Hi everyone, happy almost-Friday! Sorry I've been such a bad blogger lately. I've been so busy at work that by the time I get home and go running and have dinner and do all the other life things that one has to do when one is a grown-up I don't have much time or motivation left for nails and blogging. I've actually been painting my nails fairly frequently, but mostly just one color. Booorrrinnggg.
But! Last night while marathoning Borgia on Netflix I decided to just get out my nail stuff and lazily do my nails while we watched, taking lots of breaks and just generally not putting too much effort into it. And this happened!
Ever since I got two new mixed packs of studs in the mail from Winstonia, I've been daydreaming about doing a gradient with some kind of stud pattern on top. I decided last night that I would make that dream a reality! (cue epic music). Once I had the thought in my head I also couldn't stop thinking about doing the girliest gradient ever using Lime Crime Lavendairy and Lime Crime Parfait Day.
I started with a base of two coats of Parfait Day, which, let me just stop here and be like, HEY! This is a flawless pastel pink that only takes TWO COATS. Like, if you enjoy pink and you don't own this I'm not sure what you're even thinking. Get it right now.
I'm still new to gradients and I didn't really care how long I took since I was watching TV, so I did the gradient in a sort of weird, roundabout way that I don't think is what a normal, gradient-competent person would do. For some nails, I used a makeup sponge to apply Lavendairy from the tips working toward the cuticle to make a gradual change. Then I put a drop of Lavendairy next to a drop of Parfait Day on my placemat and smushed the sponge into them and sponged both colors on to blend them on the nail better.
On some nails I did these same steps but I did them in the opposite order. I repeated them, I don't know, eighty times per nail before I was fairly satisfied with the result. I still kind of hated it, but guess what I forgot... glitter and topcoat forgive a lot of sins.
Once my gradients were done, I put on a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust and immediately fell in love. Fairy Dust is seriously MAGIC for blending gradients, I don't know if I'm eventually going to have to give up my soul or something for having partaken of this wizardry but I don't even care because it will have been worth it.
While the Fairy Dust was still wet, I used my Rhinestone Pickerr-uperr (yes, that's really what it's called) from Sally to apply the studs from Winstonia set 2. I had played around with a lot of different stud designs/configurations before starting on my nails and this one was the winner as soon as I tried it. Something about it just makes me so happy!
I really like these studs - they're so shiny and nice, and the variety of shapes that come in the wheel is on point. Both shapes were easy to put on and the big studs lie flat because they're so thin. I didn't use nail glue or anything and the studs have held on for a full 24 hours so far, which is way longer than most studded nails I do. Usually I start losing them the morning after I do my nails unless I use nail glue. Bravo, little studs!
My lovely friend and coworker Erin looked at my nails today and was like, "Oh my god, are you like a Disney princess or something?" and once she said it I realized that these are pretty Disney-princessy nails. So yes. I am a Disney princess and I'm totally cool with that because I love these so much! What do you guys think?
If you want some sweet studs of your own, you can get the set I used from Winstonia and use coupon code DRESSEDUPNAILS for 10% off through the end of July. Woohoo!
Some of the products in this post were provided for review.