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Swamped Marble

I’ve had this sitting in my folder since January  and since today is Saint Patrick’s Day, the green and gold is totally appropriate! I mostly just like green 🙂

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Back when Zoya was having a sale, I bought two very similar green cream polishes. Jace is the second of the two green Zoya cremes…and honestly, I like her less than Tilda, the other. As it turns out, Jace is almost in the middle between Shawn (a darker yellow-toned green) and Tilda (a bright true-green)…which since Tilda dries darker than expected means that the spectrum of shades covered is actually much smaller than I thought. I do not need all three polishes, whoops!

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The other sad part is that Jace takes three coats. And not three thin coats, three medium-thick coats. I even tried to use Jace as a jelly, but it is just slightly too opaque for that! The polish does self-level nicely and dries down to a super squishy high shine finish, but I want my two-coat perfect coverage Zoya creme, and this polish isn’t!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of creme+glitter water marbles recently, and I love how they look like the clouds swirling around a foreign planet (like, if someone did them in brick red, orange, and white, it would look like Jupiter). So, I tried to make one in green! It actually WORKED (first time I’ve gotten glitter to spread and behave in water!), but I need to figure out the ideal way to swirl the actual design before I try this again (…which is how I got the “Sea or Sky” to work).

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My thumb, which I did last, actually came out best. Frequently with water marbles, I am so fed up with trying to get the polish to behave that I give up by the time I get to my thumb, but I was inspired this time. And it looks awesome (if I do say so myself).

Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Green: Zoya – Jace
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Gold glitter: ILNP – Clockwork
~ Green glitter: Butter London – Jack the Lad

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You can barely see any of the green glitter, and it was the least spread-able, but I wanted to use it anyway. Low and behold, the ILNP ultra holographic metallic polishes spread really nicely in water and actually behave well! I’ll need to play more with this….stay tuned! Hope you enjoyed!

Dark Tribal

I think green-blue-purple might be my favorite gradient to do. It looks both lovely and mysterious! Unfortunately, the makeup sponge I used to apply this particular gradient was past its prime, and it left me with a bunch of small bumps on my nails. Regardless, I think this came out quite well!

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I started this mani with two thin coats of Tilda by Zoya, a very pretty medium-light green! This polish self-levels nicely, but dries about half a shade darker than it looks in the bottle. I am quite happy with this polish. I ended up getting two green cremes from Zoya (Tilda and Jace) and found Tilda to be far superior to Jace (I’ll have to do a comparison after I post the mani with Jace). This polish is even, opaque, and a very nice color.

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I went ahead and added the gradient to dark purple, and then a fun geometric stamp to round it out! I think if i had used a lighter blue and purple that this would look more Spring-themed, but honestly I painted it in the winter and I personally just like darker colors.

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Colors
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 11

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I’ve started switching up how I take my photos just a little, and am taking bottle shots with most of my manis at this point (since many of the photos that I like best from other nail artists show them holding a bottle of polish, or some other wrap-around prop). I still don’t think I’m quite the best at positioning! Oh well.

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy Friday!

Greyscale Netting

Sometimes I just like to play with monochrome! In this case, I was excited to see that I actually had enough holo polish to make a gradient! Well, technically the black polish was a creme, but over a holo it still looked suitably glittery!

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I actually did a second very similar mani (different stamp) that I like much better, but I’ll show that later. This one ended up looking like netting.

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Remarkably, I got away with wearing this in the hospital…pathology is much more lenient about nail polish! Maybe because there was absolutely zero patient interaction?

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Colors
~ White: Emily de Molly – Crystal Crown
~ Grey: A England – Fated Prince
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Stamp: Born Pretty Store (asian name) – L008

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Next week starts my two weeks on outpatient in this rotation block, so I should be able to wear polish again. It really makes me angry when people enforce rules (like no nail polish in the OR) that have been throughly debunked. Regardless, I hope you enjoyed this mani!

Wrapped Hex

Initially, I wanted to do a wrapping paper design, where more of the design would be visible (or invisible) depending on the temperature of my nails (because thermal polishes are magic). But then the bow stamp I wanted to use wouldn’t stamp, so I found a different one, and wanted swirls…so here we are.

