Showing posts with label Gradient. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gradient. Show all posts

13 Days of January Nail Art Challenge: 'Artwork' nail art

Monday, January 19, 2015

Today's post is Day 8 of the 13 Days of January Nail Art Challenge. A group of us girls decided to get together and participate in a group challenge for 13 days in January. Today's nail art theme is "art." 

I always see beautiful sunsets and sunrises in artwork. So I decided to use that as my inspiration. I love landscapes, so of course I had to add some trees. 

Sunset with trees nail art

Sunset with trees nail art

I used Zoya Arizona, Pippa, Rekha for a gradient. Then I added the foreground in Zoya Willa. 

Then I used black acrylic paint and a tiny striping brush to make the trees. I added a top coat of HK Girl and then had an instant art mani!


See the other "Art" looks created by some talented ladies.








The polishes in this post were previously provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

End of the summer gradient floral nail art

Monday, September 1, 2014


It's Labor Day - a day that signifies the end of the summer. Well, I am choosing to ignore that little implication and celebrate the last days of summer. And if you know my nail art preferences, you know that means... floral.

I wanted a deep gradient. I saw a floral mani Robin Moses created and knew I wanted one similar. So I grabbed some Elevation Polishes and set to work. 

Gradient Floral Nail Art using Elevation Polish
Gradient Floral Nail Art using Elevation Polish
I started off with a base coat of Purple Queen Anthias. It is a gorgeous rich shimmery pink. It is a prototype, but any shimmery deep pink will work for this. Then I added a gradient of Ubsunur, which is a deep shimmer purple leaning blue, on the top part of the nail. I finished the gradient by applying Tre Clime di Lavaredo, which is a stunning golden holo, on the tips. 

After that was dry, I used acrylic paints to add the flowers. I love using acrylic paint for nail art. It is oh-so-forgiving. There is no rhyme or reason to the flowers - I just wanted varying shades of pink. To finish it off, I a coat of HK Girl to seal the design and add gloss to the flowers.

Gradient Floral Nail Art using Elevation Polish
Gradient Floral Nail Art using Elevation Polish
So the warm summer days may be soon coming to an end, but that doesn't mean I am going to embrace the colder days ahead. I live in Wyoming and the winters can be long. Which makes me want to cling to the last lovely bit of summer.

These polishes were purchased by me or were a gift. All opinions are my own.

Salon Perfect - Totally 80s Top Off top coats - swatches, review

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


+Salon Perfect has been kicking the polish out lately. The newest collections are dedicated to a decade and the 80s collection is, like totally, gorgeous.

There are two matte top coats in this collection. Both are bright and bold, just as the 80s were. One is even inspired by the Rubik's Cube. By the way, the Rubik's Cube turned 40 this year!

Let's move right into them. I will talk about the application of each polish separately. 

Ruby's Cube is multi-color square matte glitter. This top coat applies easily and there is no fishing for glitter. The colors are bright and bold and just as spell binding as that puzzle cube called the Rubik's Cube. I applied it over a triple gradient of Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow, Wild Blue Yonder and Tickled Pink. I finished it off with a top coat of Salon Perfect Crystal Clear.

Salon Perfect Ruby's Cube
Salon Perfect Ruby's Cube

Salon Perfect Ruby's Cube
Salon Perfect Ruby's Cube
Square Pegs is a top coat that is jam packed with neon square and circular matte glitters. It did require a little bit of fishing for glitter pieces, but I usually expect that with large shaped glitters. Just be patient, turn that bottle upside down for a few minutes and proceed. I have it on here over Salon Perfect Sugar Cube. 

Salon Perfect Square Pegs
Salon Perfect Square Pegs
Salon Perfect Square Pegs
Salon Perfect Square Pegs
These Salon Perfect Polishes will be available in August at select +Walmart  stores nationwide for $3.98. 

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These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Salon Perfect - Nailed by the Mod Squad Collection - top coats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


From Lana Del Rey's retro bombshell style to Zooey Deschanel's signature cat-eye look, there is no denying that mod is right on trend. The 1960s mod era introduced a more playful approach to beauty and the use of color. +Salon Perfect has introduced "Nailed by the Mod Squad Collection." And it's definitely right on trend. 

These Limited Edition Top Coats will add color, texture and style to your manicure. There are three top coats in this collection. There is sure to be a top coat for your mood.

Let's take a look.

