotting sheet and a bit of powder won't help.
Dior Airflash foundation
For the past few months I've been using up a bunch of samples that I was hoarding up. After reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo I promised myself to start using samples as soon as I got them in order to avoid them going bad from keeping them for too long. These are a few of my favorites:
Sachet samples
And to end this post I'm leaving you with a list of products that I haven't particularly enjoyed using, some of them may not be bad products per se. In the case of the blushes (Rosie tint by Benefit and Tarte flush) I have to say that I don't like using cream products on my oily cheeks.
Unfavorites by Marshmellow's diary
 From left to right:

  • Rosie Tint by Benefit (freebie with Glamour UK magazine)
  • Astor Fashion Studio nail polish in Orange Jelly (too streaky)
  • Revolution Amazing Volume mascara (too dry and clumpy)
  • Schwarzkopf Osis+ Softn'straight (it weight my hair down)
  • L'Óreal Superliner (it dries out too quickly)
  • Tarte flush cheek stain (it came with a Tarte holiday set, it's a pretty Fall shade though)

Enjoy the weekend!


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28 October 2015

Happy Halloween

Halloween

Halloween by eli-dumas 

Dear readers,

Although we've adopted the dressing up in costumes part of Halloween a few years back, we are still very far away from the trick or treating custom and the spooky decorations of American homes.

I've never felt drawn to celebrate Halloween, mostly because I've always hated wearing costumes but for some reason I've been really getting into the spirit this year. The problem is that Halloween decor isn't that easy to come by in a country that only celebrates All Saint's Day by bringing flowers to the cemetery and have a nice family lunch afterwards.

The most I've been able to do, without spending a fortune online, is getting a pumpkin (I don't have the guts to attempt carving it) and a cute sock-vampire made by a friend of mine. Very lame I know ,but it's a start. We also don't have much storage room at our place, so I'm trying to choose smallish items that are easily stored away or that are cheap enough to dispose of once the holiday is over.
I'll try to be more prepared next year , what about you?

What are you up to in Halloween?


26 October 2015

Mani Monday: Halloween nails


Dear readers,

It took me like forever to choose a nail art easy enough for me to recreate for Halloween. Last year I chose a very easy design: a black background with spooky eyes painted with a dotting tool. This year, though, with me posting these series I wanted to put more of an effort into it but still keep it fairly reasonable for me to achieve as I'm still a beginner at nail art and barely manage to paint my nails without smudging the entire finger.
Yesterday I did the easy part by painting my nails first with a base coat. Then I put on some colour: on my pinky and thumb I used two coats of black, on my middle- and index finger 3 coats of white and on my ring finger I only used one coat of silver and then 2 coats of silver glitter on top.
Just before posting this I tried to achieve a spider web on my middle finger and a spider on my index finger. For this I used some nail art pens by Barry M, I'm not comfortable enough to be using stripers yet. Well, I'm not entirely happy with the results but practising nail art was my main goal when starting these Mani Monday series so I'll call it a day and try better next time.
Are you looking forward to Halloween? What are you up to?


More on Mani Monday:
Autumn nails
Nail combo
Overcast nails
Gradient nails
Bronze Princess
Essie Lilacism

24 October 2015

Spanish delicacies: Miguelitos de la Roda


Dear readers,

La Roda is a town in the Albacete region in Spain that is not far away from where we live. The in-laws had been gone on a trip up north and stopped on their way back only to grab a box of these quite simple but delicious cakes commonly known as Miguelitos.
Miguelitos de la Roda
Being extremely easy to make using simple ingredients they are quite affordable: a box of 12, like this one, should cost only 6€.
Miguelitos de la Roda
They aren't overly sweet so you can eat a few of them before feeling too full, I can vouch for that, believe me!
Miguelitos de la Roda
They need to be kept in the fridge and they will good to eat for up to 12 days but in my case I have to tell you that they are gone within 2 days (it's only me and the hubby, the kitty doesn't get any).
Miguelitos de la Roda
They consist of a extremely light weight puff pastry that is covered in sugared powder and are filled with a rich creamy custard.
Miguelitos de la Roda
Take it from me, they are really yummy and I rather have the original recipe than the supposed improved one, that features white or dark chocolate custard instead.

Happy weekend y'all and bon appétit!


