Monday, February 24, 2014

Mani Monday (1): Gradients and Dots!


I've always loved painting my nails, but recently, since I've gotten totally obsessed with Julep, I've been doing my nails A LOT more! And since I've been doing my nails more, I've been wanting to share them with you all. :)

I even became a Julep Maven a while ago! When you sign up as a Maven, you can actually get your first Maven box FREE! Here's a referral link if you're interested in joining: Become a Julep Maven! To get the free box after signing up, just make sure to put FREEBOX (all one word) in the promo code box. Note: that is a referral link of my own, so I do get rewarded "Jules" per referral, but if you're really interested in signing up as a maven, I'd really appreciate you using my link. Even if you don't though, make sure you remember the code or your first box won't be free. :)

Anyway, back to my nails! :P

I bought myself a pack of nail dotters a while back, and I've been wanting to try out gradients so with these nails, I tried out both! :D 


The four polishes I used were: Celeb City (silver), Black Out (black), Blizzard Blue (blue), and Hot Magenta (pink) from Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear line. I did silver as my base, and then I did a gradient of pink and blue with a makeup sponge. And finally, I used my dotter to do black (Black Out) dots all over my nails. :)

Here are some closer shots of my nails once I finished: 


I think the pink showed up really well, but the blue is harder to see. I do still love the effect of both though because at certain angles, the blue added a bit of dimension, and I just absolutely loved the whole pop of colour gradient on top of the silver background. It ended up being a little messy near the edges of my nails, but all in all, I was very happy with my first attempt at gradients, and with dotting my whole nail. :D

What do you think?
Do you like the gradients and dots?

8 comments:

  1. That is very cool! You have way more patience than I do when it comes to doing nails. I think just applying regular ol' nail polish is enough work! Might have to get you to do my nails sometime. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kristilyn! :D haha sometimes I'm patient...other times, not so much! haha It definitely can be! I'd love to. I can do way more on other people's nails....there's no issue with doing your own dominant hand then. ;D

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    2. Exactly. I always find that if I paint my dominant hand first, it's a lot easier. That way I can take my time and not muss up the weaker hand.

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    3. Hmmm, I don't think I've ever actually tried that! Next time I paint my nails, I definitely will though so that I can see if it makes a difference! :D

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  2. these are amazing! wow ambur you are so good at this. i have that same SH blue and i hate it, i think it is in my "swap/giveaway/throw out if nobody will take it" bag. just too frustrating to work with, though in a gradient where it is supposed to be more subtle it does work better, on its own i hate it though. gorgeous nail art though!

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    1. Awww, thank you, Zo!!! :D Ya, it's definitely one of those colours that doesn't work on its own. I find it works well with a white base, too. That's the only other time I've really used it before, but it actually looked really neat like that because it kind of looked like it was glowing. :) Thanks again! I was definitely happy with how it turned out. :D

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  3. I'm always so jealous of your nails! I need to practice, since I've barely painted my nails since Jr. high. But you make me want to. I actually just signed up for Julep this weekend. Now I feel so bad for not using your referral link. :( Sorry!

    I actually just tried out my new Red Carpet Manicures LED gel nails. They looked really good at first, but I followed all the instructions and they are still kind of tacky an hour later and now they keep attracting cat hair. Oops!

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    1. I'm excited to see your nails when you do them more, Megan! I love looking at other people's nails! That's okay, you don't need to apologize. :) I hope you like Julep though...I'm pretty much obsessed right now. :P

      That sounds a bit disappointing. I wonder if there's some trick to stop that...nobody wants cat hair sticking to their fingers like that all the time!

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