Sunday, 17 June 2012

Abstract Nail Art Challenge Day 9: Sponging

I can't believe we are already at the 9th day in the challenge! It's going by so quickly! Today's challenge is sponging. With the gradient taking the nail polish world by storm I decided to throw my hat in the ring with this trend! 


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I started with two coats of Sally Hansen White On and then using The Nailasaurus method to create my gradient with White On and Sally Hansen Hot Magenta. This method really creates the smoothest  gradient! I mean look at it! I simply love it! 


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The one thing to watch when trying this technique is to make sure your 1st colour is completely dry. You can see on my thumb where I was a little ambitious in creating the gradient and it ended up looking a little lumpy. Any nooobody likes lumps in their manicures! 


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As much as I loved the gradient on it's own once I had done it I had an urge to stamp over it! I'm catching this stamping bug I swear...


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I used my lovely Konad plate m83 and Wet n Wild Black Creme to stamp this super cute image onto my nails. I still need to practice as this was only my second time stamping, you can see where the image scrunched up a little on my middle finger, but I didn't want to redo the gradient so I left it teehee. 


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I then grabbed Wet n Wild Hallucinate which is a holo microglitter topper to give the mani a little bit of extra sparkle and shine :) Topped off with a coat of NYC In a Minute top coat and I was all done! 


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I really liked the outcome of this and this is the mani that I wore for 4 days during my hell week of exams, assignments and interviews last week! 


I love the gradient trend that's been going around and Sammy's tutorial just makes it so easy to do. I'm also starting to get the hang of stamping I *think* lol! 


Do you like my gradient or my stamped mani? Are you all over the gradient trend or do you find it's been overdone? Let me know! :D 


Don't forget to stop by The LacquerologistBeautyGnome and Manicurator to see what they have done for their sponging manicures! 



24 comments:

  1. i love the love art effect, make it great!!


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  2. Hi steph. this mani is so pretty, I really like it. kisses

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  3. The entire look is gorgeous, the black nail art really transforms the look!

    Alice

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  4. This is really beautiful. Love the final product. :)

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  5. lovely sponging! i love that stamp you used, i definitely need to look into that one!

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    1. Thnks! For sure!! It's a sweet one!

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  6. AH PINK. Beautiful, I love the final result :)

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    1. Thanks Victoria! Love the pink!!

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  7. Oh my I love everything about this!!! =) Great job Steph!

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  8. Gradient + stamp are awesome!!!
    Isn't stampin SO much fun!!!?!?
    This particular stamp is tough because the design is so fine and the polish dries real quick in it ... You mastered it!!!!
    :D

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    1. Awww thank you soooo much!! Stamping is awesome! I can't wait for my BM and MASH plates to arrive!

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  9. Lovely!!! Great job on the gradient! I love the added glitter sparkle too!

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