I've changed my layout just a bit. Sorry if you find it a bit disorienting--I do too! :P But I wanted to be able to put bigger pictures in my posts, so it had to be done!
So I don't know if you know this, but I freakin' love gradient nails. I don't do enough of them. In my opinion, gradients can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to make them. Because of this, anyone can do a gradient, and even without a whole lot of practice it can look very impressive!
When preparing my L15 nails last night I decided to be a little daring and do a more complicated gradient than I usually do. I was really inspired by the gradient manis on Acetone and Old Lacquer (specifically her use of nail stickers and glitter), and so I was aiming for something possibly as splendid as one of her designs.
...I don't think I quite hit the mark, but dammit I tried! See for yourself:
I used a base of Sally Hansen Petrol, and from there I sponged on a bit of GAP Gold Rush (best Chanel Peridot dupe EVER.), and once I was satisfied with that, I dabbed on some Milani 3D, which is a gold holographic polish. You can see it sparkling a bit in the third picture above.
I waited until I thought my nails were dry before applying some gold nail stickers. I don't know what brand they are since I threw out the packaging, but they're most likely Kiss Nail Artist decals. I topped the decals with a coat of Gelous followed by a coat of Seche Vite... and there you have it!
Very un-lazy for a Lazy 15 mani, I have to admit. :P
To be honest, I'm only really satisfied with my thumb and ring finger. I love the colors I used, but I think I might have gone overboard with the decals. That big rose on my pinkie looks kind of cheesy to me, and it turns out my index finger wasn't quite dry when I put on the decal, so it started to curl up after I applied top coat! This always happens when I use decals... I need a little more patience.
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Wednesday I'll be doing dots... This one's a first for me, so we'll see how that goes!