Previous post on Spanish delicacies: Sobaos Pasiegos

21 October 2015

Match The Style: Outfit Ideas For Special Occasions by Sophia Smith


Matching the style of an outfit became very popular in recent years. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and even couples try to wear same or similar clothing, or at least a simple matching detail, to show off their affection. This trend has vastly overtaken other ideas for special occasions such as birthday parties, New Years, Halloween, and so on.


Matching the daily style

Rocking the same style as your child is not that strange anymore. For an important day, fathers can be seen wearing the same shirt and sometimes even pants as their sons, or an interesting tie that makes a nice pairing. Fashion for mothers and daughters has evolved a lot, and there are many ways to match the small and large outfits. Dresses, shirts, headpieces, etc. – it is all out there to secure some great fun and beautiful memories.
Perfect fun for perfect theme

Garden parties are perfect for a thematic day of joy and laughter. Having a theme for a party offers a lot more options than simple matching of the regular clothing. For example, parents and children, and even guests can dress up in some old-fashioned clothing, or as characters from the child’s favorite movie and even as superheroes. Possibilities are endless and therefore a lot more amusing to try.

Same costumes for the night of spook

Speaking of thematic parties, Halloween is a perfect holiday for something like that. Matching outfits simply cannot go wrong with this one. The best thing is that on this day everything is allowed. Zombies, ghosts, witches and wizards – the whole family can be the same little bundle of fear. Not to mention that there are variety of costumes for Halloween that can fit every size, and most importantly, every age.
Many kinds of love

Still, wearing the same garments is not only reserved for parents and their children. Recently, couples have been enjoying this trend as much as anybody else. They can rock the same shirt made to fit both genders, or shirts with prints and patterns that show that they are together. Sometimes, accessorizing is enough, and having a matching bracelet, ring or a scarf as your partner can provide equal satisfaction. 

This does not only apply to people in love – even friends try to show their relationship to the world. Basically, someone with whom we spend most of our time inevitably starts to affect our attitude about fashion and sometimes, unconsciously, we accept some of their stylistic rules.
Look for ideas

This phenomenon is quite widely reported in the media case clipboard, the Internet, and articles that invite parents to adopt the looks of their children. A designer has even created a website dedicated to this kind of fashion. There are many places to look for matching adult-child clothes and as many to find some great ideas, such as here. The crucial element is to find something that would be comfortable for the child and adjust it to the grown-up body shape, and not force the children into wearing some completely inappropriate clothing.

Fashion is not unique to the elders of the house, and trends need not only be the preserve of adults. Before, it was hard to find matching clothes because the styles were different, but now the difference is very small. The trends are practically the same for adults and children. Moreover, the same dress style also helps to strengthen the bond between parents and children, couples and friends.



Author BIO:
Sophia Smith is a freelance writer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in beauty, fashion and graphic design. She could be described as beauty addict and life lover. She writes in mostly beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life on topics related to beauty, fashion and style.

You can find and follow Sophia on: Facebook // Twitter // Google +

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19 October 2015

Mani Monday: Essie Lilacism


Dear readers,

My nail choice for this week was pretty easy, I wanted to try a shade by Essie that I hadn't tried yet: 37 Lilacism.
Essie in 37 Lilacism
Even though it's a pastel shade I feel like it's an appropriate colour to wear during the colder months. I love wearing grey clothing during this time of the year so these lilac nails will pair perfectly with my wardrobe.
Essie in 37 Lilacism
I love everything about Essie nail polishes: they apply easily and are opaque with two coats, the brush is not too thin nor too wide, the formula is creamy and doesn't dry too fast so you can go over the nail bed a few times without messing up the nail polish below and they are a dream to remove. 
Essie in 37 Lilacism
This formula is a tiny bit less opaque as it's a light shade so you'll need to use a bit more product on your first coat or apply 3 thin coats. As for base and top coat I used my O.P.I ones, as usual. 
Essie in 37 Lilacism & O.P.I. base and top coat
The nail polish I was wearing last week: Bronze Princess by Rimmel didn't last the whole week. The polish had cracked on some of the nails although I have to say that I'd been very active and clumsy last week and I'd bumped into some of those nails bending them badly, several times. All in all you could barely notice it as the polish hadn't come off.


