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Toothless – 31DC2014

During the “inspired by a movie day” I discovered the nail art that I just had to try myself: More Nail Polish’s Toothless mani from the movie How To Train Your Dragon. I cheated a little, using a black slightly textured base, but I love how this came out and the inspiration is awesome!

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Her inspiration came from this particular picture of toothless. I tried to mimic the same one:

This mani was much easier than I though it would be, thanks mostly to a polish I was recently sent to review! Well, more to nail art with. The lovely Hillary at Mentality sent me the Textured Earth Tones collection, so I have many textured matte polishes to play with! I will open this by saying that over the course of the next two or so weeks you guys will be seeing a LOT of matte manicures! Although Mentality states that these are “textured,” I think they have more of a crushed satin texture than the gritty texture we are used to with Zoya and OPI and the like. I will be doing a comparison post between creme/matte/textured/these guys shortly so you can see what I mean. ANYWAY. The base of Toothless is the slightly textured black matte polish Asphalt.

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I will be doing a full review post of all 12 of these polishes once I am doing testing them all. For now, I will just say that Asphalt is definitely a black matte polish with subtle but cool-looking texture. This is two thin coats. One warning with these polishes: you get three passes with the brush (center, right, left) before it starts pulling on the previous polish. So go fast and you will have no problems at all, but don’t try to overwork them!

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The rest of the design was painted on with various green polishes, blue, and some gold and white. The scales were done with blobs of top coat over Asphalt.

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I love how this mani came out! And I love the inspiration (from both the movie and More Nail Polish). I hope you enjoyed!

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I am glad to be done with the 31 Day Challenge….two full challenges within 3 months is probably more than I can handle. I am very much looking forward to NOT posting on weekends, and getting to play with my new pretties! May the dragon be with you!

Abstract Rainbow Decal – 31DC2014

So…close…to…done… Anyway. Today’s challenge was “tutorial.” I wasn’t sure if this meant follow a tutorial or make one. So I made one. It is rather absurdly complicated and takes at least two days and three steps. Rainbow decals made from abstract patterns!

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First, the pretty nail photos. Ooh, ahhh. I am not going to post the names of all the polishes used, but its almost entirely cremes, with one (orange) shimmer. The most important thing is to use an opaque black for the initial stamp!

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I do not recommend storing any stamping decals for more than a week or so…they dry out even more and become stiff and breakable. The one on my middle finger was actually stored for 3 months (yes, the initial decal was made in the spring and I just never used it), and it started separating from the grey base after about a day. The other three stayed on just fine until I removed the mani 3 days later.

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And now, onto the tutorial! The wording will be brief-ish.

TUTORIAL:

Abstract Rainbow Decal Tutorial
Part 1: Making the Decal
1) Pick the stamp you want to use. I went with a Bundle Monster stamp with lots of open space for rainbows!
2) Paint black stamping polish onto your stamp, and scrape off as usual
3) Pick up the stamp, wait a minute for the black polish to dry on the rubber
4) Start painting in the stamp with the colors of your choice. Add enough color for it to be opaque, but do not make it very thick or it will bubble when you apply the decal
5) Finish painting as you desire, let dry for a few minutes
6) Add a thick coat of top coat over the decal. Make it thick enough that you can later remove the decal, but not so thick that it will not be malleable. I have found that ONE thick coat is enough, not two.
7) Wait. No really, wait. At least 30 minutes. I usually wait >1 hour. Remove decal with tweezers, and flip it inside out (so that the side with the complete stamp is convex.
8) Repeat until you have as many decals as you need. Let them dry overnight

Part 2: Prepping, Accent Nail
1) Paint on your base colors. I chose grey so that the color would still show but the black would appear opaque. My accent nail was black.
2) On your accent nail, add concentric rings of lines and dots
3) On your accent nail, fill in the lines and dots with the same colors you used in the decal. Wait for this to dry a bit before proceeding (so you don’t smudge it)

Part 3: Applying the decal
1) Take the decals you made and figure out the orientation you want, as well as which nail each decal will go on. Using sharp scissors, cut the decal to size (trim the corners to be angled, trim the sides to fit)
2) Over your base coat of color, add a thin coat of clear top coat and quickly apply the decal. Press down, from the middle towards the outside of your nail. Make sure the decal is firmly pressed and sticking. **note: make SURE your base color is COMPLETELY DRY before attaching the decal, or it will ooze out and be very nasty. The THIN coat of top coat will help the decal adhere, if the base is wet it will get destroyed**
3) Using 100% acetone, clean up around the decals, so none of the decal hangs over the edges of your nails.
4) Add top coat to the accent nail and decals. I have found that two coats is good to hold the decal in place and smooth it down. Don’t forget to wrap the free edge of your nail!

