Codename AYA

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Belle de Jour Planner Giveaway (Week 2)*

Every week this month, I'll be giving away a Belle de Jour planner package! There will be two (2) winners this week. To join, follow me on Instagram *here* and like and comment on the giveaway photo! Special thanks to Belle de Jour for the prizes!

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*This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be contacted by me through email/social media for their delivery details. Make sure the accounts you use to enter are accounts you check regularly!

For updates, visit CodenameAYA on FB.

Monday, April 1, 2013

NOTD and Tutorial: Grungy Blue Gradient

Have I ever told you that I really like blue on my nails? I'm sure I must have in at least one of my many nail-related posts. Anyway, the other day while I was looking for nail polishes to use next, I saw three blue Girl Stuff nail polishes and thought they'd look great together in a gradient design.


So I immediately brought out a nail art sponge and started sponging. I used a solid blue as base, a frosty blue for the tips and a blue-based fine glitter top coat to blend the two colors together. The results?


I like how the gradient has a slight grungy feel to it.

Nails of the day using Girl Stuff nail polishes in Blues, Electric Blue and Fireworks.

L-R: Blues, Fireworks, Electric Blue

Let me show you how I did this grungy blue gradient :)


Steps:

1. Apply base coat. I'm currently using The Face Shop's base coat. I've been using it for many months now, and it's really effective. Unfortunately, I forgot to apply it the last time I did my nails, and my nails got a nasty stain again. So you see, applying base coat is really important. Don't skip it ;]


2. Bring out a nail art sponge. I'm currently using the one I bought from Tony Moly in a set of 10 a few months ago. You can use a regular makeup sponge if you don't have something like this.


3. Take your base color (in this case, a solid blue), and brush the color onto the sponge. Sponge the color on your entire nail. Don't worry about the mess. We'll clean that up later.


4. Take your tip color (in this case, a frosted blue), and brush the product onto the other edge of the sponge.  Sponge the color on the upper half of your nail, patting more heavily on the tip. 


5. Apply glitter top coat to blend the two colors together.


6. Clean up the edges of your nails using cotton buds dipped in nail polish remover.


And you're done! On my ring fingernail, I decided to do alternating blocks of the solid and frosted blue for accent.

For a more detailed tutorial on the sponge gradient nail art technique, visit my post *here* :)


I've been posting a lot about Girl Stuff nail polishes lately, especially on Instagram and Facebook. I'm gonna post more about these locally-available, affordable (99 PhP) and formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate-free nail polishes really soon. If you want to check them out for yourself, they're available at SM and Rustan's Department Stores (Children's Accessories section), and Girl Stuff has kiosks at SM North and MOA too.

Top: Avo Loco (L), Pretty Pink (R)
Bottom: Lov Lav (L), Jade (R)
These are my favorites among the ones I have. Loooovely shades <3

I hope you can wait for my post about these nail polishes. Anyway, let me know if you're gonna try this blue gradient design! Of course, you can use other colors if you don't like blue. :P

What colors do you like on your nails? :)


Disclaimer: Products were sent by the company but the views and opinions expressed in this post are purely mine and based on my own experience with the products.

47 comments:

  1. I wouldn't be surprise one day if you already have a nail polish line/collection ehehehe!!

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  2. wow really good tutorial dear! im kinda lazy doing my nails hehe Actually bought two 2 neon coloured for my nails pg sinipag hihi =)

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  3. Thank you! :) Haha diyan nagsisimula 'yan! Haha just kidding. Doing my nails... I find it fun :D

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  4. Aww haha I wish!! :D Thanks Krisanne :D

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  6. omg! love the colors.. lalo na yung turquoise :) macheck nga to sa megamall :3

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  7. very neat! i love it :) im currently inlove with gradient nails haha

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  8. Di ba?? I like them all din! Cute pa ng bottle :D

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  9. Yey! It's not hard to love them. Ganda ng effect talaga ng gradients :D

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  10. Alam mo namang basta nails, ikaw ang peg ko. Winner lagi. Sana may Tony Moly dito samin. Gusto ko talaga yung ganyang sponge.

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  11. Bet na bet. Galing mo talaga, Aya! :)

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  12. awesome tutorial galeng! love the polishes, where did you get that sponge btw :)

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  13. My 7 y/o daughter was behind me as I browse your blogpost and she exclaimed "Wow!!!"

    Truly amazing how you combined the colors neatly. Di ko kaya yan hehe!

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  14. Cute looking nails! This reminds me of posting my own NOTD soon. Tagal na sa draft ko. Ugh!

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  15. So nice Aya! You are a wiz at creating nail art! It never goes well when I do it! hahahaha :)) I like pastels on my nails and also the classic red :)

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  16. WIsh I was as patient and artsy as you. Unfortunately, I am so lazy at these kinds of stuff, I'll just drag myself to the nail salon if I want to have my nails done =)))

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  20. Super galing mo talaga Aya sa nails :)

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  21. Ganda! Finally applied blue on my nails bcoz of this post. Kaso d talaga bagay sakin. It made my hands look darker.

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  22. I wish we have Girl Stuff booth near here. Ang layo kc ng SM North dito samin e. I love how they look on your nails. I'm so jelly, lol. Oh and see you at the Cosmetologie Fair :)

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  23. Bet ko yung pink and light green ng girl stuff ;) Pero pigil muna sa haul >:)

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  24. There's GirlStuff naman sa ibang SM malls. SM and Rustan's Dept Stores, children's accessories section :-)

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  25. The one near us doesn't have one. Kainis nga e. :(

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  26. Nice! I like Girlstuff nail polish and the fact that they have so many nice colors!

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  27. I love the nail polish.. it is glossy..love the color blue glittering effect..I want to try girlstuff.specially the pink one.

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  28. great tutorial! I'm loving the color!


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  29. Thank you! I love blue as well :D

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  30. Try GirlStuff! They have really nice shades <3

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  31. True!! And the formula of their polishes is good too :)

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  32. Ganda nung green, no? Kahit medyo sheer siya, nagustuhan ko pa rin :D

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  33. Aww. Ewan ko lang, I find that nakakaputi yung dark-ish colors sa akin. Hihi

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  34. Haha! I have those days, too. Especially when I'm wearing super-hard-to-remove glitter polish and my cuticles are already super messy and in need of attention. hihi

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  35. Thanks, Mich! I like pastels tooo, but those on the 'cool' side :)

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  36. Ooooh I'd love to see that! :D

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  37. Aww :D The sponge did all the work! Napadali ang buhay ko. Hahaha

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  38. Thank you! Sponge is from Tony Moly. They sell it in packs of 10. Etude House also have nail sponges :D

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  39. Hahaha thanks Gel! At super late naman ang reply ko, no?

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  40. Haha aww salamat! Meron ding sponges sa Etude House! :)

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  41. hi aya :) i didnt know that you were into nail art as well. i just found out about it now and im browsing through your works from way back. its really helpful now i know where to check for tips & tricks :)

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  42. Hi, Shayne! Yup, but I'm mostly into gradient nail art. I can't draw on my nails, so for now I'll stick to gradients. Haha. Thanks for reading! Super appreciate it. I hope you find my posts helpful :)

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Thanks for reading! I will reply to you as soon as I can :)