Category Archives: Gradient

31DC2014 Day 21 Inspired By A Colour – Blue

inspired by not seeing any blue sky for a while

inspired by not seeing any blue sky for a while

Inspired by a colour…

For this I chose a colour I haven’t seen for a while, Sky blue! It has been really wet and cloudy where I live, not very spring like at all!

My first choice for this was going to be purple, I put all of my purple polishes onto my desk (I have a lot more of them than I thought!) and I looked at them, and nothing! not a drop of inspiration! Went and had a cup of tea, glared at the pile of purple polish from the sofa, I’m usually ok at choosing a polish and working what it will look nice with or what kind of pattern it would suit, but clearly not today! :/

I decided to have a break and pottered off to do some gardening, while I was grubbing about in a pot of lilies, I was thinking how nice it would be to have some blue sky!



For my sky blue nails I used

  • 17 – Heart Beat
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Sinful Colors – Paradise
  • China Glaze – White on White
  • Konad SP – Black
  • Messy Mansion – MM14
  • Seche Vite

This really was very easy, I used the three pale blues for the very subtle gradient, the clouds I used a large dotting tool, and then stamped the birds over the top!

Sky blue nails

Sky blue nails

It’s not purple but I really like it! 🙂

31DC2014 – Half Moon Nails

31DC2014 Half Moon Nail Art

Half Moon Nails

Here are my half moon nails for day 18!

For this I used

  • Black Magic from Revlon
  • Aglaia from 2True
  • Konad SP in Black
  • Pure Midnight From Sally Hansen
  • Seche Vite

Starting with a couple of coats of black magic, I stamped the bottom half of my nail, with Agiaia, I used Moyou Pro plate 05 which is a standard size plate from them, it’s way too narrow and short for me to use as a full nail, but it’s fine to use sideways for half a nail lol!

Then I applied a thin coat of Seche Vite, when that was dry I used ring binder hole reinforcements to mask off the half moons, then sponged on some more Black Magic and removed the sticky rings.

Then for the tips of my nails I sponged on more Aglaia and some Pure midnight, I was going for a gradient but it didn’t really work very well :/

Then I applied another coat of Seche, waited for it to dry then stamped using the same image, but with Konad SP Black and then a final coat of SV.

31DC2014 Half Moon Nail Art

Moyou Pro 05

With all of the topcoat I used for this I’m honestly surprised that it didn’t shrink a lot more!

31DC2014 Day 10 Gradient

Black and White Gradient Nail Art

Black and white Gradient

Here are my gradient nails for day 10! I decided to go with a very simple black and white with studs for today.

I used

  • White On White – China Glaze
  • Pure Midnight – Sally Hansen
  • Black Magic – Revlon
  • L’Oreal – Confettis
  • Nail Studs
  • Color Club Topcoat
  • Makeup Sponge
Black and White Gradient Nail Art

Black and White Gradient Nail Art

Starting out with a base of white on white, I built up the gradient with Black Magic, Pure Midnight and White on White   on the makeup sponge, it took three coats, then I applied a coat of confettis and some topcoat.

Then using a bit more topcoat as glue I stuck the nail studs on!

Black and White Gradient Nail Art

Black and White Gradient Nail Art

31DC2014 Day 9 Rainbow Nails

Rainbow Nail art

Rainbow Nails

here are my rainbow nails for day 9 I started with a coat of white, I used Ivory Skull from Sally Hansen.

Then I used these polishes for the gradient,

  • Illamasqua – Poke
  • China Glaze – Frostbite
  • Sinful Colors – Happy Ending
  • Maybelline – Electric
  • Rimmel – Double Decker Red

It took three coats, then I applied a thin coat of Prism from Filthy Gorgeous for some sparkle.

After fighting with nail tape for around half an hour I gave up and freehand painted the stripes, which is why they are a bit wobbly lol!

rainbow nails

rainbow nails

I think these are a bit too bright and colorful for me!

31DC2014 Day 8 Metallic

31dc2014 day 8 metallic nails

Stamped metallic gradient

Here are my metallic nails for day 8!

For this I used Dazzle from Orly, Black Magic from Revlon and Konad SP black.

I started with a couple of coats of Dazzle, then I created the gradient using Black Magic and a make up sponge.

The using some more Dazzle and konad SP in black I stamped the image over the gradient!

I finished it off with a coat of color club topcoat!

31dc2014 metallic nails

Metallic Nails

This didn’t turn out quite as crisp as I was hoping, but it’s nice enough! 🙂

31dc2014 metallic nails

31dc2014 metallic nails

31DC Day 7 Black And White

Black and White skittle

Black and White skittle

My Black and White nails, I couldn’t resist another skittle for this! 😀

The Polishes I used are,

  • China Glaze White on White
  • Elegant Touch French Manicure White
  • Sally Hansen Pure Midnight
  • Filthy Gorgeous Twilight
  • L’Oreal Confettis
  • Konad SP Black

My first step was to paint all my nails with two coats of White on White.

For my thumb I used Twilight and White on White. Starting with a simple french tip, (I used a guide) I added the first dots with a medium dotting tool, then with a thin brush I filled in the gaps, then added the second dots with a small sized dotting tool.

For my index finger over the White on White I used Konad Black with Suki 06 XL plate from Moyou.

Black and White skittle

Black and White skittle

On my middle finger I used French Manicure White, Pure Midnight and Twilight for the sponged gradient, it took three layers before it was ‘gradienty’ enough then I added the Confettis, I found the brush for the glitter topcoat was rather scratchy, I don’t know if it was bits of glitter in the brush or the brush itself, it scraped some of my gradient 😦

For the water marble I used French Manicure White and Twilight. Both of these polishes worked really well, they even spread over the water at the same rate! 😀

Finally for my little finger I used some more Twilight and a medium dotting tool!

Then when it was dry I applied my topcoat and had a cup of tea!

Black and White skittle

Black and White skittle

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