Posts tagged: gradient

Dazzle Holiday

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For a fun, festive look, I decided to do a simple skittlette. I used all three polishes from the China Glaze Dash of Dazzle set, plus OPI My Vampire is Buff, and a plain black polish. I love how easy it was to do, and it’s such a great look for a holiday party!

of good Cheer

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The gradient itself was super easy: I just started with a base of a-england Rose Bower and sponged on a-england Bridal Veil (both amazing polishes, by the way) with a makeup wedge. Holographic polishes are a great choice for gradients because they tend to blend well with each other and make for a nice transition between colors without too much fuss.

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This design was inspired by Qui Eyelash Nail. I used OPI’s Don’t Burst My Bubble as base and Orly’s Frisky (turq blue) & Essie’s Mesmerized (royal blue) for the gradient. I don’t usually use tape for my manis, but I did this time. I made a short tutorial on how I did this mani, you can check it out on my Instagram here.

Dark edges

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 I started the gradient with 2 coats of Seche Happy, As Is – a vibrant raspberry red creme. I top coated with Seche Vite (of course) and then painted strips of  Wonderfully Witty – a rich navy creme, Clever and Confident – a deep plum creme and Happy, As Is in the middle on a makeup sponge. It took me about 4 times to get the coverage I wanted, and I’m sure the gradient would have popped more if I sponged over white but I wanted to test out the colors without the white base first.

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Holographic gradient nail...

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After seeing the awesome holographic gradient mani by the-swatchaholic I could not help but jump on the gradated nail bandwagon! Using some polishes from ChG’s OMG collection and HITS Hefesto as a top coat this is what I managed to achieve. For a first attempt I don’t think it looks too shabby do you?

Flash for summer

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The purple I used is Señorita Bonita from China Glaze’s Summer Island Collection (really gorgeous purple with tiny pink flakes), the pink is Forget Now from Sinful Colors. First I wanted to use 108 Degrees, also by China Glaze, but since I spilled out a few ml of this gorgeous polish, I checked my stash and found a dupe, yay! So yes, 108 Degrees and Forget Now are really really close.

Sneeze Breeze Sponged tip...

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For this mani, I painted my nails with Deborah Milano 837 which I got in a swap from my lovely friend Maki from Candy Glaze.  I then sponged Sneeze Breeze onto the tips and most of the way down the nails.

Gradient Nails +Tutorial

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More than likely you will only need one coat of the darkest nail polish. Again it is really important that there isn’t very much polish on your brush.  While you are waiting for your nails to dry, pour some nail polish remover into the top of the bottle and drop a cotton bud into it.

Black and White with Glit...

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I used W7 Cosmic Black – a black jelly packed with Silver glitter – as a base. Then I took a sponge and used it to apply W7 Cosmic Mauve from the tips. Then I added some Wet n Wild White to the mix but because it’s not very opaque, it gave it a milky look. Finally I used a little more Cosmic Mauve right on the tips and used about 3 coats of NYC Top Coat to smooth things over!

Tip fix

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Definite tip wear! So typically when this happens, I take the polish off and put a new one on… but I just wasn’t ready to part with Carly!

Liquid Crystal Tips

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I want to declare my love to Crushed Velvet from Diamond Cosmetics. It’s my fav dark purple creme, so smooth and dreamy… I love it to pieces! And with China Glaze – Liquid Crystal sponged on the tips I love it even more.