Flower Power is a 60s inspired, pastel matte glitter top coat. It has varying sizes of pink, yellow and blue round matte glitters. I love the subtle look of this top coat. It applied easily and the glitter applied relatively evenly. I applied it over a Salon Perfect Tickled Pink and Wild Blue Yonder gradient. I adore how the look came together.

Salon Perfect - Flower Power
Salon Perfect - Flower Power

Salon Perfect - Flower Power
Salon Perfect - Flower Power

Mad About Mod is a gorgeous 60s inspired, pastel matte glitter top coat. It has varying sizes of pink, yellow and ever so light lavender round matte glitters. This is my favorite of the 60s polishes. It applied well and the glitter applied relatively evenly. I applied it over a Salon Perfect Tickled Pink and Yowza Yellow gradient.

Salon Perfect - Mad About Mod
Salon Perfect - Mad About Mod

Salon Perfect - Mad About Mod
Salon Perfect - Mad About Mod

Spot On is a mod-inspired black and white matte glitter top coat. You will be seeing spots with this one. Spot On did take effort to apply. The glitter had to be fished out at times and then it took some work to apply the glitters evenly. But it wasn't too hard - It will just take a few extra seconds of time. And the final result is dramatic. I applied it over Salon Perfect Loopy Lime

Salon Perfect - Loopy Lime
Salon Perfect - Loopy Lime

Salon Perfect - Loopy Lime
Salon Perfect - Loopy Lime

Which is your favorite? Mine is definitely Mad About Mod. These Salon Perfect Polishes will be available in August at select +Walmart  stores nationwide for $3.98. 

Follow Salon Perfect on Facebook to keep up with new releases.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Floral one-stroke nail art over gradient base

Monday, May 12, 2014


Happy Monday Gals! I have some fun nail art for you today.

One-stroke painting - One of these days I will completely get the hang of it. I hope... I am getting there but I can't seem to make one small flower. I can create it on paper, but not on the smaller canvas of my nail. But I will keep trying. So in the meantime, I make half a flower on the sides of my nail. Whatever works, right?

I started with OPI "Kiss Me I'm Brazillian" and added a gradient of "Plugged in Plum." These colors just pop together.

Then I used acrylic paints to create the flowers. One-stroke painting is when you load the brush with two colors and paint. It creates a soft line between the shades. I love how this technique looks when done well. I still need practice. But I am working on it.


Floral one-stroke nail art over gradient base
Floral one-stroke nail art over gradient base


Floral one-stroke nail art over gradient base
Floral one-stroke nail art over gradient base
The polishes in this post were purchased by me.

Gradients can grant glitz, glam and gorgeousness

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Simple is sometimes better. That holds true for nail art too. I have to remind myself of that quite a bit. I will get an idea in my head and then keep adding elements. Then I usually want to kick myself because I have made it busy and cluttered.

I started of with a base color of OPI Ski Slope Sweetie. I am in love with this silky white polish with a dusting of golden sheen. It just screams "class." Then using a makeup sponge I dabbed on OPI All Sparkly and Gold. All Sparkly and Gold is a stunning gold mine of sparkle. You can see the swatches of these two polishes, plus more from the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection, from a previous review I posted.

A friend at work saw the swatches of the Holiday Collection and wanted me to create a gradient with the two polishes. She had a great idea! I love how it turned out.

Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art

This look is going to be a definite for me to wear those evening outings.

Do you like gradients? What colors would you combine?

Thanksgiving Day - Turkey day mani

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Just a quick post for you to share my Thanksgiving Day mani. I plucked the feathers off the turkey myself! Just kidding. Actually the feathers were part of my Nail Art Society November subscription.

I did a gradient on my other nails using Megan Miller Champagne and Frambois, These are the perfect colors to represent Cherry Pie. Then I placed the feather on as an accent nail. I am not sure the colors complement each other as much as I would like but they definitely represent Thanksgiving!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am off to visit family and stuff myself with traditional Thanksgiving food.

Feather nail art

Barielle graceful gradient

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Just a quick post tonight to share a gradient mani with you. Gradients are always a good fallback mani for me when I can't figure out what to do or when I don't have much time or energy.

For this mani I used a base color of Barielle Jordana's Skinny Jeans. Then I sponged the gradient on using Barielle Gold Digger.

Both polishes were great to work with. Barielle has a wonderful formula and a decent dry time. I only used one coat of Jordana's Skinny Jeans. It is a wonderful shimmery navy blue shade. Gold digger is a gorgeous gold shimmer polish.

