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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ABC Challenge: L is for Lace Nails and a Surprise



Hello, hello!  It's time again for another ABC Challenge post.  This week's letter is "L" and I decided to try something I haven't done before; Lace nails.  There are a few ways to reproduce the look of lace on your nails, including using actual pieces of lace glued to the nail.  I chose to go in a different direction with mine.  Take a look:


I painted the lace directly on to my nail here.  I started with 2 coats of Spontaneous by China Glaze, a dusky lavender creme.  Then, using a dotting tool (which I found at Ulta, Essence brand, I believe it was $1.99), I started applying the lace pattern using China Glaze's Sweet Hook, a pale lilac creme.  I got both of these polishes in one of China Glaze's ombre kits, on sale at Sally's now for $12.99.  These kits are kind of nice because they're a good deal, 4 polishes for under $15.


I'm not sure I'm in love with this manicure or not.  It was a good idea, but I don't feel like I executed it very well.  My dots got a little gloppy and you can see the texture coming through from that on my tips.  But the colors are pretty and it was good dotting practice, if nothing else :)

Now, on to the surprise!  In celebration of the fact that I've hit 10,000 page views on my blog, I'm doing a giveaway!  And not just one giveaway, but two!  That's twice the fun!  I have two sets of three Sinful Colors polishes for two lucky winners.  You may remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I'd picked up a couple extra bottles of SC during their $0.99 sale, including several bottles of Green Ocean.  Well, the time has come to pass them along!  


Prize #1 is a set of 3 Sinful Colors polishes.  From left to right, Dream On, Green Ocean and Star Dust.


Prize #2 is a set of 3 Sinful Colors polishes.  From left to right, Savage, Green Ocean and Super Star.

The rules for the giveaway are pretty straightforward.  You need to be a U.S. resident to enter and must be 18 or over or have your parents' permission to enter.  You need to be or become a follower of my blog and you need to leave me a contact email so I can get in touch with you if you win.  The giveaway is open for a week, at the end of which, I'll randomly select two winners.  If your name is drawn, you'll have 48 hours to contact me with your shipping info.  After 48 hours, unclaimed prizes will have a redraw and a new winner will be selected.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck in the giveaway!

Please stop by and check out the other ladies participating in the ABC Challenge!  You can find them via the thumbnails below!  Thanks so much for reading!

36 comments:

  1. I like the way this turned out! Colors look great together too.

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    1. Thanks, Liz...after wearing it for a couple of days, I thought it looked like Easter eggs so I suppose that's appropriate lol

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  2. Hi, Natalie! :) Congrats on the 10K page views! Thanks for the sweet giveaways! :)

    I say your nail art here is a wild success. How on earth did you effect that fabulous lace? HOWEVER you did it, the end result is lovely, and even more so because it was done by hand.

    The China Glaze ombres have tickled my fancy, too, I might just head on over to Sally's, with my monthly coupon, and pick up the pink set, since that's a color not much represented in my polish collection.

    Lovely job, Natalie!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! It's really just a lot of dots and layers of the two colors. Maybe I'll do a tutorial in the future to explain it better. I dithered between the purple and the pink, since I also don't have a lot of pinks in my stash. But, purple is my favorite color so it won out :)

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  3. I have been dying to try lace nails! These look so awesome! I can't wait to have more nail art time so I can try these out! And CONGRATS on the milestone!!!

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    1. Lace would look so awesome on your stilettos, you've got to give it a try! Thank you!

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  4. You're too hard on yourself! They look great and I love the two purples together! Pretty pastel for Easter :)

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    1. Thanks, April. It's hard when I have an idea in my head and it doesn't turn out exactly like that. These did grow on me though :)

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  5. I like how the lace turned out! ^^ I hadn't thought about dotting a lace before and it's a nice idea! :)

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    1. Thanks! It's really super easy, you should give it a try!

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  6. I love the lace design, and LOVE the colors you used!! And a giveaway too? You are rockin this week!

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    1. Thanks, Dionne. I was actually worried that posting the giveaway might not be kosher, but I wanted all the Challenge ladies to have a go at it if they want to. You guys are all so awesome!

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  7. Congratulations for your 10000 page views!
    You did an excellent work with your nail art. :)

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  8. Love this mani! Great color combo and great job on the lace!

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  9. Wow your lace mani is beautiful, well done! :)

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  10. This is absolutely beautiful !! I definitely need to try this technique

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    1. You should! It's super easy....thank you :)

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  11. Congrats on your milestone, so exciting isn't it? I love your lacey mani, I swear I thought of everything that started with an l and wanted to do all of them, lace being one of them, but I was so lazy, so stuck to something I knew I could do!!

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    1. Thanks, Nicole :) If your manicure is what you do when you're lazy, I can't imagine how awesome it must look when you're ambitious! lol

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  12. Congrats on 10k! And I love this mani!!!!!! I think you did an amazing job!

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    1. Thanks, Kimber! And thanks again for getting us all together in this challenge. I'm having so much fun!

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  13. Handmade? Are you kidding me? Those laces CAN'T be truly handmade, they are too perfect! Oh gosh, I wished I was like... 30% artistic as you are? That would be enough for me!
    And congrats on the 10k!

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    1. Stop, you're making me blush! lol I'm going to have to put up a tutorial to show you all that it's really pretty easy to do. Thank you!

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  14. Great job free handing the lace parts! I love how it looks and the colors go together perfectly! Congrats on the 10k page views!!

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  15. Your nails look great!!! I was either going to do a lace or leopard mani, and I chose leopard. I was afraid I wouldn't do a good job, but yours look beautiful and I love the colors you picked!!!

    Kelly
    xoxo

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    1. Your leopards came out lovely! Thank you :)

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  16. Wow I love lace and this mani looks so sweet!!! I loved how perfect it came out! It looks as if you had stamped it but no! Really awesome job!

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  17. Nice nail art. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  18. I think it turned out perfectly! :) Too bad I cant join your giveway but good luck to the other girls! :D

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