Monday, November 15, 2010

Classic Gold and Black - For Nail Art Contest!

  I was challenged to THE DUEL by Amy over at Starving Nail Addict - which is a really great new blog, you should definitely check it out!  The challenge was to come up with any manicure using gold.  I love gold as a fall color, and decided I wanted to go with something really classic - and classy!

Outdoors, last-bits-of-light shade, no flash
  For these nails, I decided to combine several elements, including marbling, stamping, and the use of some tip guides.  After two coats of Seche Recondition (which is what I have been using the past few manicures as a base coat), I started off with two coats of OPI Glitzerland, which is a gorgeous champagne-gold from the fall Swiss collection.  I then did water marbling with OPI Glitzerland and Sally Hansen Xtreme Black Out.

Indoors, artificial light
  I added a coat of Seche Vite in between at this point for fast drying, and then added black tips using SH Black Out and Orly tip guides, which I really enjoyed using for tips!  As the final touch, I used Konad plate m80 to add an intricate tip design with.  I topped it all off with another coat of Seche Vite!

Outdoors, last-bit-of-light shade, and flash
  I really like the way this turned out.  Black and gold is such a gorgeous combination that it was the first thing that came to mind when I read that the challenge was any manicure involving gold in the design.  I feel like this is so classy, yet also very fun with the whimsical water marbling pattern and the lacy tips!

Close-up in artificial light
  Now here comes the part where I ask you...

Please vote for me!
You may either vote here in my comments, or on STARVING NAIL ADDICT.  The rules for voting are simple: list the designs from your most favorite first!  Here are the other entries:

  Here is the official description on how to vote:

   And here's how you vote: Make a list of the designs, starting with your favorite one first. Make sense? List your favorite design first, then your second favorite, and so on and so forth. (I'm giving out points based on the ranking of the designs, but if you are torn between designs, then go ahead and clarify which ones tie for what place).
   Voting is open from now until about the end of the week (so ladies, get as many people to vote as you can!). Just put your votes in the comment box. Oh, and I don't care whose blog you vote on, I will be checking and double checking all of them.

  I would really appreciate any votes for my design you guys think it deserves!  Remember, you can vote here or on her blog, either will do.  Thanks so much, hope you like my classic black and gold mani! :D


  1. WOW!!!

    1st Polishology, Love the marbling!
    2nd Swaafie
    3rd Starving Nail addict
    4th Little Grean heart

    Good luck:)

  2. 1 Polishology
    2 Starving Nail Addict
    3 Swaafie
    4 Little Green Heart


  3. This is exciting! :)

    1. Polishology
    2. Starving Nail Addict
    3. Swaafie
    4. Little Green Heart

  4. Hi! It's my first time here. Good luck! :)

  5. You are the clear winner!
    1 Polishology
    2 Swaafie
    3 Starving Nail addict
    4 Little Grean heart

  6. Your design rocks Jenny!

    1. Polishology
    2. Swaafie
    3. Starving Nail Addict
    4. Little Green Heart

  7. 1. Polishology
    2. Swaafie
    3. Starving Nail Addice
    4. Little Green Heart

  8. 1. Polishology
    2. Swaafie
    3. Starving Nail Addict
    4. Little Green Heart

  9. OMG this is INSANE!! Love it!! I'm such a huge fan of gold too - this is a gorgeous combination and design. You've got my vote!!

    1. Polishology (AMAZING!)
    2. Little Green Heart (you know my fondness for cats!)
    3. Swaafi (So gorgeous and fall-ish)
    4. Starving Nail Addict (so cute!)

    Very fun :) GOOD LUCK!!