Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Purple Pleasure

The hubby was in charge of color this week.  He wanted purple (over my pink choice) and I had already committed to trying a radial gradient.  Here is what we ended up with.

This was really fun to work on and I love how it came out (for a first go at the radial gradient technique)!  I know there is room for improvement on my placement and probably color variation.  I used quite a few polishes for this one:

I am in love with using latex on my fingers to help with clean up these days, so once I put down my usual base coat, I slathered on some liquid latex (in my fancy neon blue color) on all of my fingers.  The tricky part is not letting your fingers touch because the latex likes to stick to itself!  So, once that was on and dry, I added a layer of a white base coat to help get the color to pop.

I used a make-up sponge and put the polishes in a bullseye pattern with lightest in the middle and just tried to center it on the nail.  After about 3 or 4 passes, I was pretty happy with it.  There was a lot of indecision on a stamping color this time too but I love what I picked.

I used an image from Pueen 47.  Surprisingly, the MDU Violet was kind of runny and was hard to get a clear image from but you can barely tell!  Thank goodness.  LOL!  the MDU Purple is a perfect accent nail!  Hubby was really skeptical, but once I had my nails all cleaned up, he was on board!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Cranberries In The Sand

I wanted to do something with a neutral color and red.  That is all I had to work with for this design.

I ended up with cranberries lounging on the beach.  LOL  That is all I can think of when looking at this.

Wocka Wocka! is just divine!  The color is irresistible and it paired wonderfully with On Taupe of the World.  I used a make-up sponge to apply these two colors over a base of the ULTA nude.  I did this on ALL of my nails then added the glitter only on the accent nail - with a make-up sponge to get the glitter spread out without the weight of the clear base.

One thing I learned on this manicure is that Seche Vite will spread the red color!  I lost a couple of fingers on my non-swatching hand learning how to really "float" the top coat on.  Once I had that down, it was much better!

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Blue Hibiscus

This has been one of my favorites so far this spring!  I chose a Blue-Teal gradient with stamping for a Spring pick-me-up mani.

I started with a white base over my typical base coat.  Then, using a make-up sponge, I added several layers of the colors below to get the desired look.

I used the China Glaze at the very end to get a little bit of shimmer over the Color Club to be on the same level as the Sinful Shine.  Once the color saturation was where I wanted it, I used Pueen 72 and my wonderful MDU stamping polish to add some hibiscus images.  I wanted to vary it up so I added them in all different locations on my nails.

I loved this so much that I wore the heck out of it!

Happy Spring!!

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