Saturday, 27 June 2015

Grey Play With A Touch Of Shade

Jessica Nails Monarch 719 GreyGrey isn't the first colour that springs to mind during these warmer months of the year and yet here I am, proudly wearing it and wondering why I'd never done so before!  With so much attention lately going to the unusual yet strangely attractive grey hair trend, it inspired me to apply the colour to my nails - a far less permanent alternative of injecting the steely shade into my life.





Jessica Nails Monarch 719 GreyThese photos show the colour Monarch (719) by Jessica Nails and have been taken at two different times of day to best show the colour, mid-afternoon and early evening.  What I love most about the shade is undoubtedly the balance between edgy and chic.  It doesn't fall under the umbrella of my usual nude and warm metallic polishes, but doesn't scream as loudly as black or heavy nail art.  Another thing I've noticed is how seemingly impossible it is to clash Monarch (719) with any item of clothing - just like a heavy dose of dainty gold jewellery, it works with any look without stealing the show.      
Jessica Nails Monarch 719 GreyJessica Nails Monarch 719 Grey

As with most nail polishes, the staying power depends entirely on whether you've applied a top coat or not.  Without a decent top coat, the colour chipped fairly quickly.  However, once I'd reapplied and this time with a top coat (Jessica Nails Top Priority), the colour remained perfectly on my nails for just over a week and a half.

Jessica Nails Monarch 719 Grey



As you'll most likely be able to tell from previous blog posts, I love changing the colour of my nails on a regular basis and so when I say Monarch (719) by Jessica Nails has shot straight to my top five favourite shades, you know I'm a fan.  So, no matter your stance on grey hair chalks and the like, I'm super keen to hear your thoughts on this different form of playing with the colour!

Jessica Nails Monarch 719 Grey









With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Oh hi, Gabrielle!

    Wow.. I was amazed how this grey nail polish looks perfect on you.. I guess, it just suits those with fair / white complexion pretty much like yourself.

    xoxo
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    2. Hey Jhem, thanks so much - have a wonderful week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. I love it!
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  3. LOVE the grey! Most of my wardrobe consists of grey pieces but i've honestly never thought about wearing grey polish!

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    1. I've only recently grown to appreciate wearing grey, but now that I have it seems I'm looking in all directions for ways to wear the colour haha

      Gabrielle x

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  4. I really love that shade of nail polish really fits your skin tone.
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      Gabrielle x

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  5. Gabrielle you have me here in awe. These photos are stunning, so artful and creative, Wow! Love the nail polish, the color is awesome, I love the shade of gray and your mani is perfect. Happy weekend, doll.
    kisses
    Lenya
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    1. What a lovely message, thank you! This one is from the Jessica Nails 'Custom Colour' range - there're loads more shades just as lovely as this one :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Love the nail color and those flowers :D

    RedLip&Love

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    1. Thanks Tash - I went hunting for purple flowers to complement the grey!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. That is a stunning shade of nail polish!

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  8. Oh wow, the nail polish looks so fabulous :) totally fell in love with it :)


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    1. That's great to hear, thanks for letting me know!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Wow I'm really jealous of your nails! They're so long! I love the color too :)

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    1. How sweet, thank you! Under the archived posts for May, there's a post on 'Tips For Longer Nails' if you're interested :)

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Your nails are gorgeous and the color suits you very much :D

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      Gabrielle x

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  11. Nice nails, I have never used grey and it looks great!
    lovely photos
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    1. This was my first time as well but I'm really pleased with the outcome!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. I'm loving grey nails at the moment but I think it's tricky to find the right grey that doesn't was you out! I love the shade you've used though Gabrielle, it's so pretty!

    Hope you've had a lovely weekend!

    X

    Anjelique

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    1. That's a great point - too light and it can look a little murky. Thanks very much Anjelique, I really love this shade!

      Hope your week is going well so far :)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. I just love this colour so much! It is defiantly an option I need to try. Thanks for the tips here and just love these beautiful photos :) http://bauchlefashion.com

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    1. That's so great to hear, thank you so much Heather!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. That nail polish color is so classy and modern at the same time. I love how it looks on your hands with both types of lightening. Your nails are to die for, by the way! I'd use that nail polish during the warmest months, too. It looks amazing all year round! ;)
    xx

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    1. That's a lovely way of describing this shade, Deb. Thank you so much, I've always tried to take good care of my nails! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  15. What beautiful photos, I love the flowers in the back! Your nails look great x

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      Gabrielle x

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  16. I really like the grey; it's got a slight moodiness to it. Currently my nails are a coral color. :]

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    1. That's very true, there can be something very eery (in a good way!) about the colour grey.

      Gabrielle x

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  17. That colour is gorgeous, and looks great on the green/floral backdrop! I'm always in awe of your nails! x
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    1. Thank you Isabella, I was determined to have the contrast of grey nails and green leaves (and uh, purple)!

      Gabrielle x

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  18. Your nails look absolutely beautiful!

