Today's mani is actually several, as I've been playing with quite a few of the new polishes I got from the Rite Aid clearance, and CVS. The first was a scallop design that I actually loved the color combination on, but smudged half my thumb nail off absentmindedly playing with my hands. Oops.
Base: CQ Silver Taupe (Rite Aid Clearance)Green: Revlon Entice (CVS)
Shimmer: Chameleon Mist
Silver taupe was incredibly sheer. 4 coats and you can still see through it a bit.
The next mani is currently on my left hand. I was going to just do Entice topped with Mist on all my nails, after realizing that I loved them together--very mermaid-y. I decided to do a bit of a dot accent nail on my index finger, though, but I think it would have worked better with a darker polish on a lighter one.
Finally, currently on my right hand, is a gradient with Entice and Mist. While I'm not sure how soon I plan to get back to it, I definitely want to use this again. After not being sure what to wear Mist with when I bought it (but for 75% off, I couldn't pass it up, apparently), this was the perfect color. Entice on its own is also a gorgeous color. My skin tends to be much too yellow to really wear the typical light mint green shades, and this is more of a seafoam shade.
I've concluded that shimmers and glitters are best for gradients, because it's harder to tell how bad I am at maneuvering a sponge to where I want the color. In case you couldn't tell from my past few manis, I'm rather obsessed with gradients at the moment, while a couple months ago I found them impossible. My main "trick" that I rely on is ripping the sponge (I've also heard of using non-cosmetic sponges, so they have larger holes to begin with) so the edge you're sponging with is a bit more jagged and doesn't give you a perfect line, as I still have not mastered the "repeatedly apply two stripes of different colors on a sponge, then to the nail" method that most people seem to use.
I hope everyone's new year is off to a good start. I'm not sure how well I'll manage to stick to my resolutions (hey, at least I left gym use unspecified....), but I hope you all are as successful as I'm determined to be!