Guest Post from Tales of Coffee, Lacquer and Beauty!

by - Monday, March 23, 2015

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Welcome lovelies! I'm Sumeet from Tales of Coffee, Lacquer and Beauty and as you might have guessed I'm guest posting for Katherine today! I love springtime and today's mani was inspired by my favorite part of spring, cherry blossoms!

Base

I started out with three thin coats of China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer from the spring Road Trip collection. It's a lovely light sky blue with a hint of copper shimmer that really shines in the sunlight. The formula is on the thinner side but is completely opaque in three coats.

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For the gradient I used Dashboard Dreamer along with Sun's Up (yellow) and Trip of a Lime Time (chartreuse  green) also from the same collection with a make up sponge.

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Stamping


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For the stamping I used a new MyOnline Shop stamping plate, MJ XLV with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Slick As Slate. If you aren't into stamping you can use a detail brush or dotting tool to create branches too!

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And the star of the show, the Cherry Blossom top coat (yup that's the name) is from Sephora's Formula X line. This was a LE release last spring and I am really hoping they will bring it back this year.

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There are alternatives out there too-
  • Nails Inc. also makes a floral topper which is still available.  
  • The new O.P.I Soft Collection launching next month also has a similar glitter topper called "Petal Soft "
  • The L'Oreal Spring collection also has a similar glitter called "Garden Bouquet. 

For the look, I simply dabbed on the smaller glitter pieces over the stamped image and used a dotting tool to place the larger floral glitter.

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I sealed everything in with a generous layer of G&G H.K. Girl which smoothed out about 80% of the texture. For a completely smooth surface I would recommend two layers of top coat or layering your top coat with Gelous or a similar product. Keep in mind Gelous may smear your nail art so you might want to sandwich it between your top coat.

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I hope you enjoyed this mani and I really hope spring is around the corner, I'm so over winter :)

Thanks for stopping by and remember stay happy!

From Katherine: Thank you so much Sumeet! I adore this gradient, stamping and glitter combo! Sumeet does gorgeous nail art with an insane amount of depth - my favourite look to-date from her is the stunning one she did with alcohol inks. Be sure to check her out there as well as on facebook, instagram and twitter

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15 comments

  1. These nails look awesome! What a great guest post.

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  2. Oooh, that gradient is so pretty!

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  3. These are really beautiful!! I love how the flower glitter works with the stamping!

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  4. Great guest post! It's such a great idea to use a floral glitter polish in nail art! I might have to do that!

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  5. Oh wow this came out so lovely! There's so much use out of L'Oreal's Garden Bouquet.

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  6. Lovely manicure. I liked the color combo very much.

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  7. That gradient is gorgeous and this is such a sweet way of using Cherry Blossom!

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  8. The gradient is amazing and I love the touch of the flowery glitter.

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  9. The flowery glitter finishes off the look so well - the gradient is gorgeous too!

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  10. Such a perfect Spring look! I love the colours you choose and oh that topper!

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  11. This is such a lovely combination and a perfect use of those glitters!

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  12. I love what is done here, mixing gradients, stamping and glitter toppers in such an awesome way!

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  13. The idea for using the glitter topper is perfect!! This is such a gorgeous mani!!

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  14. I love this one, great idea and realization !!!

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Thanks for your comments! Even if I don't get a chance to reply I read and appreciate each and every one of them!! <3