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Maleficent

This might be my favorite nail art for the 31 Day Challenge and possibly for this year altogether? I adore Maleficent as a villain, and in college my dorm hall made a meme where each of us was a disney character; they assigned me Maleficient and made a photo of my face on the character’s body (tinged green, of course). So, when Movie day came up, I knew what I needed to grab! Sadly, this one is from the unposted archives and is actually from 2017 (embarrassing, I know!). The sister post (Sleeping Beauty, of course) will go up the day after the Challenge ends 😀

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The design for this was inspired by Definitely Meg  (although her blog appears to have closed down since then) own to trying to figure out what shades of green I could combine to make that glowing background she has! It has been a while since I have tried to negative space flames, and I forgot how time consuming it was! Also, do not try to freehand a raven, it is difficult!

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Colors:
~ Neon green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
~ Green holo topper: ORLY – Sparkling Garbage
~ Pastel green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Purple holo: LA Girl – Purple Effect
~ Purple creme: Formula X – Ignition
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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That is all for today, but the rest of this week should also be a bunch of impressive manicures (if I do say so myself)! Hope you enjoyed!

Winged Love

In my head, the name of this mani is all Shakespeare-ified (Wing’ed Love) but I figured adding an apostrophe would confuse everyone…and I left it in normal English. Anyway, today starts my Valentine’s manis and I wanted to do something with birds!

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Basically, I found this small stamp I had never used (despite owning the plate for years) and wanted to create a mani around it. That is the two doves image on my middle finger. I ended up using birds from 3 different stamping plates and leaves from a fourth. So. Many. Stamps!

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This mani also uses the first of the polishes that I won from the Nail Polish Canada holiday nail art challenge! I ended up with 21 new polish (omg) about 2/3 of which I adore and 1/3 of which I would never have picked. This is one of the ones I would not have gone for. This is Once in a Blue Moon by ORLY, and is actually a nice pale blue-grey color, and is a two-coater which is great. However…it is also a frost. Can the nail polish community at large just agree to stop making frosty polishes? There are brush strokes all over the place and I would much rather see this as a shimmer or metallic, or even a creme. Also, I hate the ORLY brushes, they are far too wide for my poor pinky nail! All-in-all, I don’t know that I am going to try very hard to keep this particular color…it might end up going to my sister.

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Colors:
~ Blue: ORLY – Once in a Blue Moon
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Stamps: BM – XL472, BC – 06, BP – L067, EdM – 07

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Now I sort of wish I had tried to double stamp the birds in white, but it looks alright as it is! I am also glad that the border images from BM – XL472 seem to fit my nails :-).

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That’s all for today, hope you enjoyed and get ready for more love-themed manis!

Little Bird Little Bird

One of the first musicals I ever saw live was Man of La Mancha (the story of Don Quixote). For some reason, this mani reminded me of one of the songs from the musical
Little bird, little bird,
In the cinnamon tree,
Little bird, little bird,
Do you sing for me?
Do you bring me word
Of one I know?
Little bird, little bird,
I love her so…

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This was intended as a spring manicure, but with the icy blue background to remind myself that it is still below freezing outside! I added some blue-green flakies because…I love flakies. And I am still on the fence about buying more (oh ILNP, how I wish you were cheaper!).

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Colors
~ Blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Flakies: Zoya – Maisie
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Purple: Essie – The Girls Are Out
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 607

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Hope you enjoyed! Up next week: Valentine’s Day manicures! Or at least, things that are pink and things with hearts. I don’t actually think there are any with both 😀

Peacocking

It’s the week of Thanksgiving! What this really means is that I am only working 1.5 days this week…before my parents meet the entire extended family of my fiancé for the first time. Oy! DAMAGE CONTROL. Anyway. I don’t (yet) have special Thanksgiving nails lined up, but I’ll see what I can get done tomorrow! For today I present the wrong type of bird, a peacock rather than a turkey!

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This peacock was enabled by my sister, who gave me some water decals a year ago…that I still hadn’t tried! Unfortunately, these are a bit thick (so they don’t lie completely flat on the nail as they should) but they are still stunning. It is a black peacock on a clear background.

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I made a teal + glitter base, added the decal, added top coat (to make the decal stay…they liked to slide around) and then went in with a fine detail brush to add some gold to the feathers. Another round of top coat, and voila!

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Colors
~ Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Glitter: ORLY – Sparkling Garbage
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Liquid Gold

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The decals lasted about 2 days before they started lifting off, a side-effect of the thicker material. But they still looked awesome while they worked!

Birdie Birdie

For day 3 of the OMD Challenge, I created a purple-on-purple mani! It is not my best work. I loved the two colors together, but I was at the beach and didn’t have access to any clean-up supplies.

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As it turns out, neon colors are NOT the best for stamping! They dry too fast. I was also using a new stamper (it was a gift for a friend, I wanted to demo it) and I’ve gotten used to how my stamper works! Oops.

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This mani was very simple…base, stamp, top coat. It also peeled off in <2 days (maybe due to being painted in the presence of lots of salt water…and at the same time that I was doing 3 other manis. Yes, three. One on my other hand, and two on my friends!)

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Colors

  • Light purple: Essie – Full Steam Ahead
  • Neon purple: Sinful Colors – Dream On
  • Stamp: BM – 302

Enjoy!

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—Side note, they are doing a rather awesome Zoya promotion…buy Liberty and any two other polishes, and the other two are free! Enter the code “LIBERTY” at checkout with the three polishes in your cart and the other two are cancelled out. Check it out here.

I’m getting Liberty and Solange…what should my third polish be?

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