30 December 2013

Champagne Glitter Gradient

OPI Spark de Triomphe is a glitter mix of platinum and champagne gold that looks like New Year's Eve. I bought it a couple of months ago thinking to wear it for the occasion, but instead of that planned New Year's Eve glitter gradient over basic black, I went ahead and wore it today over a rich, black cherry.

glitter gradient over opi we'll always have paris

Sure enough, OPI Spark de Triomphe really does look like a glittering spill of champagne across the nails, and I love the way it works with the deep, berry-red bordeaux of OPI We'll Always Have Paris.

I actually bought We'll Always Have Paris en route to the US this past summer when, within about 12 hours of leaving my flat (the majority of which coincided with me just sitting on a plane, trying not to succumb to a combination of epic boredom and restless leg syndrome), I had literally broken half my nails. I have no idea how or why, but they KNOW when I travel, and they DO NOT LIKE IT.

Anyway, once that first leg of my trip was over I marched straight to XpresSpa in the San Francicso airport for an emergency manicure. I thought a dark, rich, vampy shade would look good on the shorties I'd be rocking when I came out of there--and I was right! So, I don't know if you can see much of a difference or not, but just knowing I was going to wear We'll Always Have Paris again, I filed my nails down a little bit to go with the darker colour.

glitter gradient with opi spark de triomphe

By the way, XpresSpa did a fab job, but even all nicely shortened and even and everything, I somehow managed to break three of them all over again--to the quick this time--before I got where I was going. My smexy, black cherry shorties were reduced to nubs, which I spent the entire month I was on holiday nursing back to health... effort and attention that my nails repaid by breaking again just one day before I started the long trek home. Thank you so much, fingernails! Could we maybe start a New Year's thing where you quit that noise? I'd be ever so very grateful!


  1. What a lovely glitter! Love this type of manicure for parties:)

  2. Your glitter gradient loos stunning!

  3. Spark de Triomphe is one of my favorite glitters!! Lovely mani!

  4. Your glitter gradient looks, absolutely, gorgeous. I, now, want these colors, very much! Thank you for sharing.
    P.S. I sympathize with your nail woes. Mine seem to be of like mind with yours.

  5. Maybe your nails become more fragile because you feel stressed when you travel and that's why they brake? :-) It happens to my face, it gets more "problematic" to deal with when I have to travel and 1-2 days before / after the traveling :-)
    Beautiful combination, very elegant! :-)

  6. beautiful done, love this kind of manicures :D


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