The Nail Files: Punk-y Pastels

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I love pastels. Not more than neons, mind you, but I do love them a lot. This week, I decided to wear a bunch of pastels at once and although I thought it would look amazing, it just...well...didn't. The combo didn't look bad, per say, but the muted colours were a bit lacklustre and left me longing for more.

What I used:

My first attempt to make things more interesting was to add a gradient to my feature fingers and even though they looked better, they still weren't great. Two days later, while driving, I finally figured out what the problem was. In essence, they were too pretty. Now, don't get me wrong because I love me some pretty things but the pastels were too dainty-pretty for me. So, I went to my rack-o-polish and found a solution: Black Tie Optional. The black-and-white bits added just enough punk-ish-ness to make me fall in love and even though it took me three tries to get this one just right, it all worked out in the end. Ha!

The (eventual) mani:

Can't wait to see what you're all rocking!!

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  1. Oh, man! That looks way cool. You're so talented with all the nail art stuff. I just slap on some polish and call it a day. I gatta start steppin' up my game!

  2. Jennie - I love it!! So creative, as always! :)

  3. The black and white top coat definitely takes it to another level!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! The black topper does add an extra spark to it! :)

    - Toria

  5. OMG!!! Once again another amazing mani!!! :)

  6. I really love this!! I think I actually like pastels more than neon lol.

  7. That looks great! I really have to step up my game- I've just been doing a single color on all nails. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. These nails remind me of those speckled chocolate easter eggs! hehe. Love it!

  9. I love gradients with black and white glitter. Great color combo!!!

  10. I adore that Gumdrop color!! I love the way you made this pretty mani edgier with the black and white bits!


  11. I love this!! I also love your new blog background too. Owls are my favorite. :)

  12. I LOVE how they turned out! And I'm just going to throw in the towel on those darn graidents. Mine always look a hot ratchet mess...LOL!

  13. Hello!

    I love all your colors, their so pretty! Love your designs as well:) Enjoy your evening!

    Lillies & Silk


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