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Scaled gradient and texture mani

When the weather started getting cold and grey, I had a strong need to brighten up my nails. So I broke out some vivid girly colors to make me happier! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of wearing whatever color makes you happy… and this mani certainly did that for me. 🙂

My cheery Winter mani

My cheery Winter mani

I started out wanting to utilize Zoya Carter (that beautiful PixieDust), and I noticed that there was a nice pink sparkly accent. So my pink & purple color scheme was born! I also decided I wanted to try a scaled gradient again (I tried it in black and white here). Simply Nailogical is the master and creator of scaled gradients, and I hope to one day make mine look as pretty as hers!

Slightly different lighting - check out the complexity of that textured polish!

Slightly different lighting – check out the complexity of that textured polish!

And a close up of Zoya Carter:

Zoya Carter

Zoya Carter

Isn’t that gorgeous?! I love the complexity that the texture gives this polish – there’s almost a blackened purple base with purple and pink sparkles. LOVE!

And a close up of Worlds Apart:

Ethereal Lacquer Worlds Apart

Ethereal Lacquer Worlds Apart

And this polish is another stunner! Ethereal Lacquer Worlds Apart is a bright purple jelly with pinky-red and gold shimmer. So gorgeous!

How I did this mani:

  • Pinky and thumb: Ethereal Lacquer Worlds Apart
  • Ring finger: Zoya Carter
  • Index & Middle finger:
    • Base color: Models Own Shades… a beautiful hot pink/ coral. This baby is opaque in 2 coats!
    • Gradient with MO Shades and OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm? I taped it off using nail vinyls, did the gradient at the base of the nail, then top coated it and let it dry. Then I taped it off again with vinyls and did the same gradient on the tip of the nail.

I loved this mani so much!! Do you like it too? Have you tried scaled gradients? What’s your favorite thing to do to your nails to lift your mood in the dreary Winter?

Simple Grey and Gold Manicure

I was in the mood for a simple mani, so I grabbed a pretty untried polish from Zoya’s Ignite collection. I was going to just do all my nails with Yuna, but I noticed the gorgeous golden shimmer and thought a gold accent would really complement it well!

Zoya Yuna and KBShimmer Dressed to Gild

Zoya Yuna and KBShimmer Dressed to Gild

Wasn’t I right? Yuna is a gorgeous deep grey with a beautiful gold shimmer that almost makes the polish look green in certain lighting. And I used KBShimmer’s Dressed to Gild (from the new Winter collection) as an accent on my ring finger and thumb. That gold polish is so much prettier than I imagined! It’s textured and has multisized hexes of gold holographic glitter with some subtle green and purple.

Look at that bottle shot of Dressed to Gild!

Look at that bottle shot of Dressed to Gild!

And here’s a closeup of Dressed to Gild:

KBShimmer Dressed to Gild

KBShimmer Dressed to Gild

Dressed to Gild is opaque in two coats! TWO COATS! That’s just craziness! It’s the gold cousin to Hexy Bikini (the silver version), and now I own both. I’ve definitely enjoyed textured polishes more recently.

What do you think? Do you have either of these polishes? What’s your favorite way to snazz up a simple mani?