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Showing posts with label Gradiance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gradiance. Show all posts

11/27/12

Gradiance Week | Animated Flowers

Good morning!

For the last day of Gradiance Week (which was really just five days, but whatevs) I decided to go out with a bang!

Remember my Abstract Paisley design from this summer? Well I took inspiration from that manicure and put it into this one. I showed my sister this manicure after doing just one finger and she immediately recognized where it came from! How funny is that?


For this manicure I used Zoya Carey as the blue-ish gray base. I sponged on Wet N Wild Break the Ice on the upper portion of the nail (which isn't too obvious in these pics). Then I created all the details with a nail art brush and the following polishes: China Glaze First Mate (love, love, love this polish SO much!), Zoya Monica, and Zoya Kristen.

This didn't take me as long as you'd think, It actually went pretty fast! Or maybe I was just enjoying myself since Four Christmases was on while I was doing this...
*Zoya and China Glaze polishes were provided for review

11/26/12

Gradiance Week | Gradient Squares

Good morning!

For Day 4 of Gradiance Week I'm sharing this design that I quickly created. I was trying to get into the "fall mood" with more fall toned colors, I think I succeeded!

These colors remind me of the desert, the sand especially. I don't know, that's all I think of when I see this design!

For this manicure I used China Glaze Below Deck as the base. I created the gradient effect with a sponge, China Glaze Desert Sun, and China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. Then I took my nail art brush and Essence Grand-PliƩ in Black created the "square" shape. You could also use tape and only tape off the squares. I finished off with top coat to blend the gradient and leave a glossy shine.

So that's it! This is one of those manicures that anyone could do, even if you mess up it's easy to go back and fix those errors.


11/25/12

Gradiance Week | Centered in Stripes

Welcome to Day 3 of Gradiance Week!

Yesterday's design was the epitome of summer, so of course I had to use more fall-ish colors for today's design!

Today's design is inspired by a design of Sarah's (Chalkboard Nails) that I instantly fell in love with! I've had it bookmarked in my mind for a while now. The only difference between hers and mine is that I chose to do a gradient along with stripes, I also opted out of tape.

For this manicure I used China Glaze First Mate as the navy blue base. Using a sponge, I created the gradient of China Glaze Exotic Encounters and China Glaze Sea Spray. Taking my nail art brush I created stripes going across the entire nail with Zoya Evvie. The panels of black were created with a black polish and nail art brush. You could use tape for the last two steps but I chose not to.

This is by far my favorite gradient color combo, la la love!

11/24/12

Gradiance Week | Tropical Explosion

Welcome to Day 2 of Gradiance Week!

Now I know we're in the middle of fall but I couldn't resist this manicure. It's so summery, bright, and refreshing! I'm just one of those people...I don't care what season it is, my nails will be whatever color, whenever.

I'm not alone on this am I?


For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Heatwave as the red base. Then I sponged on Zoya Arizona on the center of the nail. Lastly I sponged on Zoya Shelby to the very center of the nail. It almost looks like a pink stripe in these pictures but it is sponged on! I let it dry, hm...let's say 50%, then added a topcoat.

Super bright, super crazy, just perfect. 

11/23/12

Gradiance Week | Sponged Stripes Deux

Happy Black Friday!

Anyone going out/went out shopping today? I'm more of a low key, pajama loving, online shopping kind of girl. Cyber Monday, now that's what I'm excited for!

Today's design is long overdo. I've been wanting to recreate this manicure from a post I did two summers ago but just now got around to doing it.

 I'm also starting a new series, about a week long, called "Gradiance", the word gradient and radiance combined. I've been loving gradients so much lately, so why not?


For this manicure I used Zoya Marley as the light purple base. Then I freehanded the stripes (which I do for most of my stripe designs) but you could use striping tape or regular scotch tape (just cut to desired size). I used Wet N Wild Bite The Bullet for the stripes. Lastly, I sponged on Zoya Monica (which is stunning). I finished off with top coat.

That's it! Easy as pie. Speaking of pie, how was your Thanksgiving?
*Zoya Monica and Wet N Wild polishes sent for review

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