Mani Monday series:


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17 October 2015

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Dear readers,

I have another giveaway for y'all, well for those of you who are U.S. residents, I mean. I know I've made all my previous giveaways international but, due to customs restrictions, I need to keep this giveaway within U.S. grounds. But don't worry if you can't enter today as I already have an international giveaway planned to go up in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned! In case you haven't entered my previous giveaway there's still a few days left.
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Their product formulations are researched by their expert team to optimize patient compliance and safety. All their products are manufactured in the USA. 
Bioticzone Skin Care

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14 October 2015

Make up haul


Dear readers,

Although we have a few Sephora stores in Spain, nothing compares to the wide selection of make up and beauty boxes that are sold in the States. The only good news is that Kat von D has become available to us. 

Taking advantage of a coworker who was going to visit San Francisco and Vegas I asked him to bring me something from Sephora. I gave him 3 options to make sure he came back with at least one and I'm happy to say that he succeeded and got me the Too Faced Most Loved value set: 
Sephora Too Faced Most Loved value set
 It contains:
- 0.16 oz Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
- 0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer
- 0.08 oz Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
- 0.16 oz Melted LongWear Lipstick in Melted Fig
- 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
Sephora Too Faced Most Loved value set
I've never before tried anything Too Faced but I've heard and read nothing but good reviews so I am very happy to have the chance to play with my new buddies. 

I'm very excited to try out the Shadow insurance so I can compared it to the Urban Decay Primer Potion that I sadly had to part with not so long ago.

I can't wait to try the Melted lipstick as I'm going through a lipstick phase right now and I can't seem to stop purchasing lip products, as you will be able to see further below. 

As for the Better Than Sex mascara, I prefer using sample sized mascaras as it's practically impossible for me to go through a whole product within the 3 months you're supposed to. 

The Chocolate Soleil Matte bronzer will be a good addition to my make up collection because I only own the Hoola bronzer that I feel is more intended to carve out features than to warm up the complexion and the Betty-Lou Manizer that has some shimmer to it so it cannot be used under certain circumstances, especially if you have super oily skin.

The Hangover Replenishing face primer I'm not very excited about as I don't feel like primers add any kind of benefit to my skin's appearance: they don't minimize my pores, they don't help in reducing shine and they don't help my make up wear any longer. Maybe I haven't found the perfect primer for my skin type so I'll give this one a fair chance.
NYX lippies
NYX lippies are perfection: they are creamy, they don't overly dry out my lips, they are pigmented, they have a pretty decent shade selection and most important, they are so affordable that you can get them in every available shade and finish without making a dent on your VISA. As I was in need of some Fall appropriate colours I decided to have some fun and go bold.
NYX lippies swatches
Unfortunately I'm the worst photographer ever and my small compact camera hasn't been able to catch the true shade of these swatches. I've tried every single setting and took hundreds of snaps but I couldn't get the purple shades appear as they really are, they just look blue toned. Especially Berry strudel, it should be kind of a darker shade to Playdate, so imagine it with a bit more pink in it. 

About the last swatch, I forgot to snap a pic of the NYX brow pencil in dark brown. At first I didn't think I'd like this shade on me as my brows are more cool toned but with having dyed my hair red it actually looks good on me. What I don't like is that it's softer than what I'm used to; it's a retractable pencil but it isn't skinny and you get a weird brush on the other side, not the typical spoolie that I find so handy. Next time I'll go for their Micro Brow, if I'm lucky and they've stocked up.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear Concealer in 01 Light
All the Kardashian brightening craze has finally gotten into me. In the past I'd never used any kind of under eye concealer as I rarely have dark circles that need covering up. Lucky me? Maybe, but I have some other issues that drive me crazy so don't envy me for a moment. 

I've been a fan of Estée Lauder for years but I've never tried their make up. This will be my first, it's the Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear Concealer in 01 Light. Until now I've been using Maybelline's Age Rewind concealer in light but I wanted to try one with a higher coverage to use on my sun spots and such.

Recap:
Sephora value set = 25$, with taxes it comes down to 25€
NYX lippies and brow pencil = 30,15€ (using a 10% discount) from Maquillalia
Estée Lauder concealer = 22.50 (using a 25% discount) from Douglas

Total expenditure = 77,65€

Not bad, don't you think?

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12 October 2015

Mani Monday: Bronze Princess


Dear readers,

Even though I'm enjoying a long weekend, last Friday and today being both bank holidays, I wasn't in the mood to do any nail art. I had some serious cleaning up to do around the house so the hubby and I tackled the task on our first day, yay! 

