14 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Ten, Gradient: Whole Lotta Girly Bits

Hi everyone! Apologies for the late post, I meant to post my challenge mani last night but I fell asleep editing photos, lol! I'm not sure how other bloggers feel, but editing photos is probably the most boring aspect of blogging for me. On the bright side, maybe it could cure a case of insomnia?! :P

Polishes used L-R: Girly Bits Lover's Coral, Mint To Be, and Private Dancer (not pictured Jini Goes Indie!),
OPI My Vampire is Buff

About this design: The other day I received an awesome nail mail package from Girly Bits Cosmetics, including their new creme polishes that were sent for review. I'll have swatches very soon, but in the mean time, here's a bit of a teaser. The colours are so fun and bright I had to use them right away, and since they look good together, combining them in a gradient seemed to be the perfect solution.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

I've done some regular gradients before, so I decided to challenge myself by taping off sections for a taped gradient design. My taping skills still need some work but overall this wasn't an extremely difficult design.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

How to get this look: I used OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base and sealed my pinky, middle and index nails with KBShimmer Clearly On Top - a fast dry top coat. I waited for about 30 minutes for that to dry before taping those sections off with scotch tape (tip: remove the tact by sticking the tape to your skin a few times).

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

The gradient was done with a makeup sponge and Girly Bits Private Dancer, Lover's Coral, and Mint to Be. The glitter on my ring and thumb nails is Girly Bits Jini Goes Indie! - a great multi-coloured glitter topper with pink shimmer.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

Overall, I'm really happy with how the colours worked well together. The coral and mint do not make for a smooth gradient, but they look great together nonetheless. My taping skills still need some work, my lines are not always even and my angles are off on my middle finger, but that's something I want to practice.

What do you think of this look? Have you tried a taped gradient design?

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12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous design!! And great colors!!

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  2. I haven´t tried taped gradient yet, just started with gradients, but it´s definitely on my to do list =)
    Looks awesome, i really like the colors together. The OPI is such a great "light but better than white" polish =)

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I really want to practice more taped gradients, or just more taped designs period - it's definitely a challenge for me. And I agree with you on OPI MViB - it's my favourite base for nail art, I use it a lot!

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  3. i shall try doing gradient this way. It look chic to me ! lovely

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    1. Yes, you definitely should try it - and good luck, i hope it goes well. :)

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  4. I love the funky gradients, it's so cool!

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    1. Thanks so much Erin! I definitely enjoyed doing this, and I'm glad you enjoyed it too. :)

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  5. ooooh gorgeous!! SO happy to see them all together!

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    1. Thanks so much Pam! I couldn't have asked for a better combination of colours - thanks for sending them to me! <3

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  6. I love this design and the colors you used! They look gorgeous together, like peeking at a tropical sunset through keyholes!

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    1. Nice analogy Rachel, thanks for this! I definitely get that feeling too with the colours, without it being too tropical of course. :)

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