3.21.2013

Spring Has(n't) Sprung!

Happy second day of spring! If only it wasn't 36° here in NJ! It doesn't feel like spring at all :*(

BUT, I decided it was appropriate to do my first spring manicure anyway.  Winter, be gone!

The manicure I did today is one I'm very proud of.  I haven't done a gradient in a while, and I had two adorable colors I wanted to try out.


As always, I started with my Rimmel base coat.  I used two coats of this on my accent nail, just because it makes it easier to peel it right off after a few days and avoid the hassle of removing glitter with acetone.  Then, I applied two coats of Confetti Belle of the Ball, which is a very pretty lavender color.  The application for Belle of the Ball was definitely not ideal; the first coat was very streaky and the application was uneven.  However, when I added a second coat it evened right out and was at full opacity, so I can't really complain!


On my ring fingers, I used 3 or 4 coats (I lost count, it may have even been 5!) of Milani 550 Twinkle.  I snagged this polish the second I laid eyes on it! I had been looking for a polish with these EXACT color glitters in it, and when I saw it I knew it was meant to be ;-)



Once my base color was dry, I followed this tutorial using a wedge-shaped makeup sponge to create the gradient.  The other color I used in the gradient is Wet n' Wild megalast I Need a Refresh-Mint, which turned out to be AWESOME for creating a gradient. It looks so smooth! (if i do say so myself!)


And finally, I topped everything off with TWO coats of NYC In a New York Minute Grand Central Station fast dry top coat.  I used two coats of this to even out the bumpiness of both the gradient and the glitter.

I think these colors are great together; but I'm more of a dark red/purple/navy blue kind of girl.  But here is a manicure for you in the spirit of spring!

<3 Ariel


18 comments:

  1. This is beautiful!! The gradient looks amazing and the accent nail is a great match as well. You're doing a great job! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kat! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  2. Eeee I LOVE this gradient!!! :D Stunning!

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  3. This is really beautiful!
    I love gradients <3

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    1. Thanks Ceitie! I love them too. And I didn't know how easy they were until recently. Thanks for checking out my blog :-)

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  4. Ohhhhhhh my I want your naaails. Ombre in my favourite colours. Do mine? Haha! I need to transfer your design onto mine! :)


    I have subscribed to your blog on GFC if that is alright? I really loooove it! Haha! Feel free to look at my blog if you fancy it! xx

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  5. Haha - I like the colors I chose too! ;) Thank you for the compliments :)

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  6. OMG!! I love this Mani so much! you are amazing at gradients.

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I'm so happy you're enjoying my blog :-) I promise I'll do more gradients just for you! Take care!

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  7. This is so cute, I love the mix of gradient and glitter.

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    1. thanks! I saw the glitter in the store and I just had to get it :-)

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  8. This has to be my favorite mani that I've seen of yours. :)

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  9. I love the ombre so much. I keep trying to do it, but it never comes out right. Your looks A-Mazing. You should do a video so I can learn!:)
    x
    http://heroineinheels.blogspot.co.uk/

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