On Saturday I wanted to go to Primark and look out for some home decor for Autumn. I've never even liked the Autumn, it may have to do with the fact that you can't notice any change in season where we live. The temperature only drops a few degrees, no coats are needed yet and the trees are all evergreens so we never get to see any Fall colours. Browsing through Pinterest is the only contact with Autumn I can get and somehow it made me crave for some change in home decor. Unfortunately I couldn't find much at Primark and had to content myself with some fairy lights and a bottle of gold spray paint. The hubby, on the other hand, came back with a huge load of bags containing clothing items.

Yesterday, we went to the beach and afterwards we enjoyed a lazy evening in front of the telly. We watched the original Star Wars trilogy and I should have done my nails then but I was cozied up on the sofa not to be bothered with the task. I ended up doing them late at night, in bed. This time I decided to file my nails straight just to make it look like I'd put some effort into it. I don't usually  wear my nails like this as some of them have lost their shape from all the years I spent biting on them. You'll be able to see that the nails on my index fingers are bent inwards. I tend to leave them rounded so it's less noticeable. But well, I guess I 'll need to get over it.

Today we are going to spend some time with the family and I'm running late as it is so I'm keeping this post short and sweet. 
Bronze Princess nail polish by Rimmel London
The nail polish of choice to achieve what I think could be labeled as a "falling leaves" shade is 90 Bronze Princess by Rimmel London from the Metal Rush collection.
Bronze Princess nail polish by Rimmel London
And my usual base and top coat by O.P.I. 
Natural base coat & Rapidry top coat by O.P.I.
What have you been up to this weekend?

Mani Monday series:
  1. Autumn nails
  2. Nail combo
  3. Overcast nails
  4. Gradient nails

10 October 2015

Katari soaps


Dear readers,

I don't know about you but I find shower gels much more convenient than using soap bars. They make less of a mess in the bathroom and they last you much longer. But there are some, like the hubby, who prefer the luxurious feel of an old fashioned soap bar. A point in their favour is that bacteria are less likely to thrive in a solid media so, for those of you with a germ phobia this might be the way to go.
Katari Soaps
The people from Katari sent me some of their best selling products and I decided to try out their soap bar first. I tend to do the same with food, I start eating whatever I like less first and leave the nicer tasting dishes for last. Their products are made with a high concentration of olive oil mixed with other natural ingredients, for example the Katari 25 green tea soap bar contains a 25% of olive oil and the green tea acts as an antioxidant and helps balance out oily skin types.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this soap. It has a clean, fresh scent, it foams up quite a bit leaving a milky layer on your skin. What I liked the most is that it didn't dry out my skin like most solid soaps do, even those by Lush. I didn't feel the need to apply a body lotion afterwards which is the way to go when you're in a rush in the mornings. I'm definitely giving this a big thumbs up.

They retail for 6.50€ and weigh 115gr. You can choose from a variety of secondary, all natural ingredients, besides the olive oil, such as: Argan, Rosemary, Almond, Orange peel, Lavender, Aloe, Sea weed, Rose hip. The Katari 60 soap bar has the highest concentration of olive oil in solid condition and is perfect for dehydrated skin although it can be used for oily skin as well as it won't clog pores.

In case you're like me and prefer using liquid soaps they also sell a green tea shower gel.
Katari 25 Green Tea soap
This is what Katari has to say about their green tea soap:

The most important cosmetic quality of green tea is its antioxidant effect, which prevents the appearance of free radicals, breaks its chain reaction and repairs the harm that they may cause, like wrinkles and a general old aged appearance.

Combined with the effect of oleic acid, that reconstructs the cellular membrane of the epidermis, it tonifies and brings back firmness and smoothness to the skin.

The green tea leaf has a large quantities of Vitamins A, B2, C and E, which give it a powerful bactericidal effect, ideal for greasy skins, or those affected with acne. The essential grease oils from the olive, on the other hand, balance both serum and dryness, so skin returns to its optimum equilibrium. Two essential principles which, combined, facilitate the elimination of excessive grease on the skin.

Katari 25 Green Tea is a natural purifying soap, ideal for skins that suffer from an extreme environment, caused by pollution, intense cold or excessive exposure to solar radiation.

Katari 25 Green Tea soapIn case you're interested to know more about the history of the brand, I'm shamelessly copying their About page:

The Catarineu’s, an Ancient Soapmakers Family

The Catarineu family buries its roots as master soapmakers in the Castille of the 17th Century, famous for uniting Spanish tradition with that of the French Provence.

