Wednesday, May 1, 2013

HUGE Giveaway! Prizes from 44 Blogs!

Spring Fling Giveaway!!!

Today we are launching an ENORMOUS giveaway from bloggers and indie makers alike.

This rafflecopter will run from today until Memorial Day, upon which time fourty-four winners will be chosen.

This is open to both US Residents and International, however not all prizes are available to international entries.    I will note each prize as such below.

Onto the Prizes!

The Nail Challenge Collaborative April 2013 Manicure #1

This April I decided to participate in The Nail Challenge Collaborative April 2013 Pastel Challenge. What I love about this challenge is that you only have to do four manicures for each theme, which makes it extremely doable.

I decided that for my first manicure that I would try a technique that I've never done successfully before: the gradient.

For my first mani I decided to do I gradient with Illamasqua Scorch and Dior Colorvision Vernis Nail Lacquer in Lilac 398. Lilac is from the Dior Spring 2013 collection and is a limited edition polish exclusive to Sephora.

I started this mani using two coats of Illamasqua Scorch on all fingers except for my ring finger (which I put two coats of Dior Lilac on). Once completely dry I used a makeup sponge (which can be found at any drugstore or supermarket) to start sponging on the other color to my fingers. I can't really explain how to do a gradient very eloquently, but there are plenty of tutorials if you do a search for them.

Both Scorch and Lilac are two coaters, and apply very easily. Scorch is currently my go-to white polish, and is also great for nail art. 

I bought my Dior Lila for $24.00 on, and Illamasqua Scorch for $7.00 during a sale at Sephora. The current retail price for Illamasqua is $17.00.

What do you think of my first try at a gradient?