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pink + yellow

so, apparently i’ve been doing gradients wrong. well, maybe not wrong but the hard way. up until this point, i’ve been taking a makeup sponge and dipping it in a single color and blotting it from the edge of my fingernail down. as i go in, sunset1the sponge loses most of the paint and that’s how it fades. it’s worked out well for me – i’ve had some nice gradients. but every time i want to do more than one color it turns into a bit of a production. so, i’ve been watching a lot of videos and looking at a bunch of blogs and stuff and it seems that everyone and their dog do gradients with all their colors on a single sponge (see pic). huh. i tried it out and it IS easier. i was worried about how much polish was going to be wasted this way but i was able to do one strip of each color on the sponge and do an entire hand. i had to do this three times to get the colors vibrant, but that’s one less swipe of color per hand than if i had painted them each a single color (with two coats). so that definitely made me feel better about it – i hate wasting polish! the cool thing about this gradient too is that, as you can see in the photo above, i only used three colors but with the overlaps it looks like at least 4 (thats a really pretty orange!).

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diamond sunrise

i got this really cool new diamond glitter the other day. i’m going to use it as an all-over glitter someday but today i decided to make it an accent. i did a little sunrise gradient. i can never seem to get the sponge all the way to the edges of my fingernails – which in this case, left a white fade on the sides. hmmm. i’ll have to figure out a way to get in there more. this was my first time doing glitter placement. it is time consuming! even just for one little diamond on each finger…

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organized

i’ve been frustrated with my nail polishes lately – in that i have them stored in a shoe box and i have to pick each one up to see the color. NOT ANYMORE! i had this brilliant idea to paint the top of the bottle so i could see it from above. instead of painting the bottle though, i ended up getting some hole punch reinforcement stickers and painted them with each of my polishes. it works so well! and each time i buy a new polish (which is too quick – i’m going to have to find a new storage solution soon!) i can just paint a ring and stick it on top.

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swirly

i really wanted to use these swirly stickers again. i love the colors so much! i also love these stickers because i’ve had quite a few people (the last time i was wearing them) ask if i painted them. i wish! the hardest part for me with the stickers is finding the right size for each finger and then actually centering it on correctly. if you notice my ring finger – there is a huge gap on one side. it wouldn’t have been too noticeable had i centered it. that one’s bothering me right now. but probably no one else will notice. isn’t it weird how critical we are of ourselves and barely notice these things in other people. how we don’t connect the fact that me not caring about their perfection probably means their not caring about my perfection too. but no, we’re all the center of our own universe and most of the time fail to see that nobody’s looking very closely.