Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's Day Nail Art Challenge: Gradient/Ombre

I think this is the latest I have ever posted a set of challenge nails. I feel like such a slacker. Forgive me. So on to business, my lovelies. Today is technically a "girly" gradient or ombre. Now I may be sassy, sexy, and bold, but I have never subscribed to girly. It's in the same vein as why I don't love pink, butterflies, and roses... not my cup of tea. Tea, I do love though.  As with the rest of the challenge, I have put my own spin on this and I hope you enjoy...

I started with a base of Essie's Mint Candy Apple. I have been in love with this shade since its release in 2009. I free-handed some white hearts at the base of each nail with Stripe Rite in white. My glitter gradient was achieved with Essie's Beyond Cozy, a luxe soft silvery-gold metallic full coverage glitter, Julep's Vivian, a stunning "champagne bubble" glitter, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Snow Globe, an iridescent multi-hex glitter. Perfect minty confection.





As with all my other Valentine's manicures, this is a dedication. Today, I am sending love to my five dearest friends. Thank you for all the times you have been there for me, words can't express my gratefulness. Also, thank god for the fact that you all love the finer things in life... nothing wrong with that. So many great times spent, and so many more to come... Love you all...

 

Now go on and check out the amazing Erin at LovelyLacqueredLife and the lovely Lynette at Pink & Purple Dots. These girls are beyond fantastic with their nail art... Remember, share the comments, share the love!

15 comments:

  1. Oooh!! Looks like underwater bubbles and reminds me of the magical world of marmaids..so glamorous, good job!

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    1. thanks so much, Ghila! I was thinking mermaids, too! How funny- great minds think alike...

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  2. Ugh I love essie beyond cozy it's been my go to glitter lately! This gradient is so lovely with it!

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    1. It was after you mentioning it that I went on the hunt for Beyond Cozy. It was sold out in every display around here... I practically took it out of someone's hand when I finally found it. Not obsessed, really :) Thanks, much... I have been liking the glitter gradient look lately.

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  3. Stunning as always. ♥ I love the minty green Essie colour, GORGEOUS !! Really love all your challenge nails so far. ♥

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    1. Thank you, thank you, and thank you! This challenge has been super fun and I am glad you like Mint Candy Apple... you would adore Lollipop and Rock Candy ( the other two in this collection)

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  4. Very pretty and a good wintry combo!

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    1. Thank you so much! I don't know what gave me such a wintry inspiration.. *falls over a snow bank* no clue... :)

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  5. Those are seriously gorgeous! Great job!

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    1. thank you so much! I actually took inspiration from your Glitter Gradient Challenge Nail.. :)

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  6. Looks great Elena!! Im glad you are putting your own twist on things. You can never go wrong with mint green...never. It is my all time favorite color (i think i own like 10 different versions of mint green polish).

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    1. me too! I am up to about seven or eight... just got Mojito Madness last night :) Thank you so much!!!

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  7. Mint Candy Apple and Beyond Cozy = <3 I love mint and seafoam colors so so much!

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    1. I had a feeling that you would love this... now to do something like this in lavender for the Spring ;)

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