Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Stamped Gradient for Alissa

     Today I'd like to share with you a manicure that I am extremely proud of. I did these nails for a close friends bachelorette party. I kept my friend in mind with every detail of this manicure and the fact that it turned out just as I envisioned makes it even more special to me.
      For the Bachelorette party, Alissa requested that we all wear hot pink. Pink is after all her favorite color. I knew I didn't want to just have plain pink nails for this event. Plain pink was just too boring when celebrating a 25-year friendship. Then I remembered the bathroom in the first house she ever owned. I know, it sounds strange to say that I took inspiration from a bathroom to celebrate a friend. But let me explain. The first time I set foot in that house She gave me a tour and her face lit up when she got to the master bathroom. It was her favorite room in the house. When I saw it I  couldn't help but laughed. She had made it "Alissa's Bathroom" There was the brightest Pink accent wall I had ever seen! The other walls were painted white with a jet black floral pattern stenciled onto it. She finally had her pink, white and black room, something she had wanted since we were little.
     To recreate the feel of her favorite room I started out with a base of Finger Paints Paper Mache. Then I used Paper Mache and Lime Crime Pink Parfait to do a gradient. Pink Parfait is the brightest pink I own.

     I always have to have an accent nail lately so I did the ring finger in reverse. Nothing too dramatic to distract from the rest of the manicure, but still mixing it up a bit. Can I just tell you I LOVE this! And bonus, both hands turned out exactly the same. Score one for the nondominant hand.

     Then I pulled out my favorite black polish to stamp with lately, Finger Paints Black Expressionism and Shandy Plate SH18.

     I used a different image from the plate for each finger. I think the stamping gods knew that this manicure was meant to be special because the placement of each image is right where I wanted it to be.  Normally that's the part the trips me up with stamping. I was really happy with how this turned out but the more I looked at it, admired it, the more I realized that something was missing.

     It needed some sparkle! I added 2 coats of China Glaze Fairy Dust and it was perfect! A delicate, girly manicure that I showed off to everyone who would look.

     A few weeks afterward The best group of friends I could ever ask for celebrated the New Chapter in Alissa's life. With smiles on our faces and in our hearts.

     I love doing manicures that have a special meaning in my life and wanted to share this one with all of you. I hope you liked it as much as I did. I look forward to sharing many more meaningful manicures with you. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Lisa. I ended up wearing this manicure for almost an entire week. I just loved looking at it.

  2. Such a lovely manicure, with a wonderful story to go with. Thanks for sharing it! :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read it.

  3. what a beautiful and special gradiënt!
    I really regonize myself in this post! ;)

    Xx julia

    1. Thank you for your kind words =) Im so gald you enjoyed this post. =)

  4. Love love love, feminine and delicate! Great job!

    1. Thank you =) I only wish I had gotten a photo of the entire manicure with the Fairy Dust on it.


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