Creative musings in bright colors

Shifted Average

A couple months ago I joined a group called the Polish Pickup Pack. I had been seeing ‘boxes’ for a while where every month they advertised a different set of polish but you had to buy all of them! Then PPP came along…and its actually quite cool! A whole bunch of indie polish makers each create a polish around a theme (mythical creatures, gemstones, holidays), and you can buy, or not buy, anything you want. Unfortunately, they only sell the polish for one week out of a month, and once that one week is over the polish will never be sold again. That said, I have picked up some REALLY cool polish!

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The one I am showing you here is from the October theme of “mythical creatures”, although I only received it in November since it takes a while for the makers to actually bottle and then ship all the polish. Still, this polish is freaking beautiful and worth waiting for! I have found in any given month that some of the polishes are really NOT my style, and some months many are right up my alley.

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This is three coats of Not Your Average Seahorse by Blush Lacquers. I have never tried a Blush polish before, but they killed it with this one! I don’t actually know how to describe this. The base is a deep navy blue jelly with a scattered holo finish. However, it also has a bright orange to gold to green shimmer that is made up of tiny flakies (wow), PLUS actual larger flakies that are green to purple to pink. It is ridiculous and I love it. I actually put it on my shelf with my multichrome polishes despite it not TECHNICALLY being a multichrome, because it doesn’t fit anywhere else!

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Anyway. I then colored in a triangular stamp with some black to add a bit of contrast, and stamped in gold. I do a bit wish that I had kept the black stripes in the same location on each nail, but I was going for something a bit more interesting? Regardless, I think it looks pretty cool!

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Colors:
~ Blue shifting: Blush Lacquers – Not Your Average Seahorse
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L070

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I bought one more polish from this particular month’s polish pickup pack that I’ll have up on the blog in a bit, and two from the December theme. Nothing struck my fancy from November. Regardless, if you are interested, you can join the Facebook group or just check out the offerings at the beginning of each month. I am a fan!

Foiled Foliage

I think I am pun-y! Well, it isn’t a pun, the title is basically just alliteration but it still makes me happy. As does this mani! It is technically still autumn…and currently the ground in Philly is completely covered in leaves. It is pretty, crunchy, and utterly ridiculous. When I walk outside I feel like I am eating leaves!

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The base polish here is intended, I think, as a topper…but I wanted to make it opaque! This is three coats of Raging Fire by Born Pretty over one thin coat of a dark red base. Honestly, this polish was almost completely opaque at two coats! The final coat was mostly for my pinky, which I had painted more sparsely than the others. Despite looking uneven, the glitter was actually quite smooth after one coat of top coat. That said, the polish itself is thick and a bit goopy…good for dense flakie placement but it would have been difficult to get a light coat of polish.

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The flakies themselves shift from pink/red to orange/copper to gold and emerald green at sharp angles. Since the flakes are at slightly different angles to each other, it is actually easy to get the whole color shift! It was mesmerizing.

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I then made stamping decals using a left design from plate Floral BPX-L018 with Essie Good as Gold and colored in between the leaves with OPI Visions of Love. It looks quite fun and glittery! I know I could have instead just painted the leaves of the stamping decal with flakies…but this was so much more fun :-p

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And, surprisingly, this was pretty easy to remove! Since they are flakies and not true glitter, they dissolve with acetone. The dark red was more painful since the color tends to stain my cuticles. If you want to pick up this flakie polish for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store, where you can find it on sale for $3.69. Enjoy!

Purple Salvage

I need to label a few of my polishes “for toes only.” I own, as far as I know, four polishes which bleed so badly that any color you try and put over them, including METALLIC colors, will disappear into the abyss. For some reason, I forgot that this was one of them.

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I was attending a wedding the weekend I did these, and wore a very pretty bright purple dress. Now, I own two bright purple holo polishes, but decided to wear the one I never touch (Purple by Nabi) rather than the one I love (Berry Good Looking by Cupcake Polish). This was a critical mistake. Purple is very pretty, and is exactly the correct shade…and then I stamped over it with silver and a light purple creme. Initially, everything went well. I added some silver beads, took some photos, and then added to coat.

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Within 15 seconds I knew that was a mistake. However, one cannot wear a stamp without top coat, the design rubs right off! So I was in a bind. I was left with very ugly patchy looking patterns on my nails, some of which faded completely into bright purple and some of which stood out sharply. It was awful.

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I showed my husband, who said they looked “just fine” and promptly went to sleep. I almost growled. However, I then remembered that I just got a set of nail art brushes to review in the mail from the Born Pretty Store. Could I just paint over the design by hand?

