#ThinkPink Ombre Nails | #MonthlyMani October

October 15, 2014

Hello, friends!  As you are probably aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S. and there are so many wonderful companies and organizations helping to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research every year through various campaigns.  Cancer affects millions of individuals across the globe, and though breast cancers is just one form, the progress made researching breast cancer has helped create progress across the entire field.  To learn more, I recommend checking out cancer.org.

To help raise awareness in our own little corner of the internet, this month’s #MonthlyMani theme is Think Pink!


After seeing all of the fantastic ombre manicures on Pinterest and from the other ladies participating in #MonthlyMani’s, I decided I had to try one for myself.  I started with a soft nude pink base and then layered on a mix of the nude and a darker pink shade.  Most tutorials suggest using a makeup sponge, but I was afraid that would be way too big and messy, so I tried a clean eyeshadow brush instead (and, also, I didn’t have any makeup sponges!).


I allowed each layer to dry and then applied my favorite glossy pink top coat and – voila! – a beautiful, ombre manicure!  I have to admit, I surprised myself with how great this turned out and I cannot wait to try it again with more color combinations, maybe even adding more hues.


Unfortunately, I only got so many pictures outside in the garden before I got distracted by the sunshine and lavender and buzzing bees, so, uh, enjoy some garden photos at the end of this post haha!  Before you do, however, be sure to check out the rest of the #MonthlyMani crew to see what stunning creations they came up with for #ThinkPink:

Piniel from Pins-Place
Justine from The Two Cent Chick
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

As promised, pretty garden flowers, bright California sunshine and even a little bee!  Thanks for reading!  Love & a bee, Kristi :)


(Hey, if I can’t enjoy some cool fall weather, then at least I can gloat a little about the California sun, right??  ;))

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  • buttonsandbirdcages

    Ahh love that you did an ombre nail too! In retrospect, I so wish I did it the way you did (dark at top) – it looks much nicer! After I did mine I couldn’t help but feel like it made the bottom of my nails look kinda dirty lol

    October 15, 2014 at 7:33 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Ooh yes, great minds think alike, I LOVE your ombre nails! I don’t think reversing the direction of the gradient looks bad AT ALL! Thanks!! :)

      October 15, 2014 at 7:40 am Reply
  • V


    October 15, 2014 at 7:34 am Reply
  • Kaily

    How cute!

    October 15, 2014 at 7:52 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    They look beautiful, and thank you for doing this! I am a new breast cancer survivor and am so grateful to you for creating awareness! Sending you a big hug!

    October 15, 2014 at 8:12 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, Stephanie! Hugs to you, too, and all the best! Thank you for being courageous and sharing your journey!! :)

      October 15, 2014 at 8:16 am Reply
  • sistasfromcali

    We love these colors. So cute and easy. Great job!!

    October 15, 2014 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    Your nails turned out awesome! Maybe you’ve found the secret to doing ombre nails, because mine sure didn’t turn out using a makeup sponge, haha.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:24 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Erika! I was totally scrambling because I didn’t have any makeup sponges, but I think you’re right, I think this works way better!! ;)

      October 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    WOW! Beautiful! I love the idea of using the eyeshadow brush. It’s probably more precise than a sponge would be anyway. Definitely truing this!

    October 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! It turned out to be way easy, I think this is going to be my new go-to “fancy” manicure haha!! ;)

      October 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    That is soooo cool! And such a great cause :)!~!

    October 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • emilygeraghty

    This is WAY CUTE! I even think I could do it. And i’m terrible at nails.

    October 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Emmy! It is super easy, you could totally pull it off!! ;)

      October 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • pinsplace

    Nice pics and the mani turned out really nicely!

    October 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! Sometimes I think I struggle more with getting good pictures than painting my nails haha! ;)

      October 15, 2014 at 9:48 pm Reply
      • pinsplace

        I agree, sometimes that’s really the hardest part!

        October 16, 2014 at 6:25 am Reply
  • Lynne

    That is so gorgeous!:D

    November 10, 2014 at 7:36 am Reply
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