Batter up! Baseball season is back!

Growing up I was always a big baseball fan. My father would take my sister and me to almost every Devil Rays game when we were younger. The picture bottom right is of (in order) my dad, me and my sister. Weren’t we cute?IMG_2878

Even though the Devil Rays are now the Rays, I am still a major fan! This past year I got to meet Ben Zobrist, who is one of the Rays’ top players. IMG_6135

Ben recently spoke at Lipscomb University, where I got to meet him. I was a little celeb shocked when I met him, but I managed to get a picture.IMG_6256

I may have been a little sweaty shaking his hand. I mean it’s not every day you get to meet your hometown baseball team star!

This year I was also was blessed to meet R.A. Dickey when he came to speak at chapel. Dickey is a NL Cy Young award winner who recently signed with the Blue Jays IMG_4698organization.

I was pretty excited to meet him as well! Yes, that is RA Dickey in our locker room.

I got to talk with RA about his move to the Blue Jays organization. Growing up only 15 minutes away from where the Blue Jays’ spring training games were held, I would always watch them play. The picture below is from spring training 2012 vs. the Braves.photo-6

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget that this is still a nail blog! What can I say? I get a little excited about baseball season.

Now that spring training is finally over and baseball season is back in business, I wanted to do a nail design that would be a definite home run!

Thankfully I have a wonderful mother who knows I am obsessed with nails and baseball so she sent me the idea. Yes she actually drew it out for me.IMG_6041

To get this baseball look start out with a base coat, like always then, take reinforcement labels which you can find at any store that sells office supplies. The colorful ones are optional. 🙂

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Taking a reinforcement label, place it just blow the white part of your nail tip. This will help you get a french tip look.IMG_7211

Paint the tip of your nail white. For this look I used two coats of Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White.

IMG_7212Your nail should look like the picture above. Let dry for around five seconds, then pull off the reinforcement label carefully. IMG_7213

Next, I used a red stripe rite brush to make a line right under the french tip. IMG_7214Still using the red stripe rite brush, I placed diagonal dashes along the red under the french tip to get the look of baseball seams.IMG_7216

There is always a chance of polish getting on your skin. If you wish to remove the polish around the nail so you can take fabulous pictures of your nails before messing them up because your nails are not dry and you have to go to the bathroom, just take a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover and remove the polish around the skin.IMG_7217

Finish with a top coat!

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Hope you enjoyed this post! If you are baseball fan, may your team have a good season and lose to the Rays! GO RAYS!

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A different way to do gradient.

It’s getting closer to spring break and I can’t wait to go home to sunny Florida! The beach and a tan is all I need!IMG_6794

I figured that I would do a post that related to the blue water at Clearwater beach. So I did a reciprocal gradient nail art design, using OPI’s Suzi Says Feng Shui, China Glaze For Audrey and Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

To start, I painted two coats to all of my nails using For Audrey. Then I placed tape around my nails to minimize the clean up process.

Using a make-up sponge, I painted on Snow Me White first and blended in For Audrey next. After that I blended Suzi Says Feng Shui to help get the gradient look. Your sponge should look like the picture below.

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Then I lightly dabbed my nail bed with the make-up sponge, applying two coats.

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You can see in the picture above how the tape helps with clean up.

For the next step wait about ten minutes for the polish to completely dry. Then place three small pieces of tape on all your nails.

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Then repeat the gradient step painting the polishes on the make-up sponge again, but instead of having the white part of the sponge facing the tip of the nail, have it facing the cuticle. This will give the reciprocal gradient look.

I find that the lines come out clearer and look better when you take the tape off of after applying two coats of polish with the make-up sponge.

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This is what you should get for your final product. My pinky nail displays the original gradient look.

Thanks for reading and have fun but safe spring break!

Happy painting! 🙂