Monday, January 27, 2014

The Lacquer Legion Reinvention: Face My Fears

Hi everyone!  I have been so excited to take part in the first nail art challenge with  The Lacquer Legion.  Today's theme is "Reinvention".  I spent a pretty significant amount of time thinking about that.  I went over some symbolism in my head, and then I realized that I go with symbolism too much.  I do that.  I play favorites with things like color, finishes, and even techniques.
So, for my reinvention mani, I decided to get outside of my own box for a change.

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I started off with two coats of Zoya Wednesday, followed by one coat of SV.

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I wanted to add a bit of a tie-dye gradient look.  I used a basic wedge makeup sponge, dipped it in water, and squeezed out the excess.  I then dabbed on spots of Zoya Wednesday, Zoya Robyn, and Zoya Mira onto the sponge.  This is the first time I have used this technique for a gradient.  I followed again with one coat of SV.

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Something else I avoid is the crackle look.  It's never been something I've been too crazy about per se, but I need to focus more on thinking of what everyone else might like to see here, and not so much on my own favorites. 

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I added one full coat of Sinful Colors Black Crackle on my ring fingers, and followed with SV.

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I cut a heart shape from a piece of Scotch tape, placed it over my middle finger, and added one coat of Black Crackle.  I finished with one coat of SV.

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I love the end result!  I cannot believe it took this long for me to use the damp sponging for a gradient, because I loved doing it!  And I'm even wild about how the crackle came out!
This has been such a fun challenge for me!  I'm really looking forward to taking part in more of The Lacquer Legion challenges!
I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!




Colors: Zoya Wednesday, Robyn & Mira, Sinful Colors Black Crackle

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! The gradient is lovely as is the crackle additions. I love your interpretation of the theme.

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  2. I LOVE the heart made with a crackle! I never had any crackle polishes and didn't like the effect, but now I feel the need to buy one, because it looks seriously awesome in a heart shape!!

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  3. Wow, Beautiful :) I love blue shade :)

    http://prettypurple92.weebly.com/

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  4. Aw, that crackled/broken heart is perfect..

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  5. You did an excellent mani, fun and a little different, something any of us can now try. Thanks for the inspiration

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    1. That's so sweet of you to say! Thanks so much!

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  6. I love the colors that you chose for these nails! I used a crackle polish for my reinvention nails too, I think I might be starting to like it again haha! Great job!

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  7. Great color combo, and crackle heart is best use of crackle!

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  8. Nicole, it's absolutely amazing. So gorgeous. Love it

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  9. Perfection. Love the way the crackle looks.

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  10. Wow, this is the best use of crackle polish I have ever seen!! Love it!!

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  11. wow totally loving this. its beautiful

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  12. This looks so great! I want to try this technique...and I love the idea of shapes with crackle!!

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  13. Love the gradient and the heart! Might try this look sometime :D

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  14. i've never seen crackle cut out nails before. very original.

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  15. these are so pretty! i love them :D

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  16. I love your gradient!! Awesome :)


    xo Maddy | spilledpolish

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  17. This is absolutely gorgeous Nicole! I'm not a big fan of crackle polish either, but this looks so smooth, so pretty.
    I have to improving my gradient technique, seriously, I really love it and really suck at it. Do you find it easier with this water technique or the regular one?
    Have a great day dear!

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  18. This looks great - perfect for reinvention! The tie dye gradient and heart crackle polish look great! This is such a great idea! :)

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  19. this is so beautiful!! i love the crackle heart!

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  20. Loved this so much i had to have a little go at a similar manicure, i've credited back to your page so i hope you don't mind :) http://pauseforpolish.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/pastel-crackle-nails-blog-makeover.html

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