Sep 30, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial

We've reached the 30th day of the challenge, inspired by a tutorial. Last week I was at my local dollar store and spotted a little bag of glequins. I immediately thought of the fabulous glequin manicure by The Nailsaurus. She posted a great tutorial a couple of weeks ago so this is my take on the glequin mani!

As a base, I used China Glaze Kinetic Candy (you might remember me calling this my favorite pale blue here, and the love hasn't faded a bit). The glequins I got change colors from pale yellow over pastel orange to pink and reflect blue, green and purple. I love the soft look of these colors together, it sort of looks like a really cute fish to me :D 

In this close up you can see how big these glequins actually are. There was only one size at my store and I thought they'd be sort of dainty but they ended up looking really chunky to me. They're also a bit thick, so that combined with the size made them stick up off my nail quite a bit. I used one coat of clear polish to glue them down and two thick coats of Essence Better than Gel Nails top coat the smooth them out a bit - that didn't work. 
I'm still really happy that I did this mani, though. I thought it would be a long and fumbly process, but it wasn't that hard and relatively fast, too. Now I definetely want to get my hands on some smaller, thinner glequins. 

Because the sun was out today for the first time in a week, I took a couple more pictures:

I hope you like this mani and check out the tutorial above! It's really impressive nail art that's very easy to do. I'm planning to post the 31st day tomorrow to show you what my favorite mani of everyone who did this challenge was!