Lit from Within: Not Your Typical Graduation Manis
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Not Your Typical Graduation Manis


Hello, Fireflies!

When I started preparing for this challenge, I starting thinking about nail art like mortar boards and diplomas.  Then, I realized I had the *perfect* nail art to show you.  A few weeks ago, one of my friends graduated with her Masters' degree, and the day before the big ceremony, she had a little party.  I did a few manis for the graduate and her friends and family, and in return, I got to eat some of the best grilled chicken I'd ever had.

None of the girls had experienced stamped nails before, so most of them were eager to try it! Their reactions were priceless - like I had just done some wand-waving magic over their nails!

The graduate, Chelsea, loves purple, so she chose Sinful Colors Enchanted as her base, and Essie No Place Like Chrome for the stamp. 

 Sinful Colors Enchanted as her base, and Essie No Place Like Chrome for the stamp

Our friend, Carolyn. wanted seahorses over a glittery blue base, so I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Blue By! with OPI In True Stefani Fashion for most of the nails.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Blue By with OPI In True Stefani Fashion

Again, I used Essie No Place Like Chrome for the stamp.  Sea horsies!

Sea horsies!

The Mother-of-the-Graduate had a gorgeous floral blouse with blues and purples, so I painted her nails with Sally Hansen Salon Trouble Maker, a soft blue-toned violet, and dabbed some L'Oreal The Shift Me, a pink iridescent color-changing topcoat over it.  POP Beauty purple glitter went over everything.  So festive!

Sally Hansen Salon Trouble Maker, a soft blue-toned violet, dabbed with some L'Oreal The Shift Me, a pink iridescent color-changing topcoat, and POP Beauty purple glitter over everything

Last, but not least, was the Graduate's sister.  She wanted a gradient, but I forgot my sponges, so I did a dabbing gradient of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jumping Jade (which is really more teal to me, than jade..) over Sinful Colors Nice Stems, a light blue.  I used Milani White On The Spot to stamp some simple flowers.

a dabbing gradient of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jumping Jade over Sinful Colors Nice Stems, a light blue

It felt great to give my friend a very unique and special graduation present! We all had a great time chatting and doing nails, and I'm going to miss her now that she's graduated!



24 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I love Chelsea´s nails!

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  2. I'm sure your nail art is the highlight of the party! Lovely nails you have up there!

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  3. Love all the different designs!

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  4. So pretty - I absolutely love them all and would have a hard time choosing ;)

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  5. The sea horses over the blue are beautiful

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  6. I love the first one! What cute ideas! Totally going to pass these on to my cousin who is graduating soon!

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  7. That sounds so fun! Nail stamping partaayy!!!

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  8. Love love love these. Amazingness!!!

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  9. I just love that first one, it's so striking!

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  10. The first design is amazing but the others are cute too.

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  11. OMG those sea horses are divine! So cute and different too.

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  12. Seahorses are perfect for summer!

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  13. Beautiful manicures! I love the seahorse stamp, it's so fitting for the season.

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  14. How cute! Congrats to the graduates!

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  15. Nice! I like them all. They are so unique.

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  16. loving the first look so much! the others are great to but I love that one most

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