3.25.2013

Monday Blues: 3-color Gradient

Happy Monday, all!

I couldn't decide if I should cut my nails before this mani or keep them longer.  I am a violin player/teacher, so I can never have my nails (at least on my left hand) too long.  But, I figured I'd leave them longer for just one more mani before chopping them! :-)

I am so so excited to be posting my first official "Monday Blues" mani! I am so happy to be a part of this group of lovely ladies...so excited that I ran out and bought two new blue polishes! :-)

Since my last gradient post was such a hit, I decided to do another gradient today! But I tried something new: I used three different colors instead of two. And I LOVE how it came out!

finished product :-)

I'm not sure why the thumb looks like it is all dinged up in this photo...it's not like that IRL, I swear! Instead of my usual Rimmel base coat, today I used something I picked up from the drugstore.  I am always so nervous my nails will tear or break because they are somewhat thin, and I read recently about a great Sally Hansen product: Green Tea + Bamboo Strengthener.  It went on very smoothly, and I can't wait to see if it really does what it claims to do.

Once that was dry, I used two coats of Revlon's 410 Dreamer.  The bottle is a little bit weird because it doesn't have any brand or description on it, but it's such a pretty color, so who cares!?  Here is a swatch of just this light blue color:

Two coats of Revlon's 410 Dreamer with no top coat.

I also picked up Essie's apricot cuticle oil this morning, because as you have probably noticed from past posts, my cuticles get very dry.  I saw a review of it posted this morning by Liz over at Liquid Jelly, so I grabbed it for myself -- and so far, so good! (note to self: next time wash oil off of fingertips before typing a blog post - now my whole keyboard is oily!)

Holding one of the new polishes I got this morning :-)
For the gradient, I followed this tutorial, but altered it so that I had three colors instead of two. From light to dark, the colors are:

Revlon's 410 Dreamer (my base color)

I think all three colors work SO well together.  However, I can't say that this is my best gradient... you can see a lot of the sponge marks, and it just did not blend as well as my last gradient, which you can view here.

A closer (kinda blurry, sorry about that...) look

To add a little something to the manicure, I pulled out my Bad Moon Rising by Lac Attack.  It is a really pretty mixture of red, green, and blue hexes in a clear base.  I fished out the blue colored hexes using a toothpick, and applied them around the outline of each of my ring finger nails. (ugh, I just looked down at my keyboard again... it's a cuticle-oily disaster!)

My mani, pre-glitter hexes

And, as always, I topped my mani off with a thick coat of NYC In a New York Minute Grand Central Station top coat.  This top coat is starting to really thicken.. I think it's time I splurge and get a new $2 bottle...

I can't wait to see everybody else's blue manis today!


14 comments:

  1. gorge. love your gradients! they're always seamless <3

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  2. Wow,that gradient looks incredible, you're a total pro!

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  3. This is gorgeous!! :D
    You play violin?? So incredibly jealous!

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  4. Thank you! And yes I play violin :-) I've been playing since I was 9 years old.

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  5. Both this and the post previous to this are great! 2 really well done gradients!

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    1. Thanks so much Kas! :-) Glad you enjoyed them!

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  6. Perfect gradient! Very pretty!

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    1. Thank you Marisa!! :-) So glad to hear from you!!

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  7. Great gradient! I really like how it came out. And welcome to Monday Blues!

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    1. Thanks Mihaela! So happy to be part of the group :-)

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  8. نقل عفش من جدة الى الطائف
    شركة نقل عفش من المدينة المنورة الى جدة شركة نقل عفش من جدة الى المدينة المنورة

    شركة نقل عفش من الرياض الى الامارات شركات نقل عفش من الرياض الى الامارات
    شركة نقل عفش من الرياض الى الاردن شركات نقل عفش من الرياض الى الاردن

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