Lit from Within: Nail Challenge Collaborative - Neon Spotted
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nail Challenge Collaborative - Neon Spotted


Hello, Fireflies!

Well, we made it.  Today is the last 'summer' challenge entry for this month's NCC challenge! Whew! And, we're going out with a bang - of neon!

I used Wet 'n Wild Pin 'Em Slater over one coat of Revlon Spirit.  This yellow is one of the best yellows, never mind neons, I've ever used.  No streaking, clear color, great pigmentation.  And it's BRIGHT, especially over a white, as most neons are intended to be worn.

Wet 'n Wild Pin 'Em Slater

From the same Wet 'n Wild collection, I sponged on Nerd-Alert: Screech as a gradient.  I wasn't too thrilled with my gradient attempt.  Aside from the watermarble, I think the straight-up gradient has me stymied the most.  I keep practicing, though!

From the same Wet 'n Wild collection, I sponged on Nerd-Alert: Screech as a gradient.

In an attempt to hide my gradient suckitude, I decided to pull out an old favorite - OPI Black Spotted.  I had some application problems, though, which resulted in cracking as well as spotting.  Of course, I could just pretend it was totally on purpose. I'm sneakily bringing crackles back.  Don't be a hater.


I do love how the neons look from behind the black, though.


I also dig how the yellow shimmer in Nerd-Alert: Screech plays so nicely with Pin 'Em Slater.


Bottle shot:  Revlon Spirit, Wet 'n Wild Pin 'Em Slater and Nerd-Alert: Screech, and OPI Black Spotted

Bottle shot:  Revlon Spirit, Wet 'n Wild Pin 'Em Slater and Nerd-Alert: Screech, and OPI Black Spotted

Do you think neons will be big again this summer?  Are you ready for whatever new trend this summer brings?


42 comments:

  1. This is fun! That spotted polish on top works so well with the neon peeking through underneath it too :)

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    1. When I don't feel like rockin' full-on neon, I love doing something like this where the neon peeks through. Thanks, Lisa!

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  2. yes! that's how to wear Spotted. And it's about the only way. I found it so difficult to work with.

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    1. It is a finicky little polish, for sure! I was probably too impatient to wait until the base was completely dry.. and if there's just a *little* too much Spotted on the brush, you don't get spots! But when it works, I love it!

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  3. I have had 2 bottles of OPI black spotted since it's release and I have yet to crack them open! I love this mani!

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    1. I felt lucky to get it for a reasonable swap way back when. It's actually a little easier to find for a much more reasonable price now - I think the days of only seeing it for $30 or more are long gone.

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  5. I don't even spot a problem. For a talentless like me when it comes to nail art, this is the bomb!

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    1. You're so sweet! You're right - there are no problems... only opportunities (to lie about there being no problems! lol)

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  6. I love how you go through every step for us. What a great nail art post!

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    1. Thanks so much! Sometimes it's a pain to photograph each step, but it's important to me. I guess it's the teacher in me! lol

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  7. Wow this is so cool Nidia - a beautiful result!

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    1. Thanks, Maria! Not as fancy as your Chanels.. which I've been drooling over! but, it's fun!

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  8. I really love this manicure! I love this black spotted polish. This green polish is also completely wow! love it!

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    1. Thank you so much! I don't wear toooo many crackles, but I love OPI Spotted, and I do have a soft spot for the Barry M. Croc polishes. It's fun to do something like mix them with neon!

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    1. When neons were big last year, I wasn't sure about them for me. They kinda grew on me! lol

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    1. Layla released some 'bubble' polishes that had a similar effect, but I was never able to get any of them. It is a fun topper, I admit!

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  11. This would be cool for a party or halloween!

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    1. hrm. I may have used it last Halloween for a blog mani! I hope it wasn't too much like this one! How awkward.. lol!

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  12. You know what I love most about your awesome blog and nail art? I love how you improvise when your manicure doesn't turn out exactly how you like! I love the end result and the bright colors you used here! Neon yellow is probably the only nail color I don't feel like I can pull off. I like the wet n wild shade, it looks like it has a bit of greenish yellow to it. I *might* try it lol!!

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    1. That is such a sweet and awesome compliment! I'ma gonna blush! I try not to get too wrapped up in the whole thing - nail art is a very temporary medium - so if it doesn't work, you work it out! No point in getting all huffy about it. Just figure something out, or dunk it in acetone and the problem will solve itself! lol

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  13. I love gradients!!! What you might try doing is sponging all the color on - instead of just sponging one color. Do the white base and sponge both the yellow and green on.

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    1. I just tried another gradient (stay tuned!) and used a sponging tutorial from the Nailasaurus for doing that. It was better.... but still not great. I will try again! Thanks for the advice!

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    1. the key really is the white base. Without it, the neons just don't quite pop!

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  15. Don't be so hard on yourself! I love the gradient!! That Spotted does look really cool over it though!!! My first gradient didn't turn out all like I wanted it to but once I did it a few more times I got better!!

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence! I keep trying. I love how gradients look when they're done well, so hopefully I will get there someday. Do you have a tutorial you made or have used?

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  16. I love how the bright neons pop from underneath!

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    1. I think it's a more wearable look, for someone like me that doesn't normally wear neon yellow. Of course, black is another color I'm getting used to wearing, but I love it. Growing up, it was only for the goth kids. Now, everyone can wear it!

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  17. I love how this turned out! Gradients are always fun and the black Spotted looks cool on top

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    1. Thanks, Phyrra! You've been rocking some cool glitter manis yourself of late!

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  18. Hahaha, I love your gradiant suckitude. My gradiant manis are always suckitudes.

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    1. LOL! It's like an artist's block or something! The gradient just won't happen... but I will work on decreasing the suckitude a little at a time!

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  19. I so need that neon yellow in my life!

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    1. I bought the whole 'Saved By The Bell' collection in a blog sale, but so far, these are the only two I've used. They're no longer in stores, but you never know where you might find them. Hopefully, they'll do a re-release of them when neons are hot again.

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  20. This is so fun! It made me think of a glow stick but edgier

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    1. Oh, that's a cool comparison! I like that!

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