They produced soap with olive oil as its main ingredient, in the year 1.900 they established Hijos de Catarineu y Cía, who patented “Jabón de Castilla” and the brand “Castile Soap” for the international markets.

The company’s products were market leaders until cheaper and lower quality soaps changed the consumption habits of consumers.

In 1.975, upon Juan Catarineu’s death, the company closed its doors due to the lack of interest of Juan’s successors. In 2.009 though, her granddaughter María Catarineu understands that current consumers and the contemporary market seek products similar to what his grandfather had produced.

Maria recovered the traditional methodology, modernized the production processes, and renamed her soaps as Katari, in honor of his grandfather.
Jabones de Castilla and Katari Soaps

The new commercial name for Hijos de Catarineu could only be Jabones de Castilla. The name clearly defines its activity, but is also a "carta de naturaleza" for those who were recognized for a long time as authentic master soapmakers.

From the beginning, María Catarineu decided to launch her products in the Japanese market, considered mature for the philosophy of her soaps. The Japanese culture highly respects the value of tradition in companies, and consumers are very receptive to high quality Spanish products, especially if they are related to the already existing olive oils and wines.

Soaps were renamed as Katari because of its international exposure, helping to pronounce it in English and Oriental languages. Additionally, a number was added to specify the percentage of olive oil in its composition. The reason being that the traditional techniques permit to have the highest content of olive oil.

Are you a solid soap or shower gel user? Let me know in the comments below.

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7 October 2015

September Birchbox: Happy Birchday!


Dear readers,

It's been a while since I purchased a Birchbox, mainly because the price went up and also because I didn't find the samples all that interesting. I keep receiving their newsletters though and in the last one they offered me their 5th anniversary box for only 4,96€. There was a good chance it came with a mini size Benefit They're Real mascara so I went and ordered it, sadly the mascara was nowhere to be found :(
They did a very good job on the box, it's a cute design with a simple black and white background and a touch of pink and gold as an accent color. It reads Happy Birchday which is kind of ingenious.
As for the products inside they are listed on this card that comes in the box. Sorry for it being in Spanish but most of the names are in English anyway so you'll be able to guess what each product is for. I think I'm most interested in the Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, it's only 5ml but I'm sure it will be enough to give me a general feel of the product. 
As for the Cheeky Lip crayon by Laqa&Co I tried to swatch it for y'all but I seem to be unable to pick up its true shade with my compact camera. I changed all the settings and took loads of shots with different lighting but it all boiled down to the same blotchy color down below. The thing is that you'd expect it to be more like the coral-orange tube but when you apply it to the lips it turns out to be a light neon pink shade that doesn't look well on my lips. I'm not going near my cheeks with this product as I don't like cream blushes so I suppose it'll go straight to my trash bin.
I canceled my subscription to Birchbox as I only wanted to see what they had to offer on their anniversary. Seeing that it wasn't anything out of the ordinary I'll stick to purchasing my regular and more reliable brands.

Have you ever gotten a Birchbox? Do you think beauty boxes are worth spending on? 

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway, it's open internationally!

5 October 2015

Mani Monday: Gradient nails


Dear readers,

A few weeks ago I was browsing through my Pinterest feed when I stumbled upon a gorgeous red to black gradient nail with a matte finish. I thought this was very Fall appropriate so I tried to recreate the look and share it with y'all. Sorry I couldn't get the gradient right, it's only my second time using the sponging method.
Mani Monday: Gradient nails
I started out with my usual base coat by O.P.I.
O.P.I. Natural Nail Base Coat
Then I applied two coats of the Barry M Nail Paint in 273 Raspberry.
Barry M Nail Paint in Raspberry 273
After it completely dried, I took a tiny sponge that came with a China Glaze nail polish set and tried to apply the gradient effect with the 702 Black Swan nail polish by L'Óreal Color Riche. I'm not sure if it's the sponge's fault or my own but I couldn't quite achieve the gradient look I was going for but well, practice makes perfect or so they say...
L'Óreal Color Riche in Black Swan 702
And I finished it off with the Rimmel Pro Matte Finish Topcoat.
Rimmel Pro Matte Finish
This is the final look on my other hand. Better luck next time, I guess.
Mani Monday: Gradient nails
Have you ever tried the gradient nail effect?

Mani Monday: