Friday, October 11, 2013

A hot pink gel mani for breast cancer awareness

OK, my last gel mani was a bit of a bust. You might recall this post about how disappointed I was that one of my gorgeous new fall colors had faded to a nasty dishwater-gray. Well, thankfully I soaked those bad boys off and I went a whole week with bare nails. Oh the horror. After much deliberation, I decided that I wasn't ready for fall colors after all. I still want something bright and fun! October is breast cancer awareness month, afterall...so I went back to my favorite hot pink color from Gelish.

This one is called Make You Blink Pink. It's hard to tell in this lighting, but it's the exact shade of a hot pink highlighter. It's insanely bright, and they almost "glow" when you are outside in natural light. It's a fun color, but I was still feeling a bit blah about it. I've never been big on nail art, just because I've never been that great at it, but I decided to jazz it up and try something a bit different.

Here's what I came up with:

This is all gel here. The polka dots and pink ribbon were done with another gel color called Gossip Girl (another one of my favs! Seen here in my DIY gel tutorial) They are embedded into the actual nail and then sealed with clear gel over the top, so they won't chip or wear- just like regular gels. I love that I don't have to worry about my nails when they are done. They look great every day and last for about 2 weeks! This was my first try at doing nail art with gels, and I was surprised at how easy it was when I actually sat down and did it. I don't know why I was so intimidated by it before. It was actually kind of fun!
I love showing my support for breast cancer awareness month! If you don't already know, that disease is very close to my heart- here we are at Race for the Cure last month.

So what do you think of the gels?
Anyone interested in a gel nail art tutorial? I may just have one up my sleeve.
How are you showing your support for Breast Cancer Awareness this month?


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20 comments:

  1. Love the color of the nails!! I would love to see a tutorial!

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  2. You did a great job on your nails! I love that you're using your manicure to support breast cancer awareness.

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  3. I love your nails and you did such a great cause to do them! I've pinned your nails!

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  4. Very pretty! I need to do a pink mani for BCA

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  5. Such a cute idea! I did the party in pink Zumbathon a couple of years ago! I might have to paint mine pink too! Totally pinning this!

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  6. These came out great!! Nice job!


    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh my GOODNESS! I've never seen nail art with gels--they turned out AMAZINGLY WELL! The ribbon is so cute, I love the polka dots and the glitter is totally up my alley. And lasting for two weeks is pretty incredible!

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  8. That color is amazing - I love it! Your nail out turned out fantastic too!!

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  9. Melissa, I have the same color on right now!! I also love Gossip Girl, one of my all time favorite pinks! I think your nail art came out perfectly! I really love it! :)

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  10. Thank you! I just had to reorder Make You Blink Pink in the larger sized bottle because it's my most used color!

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  11. Thank you! I love the color too- it's probably my favorite :)

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  12. Thank you so much! It was a little intimidating at first because it's gel, so it feels more "permanent" and I was afraid of messing it up. I'll definitely be doing more nail art with gels!

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  13. Thank you! It's a fun way to jazz things up!

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  14. Awesome- I'll add it to my list of things to do!

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  15. I totally meant art, not out.. ha ha! Glad you knew what I was talking about :D

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