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Burnished Copper

The Born Pretty Store sent me another nail polish! Since I get to chose which colors I want, I of course went after a multichrome…and then stamped over it.

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I’ve had my eye on any number of copper-based multichrome polishes (hilariously, when I ordered this polish I owned 0 and I now own 3, oops), and I thought I would give this one a try! Unlike many of the other multi chromes I’ve bought, this one DOES require a black base.

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I put on a black creme polish, and then added two thin coats of 212 (the polish doesn’t have a name, sadly). It went on streaky, but dried with minimal brush strokes! And two coats was more than enough, which is great seeing as how the bottle is a smaller size.

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The polish also ended up being quite shifty! It is primarily a bright red-toned copper (almost but not quite pink or peach), which fades into bright orange-copper and then golden-green. I’ve certainly seen shiftier polishes, but this one isn’t bad at all! You can definitely see the multichrome-ness.

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Colors:
~ Copper multichrome: Born Pretty – 212
~ Copper shimmer: Zoya – Penny
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – XL205

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I just added some stamps because I can’t leave my nails plain. I didn’t know if this would look better with gold or black, so I defaulted to black. Not bad!

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If you want to pick up 212 for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store! The polish is currently on sale for $4.99. Don’t forget to use my 15% off code, LY5X31!

Copperized

Gah. I had such high hopes for this mani and they did not pan out! This is not my best work (although it isn’t a total fail I suppose).

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I was trying to compare the two matte-finish Zoya green polishes: Honor and Veruschka. I bought Honor for a friend who really liked Veruschka, since Veruschka was discontinued. I wanted to compare the two before I gave Honor away just to see (sorry Amy, I wore this on one hand first!). Honestly, the two polishes are very very close. V is a little darker and more true-matte than H, but frankly its a bit hard to tell! I am glad I have V, I like the more matted finish a tad better.

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Ok, so, Honor by Zoya is a medium-dark-green polish with a semi-matte finish (more of a satin than a true matte) with shimmer. The shimmer is a bit hidden in the matte state, and I did not add top coat so no photo, sorry! This is three thin coats of Honor. As with all mattes, it dried down gratifyingly fast!

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I then went and directly compared to Veruschka…which is still a name I cannot spell half the time (hence the V earlier). I did one stripe of V up the middle of each nail (I have photos of that too, but they were a bit out of focus so unless someone cares deeply, I won’t be posting them). When that dried, I added another stripe of Honor, so that the design was a base of Honor with two thin lines of V and a middle line of Honor again. From the photo below, you can tell that V really is a half-shade darker, but you can’t tell the finish. V has a bit more shimmer (or it just stands out better against the darker finish) and dries down matte-er than Honor. That being said, I don’t think anyone needs to own both unless they REALLY like green mattes! As mentioned, I personally prefer V but only by a little.

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Colors
~ Green matte: Zoya – Honor
~ Dark green matte: Zoya – Veruschka
~ Copper glitter: Butter London – Scuppered
~ Purple copper glitter: Zoya – Faye

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The design came about because I wanted to rebel against my recent hospital time with some 3D dots…although they took forever to dry! There are two colors of dots (which you cannot see in the outdoor photos because they are both soo glittery), and the overall effect was…meh. But I tried!

Jasper Stone

I cannot with this polish. It is too darn pretty. A few months ago, I bought three Enchanted Polish holo multichrome ridiculous polishes. This one was added almost as an afterthought, but I am so so so glad I got it! Of the three (and sorry, I’ve only shown you one other so far) this is my surprise favorite.

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What we have here is three thin coats of Congratulations by Enchanted Polish. Congratulations is a reddish-gold to orange to gold to green (OMG) multichrome with a strong holo finish. In indirect light, it is more of a golden-red with green at the edges. In direct light it is an almost magenta-red. It’s amazing.

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Sorry for the funny color of my fingers in these photos, the polish was freaking out the camera! When I tried to color-correct my skin, it actually messed up the color of the polish. Polish >> skin color, so here you go!

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I water-speckled a dark brown polish over the crazy multichrome holo, mostly because I didn’t want to cover up too much of the base color. It actually came out rather nice, for a really quick mani!

