Thursday, December 20, 2012

X-Mas Rush!!! Snowy Holiday Gradients

Good morning my lovelies!! 

 Today's look really captured my heart. When I saw this in my head, it was not nearly this pretty. Don't you love when that happens? I wanted to do something very snowy and subtle, yet eye-catching. I also really wanted to use some of the adorable "Holiday-ish" stamps I'd never used before. So I settled on snowy gradients with pretty snowflake stamps. The matte top coat was and afterthought, and as it turns out, the perfect finishing touch for the effect I wanted to achieve. 
  This look started with a clean White creme base of Zoya Purity. Once my base was dry I started working on my gradients. For the Green to White gradients I used Zoya Shawn and O.P.I Don't touch my Tutu. For the Red to White Gradients I used Zoya Rehka and O.P.I Don't touch my Tutu.  
  Sponging with a creme and a jelly made the gradients blend beautifully, flawlessly and very easily! It also made the clean-up fairly quicker because Don't touch my Tutu is a sheer White jelly so it came off my cuticles and skin with no problem. I really like the look created where the White jelly met the Creme polishes. The Red to White gradients required more build-up as Rehka went a little Pink when layered over the White creme base. 
  To really smooth out the gradients and give them a snowy effect I did a layer of Cult Nails Doppelganger. I was so tempted to stop there and just leave the gradients, but I really wanted to stamp. For the snowflake stamps I used Bundle Monster plate BM323. The Silver snowflakes were done with Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and the Gold with China Glaze Passion. I then top coated with Seche Vite and placed some "glequin" accents on the flakes. I finished the whole look off with a coat of Twee & Honey's This is Matteness- matte top coat to give the finished mani a frosted glass kind of look.
 That does it for today's look! I hope you guys like my frosty gradients :D. I am so relieved that I finally have all the shopping done!!! Yay!!! Now I can really focus on cranking out some awesome Holiday looks!!!

What do you guys think?

18 comments:

  1. Looks great. I've seen a lot of snowflake stampings in the last few days (most of them even with the same stamping plate) but your's is the most colorful.

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  2. how beautiful! i like it a little bit better without the stamping...but both looks are amazing ;)

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  3. Awww, love it! Looks so cute. ♥♥♥
    xx

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  4. wow this is beautiful! I love the gradients!

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  5. I just used this stamp in a "winter" look! It's so pretty! I would've been tempted to leave the gradients alone as well - I love that you used a white jelly to do a gradient with, never would have occurred to me to do that and it turned out so good!

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  6. I love these gradients! You did them perfectly!

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  7. It really did turn out fab and frosty with the matte coat. Truly inspired. You go, girl!

    Happy holidays!

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  8. LOVE this! It's festive but very different and creative!

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  9. WOW! Your nails look amazing! Gradients are always cool but these are really something.

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  10. Your nails are lovely, but those gradients are awesome!

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  11. omg wonderful and way tooooo cute :) love it

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  12. This is such a great manicure, I love the gradients and the snowflakes on top. Very Holiday-appropriate ;)

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