Friday, May 04, 2012

Pastel Paradise

Salutations! If you've been reading this blog for awhile you may know that I'm a big fan of a nice gradient. I'm partial to glitter (like over here) but I like coloured ones too (like over here). This week the colour gradient trend took over and, naturally, I was pretty ecstatic. I jumped on the band wagon and produced a cotton candy trio with a fine silver shimmer (perfect for a bit of added colour blending).


I first started with American Apparel Coney Island. Using a makeup sponge I sponged on China Glaze Sweet Hook, followed by China Glaze Kinetic Candy. To blend it all together I added a coat of Essie Pure Pearlfection.

Usually I have to do some transition blending of the colours on a piece of foil but these pastel shades blended into each other without a fuss.

I hope you've all had a superb Friday and an even better weekend! I'm out to a party tonight and then I've got some projects to finish (and start haha). What are you up to? (:


34 comments:

  1. Lovely! I love cotton candy looks :) We're going to the water park this weekend to enjoy the finally hot weather that's coming up! Enjoy the party tonight!

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  2. I wish you would do gradients like this more often! They are beautiful!

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  3. Could you possibly do a video tutorial on this manicure? I love gradients but the sponge always pulls up the layers of nail polish for me

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  4. Bethany Taylor5 May 2012 at 23:39

    Beautiful sponging!

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  5. I love this so much! Reminds me of those pinks and blue cola bottles you get in pick'n'mix. :)

    eclairecollier.blogspot.com

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  6. Jessie Palmer7 May 2012 at 00:54

    This is one of my favorite nail blogs! Everything you do rocks - and makes me wish I had more time on my hands. :) I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. See my post: http://delightinnails.blogspot.com/

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  7. So pretty! I'm currently wearing a mani just like this too! LOL Weird how the blogosphere gets on a wavelength together like this!

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  8. Shari O'Connor7 May 2012 at 16:30

    Oh wow this looks so pretty! I am a new follower and your blog is very inspirational, now I just need to get good at nail art! :)

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  9. Wonderlustnails7 May 2012 at 17:39

    This is a beautiful take on the pastel trend. Very cute and I can't wait to try it!

    www.wonderlustnails.blogspot.com

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  10. This is so cute! Love all the soft colors! Very fun and girly! :-)

    ~ Yun

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  11. They look just like spun candy floss! Hope you had a fun weekend! :o)

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  12. I'm just learning how to do gradients, and I've noticed that I have that exact same problem when I don't let the polish try totally before sponging over them again.

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  13. Thank you! I did have a great weekend, hope you did too! xo

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  14. Thank you, Shari, for you nice comment and for following! This is definitely an easy manicure for beginners! (:

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  15. Haha, they are quite similar! I like the chunkier glitter on yours though!
    The gradient trend is definitely taking over :P

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  16. Like Elizabeth said perfectly, it's all about waiting for the layers to dry a bit. I get a lot of pulling too but I just keep going anyway. Usually a layer of shimmer/glitter/top coat blends it all together and smooths out any bumps! (:

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  17. Thank you, Rose! They're easy and lovely- I'll definitely be doing more! (:

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  18. I love them too :D Aaah the water park, I'm jealous! It's just now starting to get hotter here too but not enough for water fun ):

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  19. Jacquelyn Giardina15 May 2012 at 22:38

    so in love with this!

    xo Jackie
    ...livingaftermidnite

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  20. to do this did you just put all 3 colours in a line on a sponge and roll it over your nails? :)

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  21. I've seen that technique but personally I've never tried it! I applied the pink polish first. I let that dry and then I dabbed a bit of purple on a makeup sponge and gently sponged it on top of the pink. To intensify the colour I just brushed on a bit more purple on the parts closer to the end of the nail. Then I just repeat with the blue! The shimmer topcoat really helps blend the colours together :)

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