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Post  Nail Luxxe on Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:14 am

Thanks Hanspan! I was contemplating the shape for ages but I'm happy with it Smile Definitely do the gradient! Things can get really interesting with the colours
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Post  Sally Magpie on Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:49 pm

yadda yadda yadda, another person who can gradient. Another person crossed off the christmas card list Wink

In all reality, it looks lovely and I am jealous
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Post  Nail Luxxe on Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:54 am

Thanks Sally!

I've tried a few gradients before but this is the one I'm most proud of.  I did a few things correctly which I probably should have done from the start differently:

Used a makeup sponge
Dampened the sponge once at the beginning (still not sure if this did anything)
Used thinner nail varnish and built up lots of layers
Applied 4 - 6 layers of 'dabbing' waiting for each layer to dry (took about 15 secs for a layer to dry)
Lightly painted (as opposed to dab) the very tip and then dabbed over it

Hopefully revealing my 'secrets' will get me back on the Christmas card list! Laughing
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Post  Nail Luxxe on Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:50 am

These are the latest couple of looks on the blog. Nude & Sparkles:

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and Matte Blue:

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Post  JackieP on Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:29 pm

Really loving your matte blue and silver mani. I might have mentioned that already. Very Happy

I acquired Silver Screen recently (a bargain buy in Boyes for just over a quid), I'll have to try and get that blue as well!
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Post  Nail Luxxe on Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:01 am

hehe yes, you might have been lovely enough to send me a little message Very Happy

That's a fab bargain with Silver Screen considering they're usually round the £6 mark! Cloud is an older one so that's a cheapie too, which you can get from good old fragrancedirect
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Post  Nail Luxxe on Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:10 am

There's going to be quite a few since I've been away. Will try to organise them a bit

A border manicure
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A Matte Diamond Glitter mani which was sort of inspired by the new frosty polishes like Nails Inc Snowflake & Illamasqua Blizzard
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Essie Bahama Mama - A serious favourite of mine! [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam! which is just beautiful! I really need to get I Have a Herring Problem now [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


Then I did some all out Halloween nails, which I found really tricky, especially the spider:
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This is a little experiment to PROVE that the 'ice water dries nails' theory is pants!

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Post  Nail Luxxe on Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:39 am

A few more updates Smile

Firstly, I'm having a giveaway to celebrate the blog being one year old! UK prize is: Mont Bleu glass nail files, Essie Winter 2013 Mini Collection, hand cream, accessories, a full sized Essie and Rimmel Salon Pro.

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A jewel toned manicure. I love these sorts of colours, although it makes me think of that big date in Dec (can't bring myself to talk about it yet)
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and lastly another experiment to see whether putting wet nails under the cold tap dries nails fast, seeing as the ice water method doesn't work
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Post  Nail Luxxe on Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:31 am

A Swatch of Essie Chinchilly - If you're only going to get one grey, then this is a good one to have
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Got out a couple of Barry Ms - Lychee & White - to create these:

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I revisited Negative Space Nails, resulting in these using Aqua Cool by Rimmel

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Post  HanSpan on Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:16 pm

the chinchilly is lovely!

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Post  Nail Luxxe on Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:14 am

It really is Smile Like I said in the post, I was expecting it to be lighter, but it's lovely as is
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