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The answer, clearly, is yes. I ended up using two of the 5 brushes here, a cleaning brush (which does a very fine job at details, the edge of my nail never looked so pretty, but isn’t stiff enough to really remove large swatches of polish), and the fine detail brush. I love the fine detail brush. It is skinny, the perfect length, and wonderfully sturdy.

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So, I colored over the silver with a glittery fast-dry silver that I also never use because it dries to quickly to be useful. I then grabbed one of the polishes that I always plan to give away, a shimmery top coat that I use maybe once a year, and placed it over the light purple. Voila! This is why I should never give away polish…and also should have a dedicated space for “for toes only” involving polishes that bleed like it’s their job.

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Anyway, that is the saga of my nail art. I could post all the polishes here, but you can’t see half of them so whats the point? The nail art brushes you can find here for $4.59. Enjoy!

Bali Bursting

Oh goodness you guys, this was a mess. I looked at the polish and went “yay, pastel multichrome!” I should have realized that if that was a possible thing lots of indie brands would have jumped on it. Whoops.

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What you see here is three thin coats of Bali Mist by Sinful Colors…and you can still see my free edge. Also, bubbles, boo! Basically I am fairly certain this is meant to be a topper for a dark-colored polish, I just didn’t use it that way. It really isn’t particularly opaque on its own. That said, when I used my mat and painted it over black I STILL couldn’t see much in the way of a color shift! So, multichrome in the bottle, not so much on the nail or mat.

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I also am not 100% sure where I was going with this design. I love how crisp the stamping is, but I have no idea what it is! Modern?

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Colors:
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Bali Mist
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Blue holo: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ Stamps: BP – L049, L070

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Anyway, sorry today was a flop! But just wait for Friday…it gets better (it also gets a little stream-of-conscious which should be interesting!).

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Hope you enjoyed at least a little!

Bright Patchwork

It isn’t technically winter yet! Also, as of writing this, it has been unseasonably warm in Philly. So…fall themes are still appropriate!

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Although, to be fair, I think I’d find a way to use rainbows no matter the season, but since patchwork designs somehow scream “autumn” I don’t feel terrible for postponing posting these until now!

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I actually painted these back when I posted the fall-themed patchwork nails (the orange ones) but these were done with stamping decals to compare. Unsurprisingly, I liked the free-handed ones significantly more, but these were so much faster!

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Colors:
~ Nude: OPI – Be There in a Prosecco
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Orange: Nubar – Hot Orange
~ Yellow: Love & Beauty – Yellow
~ Green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Dream On
~ Stamp: BM – 607

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That’s it for today! Also, despite all my chatter, the rest of this week is not themed in any way (unless “things that have been sited in my painted folder for months” is a theme). Hope you enjoyed!

Dangling Drops

So, this mani has nothing to do with Autumn, winter, or the holidays. It is just glittery.

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Really, this is just a simple stamp from the Born Pretty Store and some purple polish. Yes, it is kinda fun that I stamped with a silver holo polish (glitter!) but that is about it!

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However, the stamp itself is quite nice…it is one of those buffet plates where you can pick up an image from anywhere and it will go well together. I liked the idea of using the edge of the plate to make a dangling drop design, but I could have done anything! It is very well-etched.

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Colors:
~ Purple: Sephora X – Ignition
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Stamp: BP – 181

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Hope you enjoyed! I should have some fall/winter/holiday designs ready by next week. And if you want this stamping plate for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store where it is on sale for $1.59.

Flakie Overlay

I think the theme of this week is “things Eva matted.” However, unlike Monday’s post, I am really sad that this mani did not end up glossy!

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The design was inspired by @kgrdnr, as many good things are. I mostly just wanted to use Ski Lodge by ILNP because it somehow found its way onto my desk. However, then I decided it wasn’t quite glittery enough, and I added some flakies over top. Voila!

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Despite being really simple, I think this came out rather awesome. I have missed working with dark greens (they are not an approved-of color in the hospital or on the interview trail), and holographic + flakie polishes are an awesome combination.

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Colors:
~ Dark green creme: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Dark green holo: ILNP – Ski Lodge
~ Green flakies: Lyn B Designs – The Speed of Light, you Know
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Matte: KBShimmer – Oh Matte!

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Regardless, you can also see why I am sad I matted this! Usually I am all-for matted flakies, but I ended up removing some of the depth in the design and certainly in getting rid of the awesome holo inherent in Ski Lodge. Oops! I’ll likely try a similar design with a different color, and I just need to remember to keep it glossy 🙂

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