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Halloween Challenge: #6 Free for all

Happy belated Halloween to everyone! It’s not widely celebrated in SA, but I’m sure it was huge in the US.

These are a bit late, but it’s the final day of the Halloween Challenge and it was a free for all. I’ve seen this style of manicure a few times this Halloween and I love the idea. I did a sunset/evening landscape with gravestones, an eerie tree and some mist. I hope you all like it!

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Thanks to Kitty’s Painted Claws and Racho’s Nail Love for creating this challenge. Check out all the other participants by clicking the link below:

 


 


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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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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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Ombre with a twist

This is one from the archives. I did it a couple of days ago when I was playing around with ombre nails. I attempted to do four colours (overly ambitious, I know). I wanted an earth toned mani, so I did black, dark brown, beige and white. It turned out well, I think 🙂 However, I messed up one of the nails at the cuticle, so I added the black pattern and the jewel to cover it up. All in all, I like this mani, I hope you do too 🙂

I used: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Black out”, a dark brown by Skin Food (Korean brand), a beige by Missha (Korean brand) and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “White on”.


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Ombre nails

Here’s a simple manicure I did the other day. I struggled to do ombre nails at first, but now I just paint polish straight onto the sponge and it works quite well. Also, a tip: put tape around your nails so it’s easier to clean 🙂 I used a Konad yellow and The Face Shop purple. What do you think?

 


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The Lumineers :)

So maybe this is taking it a step too far, but I based this mani on a music video. Has anyone ever done that?

This is inspired by a song called “Hey Ho” by the Lumineers. Loving it at the moment! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvCBSSwgtg4

In the music video all the colours are muted and brown, until the end where there is multi-coloured confetti released on a crowd. There are also fairy lights all over, very pretty (this inspired my ring finger nail). What do you think?
I hope you like my mani 🙂