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Blogging for a Cause: Manicurity for Polished Girlz

Time is flying! We're up to our 11th guest blogger. This is the talented Emma from Manicurity. I met Emma through the Digit-al Dozen and she has been wow-ing me ever since! Her work is so clean and her photos are always inspired. She's been blogging faithfully since 2011 and I believe she's one of the big under-discovered nail bloggers of the interwebs. Thank you, Emma, for your beautiful guest post! And everyone please go check out Emma's amazing site if you haven't already.

$10 more will go to the Polished Girlz...this time on Emma's behalf!  If this is the first post you've read in the WPP "Blogging for a Cause" Guest Post Series...pop over to the intro post here to see what an amazing organization each of these bloggers are supporting with their participation.

Emma from Manicurity

I am SO excited to be posting on Work / Play / Polish! Even though I've been in a nail art group with Leslie before which I guess makes us "peers", I'm still a huge fangirl of her work and consider her one of the crème de la crème nail bloggers. For my prompt of 'festive' nails I wanted to do something delicate and snowy - a little slice of winter wonderland on my nails to make my first Floridian Christmas a little easier. Plus, what's more beautiful than glittering snowflakes?!


This is my first time doing a french tip gradient, and I really enjoy the funky spin on a classic design. I think this is fairly easy design to do because you combine simple nail art techniques layer by layer - it mostly requires patience, tape to keep your fingers free of polish, and some clean up! First things first is a good, opaque base color. I used Essence Nude It! from the Colour &amp; Go line (the $1 - $2 line at Ulta) and I only needed&nbsp;<i>one coat</i>! I let that first coat set up while I got some handy tape out and wrapped it around all my fingers to keep them mostly free from polish during the next step - the gradient!




I used Cult Nails Tempest for my nude-to-white gradient. It has a great formula and is incredibly opaque - especially hard to find for most white polishes! Before doing anything with my makeup sponge I like to run it through water and wring it out; I feel like this keeps the polish on the sponge from drying out too quickly, and I get a lot less of those nasty tiny sponge pieces stuck to my nail this way. To make my gradient especially smooth I like to paint my polishes directly onto the sponge, and I make sure to overlap the colors. Sometimes I will even use an orange stick to mix where the colors overlap to ensure that the transition color is really even!



Next I did some quick clean-up around the edges before painting a single coat of Sonoma Nail Art's Wine Country Wedding on all nails. This is a great place to stop if you're not a fan of stamping! I felt like this looked a lot like falling snow as is, and it was really beautiful :) Almost any glitter would work for this step - I bet a holo silver or a more opal iridescent glitter would look great here, too.



Finally, my finishing touch is the full-nail sized snowflake image from BM-323 stamped with Konad white, and sealed in with KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat! I really love how the white snowflake images blends in to the gradient base a little bit. These calm, cozy neutrals make me feel a lot more in the holiday spirit despite it being almost 80° here in Miami while I type this :)



Thanks again Leslie for letting me guest post and hooray for such an important cause! You're amazeballs! Happy Holidays, y'all!


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