Cosmic Lightening – 31DC2014

The start of this “supernatural” mani is Masquerade by I Love Nail Polish. I am a huge fan of multi chromes, and I just couldn’t resist picking this one up in my last order! To avoid covering all of her loveliness up, I added some strokes of black lightening (with gold highlights). It looks so cool/creepy!

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I might also add that this was the mani I was wearing when the boy proposed. So this mani got featured (sneakily) earlier this month! It is ALSO my two-year blogaversary! 🙂 I should put together a giveaway, yes? Maybe when this challenge ends…

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Masquerade is a beautiful magenta – gold – green multi chrome. Opaque in two thicker or three thinner coats, self-leveling, not streaky, and AWESOMELY color shifting! I think the color shift might be even more pronounced than in my reigning favorite, Birefringence…mostly because the pink to green to gold is more striking than blue to purple to green.

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This was just a lot of fun to wear! Lots of colors and shiftiness 🙂

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Colors:
– Pink/gold/green multi chrome: ILNP – Masquerade
– Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
– Gold: Catrice – Genius in the Bottle

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Hope you enjoyed! Only two days left in the challenge. And then I DO NOT HAVE TO POST ON WEEKENDS ANYMORE!

The Flags of Middle Earth – 31DC2014

I have always disliked “flag” day in the 31 day challenge…I try to come up with something inspiring and I usually fail. This time, I think I did NOT fail. At least, if you are a nerd 😀

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I have on my nails the flags of Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings! Unfortunately, a lot of the real flags do not get described in the books (or portrayed in the movie) but I made do with what the internet told me. Ideally, I wanted at least one Elven flag, but those really don’t seem to exist!

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The flags:
-Pinky: The feather quill of the Shire
-Ring: The white hand of Saruman
-Middle: The white tree, crown, and 7 stars of Gondor
-Pinter: The white horse rampant of Rohan
-Thumb: The golden arrow of Dale (little known kingdom of men, killed by the dragon Smaug)

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This was a lot of fun to make and actually remarkably fast! The detail work only took about 30 minutes.

Colors
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Gold: Essie – Penny Talk

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Enjoy! I should also probably warn you readers…this was the last post that I had done ahead of time. I am now flying by the seat of my pants as to what I get done and edited in time! So let’s hope I can keep up!

Art Deco, Pink – 31DC2014

I kept looking for artistic inspiration, and ended up just going with the theme of art deco. Why? Mostly because I love striping tape! The inspiration for this design came from Nuthin But A Nail Thing because lets be honest…if it involves really cool gradients, she probably came up with it.

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This was actually surprisingly simple. White base, striping tape, pink gradient, black rectangles and squares. Despite that, I think I got more compliments on this than on anything I have in a while!

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Colors
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Light pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Medium pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Dark pink: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!

Fading Chevrons (Fail) – 31DC2014

Chevrons are a pattern, right? And having them fade away is cool, right? At least it is when the talented Tartofraises does it! Mine…not so much.

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I really did try…but as Tartofraise recommends, it is better to use a squishy and hole-filled sponge to add the degradation of holo polish. I don’t own a sponge like that. So this…really didn’t work.

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Colors
~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Holo blue: Nfu Oh – #65

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Also, my poor Nfu Oh holo is really getting crackly. I’m not sure I would be able to really use it anymore! My first dabble into holo, 3 years ago. Which reminds me, we are approaching my 2 year blogaversary! Kinda fun. I might have to line up a giveaway!

