Sometimes it seems like manicure fails are the story of my life... I picked up this gold-flecked black Maybelline Color Show that looked so pretty in the bottle. On the nail, it was tragically disappointing. It went on poorly and messily, and just wouldn't look smooth. I had also grabbed one of the Essence Ready for Boarding collection, Via Airmail!, so I jazzed it up a bit with an accent nail of that. It was a lovely, bright, basic blue creme - exactly the sort of thing that I love.
Of course, that didn't quite do it for me. To bring things together, I decided a healthy helping of gold was in order. I liked the boldness of these stripes, and they were terribly easy to do - I just chose one polish with a wide brush, and one with a thin one. The first stripe was Jade Mystic Gold, and then a coat of China Glaze Blonde Bombshell down the middle of that.