Monday, April 1, 2013

Manicure Monday: China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint & CND Green Scene


Hey guys! Today's Manicure Monday is another Spring-appropriate pastel that I've been really into lately. Mint greens have been popular for the last couple of years and if anything, that trend has only been strengthened with Pantone choosing Emerald as its color of the year this year. Maybe it's because St. Patrick's Day wasn't too long ago, but I felt like a two-toned french tip using mint and emerald polishes would look great for the changing seasons. Enter China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and CND Green Scene!




Re-Fresh Mint is a lovely pale, green-based mint that came out a couple years ago with China Glaze's Up and Away collection that had a bunch of awesome pastels. I'm a huge fan of pastel polishes and Re-Fresh Mint was definitely my favorite from the collection.

The darker green was a polish I bought from CND because I was looking for a true, straight-up kelly green to add to my collection and it just happens to be spot-on to Pantone Emerald. I'll have to do a full Mani Monday dedicated to it soon, but for now it serves as a simple nail art accent color.


You can easily do this type of nail art with any color as long as there is a darker and lighter shade in the same color family like lavender + purple or orange + red. Instead of swiping the brush from side to side, I actually recommend keeping the brush in the same direction as how you regularly paint your nails and just adding color to the tips by pulling the brush away in small strokes. This way, you get a bit more control of the polish.


After using Seche Clear as a base coat, I applied 2 coats of Re-Fresh Mint with Green Scene accents and Seche Vite top coat to seal everything and smooth out the french tip line. Overall it was an easy application with nice texture and opacity. I'm honestly not sure if Green Scene is the most flattering color on my skintone (it makes my hands look a bit redder) but I definitely love Re-Fresh Mints to bits and recommend it if you want a pale green to add to your pastel collection!

Readers, have you tried 2-toned french tips? Do you like green polishes? Let me know in the comments!



23 comments:

  1. The tips are painted on so neatly! I can never keep a steady enough hand >.<"

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  2. How on earth do you manage to paint them so perfectly?! haha

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  3. The collection tranzitions from China Glaze gives the same effect. But you don't need another color, just a top coat. Duplicity is kinda similar to this color. You chould check it out! This is cute though :)

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  4. Love this! So simple but so pretty and perfect for spring :)

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  5. The mint green polish is gorgeous :-)

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  6. This color combo is gorgeous :)
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  7. We love green polishes especially pastel greens. Do you paint the tips using a small brush or using those stickers? they're so perfect

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  8. Aw i love it! No i've never tried 2 tone french tips but now i might try it out :) x

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  9. Love the look of this. Very simple but really beautiful.

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  10. Cute mani, love the tips! I was wearing the Re-fresh Mint shade recently but I find the formula a bit runny making it hard slightly harder to apply.

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  11. I never usually wear green nail polish but this looks lovely, especially with the two toned colours, so cute. I'll definitely try this but maybe with a few pink colours instead of the green - although they do look beautiful on you.

    China Glaze polishes are SO good too.
    Thank you for sharing, lots of love.
    Jayde Paris
    xxxx

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  12. Hi Jen!
    Could you please please please make a blog or a video on how you care for your nails and how you get them to grow? They are shaped so perfectly!

    Thanks!

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  13. I love that outfit!!
    Much love,
    Wengie
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  14. Do some of your china glaze polish go on very chunky and sheer? I have a green one that is really bad. Not sure if its a bad batch or what. But I love that mint color. I may have to go get one.

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  15. Hi, Jen! Your manis always look perfect, I'm in awe. Have you ever tried Seche Vite One Coat Lacquer? I saw them and thought of you since you change your nails so often!

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  16. wow i really like this minty green color! it looks so summery! This new blog has some cool nail ideas i think you would like too! please check it out :) http://saltinesandsunglasses.blogspot.com/

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  17. Love your nail colour... looks so great... thank you for sharing with us...

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