Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Grape Expectations + Fairy Dust

My nails are even shorter than usual. I figured that if I got rid of the "problem area," it wouldn't spread. I'm talking about my ring finger on my left hand. The nail was brittle and peeling at the tip. I clipped them all. So far, so good. It isn't peeling anymore, lol! The remaining nail is in good shape. I also made my own oil to massage into my nails and cuticles. It's olive oil and jojoba oil. ReNu has a great recipe for cuticle oil but I went with what I could find quickly and instead of using a dropper, I put it in an empty polish bottle so I can brush it on. The jojoba oil was most important to me and I found some for a good price on Vitacost.com: Dessert Essence Pure Jojoba Oil. After massaging that in, I rub a Vitamin E stick on and around my nails and massage some more! I need to purchase a new bottle of Vitamin E oil so I can just add that directly to my mix.


Today, I used China Glaze Grape Expectations ombre kit. I only used three of the colors: Sweet Hook, Spontaneous, and Grape Pop. Someday, I WILL use all four colors!


I couldn't leave well enough alone and added Fairy Dust to it.


These pictures were also taken in my brand new homemade lightbox! Woo! I can't tell much of a difference yet though.


This is how I do my gradients. I paint them directly on the cosmetic wedge. Just in case you're wondering! I've had the most success with this method.

10 comments:

  1. Stunning! I suck big-time at ombre, but I've never tried a cosmetic wedge (compact/other sponge which I dip into a palette of polish). So do you re-use the wedge? Is it fine to paint over or do you remove the polish somehow? And do you paint polish over the whole wedge or just a bit and it spreads? My replacement Konad stamper has arrived so I can stamp again!

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  2. I use the same wedge for the entire manicure. I reload the polish for each hand and don't remove the leftover polish (as long as the polish hasn't dried up and hardened the wedge). For this one, I went over each finger twice. I paint a line of each color on the fat end of the wedge because it's a good fit for my nails, pretty close together and they do spread and blend into each other. This is my favorite nail art technique!

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  3. what a fab combination of colours, I do love topping a gradient with a glitter. I've used INM Northern Lights for the twinkle in the past but do have Fairy Dust.

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  4. galorious.blogspot.comMarch 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    love this gradient!

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  5. Love this entire mani, so pretty!

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  6. I have had my eyes on those ombre kits! This is just simply gorgeous!

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  7. Thanks! I don't have the Northern Lights yet... I've been eyeing it though!

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  8. You should totally get them. They're awesome!

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