the nail files: vday glitter gradient

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw a picture of a glitter gradient...and nearly died because it was so pretty. (If you know me at all, you know that this is an honest statement. Haha!) I'd seen comments on a few Pinterest posts, saying that it's possible to get great glitter coverage in two coats, if you use a sponge. Well, those two things came together for this mani, as I decided to try the technique for my very first glitter gradient.


See how pretty?!?! I can hardly stand it!!

*sighs happily*

And best of all, it really wasn't that hard! Just like the comments suggested, I did two coats of glitter, applied with a sponge, and got full coverage. FULL COVERAGE, people. Whyyyyyy haven't I used a sponge to apply glitter before?!? # whinyrhetoricalquestion

To prove it to you, I took pictures as I went. Not that I thought you'd call me a liar, but it's good to cover my bases. Haha!

As you can see from the step-by-step, it literally took two coats. And it'd be even easier if you aren't allergic to latex, because then you could use that nifty stuff that's been all the rage, as of late. But, if you're allergic, like me, then plain old scotch tape works well. I'd recommend doing two swipes of each glitter on the sponge before applying.

Here's a pic in non-direct light, inside. which really  shows the depth of the gradient.

 This pic was taken inside my light box, with studio lights on either side.

I honestly can't get over how pretty this mani is. No matter what the light, it really shines. And in direct sunlight, I practically have to wear sunglasses. As many pictures as I took, though, none of them really captured the shine, which is saying something because I took about a million. Haha!

The rest of the mani was easy-peasy, with two thin coats of Push and Shove (overtop the special base coat), and two coats of Black Expressionism. To round it out, I added three gemstones, in the same colours I used for the gradient (silver/white, light pink, and dark pink).

Even though there aren't any hearts on this mani, I think it's absolute a Vday mani. I mean, sparkles, pinks, and gemstones scream Valentine's-Day-y, don't they? (Say yes, please.  Haha!)

I had a lot of fun playing around with a few different Vday nail styles, but this was absolutely my favourite.

So what are your plans for Love Day? My favourite Vday memory is from when some friends and I arranged a Vday pub crawl for singles called: Looking for love in all the wrong places. Haha! Man, were those super fun. Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have an awesome time! And don't forget to link up! :)


  1. loving your nails. I'm going out to eat tomorrow

  2. that pub crawl sounds awesome sauce!! Loving this mani--and I can't believe you achieved full coverage with sponging!! Great idea!

  3. Good god woman. Glitter gradient?!?! YOU KIDDIN ME? This looks absolutely dazzling - and the colors you used for the glitter are beautiful together. Bravo, bravo!!! I'm going home to visit my family for Valentine's Day, because I wanted to surround myself with some love. :)

  4. SO pretty! Hadn't thought about using glitter for a gradiant look either. Now I must try!

    Happy Galentine's Day ;)

  5. It did come out great. I love that silver foil looking polish. I need to try the sponge gradient someday. I still haven't tried my kit that I got like 2 years ago.

  6. I never knew you could sponge-apply glitter polish! Holy cats! I'm gonna have to try that now. And the million dollar question now is...can you sponge gradient both a non-glitter and a glitter and will it work??? I think I need to try that. For science!

  7. There's no way my gradient would ever look that awesome...ever...in...life! LOL

  8. omg that looks awesome!!!!

    Giselle ♥ www.redlipstickandchampagnedreams.com


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