Zoya Kotori

I was going to keep Anastasia on til tomorrow but I was all excited about Illamasqua's contest so I did some random painting on my nails for practice which of course wrecked my mani. I have a few ideas so far I hope it translates well enough onto my nails and I am able to actually do the painting.



Oh boy, how could a gradient attempt go oh so wrong? I gave it a good shot, still going to wear it since I love this color. Kotori is delicious bright blue/teal glitter swimming in a sheer black base. 5 coats at the tips and 2 at the cuticles. This is very sheer so I think at least 3 coats is a must, but so worth it. My pictures do not even do this color any justice, I am ashamed lol.



This is my third section, I started at the tips and worked my way up to the cuticle. After what you see here I painted 2 thin coats on the entire nail. I think I just picked a bad color. I used the method I saw at Mitsue's blog here (Mini Nail Blog). She has the best tutorials and is such a little sweetie pie if you haven't checked out her blog get on over there! Mitsue if you see this maybe you can tell me what I did wrong haha. (^o^)/

18 comments:

  1. i love the colour and i love the nail art u did that looks amazing,interesting colours gorjuz i love it

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  2. OH MY GOSH KAE THAT LOOKS SO GOOD!

    I love sheer polishes now after my Midnight Blue Glitter. I'm loving Zoyas too although I found their brush to be a bit small that is of course after using OPI's ginormous prowide brushes :p

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  3. Kotori is such a pretty shade. I think your gradient looks good. It's hit or miss every time I try and do one!

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  4. I love this colour!!! Your gradient looks really pretty :)

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  5. I like it! The gradient looks good to me. My attempts have been painful! I will check out Mitsue's blog too. I love Kotori though - very pretty shade :)

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  6. Lovely polish and great job with the gradiation! I have tried it two times and miserabely failed. I have to try again soon.

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  7. Skye:
    haha you're so sweet, thank you ;)

    Joyce:
    lol thanks, I think the brush is small too but it's not that bad huh. but yeah the opi wide really spoils us :D

    Mary:
    Yah I'm glad I got 2 outta 3 right haha. Well not that I dislike Envy but you know. Yeah same here, I kind of want to try the graduation liquid but hard to come by.

    Pinkginger:
    Thanks, I need to find a better color for this!

    Danielle:
    thank you, that's just too kind haha. I never know what colors to use too. You will love her blog!

    Alexlyndra:
    thanks, I need more practice too!

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  8. Hi Kae! Your nails are looking more and more gorgeous every time I see them. You have nothing to be ashamed about. The Kotori looks lovely on you. It's really a pretty shade. Love your gradient. You've done a lovely job and should be proud of it. Mitsue is one honey of a girl! She posts very helpful tutorials. Looking forward to more gradients from you.

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  9. WOW! When I first saw the 2 pictures I thought they were 2 different looks! Seriously, even your "in the process" picture looks amazing! It's so rad...I would totally even wear that out! And of course, the end result is gorgeous as always :)

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  10. That's a beautiful colour. I've been practising gradients myself but not managed anything good enough to show anyone yet.

    Out of everyone, I especially cannot wait to see your Illamasqua contest entry!

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  11. Helen, me NEITHER, I'm so looking forward to what you will do, Kae! I'm super excited to see it. This color is stunning, and I think you did a good job ! A lot better than anything I would dare to show on camera, like, ever. :P To me it looks lovely - and I especially like the last pic, it shows the progress of it. Really neat!

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  12. Hi Kae! I am trying to catch up on blogs and I noticed you changed your layout! Kotori looks amazing on you and I can't wait to see what you design for the Illamasqua competition either.

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  13. Holy crap, that is gorgeous. I am in awe! I am still trying to work on not getting nail polish all over my cuticles and fingers :P

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  14. i ordered this color too! what if you did it with a white base? im sure it would look better :D

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  15. Hi Lucy,

    Thank you! You know, ever since Nicole put up your entry I am so curious how big your stash is!

    tammi:
    haha, it does look really different in the mid process pic. Thank you :)

    Helen:
    yeah its so pretty but so darn tricky!
    oh man what if mine bombs (and not the good way bomb lol).

    Nicole:
    Oh man the pressure is on, I'm gonna draw stick figures. Thanks, but next time i will paint the whole nail with this color haha.

    grace:
    Hi how have you been? Super busy bee! thank you I love this color!

    May:
    Hi thank you. I have been a silent member of abb for about 2 years! :D Nice thing about a little slip here and there is it usually washes off in the shower.

    Nina:
    Woo, you'll love it! Hm interesting, white on the whole nail as base? I might have to try that next time thanks!

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  16. Hi Kae! I love this shade on you, and your gradient manicure looks great! I almost ordered this polish, now I'm so sad I didn't.
    xoxo
    Valerie

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  17. So pretty! I think you helped me to pick my 3rd Zoya for the 3-Free Facebook campaign.

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