29 May 2013

Wayback Nails: Three-Colour Gradient

Where the frilly heck did May go?!

When I realized Did My Nails' first anniversary was coming up, I got an idea for a monthly feature where I'd jump into the Wayback Machine and revisit a manicure from the previous year. I even knew just which one I wanted to start with, just as soon as the blogaversary was past...and now all of a sudden it's nearly June! Yikes. I really need to start keeping a nail schedule so I can plan better...

This month's Wayback Nails revisit May 2012, a simpler time when the world was still caught in the grips of "Call Me Maybe" and I was lining up for my eight jillionth viewing of The Avengers. Oh, yeah, and I was just starting my nail blog! My nail shape was definitely still a work in progress (I still don't know if I do it "right" or not...), and my cuticle gap was much more robust. And I was so excited to have figured out gradient nails that I charged headlong into a three-colour gradient, just to see if I could do it.

three colour gradient nails with Fairy Dust

As before, I started with a base of Essie Navigate Her, followed by China Glaze Aquadelic and OPI Fly. And this time, you can actually see that third colour! Whee! Also as before, I topped the gradient with China Glaze Fairy Dust, which I swear has a slight whiff of bubblegum. That darker application of Fly really adds a lot, but I stand by my decision last time to quit while I was ahead, especially since gradient nails were still such a new thing for me.

gradient manicure

I need to remember more often how much I enjoy gradient manicures! The clean-up isn't necessarily super fun, but I really do love the result. Somewhere on my list of "to do" nails, I have a four-colour gradient lurking, with the colours picked out and everything, and I wouldn't be surprised if I added Fairy Dust to that too because Fairy Dust. Also on my "to do" list, Wayback Nails for June before June is almost gone!

23 comments:

  1. Love the colors, love it so much ♥

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  2. This is SO pretty, I love the color choices!

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  3. They are so pretty - and I would love to try that "Wayback Machine" - can I have a trip ;)

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  4. Such a great look! And I love Fairy Dust <3

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  5. Well, that turned out awesomeeeeeeeeeeee!! I'm super excited to see what else you'll feature in this new series. :)

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  6. love gradients, your looks great, the colors are perfectly mixed <3

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  7. Aw this is great! It's awesome going back to a mani you previously did! :D

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  8. perfect gradient! why don't I own Fairy Dust yet???

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  9. What a beautiful gradient! Love it! <3

    ~ Yun

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  10. Such a pretty, delicate mani! It looks "peaceful" if that makes any sense.

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  11. Congrats on one-year of blogging! Love the color combo!

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  12. I was trying like crazy earlier to remember the name of Orly's Shine on Crazy Diamond. And I knew it reminded me of the China Glaze glitter that I've seen you use a bunch. But I couldn't remember the name of Fairy Dust either. So I stopped by here to see if I could find the name in an old post but I didn't even have to hunt :)

    A quick "China Glaze Fairy Dust vs. Orly..." in google and bam! Shine on Crazy Diamond. So it all worked out. Thanks!

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  13. Gorgeous gradient! I love the colors you used and Fairy Dust is an awesome topper!

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  14. This gradient is so perfect, all the colors just slide into each other so well.

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  15. Ugh, this reminds me of Cuban ocean. Why are you torturing me? <33

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  16. Love, love, LOVE!! The glitter is the perfect touch!

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