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Manicure Monday: Graduation Ball Edition

Monday 24 June 2013

Last night was my graduation ball. It was such an incredible night, filled with glamour, splendour and hundreds of happy graduates basking in 3 years worth of memories. I had a truly Cinderella moment, wearing a dress which was probably the most captivating things I’ve ever seen. I promise to do a full post as soon as I’ve sorted out the picture. But first I wanted to do a Manicure tutorial on the nails I did. My dress was very very sparkly, so I wanted to keep my nails quite simple, with only a hint of my usual jazziness. Sometimes you can have too much sparkle... but only rarely mind.


My dress had purple beads on it, so I used that as the main colour, and then my shoes were a bronze, so I decided to do an accent nails to tie it all together.

To recreate you will need:
  • Look by BIPA: 12 Fluffy
  • Sally Hansen Gem Crush: 03 Big Money
  • Nail Gems (I actually used MUA body gems- Just put a dab of clear nail varnish on first to stick)

First paint all but your ring finger in 12 Fluffy, and allow to dry.

Then paint your ring finger in 2-3 coats of 03 Big Money.

Once  completely dry, using a nail art dotter, dot a blob of clear varnish on the base of your nail, then carefully pick up a gem stone using tweezers and place on the blob. Press down lightly to secure.

Once dry, you can cover with clear to secure further, but this does take away the shine. 


It was a very simple design, but due to my new shaped nails, they defiantly stood out. If anyone else has got their graduation ball coming up, do let me know, I’d love to hear all about it. 

Laura x

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  1. Love the glitter accent nail! :) it makes the mani look so cute!

    xoxo -B ♡

  2. Beautiful likevthe shape of the nails.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog - did you realise your comment rhymed?

    Love these nails, so pretty xx

  4. They look pretty darn good! Definitely not as spiky as we discussed but definitely stiletto! You might be converting me to the stiletto look ;) Looking forward to seeing your graduation frock! x

    1. Thanks Kay. I know, not quite the Jessie J look, but maybe next time :P x

  5. This looks pretty good! Love the accent nail.

    Your nails look pretty fab too.


  6. beautiful nails, love the crystals!

    Louise Loves

  7. Congratulations on graduating! Your nails look AMAZING and I can't wait to see your outfit from the night. Following your blog, I love it!


    1. Thanks hun! :) I'm writing the post now for it :) xx

  8. LOVE THIS POST! Soo cool, I am about to follow you. Maybe you could head over to my blog and follow me too? PS- Love the design of you blog!

  9. Wow they are gorgeous!!

    Christina xx

  10. I love these nails! I really want to get back into doing my nails, I'm just not very good at it. I'm also following your blog now.


  11. love the colors and the designs =) hope you'll have time to spare and visit my blog too =) and might consider following each other? just let me know =) Smile =)

  12. Hi Laura,

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! Your nails look absolutely gorgeous and your dress from graduation ball is beautiful! Glad you had such a good time.

    Now following via bloglovin' and look forward to your future posts!

    Emily xxx