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B&W Scaled Gradient: June NCC #4

Last Nail Challenge Collaborative post for the month! I’ve actually had a difficult time thinking of different, creative manis this month. But I think I have a good one here.

I saw a beautiful scaled gradient from Simply Nailogical in neon shades and really wanted to try it out. So this is my first attempt at a scaled gradient in black and white to fit our June theme!

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Definitely didn’t come out perfect, but I like it.

I used a base of OPI Alpine snow, then did my first gradient of Alpine Snow, Zoya Carey (grey creme), and Zoya Raven (black creme with slight shimmer) at the base of each nail.

Once the first gradient was done, I put a single chevron vinyl from Nail Vinyls over the black mid nail. The difficult part was covering up the bottom of the sticker while keeping the chevron detail intact. Then I sponged on another gradient at the tips of my nails. On most nails, I had to go back and touch up the black to show the detail of the chevron. But I think it looks alright!

Here are a few more pics:

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And a bit closer:

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I’m definitely going to have to try this design again in different colors. I think it might also be easier if the darker color of the gradient was at the base of the nail.

Thus endeth June’s Nail Challenge Collaborative! July’s challenge will be recreations of old manicures.

Check out the other manis:

June NCC #3: First attempt at tribal nails

I love the look of tribal art on nails, but it’s always eluded me how people get those intricate designs so neat. I’ve tried with a small brush, and it looked so messy. I finally got one of those Sally Hansen I heart Nail Art pens from Target and started doodling. The polish (or whatever it is within the pens) comes out quickly and was pretty runny for me, but the designs were mostly easy to draw onto my nail!

Unfortunately, I didn’t let the designs dry for enough time – I slapped on some Seche Vite thinking it’d be similar to other nail art where it wouldn’t smudge. Well, it didn’t necessarily smudge… but it did make the black lines in my design almost bubble up. So it doesn’t look great, but maybe I’ll just let it dry longer next time.

Anyways, take a look:

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See? I like the pattern, but I’m disappointed in the detail of the black lines. Here’s another pic:

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I used Polish My Life Stripped as my white base polish. I also wanted to see what it’d look like with some leadlighting over the manicure. So I used some jelly polish I just purchased – Sally Hansen now has a line of sheer jellies in their Triple Shine line. I used Sea Through, a gorgeous teal green, and Vitamin D-Light, a lovely orangey pink.

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I’m looking forward to using the Sally Hansen jellies more! Look for more leadlighting coming 🙂

And here are some other Nail Challenge Collaborative Black and White manis:

 

June NCC #2: Orange is the New Black

The Nail Challenge Collaborative theme for June is Black & White. This coincided well with the release of season 2 of Orange is the New Black, so of course I have to feature my new bright orange polish from Marc Jacobs!

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If you haven’t seen the show, you should! It’s amazing. This mani is obviously inspired by title, for one. The main character’s nickname from her first prison wife is Dandelion, so I stamped on a dandelion to pay tribute to Crazy Eyes.

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And another pic:

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Index finger & thumb:

  • Zoya Carey (light grey creme) with
  • Formula X Firecracker (matte orange glitter topper) and
  • Different Dimension’s Social Suicide (an amazing matte white and black hex glitter… no bar glitter! It took me forever to find a glitter topper with B&W and no bar glitter)

Middle & Ring finger: Marc Jacobs Oh Splat! (gorgeous bright orange creme) with MoYou Pro 06 stamping using Konad white stamping polish

Pinky: MJ Oh Splat! with Zoya Purity splattered over it

Check out the other fantastic black and white manis:

 

Black and White Mani: June NCC #1

June’s theme for the Nail Challenge Collaborative is Black & White. I was kind of lacking in ideas, but then I got my first order of Nail Vinyls which included the perfect chevrons. And I knew I had to use them!

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I think that was a surprisingly good photo for being taken by my iPhone in the harsh lighting of the hospital with my scrubs for a background!

For the white polish, I used Polish My Life’s Stripped. It’s one of the best white polishes I’ve ever tried! It isn’t quite the holy grail white polish where there’s zero streaking, etc. There is a thin streaky first coat, but then it covers great and smoothly with the second. I’d put it on par with OPI’s Alpine Snow.

The black is Color Club’s Beyond, which is an amazing black grey holo. And the Nail Vinyls are from @teismom or nailvinyls.storenvy.com.

Here are a few more pics:

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And one more:

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Check out the other B&W manis for the NCC: