I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and are recuperating accordingly! I'm feeling very optimistic about this coming year, so much has transformed in my life and there is so much beauty and joy coming to all of us, I truly believe. :)
With this New Year, I start a new challenge, a 31 Day challenge that runs the length of this month. The first prompt is 'Black & White', and I've been stumped on this one for some time. I started working on this challenge about mid-December, putting together manicures because I've heard from experienced challengers that the way to do these successfully is to get a head start. Well, I've completed about half of them, most toward the beginning of the challenge, but this one was giving me fits and starts. Finally I came up with an idea for it two nights ago as I was falling asleep:
|You see, it's not about races. Just places, faces.|
|I've seen the bright get duller...|
|I'm not going to spend my life being a color.|
I started with a base of two coats of Sally Hansen White On. Over that, I did a gradient with a blend of Sally Hansen White On and Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris. I learned quickly that a white/black gradient may be the hardest gradient in the world to do, lol. :)
Over that, I put a coat of China Glaze's Whirled Away; I dabbed for placement a bit so I could get one big white hex on the black part of each nail, and black glitter all over so that it 'disappeared' into the black polish. The original idea was to do this with a smaller more overall glitter (I was thinking Dandy Nails Colorblind Squared), but when I went to get the glitter my eyes landed on this and I just had to use it.
I'm glad I did, because as much as I dreaded this manicure and had a horrid time coming up with a manicure for it, I am IN LOVE with this manicure. I didn't want to take it off, but I had to in order to do my New Year's Eve nails. It just looked so cool on, and I'm going to wear it the next time I wear a black-and-white outfit. And I still want to try the Colorblind Squared version of it too, so hopefully you'll see that soon.
On a final note, as of this posting, I have 299 followers on GFC, and am hoping that I get my 300th on New Year's Day, how cool would that be! Regardless of when it happens, I'll be holding another giveaway, and will be taking my first leap into RaffleCopter. :)
I hope you had a wonderful New Year's, and thanks for looking! And please check out the other black & white manis linked below. :)
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