A St. Patrick's Day Kitchen Sink Manicure

9:00:00 AM

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner!!  Sunday, to be exact!  I'm rather surprised by the lack of green, festive manicures on Instagram and Blogger.  I sign on daily looking for them, but alas, the green is missing in action from my feed.  Maybe I'm still a bit early and they will start appearing later this week.  *crosses my pretty painted fingers*

For this manicure, I had so many ideas.  I of course wanted to use my green polish, incorporate a rainbow, some shamrocks, and add some gold with glitter.  The question: how could I do this all at once.  Answer: the kitchen sink mani!  If you still do not know what a kitchen sink manicure is, well it is everything but the kitchen sink!!!  Basically, you throw a bunch of different techniques or designs into one manicure.  That way, you can get all your ideas out creating an awesome manicure.

So, I sat down, grabbed my polishes, and started brainstorming.  I'm not sure I am in love with the final product, but you can be the judge.  Let's take a look!!!




Colors Used:

  • Thumb
    • Sinful Colors - Sugar, Sugar, Country Orange, Let's Meet, HD Nails, Midnight Blue
    • Orly - Black Vinyl
    • Sally Hansen - Golden-I
    • China Glaze - I'm Not Lion
  • Pointer/Pinkie
    • Revlon - Sassy
    • Sally Hansen - Disco Ball
    • Sinful Colors - HD Nails
  • Middle Finger
    • Sally Hansen - Golden-I
    • China Glaze - I'm Not Lion
  • Ring Finger
    • Ulta - Snow White
    • Sally Hansen - Moonstone
    • Revlon - Sassy
    • Sinful Colors - HD Nails
I started with my thumb nail first.  I painted on one coat of Ulta Snow White, then grabbed a make up sponge.  I have never done a rainbow gradient using five colors in a straight line.  Just last post, I did the amazing zebra gradient using 6 polishes, but that sponging technique was different.  For that, I painted the colors in a separate corners of the sponge so it formed a circle of color.  For this, I painted each color in a straight line.  After I painted the colors on, I looked at the sponge and I became nervous that all the colors wouldn't fit on my nail.  I took a deep breath and dabbed the sponge on and to my surprise, all the colors fit!!!! Sure, a little of the red and blue got on the edges and I had to touch it up a tad, but it fit!!!  Since the Sinfuls all were shimmer polishes, I decided to just use a plain top coat to blend the colors.  With my nail art brush, I painted on the little pot, then with the dotting tool used Golden-I to add the gold coins.  To make the coins sparkle, I then added some I'm Not Lion.

I was loving how I'm Not Lion was looking over Golden-I so I wanted to have a single nail with that amazing glitter.  I picked the middle finger, but now that I look at it, I wish I kind of did it on the ring finger so it matched the gold coin accents on the thumb.  Either way, the nail looked fabulous!

I wanted to have my green nails frame the manicure, so I painted two coats of Revlon Sassy on my pointer and pinkie.  I could have gotten away with one coat, but I really wanted the green to pop.  I added a thin coat of Disco Ball so it wouldn't be a flat creme...you have to have glitter.  Since it was a St. Patrick's Day manicure, I needed to put some shamrocks on, so I took HD nails and my dotting tool and painted two big ones on.  Shamrocks are shockingly easy!!! All you have to do is make three hearts and then add a little stem!

Finally, for the ring finger, I put some Moonstone over Snow White so the white wasn't flat since the other nails were glittery and popped.  I was in love with the dots I did on my previous kitchen sink mani, so I copied that with Sassy and HD Nails.  Gorgeous, right?

Now that I'm done rambling....what do you think??  Good kitchen sink mani?  Appropriate for St. Patrick's Day?

Until next time, <3

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    1. thank you!!! that ended up being my favorite nail!

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  2. This looks awesome! I really like your thumbs, they're gorgeous! Plus the 2 greens look good as a dotticure =)

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    1. thank you! i'm so happy the rainbow gradient worked out!!!! I kind of wish I did it on two nails!

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  3. ADORABLE! I love the pot of gold :)

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    1. thank you so much!!!! the glitter made it even more perfect!

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  4. Gorgeous! I have i'm Not Lion and i love it too! That pot of gold thumbnail is brilliant! x x x

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    1. I just wish I'm not Lion didn't chip as fast as it did...le sigh. Thank youu <33

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