Birthday Manicure!

Good morning everyone!  I’m up and at ‘em this morning, as today is the official celebration of my 30th birthday (which isn’t actually until Monday)!  I’m pretty pumped – my bf has planned the whole thing and it’s a total surprize, I have no idea what we’re doing!   You can be sure to hear all about it next week ;)  In the meantime, because I’m not sure what’s going on – which means I don’t know how to dress – I did a birthday celebration manicure, since fun nails work in any situation!!!  I thought about it all day yesterday (even during work training – oops), trying to think about what I could do special.  I was keen on the idea of another gradient/ombre manicure, as I love how they look and they’re so eye-catching.  I decided to do contrasting pastel-type shades, and I LOVE how it turned out.  Take a look!

China Glaze Pink Plumeria & MAC Mischievous Mint

My technique has improved since the last time; I made sure to use only one shade on the tips, and mixed the edges of the dollops of the two shades together on tinfoil to ensure a softer gradient (in the last one, I just had a splash of the tip shade on the foil which I picked up with the sponge), a tip which I learned from this tutorial.  MUCH better than before, though I could still use some practice.  You can see on one of my pointer fingers that the pink is a little more saturated than the rest.  Oh well, I’m determined to get this down pat – it’s one of my favorite nail looks right now!

I’m off to enjoy the day now, I hope you all have a lovely weekend – it’s pretty full for me but I’m off on Monday so you can be sure I’ll be posting a little something then :D

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  1. #1 by aliciab on May 26, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Love it! Happy birthday Latoya!

    • #2 by Latoya on May 28, 2012 - 7:57 pm

      Thanks so much Alicia!! I bet you’d make something like this look REALLY amazing!! :)

  2. #3 by judit1661 on May 26, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Love the colors you used. So pretty.
    Happy Birthday from another May baby (16th) :)

    • #4 by Latoya on May 28, 2012 - 7:58 pm

      Yay! May birthday’s are where it’s at Judi :) Thanks so much, I hope you had a great one too!

  3. #5 by kat on May 26, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    beautiful! happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • #6 by Latoya on May 28, 2012 - 9:08 pm

      :D Thanks Kat!!!!!!!

  4. #7 by Amy on May 26, 2012 - 11:45 pm

    Gorgeous! Very appropriate for birthday fun!

    • #8 by Latoya on May 28, 2012 - 9:09 pm

      Yea, thanks Amy, I thought so too!!! It reminds me actually of Moon Mist ice cream lol

  5. #9 by projectswatch on May 27, 2012 - 12:20 am

    This is SO gorgeous, and happy birthday!

    • #10 by Latoya on May 28, 2012 - 9:10 pm

      Thanks so much Emi!!! It has been a really great one :)

  6. #11 by Larie on May 27, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    This is awesome!!! I really need to try this – you make it look so effortless! Happy birthday, gorgeous!

    • #12 by Latoya on May 31, 2012 - 7:45 am

      Thanks Larie!!!! Its not ‘effortless’ lol – there were a few nails that buggered up and I had to totally redo -argh! – but its the easiest *nail art* I’ve done and well worthwhile! Definitely try it out!!

  7. #13 by Margaret on May 27, 2012 - 10:13 pm

    I kept seeing gradient-style manis all over Pinterest this past week and they always make me of you. I guess we were both on the same wavelength. :) Happiest of birthdays to you my dear. xo

    • #14 by Latoya on May 31, 2012 - 7:48 am

      Thanks dahling!! This is definitely my new fave kind of mani – maybe because it uses multiple shades and hence I cover more polish-using-ground lol. Also, it looks freakin’ cool!! :) Gotta go find some more inspiration on Pinterest!

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