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  19. Your nails are an absolute dream! I love simple, neutral colors like this. Even though I normally go for colorful pastels in the summer, I've been surprisingly drawn to more muted hues recently. I will have to check out these Jessica polishes! :-)

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    1. What a nice thing to say, thank you Kelsey! Pastel-coloured nails can look so beautiful and especially at this time of year, although I just couldn't resist this grey shade :)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. Hi!

    I like the trend of gray hair, but I'm not so brave to do it for yourself. But gray paint - a great alternative, as you said. I really liked this color, it is beautiful, it looks amazing.

    Separate "plus sign" for the pictures - very cool!

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    1. Hey Nastya, it's great you agree with me - the grey hair trend is one to admire from afar unless you're super brave haha :)

      Gabrielle x

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  21. Love the shade so much!
    Not sure how it will look on my fingers but yours look great. :)
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    1. Thank you - I'm sure it'd look lovely on your nails too!

      Gabrielle x

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  22. This shade looks beautiful <3 Your hands are so pretty, love the pics too!!!

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    1. Thanks Rakhshanda, that's so nice to be told!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Hi Gabrielle,
    This grey color looks so perfect on your hands. Lovely pictures, you got beautiful hands :)
    Happy Sunday!
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words - I really love this 'Monarch' shade!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Lovely nails, neutrals are always my go to colours! xx
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    1. I don't blame you, they can be so versatile!

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  25. Gabrielle, that's such a gorgeous colour! I do think that grey is pretty appropriate for the summer as it'll complement any summer colour prettily!

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    1. Hey May! Although it's not the first shade that springs to mind, it certainly is a wonderfully versatile one for summer - I agree! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  26. Wow, Gabrielle! Why haven't I thought of trying out this shade on my nails too :) It looks so pretty and chic!

    xo,
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    1. Haha I'm glad to have put the idea in your head Abigail! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  27. your nails are so long and healthy! love the grey polish x
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  28. Although reluctant at first, I became a fan of grey polish last autumn. It's a perfect neutral. Jessica polish has been a favourite of mine for some time too. A top coat really does make a huge difference! Lovely photos!

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    1. That's great to hear, I feel as though it's one of those underrated shades that actually suits most people's nails!

      Gabrielle x

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  29. So beautiful pictures and so amazing nails! I like very much this color and I think is not only for winter....Kisses from Italy and thank you for stopping at my blog,
    Eni

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    1. Thanks so much Eni, I agree it's a colour for all seasons!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Goodness me, you do have flawless skin, Gabrielle! The grey tone stood out against your fair skin, my dear. xoxo

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    1. That's such a lovely thing to say, thank you Shirley! I try to take good care of both my hands and nails :)

      Gabrielle x

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  31. I've never seen this color before but it looks great, especially against the bright purple flowers. Beautiful flowers and pictures :)
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    1. Thanks ever so much - flowers can make wonderful backdrops!

      Gabrielle x

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  32. Absolutely stunning! Love this color and love that you are bucking the bright color trend of summer :)

    Chelsea
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    1. Haha thanks Chelsea, it won't be long before I'm back to my nude nails, although for now I'm adoring Jessica Nails' Monarch!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. I love this nail color. It perfectly suits your skin tone <33

    Have a nice day! :)

    xoxo,
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      Gabrielle x

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  34. Grey is one of my favourite colours, but I think I still prefer wearing it or using as a part of home deco plus eye shadows as far as the beauty part goes... x

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    1. I can understand that, it works perfectly in the home! Thanks for stopping by Natalia

      Gabrielle x

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  35. That looks very sophisticated and compliments your beautiful nails! Mine are short, so I am not sure if I would achieve the same effect, but I will give it a go.
    And 10 days without chipping? You are my hero! On my nails, five days are record, no matter the top coat I am wearing.

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    1. Thank you Linda! Although it's partly a bit of good luck, in my archives under May I've written a blog post on 'Tips For Longer Nails' which may help you out a little! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Gosh your nails look beautiful and I love the shade too !!!
    Lovely photos dear.
    xx

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    1. Thanks a million Louann!

      Gabrielle x

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  37. Totally obsessed with grey, so I am definitely not obsessed to adorning my nails with the shade too. Looks lovely and the photos (as always) are a delight! x

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    1. That's great to hear - grey talons here we come! Thank you for your compliment on my photography, greatly appreciated :)

      Gabrielle x

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  38. Love that colour!

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  39. I love the colour and your photographs are gorgeous as usual! x
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  40. These are such beautiful photos! Like seriously could be a nail varnish advert :) I love grey nail varnishes, and this sounds like such good quality :)


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    1. What a compliment, thanks a million India - you've made my day! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  41. That grey is so lovely with your skin tone.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  43. This is such a fantastic shade and it looks absolutely stunning on you! I love the backdrop for these photos, the flowers in the background are gorgeous.

    Keisha xo
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    1. Thank you Keisha, I'm so glad I'm not the only one in love with 'Monarch'!

      Gabrielle x

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  44. Looks amazing In combination.
    Fresh and beautiful!
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  45. Oh very cute nail polish
    Cute flowers
    xx

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      Gabrielle x

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  46. Love that nail color. So cute.
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    1. Thanks Diana, it's quickly become a favourite of mine!