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Colors
~ Copper holo: Enchanted Polish – Congratulations
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea

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The more I look at these photos, the more I want to put this polish back on tonight. Its ridiculous how pretty it is. Shifty and glittery! This also reminds me that I have a whole bunch of new polishes that I haven’t actually shared yet…whoops!

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I’ll try to get my top-10 posted for next week (top 10 polishes, top 10 personal nail art…and I don’t know what I’ll do on Friday. Any suggestions?). Happy almost-weekend!

Leather Purse

I swore to myself that I wasn’t going to participate in “purse” day with the Nail Art Fashion Week thingie, but then I wandered on this tutorial by Sveta Sanders and I had to try it!

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I have never tried a blobbicure before. You can see my learning curve here! (My middle and pointer fingers are the worst, pinky and thumb the best). Its fun, but odd! I don’t usually make super-thick layers of polish, and its necessary here. I bet I’ll try this again but with slightly longer nails next time! Super fast 😀

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This actually looks a bit more like alligator skin, but that makes me sad, so I’m sticking with leather. I used a black base because that was what Sveta did, but I think maybe this would have looked even better with dark brown!

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Colors
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Copper magnetic: Sally Hansen – Kinetic Copper

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So anyway, have a weird blobbicure magnetic purse mani!

Copper and Rust

This is a pretty simple mani, just lines and dots! Then again, most things are just lines and dots in some form…

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I started with two coats of Vertigris (another of the new formulation Mentality polishes…I’m fairly sure they don’t even make this polish anymore. But I have it so I’m using it). It was the only new edition to the earth tone mattes when Mentality re-sent the new formulation polishes. Its a nice shade of medium-green with a hint of blue. This is two coats.

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I top coated Vertigris before adding tape and adding a pale mint green. When that was dry, I added more tape and a copper-with-green-glitter. I decided the copper glitter was too glittery for my dots, so the dots were done with a true copper metallic polish that didn’t quite match…but it works I think.

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In the end, not a super complicated mani, but it looks alright! I think my nails look like rusted copper.

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Colors
~ Green: Mentality – Vertigris
~ Light green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Copper glitter: Butter LONDON – Scuppered
~ Copper metallic: Pure Ice – Magic

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Hope you enjoyed! Freehand manicure coming up tomorrow!

Copper Teal Lace

Beautiful color, poor execution. Oops! This was going to go in fail week even though it was never a contender for the 31 Day Challenge because I messed it up, but I didn’t have the photos edited in time. So, here it is instead, in all its sad glory.

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The base is one of the new(ish) fall Zoyas called Cecilia, a beautiful dark teal. It covered nicely in two thin coats, and was awesomely self-leveling. I’m glad I got it!

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The problem started when I went to go add my lace stamping decals. They didn’t quite go on as planned…and then once that was done I went and added some copper for highlights and it just looks like too much. Mostly, the stamps didn’t turn out how I wanted but overall the color combination just…doesn’t work. I need to stop paring teal and copper!

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Colors
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Copper: Zoya – Penny
~ White: Mentality – White Opaque
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L020

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Live and learn! I think I’ll be using Cecilia a LOT in the coming weeks, because a dark teal is kinda perfect for…most of my manicures :-p

Magnetic Mosaic

The theme for today was “metallic” which I mis-read as “magnetic”…and then decided magnetic polish looks metallic enough to count! So I put together a magnetic polish gradient and stamped over it.

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Gradients with magnetic polish are fun…if a bit counter-intuitive! Usually you put on two layers of polish, putting the second one on particularly thick, and then hold the magnet over the polish to raise the pattern. To make a gradient, you treat it like normal polish (aka using a makeup sponge) and then add a layer of top coat. Hold the magnet over the nail once the top coat is down but still wet, and you get the pattern all the same!

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Colors
~ Copper: Sally Hansen – Kinetic Copper
~ Purple: Nails Inc – Houses of Parliament
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L003

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I have the sad feeling that I only use my magnetic polishes when there is a challenge, because otherwise I forget about them! Which is unfortunate, since they are rather cool.

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Takeaway: I should use magnetic polishes more frequently! Also, stamping makes everything more fun. Enjoy!

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