Monarch – 31DC2014

This is a slightly updated version of one of my all-time favorite personal nail arts…textured monarch butterfly wings! This time, I added an additional color (yellow) to the gradient. The mani is counting for “Fashion” day in the 31 Day Challenge because it looks like one of my favorite dresses, this amazing butterfly dress by Luly Yang.

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This mani is actually rather simple…it probably takes longer to take off (thank you, textured polishes) than it does to put on! I put together a tutorial almost a year ago, I’ll post it if you guys want! Just let me know.

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Colors
~ Yellow: Zoya – Solange
~ Light orange: Julie G – Tangerine Dream
~ Medium orange: Julie G – Sugar Rush
~ Dark orange: Julie G – Hot Cinnamon
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White

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Yah ok, so I just love butterfly wing nail art. And you know you do too! Enjoy 😀

Abhorsen’s Magic – 31DC2014

This mani was painted because I wanted to see what would happen if I combined all three of my ILNP multi chromes and then added silver holographic lines. Basically, SO MUCH COLOR. Even though there are only 4 nail polishes visible and one of those is silver.

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The interesting insight into this (I had no real plan) was my boyfriend (oh god, do I have to call him fiancé? frightening!), who immediately told me that it looked like “the stained glass in Abhorsen’s house” from the Sabriel/Lirael/Abhorsen trilogy. He is totally right. Complete with quasi-magical color shifting!

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Depending on how I look at my nails, I am getting an entire rainbow from three colors. It’s awesome. Mutagen is doing a pink-green-blue thing, Birefringence is doing teal-blue-purple, and Masquerade is doing magenta-orange-gold-green. It’s killing me. And the holo in Harp On It (Color Club) is just icing on the rainbow cake! I should mention that these are all brushed on free-hand over black creme, except obviously Harp On It. That was freehanded with a striping brush.

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For all that this mani took less than 20 minutes, it looks EPIC. Seriously. Colors! I need to try a real gradient with these three colors, somehow.

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Gah. Ok. I’ll try to contain my photo-taking-madness. Magic nails! I know these aren’t actually book-based, but I didn’t have anything else and once Abhorsen was mentioned I just had to use them!

The Fifth Element – 31DC2014

Today’s challenge was “movie” and so I went ahead and picked The Fifth Element. It is a truly wacky nerd movie, and I’ve seen it at least 5 times. It is not so much that it is my favorite movie…more that there are some iconic images from it that I thought would translate well to nail art!

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For those of you who HAVE seen the movie, I would like to hope that most of my nails are recognizable. My pinky, pointer, and thumb are the 4 symbols that create the Divine Light. My middle and ring fingers are outfits that Leeloo wears at various points…the white rubber band suit (totally NOT the official name) and the orange swiss cheese suit (also, not official).

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Colors
~ Nude: Wet n’ Wild – Private Viewing
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Orange: Nubar – Hot Orange

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This mani was very simple, although it was hard to free-hand the tiny lines and squiggles! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!

Set Fire To The Rain – 31DC2014

It’s song day in the 31 Day Challenge! I had the hardest time picking a song this year…I wanted (again, like last year) to do Fireflies by Owl City, but realized a different song had been stuck in my head for days. I present the nail art interpretation of Set Fire To The Rain by Adele.

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I swear, I am trying really hard to learn all the lyrics to this song. I just love the way Adele sings, and for some reason I know most of her other songs and just missed this one! Oops.

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Honestly, this looked better in my doodles. It is harder to draw flames with my non-dominant hand than I had anticipated, and I should have moved the raindrop further down my nail so I didn’t run out of room for the fire! Live and learn.

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Colors
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Light blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Red: City Color – Red
~ Orange: Sinful Colors – Courtney Orange
~ Yellow: Revlon – Electric
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 312

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Hope you enjoyed!

Ballet Blue – 31DC2014

Ballet blue is a difficult color, because it exists in time not space. It only occurs in the few moments between dusk and night, on a clear day, when the whole sky briefly lights up a vivid true blue. I used to see it through the curtain of my ballet studio when I was young.

