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Pink Scaled Gradient Zigzags: Z is for: Zigzags

We’re finally at the end of the A2Z series challenge. Twenty-six weeks after starting and we’re at Z, which is for zigzags. Wanting to do something a little different, I created some pink scaled gradient zigzags.

I’ve not used the scaled gradient technique before. It’s an effective look, created I believe by Cristine of Simply Nailogical. I prefer it with chevrons, or with three gradients on the nail though.

There has been a glut of greens and blues on the blog recently, so I chose pink as a warm antidote to those cold colours. It was easy to choose three Barry M pinks that have a similar tone, but in different shades. I used: Pink Punch, which is the deepest of the three; Dragon Fruit is the medium pink; and Rose Hip is the palest.

Pink scaled gradient zigzags using Barry M Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip
Pink scaled gradient zigzags using Barry M Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip

To create the scaled gradient, I first created a gradient at the cuticle end of my nails. After top coating it and allowing it to thoroughly dry, I added a zigzag nail vinyl in the middle of my nail and taped off the nail above it, towards the cuticle. Then I gradiented the tips half of my nail, before top coating once again.

It’s easy to do, albeit a little time consuming with waiting for everything to dry in between stages.

Pink scaled gradient zigzags using Barry M Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip
Pink scaled gradient zigzags using Barry M Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip

So that’s it for another A to Z challenge. We have a break for a week and then we’re back with another challenge, running for ten weeks. I’m not giving anything away, so stay tuned; it’s an interesting and unique challenge.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Gradient: Barry M Pink Punch, Barry M Dragon Fruit and Barry M Rose Hip
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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OPI DS Lapis with Blue and Silver Chevrons: Y is for: You

It’s the penultimate challenge week in the A2Z series challenge. So, we’re at Y, which is for You. Well, not you … me. That’s how I interpreted it anyway. And I have done some blue with silver chevrons nails.

I spent ages trying to think of what best represented me. I’ve done plenty of manicures where I have ended up writing something like, “Oh I love these; they’re very ‘me’ “. And yet, when I looked back over them, I didn’t want to just recreate them.

So, I started instead from nothing and built a manicure that fitted me. I chose blue as the overall theme, as that’s my favourite colour. It’s not always my favourite colour to put on my nails. That’s whatever takes my fancy at the time (except green, usually!). But blue is certainly the colour I have the most of.

The base for this is OPI DS Lapis. Named after the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, it has the same deep blue as the stone, with some added blue and silver micro glitter, which adds intensity. It dries matte, but I prefer it shiny, because the sparkle is more evident with top coat.

OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy

Thinking about what to add next, I considered what I like on my nails. I love to stamp, but have done quite a bit of that recently. I also love lines and symmetry, and so that led me to add some chevrons in two contrasting colours: Rimmel Navy Seal, an “air force” blue; and 2true Christy, a textured silver glitter.

OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy

I added top coat to ensure shine and sparkle. Lovely. very “me”.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI DS Lapis
  • Chevrons: Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Stamped Lace Nails: X is for: eXtra Special

I’ve chosen to create some stamped lace nails for X is for eXtra Special in the A2Z series challenge.

I tried to think of things that were extra special, but couldn’t come up with much. I had a bit of a Google and checked out some manicures on Pinterest, but still failed to be inspired by anything. Finally, I tried to think of things or events that were extra special. I thought of weddings, and hey presto, decided to do a bridal manicure.

I was married 18 years ago, long before I got into painting my nails, and long before nail art was a self-service kind of thing. So back then I just had a simple French manicure, painted for me at a beauty spa. I would much rather have had something like this. However, I don’t think I would have liked the agony of deciding exactly what to do, so perhaps the way it happened 18 years was best after all.

Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02
Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02

The base is 3 coats of Ciaté Amazing Gracie. It’s a very sheer, very pale pink. I wouldn’t much like to wear it on its own, but it’s perfect as a base for something like this. After 3 coats, there’s still a lot of visible nail line, which I don’t ordinarily like, but it was absolutely fine for this look; it just seemed right somehow.

The stamping is done with Konad White, using Born Pretty Store BP-02. It’s a buffet style plate with 4 lace designs on it.

Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02
Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Amazing Gracie
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-02
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Pink, Purple and Blue Gradient Zebra Nails: W is for: Wild

I’m just about back on track and posting on the correct day for the A2Z series challenge. We’re at W, for wild, and I’ve created some pink, purple and blue gradient zebra nails. Bright gradient zebra is a style I’ve seen quite a lot, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it in these colours too, but I can’t say it was inspired by anyone in particular.

The gradient is made with 3 Barry M polishes: Pink Punch, Bright Purple and Cyan Blue. The purple doesn’t stand out very much though; I must have put less of it on the sponge.

Pink, purple and blue gradient zebra
Pink, purple and blue gradient zebra, using Barry M: Pink Punch, Bright Purple and Cyan Blue

I wasn’t sure whether to stamp over the gradient in black or white. My son made the final choice for me, and I think he was right.

I made an error with the top coat though. I always top coat my stamping with H K Girl because it smears the least of all top coats I’ve tried. But I have a brand new bottle of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, and I just grabbed it without thinking. So there’s a bit of smearing, mostly visible on the ring finger nail.

Pink, purple and blue gradient zebra
Pink, purple and blue gradient zebra

I love it though. I can’t believe I’ve been doing nail art for two and half years and have only just done a bright gradient zebra manicure!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient base: Barry M Cotton
  • Gradient: Barry M Pink Punch, Barry M Bright Purple, Barry M Cyan Blue
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-223
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Christian Louboutin Lova Stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope: V is for: Valuable

I’m still behind in the A2Z series challenge, but I am catching up. For valuable, I’ve used Christian Louboutin Lova stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope.

These two polishes are amongst my most valuable. Christian Louboutin sells for £36 a bottle, and is the priciest polish I own. The polish I’ve stamped with is Chanel Kaleidoscope. This was released in autumn 2008, as part of the Golden Child collection. As it was a limited edition polish, it regularly sells on eBay for £70 or £80.

Lova is a lovely shade, on the darker end of the purple spectrum. I’ve painted just one coat of this very regal colour. One coat! And it’s perfect.

Kaleidoscope is an antique gold. I’ve seen it described as pewter, but to me that’s much more grey or silver in colour. This is definitely gold, albeit a dirty-coloured gold. I don’t know that I’d like it much as a plain manicure. Gold doesn’t particularly suit me anyway. And as such, this particular polish has never made it to my nails before. But I was very pleased to discover that it worked really well for stamping. Not that I’m going to start liberally stamping with it, knowing how much it is worth.

Christian Louboutin Lova Stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope
Christian Louboutin Lova Stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope

The fleur-de-lys design is from Born Pretty Store plate BP-36. The two polishes work well together. The gold enriches the already majestic purple, and the use of the heraldic fleur-de-lys lends it even more of a royal – and hence valuable – feel.

Christian Louboutin Lova Stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope
Christian Louboutin Lova Stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: one coat of Christian Louboutin Lova
  • Stamping polish: Chanel Kaleidoscope
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-36
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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