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Basically, I have no idea what this is but it looks cool!

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I started with three thin coats of Hex by Bow Polish. Hex is a thermal scattered holo polish, which is bright red when warm and deep burgundy when cold. This time around, my nails were warm when I was painting them, so they turned bright red very quickly! I don’t know if I needed three coats (although the polish dried fast enough that it wasn’t a bother) since I couldn’t tell if the darker red was evenly coated since it kept turning light. I do love both the bright and dark shade of this polish! And the scattered holo-goodness.

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I then tried to stamp with a dark red (which was too jelly-like to really show up), a dark purple (which also wasn’t quite dark enough to stand out) and eventually gave up and just stamped with black (Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme) with swirls from BM-607. After that, I tried stamping some gold (Essie – Good as Gold) bows from one of the 300-series BM plates….which failed. So I grabbed a cool diamond-like design from JQ-L20 and used that instead! I meant to add straight lines to maybe make the pattern look like a wrapped gift…but decided on dots at the last minute instead. So now it looks nothing like what I intended but I like it anyway!

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I don’t know if I like the way the gold stands out from the dark color better than when the swirls appear or not. Decisions!

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Regardless, I hope you enjoyed! Clearly, thermal polishes are my new favorite thing (I went from owning 3, only one of which I paid for, to owning 7! Yay)!

Angled Echos

Every year, around Valentine’s Day, I reach for The Unloved by Emily de Molly. I don’t quite know why, but its become ingrained! I also DO NOT understand the name of this polish, given how striking it is. But I digress.

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This year, I felt like starting of the pink/red/HEARTS manicures that tend to spew out around Valentines Day with something sharp and geometric. So, ta-da! I double stamped over The Unloved with the same stamp twice…first in black and then in gold. The idea was to make it looks like an echo or shadow of the original design. I like it!

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I also wanted to use another new stamping plate I was sent from the Born Pretty Store. This plate is the best. I love love LOVE geometric designs, but freehanding them never works out well (too many straight lines) and using striping tape takes literally hours. The best solution seems to be plates, and this one is chalk-full of awesome geometric designs! I ended up using different ones on each nail (well, same pattern on my ring finger and thumb because I made this decision after I already did those two). I love them all.

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Colors
~ Red glitter: Emily de Molly – The Unloved
~ Black: Mentality – Black Opaque
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – L054

In warning: the next few posts are going be either heart-themed or red/pink themed. They are still pretty (in terms of the art) but it might be overwhelming (especially since I usually post rather varied colors in a given week). Anyway.

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If you want to pick up this awesome geometric stamping plate (and I do recommend it, the designs are really awesome and well-etched), head over to the Born Pretty Store where you can get it for $2.59. Don’t forget my 10% off code, LY5X31! Enjoy!

Damask Drip

This nail art was my way of sneaking something super glittery into the hospital! Under indirect light it mostly just looks like a peachy-gold color, and no one noticed that it becomes rainbows in the sun. Maybe if I was really trying to be subtle I wouldn’t have used a black stamp, but I wanted it to pop.

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I initially bought Irristivel by Jade for this exact purpose, to wear something that I knew was stunning while everyone else thought it just looked like a nude polish. Success achieved!

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I haven’t listed the stamping plate because it is one of the ones from the Born Pretty Store that has a non-english identification. Unfortunately, my computer does not have chinese characters (nor would I know how to use them!)

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Colors
~ Gold: Jade – Irristivel
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Hope you enjoyed! Friday’s mani is a bit more colorful and daring, since I do get to paint my nails on weekends as well 😀

Cresting Blue

Blue and sparkly, yay! Also, I think this might be one of my favorite single stamping images that I own. And I own a lot. But I’ve used this stamp a whole bunch of times!

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Anyway, I wanted to create a blue shimmery gradient and then a stamp that almost only shows up over the lighter tips. Goal achieved!

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For reasons unknown, the sun was not cooperating with me, so there is only one sunlight photo and it isn’t that great. Sorry!

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Colors
~ Dark blue: OPI – Yoga-ta Get This Blue
~ Blue glitter: Nicole by OPI – A Lit-Teal Bit of Love
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 17

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Hope you enjoyed! Next post: pink and boring.

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