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Fanning Out

Today, I reached for the last of this most recent batch of nail art supplies from the Born Pretty Store, and came out with something awesome! Honestly, the water decals are stunning although the color change on my nail is a bit underwhelming.

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I decided that for these really nifty fan-shapped decals, I needed to do a reciprocal gradient on my nails…white-purple-white. And it looked fairly awesome when I was done! But when I went to add the decals, the middle purple section was mostly covered.

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The decals themselves come as two long strips, and would fit very long nails (even my longest nail only has about 2/3 of the decal on it). Unfortunately, the pointy part of each design is slightly too narrow for one nail, so if I had kept the webbing between each the sides of my nails would have been exposed. I decided to just hollow out alternating pieces of the decal and put them on my nail that way. My thumb has what they actually look like (webbing between each concentric fan pattern).

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The designs removed very easily in the water, but were thick enough to reposition with ease. They were actually really really easy to use, which is often not true with full-nail decals!

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I added silver caviar beads at the end…just for fun. 3D nail art makes me happy! Hope you enjoyed, and you can pick up these decals if you like them from the Born Pretty Store for $0.99. Don’t forget my 10% off code, LY5X31!

Diamonds on the Shore

Day 2 of chrome/metallic week is blue shimmery metallic with lots of things on top!

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This started with two coats of a teal metallic shimmery glittery polish that I haven’t used in way too long (it has a small bottle, so I’m always worried I’m going to run out!). I then stamped with a blue polish over that in a swirly pattern, to try and simulate underwater ripples.

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I went and added a less-dense swirly white pattern on top of the swirly blue pattern, and then decided to go NUTS with the 3D additions. I had just come off my 2 weeks on Medicine when I did this, and I was dying to get some forbidden color and rhinestones onto my nails! This is the best anti-hospital mani ever. It might also be one of the most bits of 3D-ness I’ve put on my nails ever. Certainly this year!

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Colors
~ Teal: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Blue: Zoya – Wednesday
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Bundle Monster – S108, 607

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Hope you enjoyed! Friday’s post is EVEN MORE chrome-y goodness!

Golden Overboard

So this post is some combination of wrong and weird. I was sent some golden mirror nail wraps to review from Lady Queen Beauty…and this is what happened!

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My initial plan was to use the nail wraps on all but my accent nails (which were to be painted black and get some gold decorations). However, that didn’t quite work. I applied the wraps to three of my nails, and they kept bunching up! I didn’t even add base coat, in hopes that they would stick better. I have a photo below of what they looked like, and they ARE wonderfully mirror-y, but I couldn’t wear them. The material was just too stiff to bend around my nails!

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I pulled them off every nail but my pinky (which looked passable), and went to town cutting them to pieces and putting them over a black base (Sinful Colors – Black on Black).

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I really have no idea what I was thinking here. Black! Gold! Shiny things! My pinky does look awesome, but it is already peeling up as I type this (I’ve been wearing it for maybe 3 hours). Who knows if it will last through a shower! Even two coats of topcoat weren’t enough to adhere the cuticle edge to my nail.

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I ended up painting black lines and dots on some of the gold pieces on my nails, and I actually liked it better without the additional designs. Oops!

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If you have flatter nails and you want to pick up these shiny wraps (or just want to use them for weird nail art like I did) my code is BPLC15, and you can find these for $4.74 at Lady Queen Beauty! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Bedazzled Black

How I wish my naked nails looked just a little better! This mani was a lot of fun to put together, and would look STUNNING on someone with longish healthy nails. Mine are long…but a bit funny looking!

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This design was inspired by Baroquen Nails only this time (unlike the last time I tried to duplicate one of her nail art designs) this one totally worked! I modified the original design slightly, and I love it! Extra beads = awesome.

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I don’t have a list of colors today, because the only color used is Black on Black by Sinful Colors. All the caviar beads and studs are from either the Born Pretty Store or Lady Queen Beauty. Everything else is just differently sized striping tape!

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I really love how naked manis look on others, and it makes me sad that I can’t do them on myself without revealing how bad my nails look. This is why I paint them…so no one has to see them! Oy.

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Hope you enjoyed! More gradients AND tape tomorrow!

Lilac and Lace

Another nude-ish lace mani! There really isn’t much to say about this, except that I am glad I went ahead and added the purple highlights and the studs.

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The base color is yet another Mentality matte, called Gesso. Gesso covered in two thin coats, but was streaky and prone to separate over a base coat. I maybe shouldn’t have added a base at all, but it makes me feel more secure to have more layers on my nails! Either way, not my favorite polish but a passable nude-ish.

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The purple was dabbed on by hand after stamping (which is to say I did not make a stamping decal for this one). Still looks alright I think!

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Colors
~ Nude: Mentality – Gesso
~ Purple: Zoya – Giada
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L020

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Hope you enjoyed this rather simple mani!

Teal-drops

Like water droplets, but in teal! Today’s prompt was “inspired by a color”. Usually, I would just go ahead and do rainbows for this prompt, but I was feeling lazy. Instead, I grabbed Teal Opaque by Mentality and a stamp that I haven’t gotten to work due to tiny tiny lines, and went to town!

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You guys. THE STAMP WORKED. Turns out stamping polishes really ARE the best for stamping. Who knew? I usually get away with just using a thick older polish, but polish MADE for stamping takes the cake. This awesome droplet stamp by Emily de Molly had been making me want to cry for weeks, because I love it but it kept failing on me! Turns out I just needed stamping polish.

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All the teal in this mani is Turquoise Opaque by Mentality. I was technically sent this polish for review, but then Mentality decided to release its bloggers to the wild (*roar*?), so I feel included to use it but not to show you a swatch on its own. On my ring and thumb I used two thin coats of Turquoise Opaque, which went on surprisingly smoothly for a stamping polish. It is ever-so-slightly brush-stroky. That being said, it stamps like a champ!

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My other nails got one coat of Black on Black by Sinful Colors. The black stamping was done using Black Opaque by Mentality, since my previous use (a dried up Black on Black…I think have 3 bottles in various stages of drying out) didn’t work at all. Black Opaque worked though!

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I finished it off by adding diagonal lines of the stamping color (for fun) and then either black caviar beads or blue striping tape. Sadly, I don’t own teal striping tape, but this was fun anyway! Maybe I should have used silver caviar beads though, you can barely see them!

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Hope you enjoyed! Maybe by the end of this challenge I’ll have used all my EdM images. I doubt it, but there is a possibility! :-p

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Rose Lenses

My Emily de Molly stamping plates are sitting out on my polishing desk, so I keep wanting to use them! So, we have another EdM mani. I started with a circle gradient (because they are so cool!) although using pink made my nails look like they were bleeding. Not the best idea. I’ll do a fire theme next I think!

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Once they were dry and top coated, I used my old, dried, thick black polish and two of the stamps from EdM plate 09, and went to town! I intended to use the mostly-black stamp only as an accent, but I actually liked it BETTER than the other one, so I just used both and alternated them. My thumb came out PERFECT! Yay 😀

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Colors
~ Light pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Stamp: EdM – 09

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I am incredibly pleased that this stamp works as a black-out…a lot of times, stamps with this much negative space don’t cover very well. Super cool!

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I also added tiny pink caviar beads in the middle…because I am on a texture kick and I like running my fingers over my nails and feeling 3D pieces. Because I am strange. Hope you enjoyed!

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