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Ballet blue always reminded me of late summers, peace, calm, dinners with family. The end of the day, beginning of the evening. And I only ever saw it through the gauzy white waving curtains at ballet. I think if I could create one nail polish color, I might try to make a true ballet blue. This is not ballet blue…its a bit too dark and dusty. It doesn’t have enough shimmer. (I can think of exactly 3 polishes that I wished existed that I can’t find, but the first one is ballet blue).

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The prompt for today was “inspired by a color” and I just could not get ballet blue out of my head. I had to try. There are only three colors used here, Shocking Seas by Maybelline, Allure by Revlon, and Black on Black by Sinful Colors.

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I put together a step-by-step of how I made the curtains for this mani if you guys want me to post it! I don’t know why I keep making tutorials that I don’t post. But I do have it.

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Enjoy! And make sure to check out what other color inspirations where discovered today. Even if none are quite as graceful as ballet blue :-p

Summer Marble – 31DC2014

There isn’t much of an excuse for why I don’t like this…except that I don’t. The colors just don’t work that well and the constancy of the polishes was different, so the lines I pulled through were not straight! Ah well, so be it.

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I ended up adding some glitter to the top of the marble when I was done, just for the sake of sparkles. Not sure if I think it was the best idea in retrospect, but I was feeling glitters.

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Secret Admirer
~ Glitter: KBShimmer – I Only Have Ice For You

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I also need to stop trying to dip 2-3 fingers at once, and just acknowledge that this works best if I dip one lonely finger at a time!

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Enjoy!

Black Holes and Supernovas – 31DC2014

I don’t know why, but everyone (me included) loves putting holographic glitter over galaxy manis. I decided, when putting together my galaxy mani for the 31DC that I wanted to change things up a bit, and add black and white glitter to create stars and black holes!

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So really, this is just a standard galaxy mani, but this one has black holes. Small AND large ones. And some supernovas and shooting stars (see my thumb) for good measure.

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Colors
~ Teal glitter: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Dark blue: Wet n’ Wild – Blue Moon
~ Light blue: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Light teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Black and white: Maybelline – Clearly Spotted

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Honestly, I forgot to write down what I used as I did it, so I might be forgetting a blue or teal in there. All I know is that Mermaid’s Tale is stunning and I keep not wanting to cover it up!

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Anyway, enjoy galaxy day!

Mutagenized – 31DC2014

I got new ILNP ultra chromes! I just couldn’t resist. I had a 25% off code and I swear I’m obsessed with color changing polishes. I took 100+ photos (luckily you don’t have to see them all) because WHEE COLOR. The idea for the art came from SharingVu. Unfortunately, I had not yet bought a new white polish when I made these, and it is hard to get thin tiny flowers with a drying up polish 😦

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Mutagen by ILNP is awesome, if unconventional. I had thought when I bought this polish that it was going to be green-blue-purple or something like that. It is, in fact pink/grey-green-blue. The primary color in direct lighting is actually a grayish pink shimmer! This was not what I wanted (I love green) but honestly it looked pretty cool.

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The swatches show three thin coats. Absolutely 0 trouble with application, no brush strokes. But if you (like me) have unfortunate bubbles with your base coat, they will show through!

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As always with multichromes, I really did not want to cover up the polish! I settled on something that let a color of the color through, but still picked up on the fun color-shifty aspects. I am overall quite pleased with this polish (my design maybe less so), even if the color change is less than with Birefringence.

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Colors
~ Green: ILNP – Mutagen
~ White: Wet n’ WIld – French White Creme
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Dream On

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I have to say, the half-moon manis are growing on me! I do actually kinda like it, as long as it is suitably jazzed up. I can’t wait to see what everyone else did for the 31DC!

Glittery Abstractions – 31DC2014

Sometimes you just grab a polish and go with it. I grabbed one of my underused (but still loved) dark blue glitter bombs and just tried to come up with something to do. Like stamping over it with a random pattern. And then more glitter…because glitter!

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Really, this was just a strange design. And I wanted more holographic-ness so I added some glitter that I pulled out of I Snow You Love Me from last year’s OPI winter release.

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Colors
– Blue glitter bomb: KBShimmer – Will Yule Marry Me?
– White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
– Holo glitter: OPI – I Snow You Love Me
– Stamp: Bundle Monster – 201

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That’s all! Odd glittery bits. Enjoy!

