Weekly Nail - The Dainty Squid

Weekly Nail

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Supplies used...
Wet n' Wild On A Trip
Milani Fresh Teal
Seche Vite as a top coat
Cosmetics sponge 

This was my first attempt at gradient nails, except they kind of came out looking more like tie dye.  Haha! Clearly I need a little bit more practice, but I am excited to try again with lots of other colors. The Nailasaurus has a pretty awesome tutorial on how to do gradient nails, which is what I used. I think the biggest difference from the tutorial and what I did is that I used a cosmetics sponge so it was a lot less porous than a kitchen sponge and I didn't get the speckley look I was trying for.

Back when I posted my 10 favorite nail polishes  and asked what everyone's favorites were I was recommended Milani Fresh Teal. (Thanks Kaili). I saw it at the drug store a few weeks back and had to grab it, the color on the bottle is gorgeous. BUT the bottle isn't clear so what you see isn't even close to what the polish actually looks like. That was a huge let down but I still really love the color that was inside the bottle. It's quickly shimmied it's way into my favorites. I've been using it quiet often! It goes on in nearly one coat and has a great consistency.

Hope you're having a fabulous Sunday!

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22 thoughts

  1. I still think it looks pretty neat! Great colour choices :)

  2. I love it! I am really enjoying your weekly nail feature. You have inspired me to pay a little more attention to my nails and try out some of your designs!

  3. Lovely colours. I've wanted to try out this technique for ages!

  4. Love that they match your hair! This must really be your colour combo of choice :)

  5. Still looks pretty cool:D And the colors remind me of a peacock.


  6. Those two colors look so great together!

  7. how perfectly your nails go with your hair! :) kaylah, i'm about out of my opi topcoat, & i was looking at the reviews on amazon for the seche vite topcoat. there were several comments about the smell & chemicals being toxic, & not to breathe while using it. are they being silly? or do you hold your breath when you use it?

  8. Love this!!

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  9. Lovely colours! I do hate when the product doesn't quite match the bottle though, if it's really off it can be quite the letdown.

  10. have you seen madeline poole's nails? http://madelinepoolenails.tumblr.com/
    she does really cool nail design and has a tutorial http://www.teenvogue.com/beauty/2012/04/gradient-nail-art-tutorial#slide=1
    on gradient nails.

  11. Love it!


  12. I have that purple polish too and I love it! I tried blue gradient nails for the first time this week and I'm pretty with how it came out, but it is super messy!

    xo, Michelle

  13. Haha! I just finished trying this myself for the first time. Definitely going to take some practice to get it right!

  14. Yeah, I tried ombre/gradient nails recently and had a similar experience... ah well. More practice, I suppose. Your nails look great!

  15. How cute! I was actually going to try gradient nails this evening! I got lazy and forgot, though. Oops. I think yours look fun! :)
    xo Heather

  16. I saw a DIY similar to this, using a cosmetic sponge, but you paint stripes directly onto the sponge. It worked pretty well, so here is that tutorial: http://thebeautydepartment.com/2012/04/pretty-polish-idea/ There are some other neat nail tutorials on here as well.
    I've gotten the best results with the ombre nail tutorial from teenvoigue.com by nail pro Madeline Poole: http://www.teenvogue.com/beauty/2012/04/gradient-nail-art-tutorial# You have to work really quick and it takes a little longer if you use 2+ colors, but it's so worth it! I love it!

  17. Not bad for a first attempt! I actually like them! I love your nail posts - so inspiring! xx

  18. Those colors look gorgeous together!
    With the Milani, I find that with one coat it looks like a bright blue, but with two coats it looks a little more like the bottled color. However, it seems to only look like that for the first day or so before it seems to fade back to a bright turquoise. Very odd, but a beautiful color nonetheless!

  19. Wow, thanks for the tip. I was at Walgreens only yesterday and staring at it and contemplating whether I should buy it. I knew the bottle was too perfect!

  20. I have that brand in neon yellow and I like it a lot! They didn't have that teal color when I looked at them, clearly I would have bought THAT color!



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