Morning Everyone!!

I hope you all are doing well this morning. We’re halfway through the week, and I only have a few more midnight shifts until I get a much needed 4 day break!

A few weeks back I was contacted by a representative of X-Out, an acne treatment/skin care brand specifically for teens from the makers of Proactiv. They are doing a really great nail art project for an amazing cause. For every blogger that created an X-Out themed manicure they are going to donate $200 toΒ Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center!

Pacer’s is a great national organization that helps to prevent bullying, and they help educate communities on how to address this serious issue. I never personally experienced bullying in school but I know how devastating it can feel to be on the receiving end of unkind words.

Even though I definitely came up with this theme after working 10 hours overnight and on the fly, I’m pretty pleased with the results! I included the images they sent me for inspiration at the bottom of this post, let’s see what I came up with. πŸ˜€


My X-Out Nail Project Mani!

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Polishes Used:

China Glaze – Grape Juice

Wet n Wild – On A Trip

Lynderella – Bride Of Franken

OPI – Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh?

Essie – Go Overboard

L.A. Colors Art Deco – White

SinfulColors Nail Art Polish – Black

I’m writing this post on 2 hours of sleep from way earlier today, so let’s see if I remember how I did this. πŸ˜› I did gradients with Grape Juice, On A Trip, Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh?, and Going Overboard on my pointer, middle and pinky fingers. I used striping tape on my pinky to get the staggered striped pattern, and each gradient is different from the other but in the same color theme.

I then added a coat of Bride Of Franken on my pointer finger. And I used my black and white nail art pens to create the X on my middle finger. Finally I added microbeads in silver, purple, black and blue to my ring finger, topped my other three fingers with top coat and I was done! Below are some close-ups of each design. πŸ˜€
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My pointer/index finger.
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Middle finger.
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Ring finger.
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And my pinky, which is my favorite of all the ones I did for this manicure. If you’re wondering what base color I used then you’ll have to wait for that post later this week. πŸ˜‰


X Out bottle and box
I was provided with images of the X-Out bottle, packaging, and their X-Out ‘manifesto’ to work with. I used the colors and patterns from both to come up with my nail art designs. ^_^


I hope you all enjoyed my NOTD, it’s not often that I can say a manicure of mine was for a greater cause other than creating lemmings. πŸ˜‰ With the opportunity to help Pacer’s, I just couldn’t pass this up!

I’d like to again thank Proactiv, X-Out and Guthy-Renker for thinking of my blog for this amazing nail art project! πŸ˜€