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Gradient blast

This is my first post since Christmas 🙂 I hope everyone had a happy Christmas day 🙂 I got an amazing camera from my boyfriend for Christmas, so I’m really excited to learn how to use it and use it for my blog. Also maybe dabble in some other photography 🙂

I did a gradient with a tape pattern and a jewel accent nail. I used a random purple and Holika Holika peach combination for the gradient. I cut scotch tape into triangles for the tape design. This is the result.. I hope you like it 🙂

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Day 1 & 2 – Advent Challenge :)

I found out today (yes, I’m a little late) that there is an awesome Advent Calendar Challenge starting at the beginning of December. Mommy Loves Nail Polish and Nail Polish Galore among other blogs are also participating. I’ve been wanting to start a challenge or do something that will push me to try new things and be more creative with my designs. But I must say, I’m a bit scared! 🙂
Due to the fact that I’m a bit late to jump on board, I’ve decided to combine my first and second days.

So Day 1: Red

I used a beige by Missha (Korean brand) and glitter red by Skin Food

 

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Day 2: Gold

I used a really dark purple (that looks like black) by The Face Shop, Konad gold and a random gold glitter (called Castle Dew, it’s got greens and reds in too, very Christmasy).

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Here is the Advent Calendar Challenge list for those of you that may want to join (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) 🙂

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Ombre Nails Tutorial

I’ve finally attempted to put together a tutorial. A lot of people are unsure how to do the ombre or gradient effect, so I hope that by sharing how I do it it will help. Remember, I’m no expert, but I’ll give it a try. So here it goes 🙂

What you will need:

  • Base coat (optional)
  • White nail polish as an undercoat.
  • At least 2 different polishes (preferably colours which contrast or range from dark to light)
  • Sponge
  • Scotch tape
  • Nail polish remover and ear buds for cleaning your nails
  • Top Coat

I bought a sponge holder from Missha (Korea) which helps prevent your hands getting messy 🙂

The polishes I used. All Sally Hansen Xtream Wear. From left to right – “Black out”, “Purple Potion”, “Twisted Pink, “White on”.

I attempted to do a four colour gradient, which was perhaps a bit overly ambitious. Two or three colours are just as pretty and effective (You can see a two colour ombre mani I did a few days ago Ombre Nails. Also, I found with four colours there was quite a bit of wastage, this will be avoided if you overlap the colours more to make the area that the polish covers on the sponge smaller (Here is another 4 colour ombre mani I did a few days ago with black, dark brown, beige and white Ombre With a Twist.

Once you have all of these goodies and you’ve decided on your colours, you are ready to get started 🙂

1. Apply base coat.
2. Apply your white undercoat and allow to dry.


3. Put scotch tape around your nails (trust me, this will save on cleaning up later).


4. Hold your sponge in one hand, paint your colours directly on the sponge. Paint them in the order that you want them and overlap the colours slightly, this will help blend them a bit.


5. Immediately after applying your colours to the sponge, roll the sponge onto your first nail (Don’t press too hard as all the polish can ooze out of the sponge, just sponge down relatively lightly on your nail). If the colours aren’t blended enough, then you can press the sponge on the nail again. Don’t sponge more than about 3 times, as the polish on the nail dries it can pull off more polish than it puts on.


6. Repeat this process for each nail. Apply more polish before each nail, unless you think you have enough polish on the sponge already.
7. Wait for the first coat to dry and then repeat the process for the second coat. (haha, look at all the wastage, oops! Maybe I should’ve spaced the colours closer together or just used 3 colours)


8. Remove the tape.


9. Clean around your nails using nail polish remover and ear buds.


10. Finally, apply a top coat.

Here is my final result. I hope you like it 🙂


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Gradient glitter nails

I’ve been fascinated with the gradient nails that go from darker to lighter. When I first saw them I honestly thought people had different nail polishes for each nail, I was in awe! But, looking back I realise how silly that is. I found this mani surprisingly easy, although it uses quite a lot of nail polish because you have to mix it. I started with a very dark purple (Sally Hansen – Xtreme Wear “Flirt”) and mixed more and more white with it. Then at the end I sponged on some glitter (black and silver to the two darker nails and silver and clear polish to the lighter nails). Topped off with an OPI top coat. 🙂 Here it is…

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What do you think?

 


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Movember.. College Style

This month is Movember, which was always a huge deal at my old University, Rhodes University in South Africa. The guys all over campus always rocked the most outrageous mustaches. They also got quite creative and shaved handlebars and all sorts of shapes and styles. Even those guys who were, how can I phrase it, “hair follicle-ly challenged” attempted to grow some facial hair. So, this manicure is an ode to these men.

Also, remember it is for a good cause. It promotes awareness for cancer. If any men see this blog (highly unlikely) please try get involved. Or ladies encourage your boyfriends to get gross for a good cause this month. Here is a link with some more info: http://www.movember.com/.