Geometrically Inclined – 31DC2014

I spotted this design (different combinations of striping tape, colors, and stamping) over at The Nail Polish Project a few weeks ago, and fell in love! I decided I HAD to try it, and what better than for geometry day? I didn’t quiet do as well as my muse… she got the coloring/stamping right and I didn’t! Which is to say most of the teal is uncovered and that was unintentional. I shall just have to try again!

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The hardest part of this was actually picking out the stamps. I need more stamps…I only have the 2011 and 2012 bundle monster sets, and quite a few of my plates don’t work. So I have a rather limited cache from which to pick.

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Colors
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented

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I am not going to bother listing the stamps because that requires moving to get the stamping binder. If you are curious just ask! And go check out the other geometric designs for today!

Engagement Inspired

So, this is a special post. Yes, it is going under “delicate” day for the 31 Day Challenge, but it also stands alone. On September 6th, my boyfriend of just under 4 years proposed to me. This nail art is inspired by my engagement ring 😀

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Nail art first, read to the bottom if you want the proposal story! I don’t like diamonds (seriously, all that fuss and money for a clear stone?) and I do like colors, so he got me sapphires! Thus, this mani is blue and silver (palladium isn’t a nail polish color).

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Simple, but delicate…silver swirls on blue, with some hidden dark blue glequins along the side of my nails! Can you see them?

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Colors:
~Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~Silver: A England – Excalibur
~Stamp: Bundle Monster – 314

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I got a lot of comments at the surprise engagement party about how I needed to make matching nails, so this was my response!

—-The Engagement —-

So, my boyfriend has been aware of my reluctance to be engaged, and was equally aware that I had no plans of ever being with someone other than him. He decided stage a rather elaborate proposal, involving 40ish of our closest friends, fancy dinner, lanterns, candles, and lots of tasty food!

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He and I always get dressed up for dates (even if we aren’t going someplace nice…it’s just a thing we do for fun) and we had plans to go to Morimoto (fancy Japanese place) and try the tasting menu since we always order normal food when we go there. So we get all dolled up and head out to the restaurant. After dinner, we take a taxi back and he suggests walking around the park to work off some of the calories. He made a point to tell me to wear comfortable shoes while I was getting ready, so I agreed (we do this occasionally).

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Oddly, he gave the taxi driver directions to the park three blocks from our apartment, rather than the one we usually go to (which is Rittenhouse park, 5 blocks away). When we get there, I see a circle of people holding lanterns and candles standing in the grass. It is around 9:30 at this point and dark out…and I only see the faces of the two closest people, neither of whom I recognize (they were my boyfriend’s lab members). The conversation went something like this:

Me: Woah, it looks like there is some type of church youth group thing going on in the park! Look at all those people with lanterns in a circle! How odd. (one of my friends was wearing a white robe…turns out it was a Leia costume from star wars, but I couldn’t tell from far away. She looked like a nun.)
Jerome: Let’s go join them!
Me: Are you kidding? That’s weird! No, let’s just walk.
Jerome: I think I see some of the kids from my lab. Come on!
Me: Nope. You can go join them if you want, I’m going to stay here!
Jerome: Come join me!
Me: Nah. I’m wearing shoes with pointy heels, I’ll sink into the wet grass!
Jerome: Oh! I didn’t think of that. Um…you can take my hand if you want

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At which point I took his hand (which was shaking…I should have gotten a clue!) and we walked to the circle of people with lanterns. The circle opens up, and I assume we will stand in the circle. But no, we keep walking…to the center of the circle. At this point, despite the dark, I can see people’s faces. I recognize two people (one friend from high school and one from college) who should NOT BE IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME and it hits me that he was about to propose. I had roughly 30 seconds before I knew I needed to turn around and respond (during which time I was muttering out loud “What the f***. What the f***. What the h*** is going on?! No way. No way.” I was also trying to determine what an appropriate response was (I couldn’t say “yes sweetie” or anything cute like that because we don’t do cute nicknames…and calling him “hippo” in front of everyone seems odd), and how to handle the fact that I was at the time wearing a ring on my ring finger, that I was afraid of losing if I removed it. I decided I had to take the ring box (with the ring in it) and put it on once we got back to the apartment where I could both see the ring (it was too dark out to see it) and not lose the one I was wearing.