      Gabrielle x

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  47. Love seeing this popular shade as nail polish! It looks perfect on you! Beautiful manicure

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    1. So kind of you to say, thank you! Have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  48. What a great less permanent way to be part of the grey trend! I was actually considering joining; but I'm really nervous!! I'm actually having a vote on my blog as to which hair color/style I should rock for this summer!

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    1. That's exactly it - there won't be any sighs of regret the next day! I'll check out the poll on your blog right away :)

      Gabrielle x

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  49. Love your nails<3 thanks for sharing
    follow for follow?:)

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  50. Oh my gosh, these photos are just magical! And that gray is so lovely; I'm usually more of a bold reds and maroons type of girl, but I might just have to give this a go! x

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    1. That's so nice to be told, thank you! I rarely wear red on my nails due to fear of staining, however I do love the appearance of them :)

      Gabrielle x

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  51. I have always loved the color gray! I l usually wear black or gray lol. Boring I know.
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    1. Oh wow, I'd forgotten the days of wearing black on my nails - I'll do it again at some point!

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  52. Beautiful color and love the photography! You have beautiful hands.

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  53. wow great colour

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  54. Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!

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  55. That is a beautiful shade, that really changes with the light. I've never worn grey on my nails. Have a wonderful week!

    Jasmine x
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    1. It's one I hadn't considered before, but love now that I've tried!

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  56. Gabrielle, these are the pretties nail/hand photos I've ever seen! This grey shade is lovely- I agree that grey is a fab shade because it looks lovely with any outfit

    Rachel xx
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    1. You're far too kind for your your own good Rachel, thank you! :)

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  57. Your nails look perfect! I've always loved grey on nails and you're right, it's definitely a stand-out colour without stealing too much of the spotlight. Definitely a head-turner in the warmer months :) xx

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    1. Thanks Naeun! Grey has the potential to be a very striking element of a look and so applying it to the nails is a great way of testing that!

      Gabrielle x

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  58. this colour is stunning, i love how it changes from blue to grey

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    1. Funny fact.. the colour actually reminds me of my neighbours cat haha!

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  59. It looks really lovely against the purple flowers, I like it :)) Happy Monday doll xx

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  60. Beautiful nail color and gorgeous flowers - I love your pictures dear!
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  61. lovely nail paint and nice color

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  62. Wow, your nails look absolutely perfect! The grey is awesome and have I already told you that you have beautiful hands? ;) Love the pictures! Have a great start to your week ;) xo Vivian

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    1. This was such a lovely message to receive, thank you Vivian! I hope your week is going well so far :)

      Gabrielle x

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  63. You have such pretty hands! You should seriously be a hand model!

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      Gabrielle x

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  64. Wow Darling! Cute shoots, I love your nails!!
    Baci,
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    1. Thank you! Jessica Nails is undoubtedly of my favourite nail brands

      Gabrielle x

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  65. This looks gorgeous - I LOVE the colour, it's absolutely beautiful!!!! Your nails are gorgeous, I LOOOOOOOOOVE them!! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. Thanks Layla - once in a blue moon, a nail may break.. and it's more than a little heartbreaking haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  66. Didn't realise grey nails can look so cool till now, thanks for the inspiration!

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  67. These pictures are gorgeous darling and the grey is beautiful.
    Have a great day gem!
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  68. This nail polish looks absolutely beautiful on you! Thanks for the inspiration!
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  69. Thanks for the top coat tip, I love Jessic Nails due to the natural formula but I usually need to apply 2 coats to stop it chipping

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    1. That's no problem, I've found it's the only top coat that guarantees to protect and strengthen my nails :)

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  70. I love it Xxx
    your nail colour really works in conjunction with the purple flowers
    its almost a pretty and mystical post Xoxox

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  71. I've never been a huge fan of grey nails either, but I'm always pleasantly surprised when I end up going with a colour I normally wouldn't think I would like. Love the grey on you!

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  72. You've inspired me Gabrielle! I have a shade similar to the one you're wearing by Dior. I always used it in the Winter, but it does look great for Summer. Will have to try it!
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    1. Oh that's so great to hear, Kim! I adore Dior's nail colours, I'd love to see your version applied to your nails sometime?! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  73. My dear, Gabrielle! Couldn't these pictures be more beautiful, what an inspirational post, it made me feel so peaceful and calm. You are very into photography and I'm a big fan of your work. I love how unique your posts are. You are such a beautiful talented girl, keep it up! Love, María

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    1. Thanks a million for such a wonderful message, you've well and truly made my day! I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post and thank you for your kind words on my photography - it's a lot of fun to work on :)

      Gabrielle x

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  74. Hi my dear, beautiful color! You have beautiful hands!! xx
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  75. The pictures are amazing ! Wow *.*

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  76. Totally loving this color. The color scheme this shade belongs to is my go to polish shade whenever I fail to realize what color I actually want, haha !

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  77. Absolutely LOVE the grey! Plus it looks perfect against those purple flowers. Great post!

    Hailey
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    1. Thanks Hailey! That's the wonderful thing about this shade - it goes with most colours!

      Gabrielle x

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  78. love it :)
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  79. Nice color, really like it!


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