Gradient nail art using Barielle Jordana's Skinny Jeans and Gold digger
Gradient nail art using Barielle Jordana's Skinny Jeans and Gold digger
Barielle polishes can be purchased at Barielle.com for $8.

These polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Go Pink Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The wonderful lady behind Finger Painting Fingers is coordinating "Go Pink Wednesdays" to increase breast cancer awareness. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So no excuses - make a early detection plan and encourage others to do the same.

Each Wednesday during October many bloggers will be working together to wear pink and raise the awareness of breast cancer. Make sure and check out all the other blogs.

For my Think Pink mani I used Zoya Shelby and Trixie to make a gradient. I also used decals from Overallbeauty.com. These decals are great. There are decals of the pink ribbon, a rose, a heart, and words like "love," "faith," and "hope." Each decal has a little spritz of glitter. The decals are super easy to use. Simply place, press and seal with a top coat.


Go Pink nail art using Zoya Shelby, Trixie and decals.
Go Pink nail art using Zoya Shelby, Trixie and decals.

The decals were sent to me by overallbeauty.com and all opinions are my own.






Milani - Gilded Rebel trend - glitter gradient

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Milani asked some bloggers to use Milani polishes and participate in a promotion involving nail trends. I happily said yes. I love nail art and all things involving polish.

One of the nail trends was called "Gilded Rebel." My version of "Gilded Rebel" involved black cream polish, glitter. and more glitter. I used "Black Swift" for the base color and then using a cosmetic sponge I applied a gradient with "Silver Dazzle" and "Gold Glitz." I love gradients and this fun two-toned gradient is one of my favorites 

I will be posting more of the trends in the next few days so stay tuned.

Make sure you check out the other blogger's trends on their Pinterest page at http://pinterest.com/milanicosmetics/

"Gilded Rebel" trend using Milani polishes
"Gilded Rebel" trend using Milani polishes

Milani polishes can be found at Walgreens, Target, Kmart, Winn-Dixie and CVS and costs from $4.49 to $4.99. Check out www.milanicosmetics.com for more colors.

Bottom line: Milani does polish and glitter well. It's an affordable, quality polish. They have wonderful colors and apply easily.  
 
The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.

Gradient or sponging manicure

Friday, August 17, 2012

I recently figured out the art of sponging gradients thanks to some tips from readers. I am not sure I love this color combo but I think it is actually growing on me.

Gradient manicure with OPI Fiercely Fiona, Call me Gwen-ever and Fly.
Gradient manicure with OPI Fiercely Fiona, Call me Gwen-ever and Fly.


I used OPI Fly, Call me Gwen-ever and Fiercely Fiona.

I started with a base coat to protect the natural nail. Then I used a base color of Fiercely Fiona and used a top coat of Seche Vite fast dry top coat.

Then I painted a stripe of each color on a glossy piece of paper. After I tore off a piece of a cosmetic sponge I dabbed it in the polish making sure to dab it up and down to mix the colors a little.

Then I simply applied the sponge to each finger in several dabs. I really didn't think about the yellow and blue making green... I am really not sure why as it is a basic fact of color. I just liked how the polishes looked in the bottles next to each other.





But basically I was practicing my sponging techniques.

Take two - sponged gradient

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A little while ago I posted my attempt at sponging on a gradient. Thanks to the advice of some of you wonderful polish aficionados I think I am finally getting there.

I used Barielle Polished Princess for the base coat. It is a wonderful shade of green with lots of shimmer and shine.

Then I used a cosmetic sponge torn in pieces - but this time I put both Polished Princess and Barielle's Sky's the limit on the sponge and blended it in.

I like this much better!

Sponged gradient using Barielle Polished Princess and Sky's the Limit.
Sponged gradient using Barielle Polished Princess and Sky's the Limit.

Attempting gradient - still need practice

I have always loved the look of gradients. I have yet to be able to achieve the look on my own nails. I am getting closer - but still need to practice.

What are your secrets for sponging on gradients?

I used Barielle Polished Princess for the base coat. It is a wonderful shade of green with lots of shimmer and shine.

Then I used a cosmetic sponge torn in pieces to sponge on Barielle Sky's the Limit. I can still see too much of an obvious line for me. But I'm getting there.

Sponged gradient with Barielle Polished Princess and Sky's the Limit
Sponged gradient with Barielle Polished Princess and Sky's the Limit

 

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