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Jerome: Eva, you have made the last four years the happiest of my life, and I want you to come explore the future with me. Will you marry me?
Me: Yes, you idiot!

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Then lots and lots of hugs from people in this giant circle of friends…and it starts to rain! So we head to our apartment. It has been (magically) set up with flowers and electric candles and food and cake, and we have an impromptu engagement party!

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It was overall a rather wonderful experience, even if I was in no way prepared to be engaged just yet! Friend flew in from Boston, Ohio, DC, California…even some of our med school friends in residency who were on call that weekend managed to get out and be there!

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Anyway, that is the story. The actual plan (according to boyfriend) was to have everyone light a paper lantern (a-la-Tangled) and float them into the sky when we got out of the taxi. Unfortunately, it was far too windy near the river where he proposed for the candles to stay lit! (He had apparently tried a dry-run at a park on campus and it worked fine there) so he settled for the lanterns instead.

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Fin!

**Bonus** one of my best friends snapped a picture of my face the first time the boy called me “fiancé.” Enjoy.

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Vintage in Blue – 31DC2014

I did these nails before the 31 Day Challenge started and just couldn’t figure out where to put them. Blue day? Delicate day? (Just wait till you see tomorrow’s post, I have some BIG NEWS.) I settled on floral day, because wheeee flowers!

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This is a bit of vintage nail art. I always think “light blue-grey” when someone says vintage, so I just have to go with it! The design is based off a beautiful bit of art by @m_a_tom. I would never think to put side rhinestones on my nails, but it seems to be popular right now and it does look good!

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Unfortunately, the mani took a bit longer than I would have liked because I decided to hand-paint the straight lines. Oy. Striping tape, I miss you! Roses were fun though. I think I’m getting better at this!

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Colors
~ Blue textured: Julie G – Blueberry Fizz
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Cream
~ Light blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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I hope you enjoyed these floral skittle nails! And I promise, when you see what I have planned for tomorrow…well, it had some very special inspiration!

Peacock Gradient – 31DC2014

Bundle Monster has this peacock feather stamp. I own it. And it will not stamp (it isn’t engraved deep enough). I am too lazy to email them and request a replacement (although I really should, I keep meaning to test ALL THE STAMPS and then email them for the ones that don’t work. I know of at least two plates of mine that just won’t stamp) ANYWAY. I wanted to use it and I can’t. So I made my own version.

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The stamp I did use was another bundle monster, just a criss-cross pattern from plate 209. I then added a gold and then a dot of turquoise and then a blue dot at the apex of each crossed bit. It took an hour. Too many dots. And it STILL doesn’t look as good as the initial stamp! But I wanted it. So I did it. The end.

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The base is a three-color gradient (teal-blue-purple), which was kinda fun to put together. Holo gradients are always fun!

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Colors
~ Teal: A England – St. George
~ Blue: A England – Tristam
~ Purple: Gothic Gala – Vallis Sanguine
~ Gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Turquoise: Petites Color Fever – Figi

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Enjoy the peacocky goodness! Tomorrows post is a bit more subdued 🙂

Gold and Pink – 31DC2014

Now see, I told you this wasn’t going to be pretty. I am usually spot on with striping tape (I was endowed with patience for tiny sticky things, apparently) and design wise, I think I did pretty well here. Color wise? Not so much…

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I lined up my golden-toned gradient and thought to myself, “what goes well with gold? pink!” WRONG. D’oh. I wish I had gone for red. Or black. Regardless, this manicure is a bit odd.

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Colors
~ Pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Dark copper: Pure Ice – Magic
~ Copper: Zoya – Penny
~ Pink gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Yellow gold: Maybelline – Bold Gold
~ Light gold: Sally Hansen – Liquid Gold

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Another bit of advice…make sure you note when the color on your swatch stick looks different than the color on your nail. I keep forgetting Penny Talk really looks pink on the nail :-/

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