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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Surface of the Sun Nails

It's Wednesday! Not only have we made it to midweek, but today also marks a special milestone... the one year blogiversary of this very blog! Yes, it was a year ago today that I started this blog. I've met so many awesome people and learned so much from the people in this community. I am truly thankful for every one of you!

Today's nails remind me of the surface of the sun, so I am calling them "Surface of the Sun Nails." Yeah, I'm creative with titles. No big deal.


I grabbed a pic of the sun from Wikipedia to show you what I mean. See it? The sun even has the same black background thing going on!

(from Wikipedia)

This manicure is really pretty simple. I started with a gradient (tutorial) of Zoya Arizona and Zoya Lo. The gradient wasn't as pronounced as I thought it would be, but sometimes subtle can be nice too! It also shows up differently in different lighting, to make things even more complicated.


Then, I added one coat of Pretty and Polished Phoenix. Phoenix is a beautiful glitter topper with small and large red hex glitters, as well as micro yellow matte glitter (I think I see white in there too, but I could be imagining things...). The larger red glitters in this are so reflective that they look like rubies. They are super pretty.


These nails seem appropriate for the massive heatwave that is bearing down on the US right now. You may have seen these if you follow me on Instagram (@chalkboardnails). I was antsy yesterday and couldn't help posting a little peek. Anyway, if you're on IG, check me out! I post valuable things like pictures of this cinnamon sugar butter that I found at the grocery. Actually, that pic has these nails in it, too...


I hope you guys like this manicure as much as I do! I actually wore this one for days (PLURAL!), which is pretty rare for me. ;)

Here are my referral links* to Zoya Arizona and Zoya Lo.
Pretty and Polished products can be found on Etsy and on Llarowe. Please check the P&P Facebook for restock times and more information.

61 comments:

  1. Congrats on your blogaversary!! These are fabulous! :)

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  2. Congrats! Oh my your surface of the sun nails are awesome!

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  3. These look HOT!! Oh so witty ;) Please check out our blog at www.figgylane.blogspot.co.uk :) :) :)

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  4. P.s I think you should share some of your sun!!! We've had SO MUCH rain in the UK!!!!!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous manicure, you always do amazing manis!

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  6. Yay, happy blogiversary :-) Love the mani!

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  7. This is beautiful, so eyecatching! It really does look like the surface of the sun :D x

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  8. This combination looks really great! I think I see white glitter in Phoenix, too?! Congratulations on your first anniversary! :)

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  9. Congratulations on your blogaversary! I love the subtle gradient here.

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  10. Super pretty nails! And congrats with your blogiversary ^^

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  11. SO awesome! The gradient is super subtle and alltogether it looks amazing!

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  12. Congrats on your Blogiversary! The manicure is gorgeous! Love the combo and the name as well =D it is creative!

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  13. congrats, gorgeous colour and mani : )

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  14. Happy bloggiversary! This is gorgeous, I don't usually go for oranges but I'd definitely wear this! x

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  15. I actually bought that cinnamon flavored butter! LOL :) Happy blogiversary!

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  16. Aw, happy anniversary! I love your sunny nails :)

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  17. Such a pretty combination and happy blogiversary!

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  18. gorgeous mani - and super congrats on a MAGNFICENT year, and I know you're modest, but you are possibly THE most influential blogger out there in BlogLand - that's some achievement. Love you lots xxx

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  19. wow i love it! it is so beautiful and it looks just the the sun! amazing

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  20. Happy blogiversary! And that is such a super manicure to sport on this day!

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  21. Congrats on one year of blogging! You are incredible!

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  22. beautiful! and congrats on the 1 year anniversary!

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  23. Happy blogaversary! And your nails look so stunning! Love it!

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  24. Congrats! Really enjoy your blog. Your nails look fabulous. So creative.

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  25. OMG, I've tried that cinnamon sugar butter and it is amazeballs. I think mine was Country Crock though. Simply on toast, it's perfection. Makes me feel like I'm at TX Roadhouse.

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  26. I just got Phoenix and i did this look last week!!! I'm really loving orange polish right now, I have Rimmel Sunset Orange on my toes -- an orange jelly! Happy anniversary. :)

    Also, I'm convince the tiny glitters in Phoenix are all white matte, the base is tinted orange so they look orange... swatch it over white!

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  27. Ooooo, I love Cinnamon Sugar Butter!!!.. and, this mani! ;)

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  28. These are gorgeous! Congrats on the one year! I hope my blog is around that long, haha.

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  29. I love this! And congrats on your blogaversary! :D

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  30. This does look like the sun! Happy blogaversary! Your doing well! I'm over a year and only have 325 followers!

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  31. I love your mani! Happy blogiversary! Your blog is one of my very favorite. :)

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  32. happy first anniversary to you and your blog! that is a huge accomplishment! i wish you many more years of blogging. :D

    p.s. your nails are the coolest ever! :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
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  33. Aw happy blogiversary!! :D Your nails look stunning! I love the inspiration!

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  34. CONGRATS to 1 year!!! Here's to many more! ♥

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  35. You really got it! Your mani really calls back at sun surface!
    And happy blogoversary too :-)

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  36. Congrats! makes me think of they might be giants and their song about the sun. I need some great yellow and orange, those are sooooo pretty!

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  37. Awesome! You have always do the most beautiful gradients! :)

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  38. This is gorgeous! Happy Anniversary!

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  39. This is brilliant! Love it so much!

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  40. I adore these! So bright and beautiful--I want Phoenix now. And well, it couldn't look any more like the surface of the sun if you'd intended it to be that way from the start. Lovely mani, and happy blogoversary! Here's to many more :D

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  41. Happy Belated Blogoversary! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. You are definitely inspiring and your blog is one of the few that helped to get me started.

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  42. Beautiful! Love the color combo.

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  43. this is beautiful! and congrats on a year - thats an accomplishment for sure!

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  44. Happy Blogaversary! Your mani is HOTY HOT HOT!

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  45. I love the subtle. This mani is so cool! I mean hot! Oh, I am so funny.

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  46. Wow, you have been around for just one year yet and your blog already is so so awesome? I am slightly jealous right now ;).

    Congrats and what a gorgeous manicure this is.. looks so glowy and pretty!

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  47. Happy blogiversary ! I love this look, but I don't think I'd ever be able to pull it off.. orange and me just do not go well together !

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  48. I can not believe you have only been blogging for a year. I look up to your blog so much! Thank you for sharing your glorious nails with us.

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  49. sweet nails, blah blah blah whatever, but OH MY GOD CINNAMON SUGAR BUTTER I NEED THAT THANKS.

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  50. Great works!! mind blowing..like morning safari

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