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Green on Golden Gateways

This was INTENDED to be my New Years manicure, but I decided it made more sense to post my Top 10 early and these late! But, they are sparkly, shifty, and weirdly colored (which I think will end up being a theme this week).

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I am not sure why I decided that Walrus went well with Chance, but I was fiddling with colors and I ended up here. Orange with green is not my typical go-to but I kinda like how it turned out! I also really like this stamp 😀

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Colors:
~ Gold/Copper multichrome: Enchanted Polish – I am the Walrus
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Stamp: Moyra – Ornaments

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That’s it for today! Wednesday is going to be more weird glittery shifty things that kinda don’t go with their corresponding stamp color. *shrug* happy New Year?

Interlocking Greatness

Yes, it is a pun off the name of the polish, yes I am a goofball! Also, today formally begins the series of holiday-appropriate nail art. This one was painted during autumn but is honestly more red/green than orange/green which was the initial intent!

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Anyway, this is a very very simple manicure (as many are during things like residency). Just a polish and a stamp. Now, the polish happens to be a multichrome, and the stamp is a holo. Honestly, I didn’t think this color combo would work that well, but Dragon stamps amazingly well (I just need to acknowledge that A England makes polishes that stamp like magic).

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Colors:
~ Copper/purple multichrome: ILNP – Greatness
~ Green: A England – Dragon
~ Stamp: EdM – 17

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That’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed, and stay tuned for progressively more snow-themed and Christmas manis! My one hanukah mani is getting punted to next year :-p

Rosey Copper Golden Patterns

Rose AND copper AND gold (oh my)! Between the nude and the shimmery metallic-tones of Frohe Feiertage I didn’t know what to call this mani at all. I love how the nail art looks, a bit tone-on-tone and a lot glittery, but naming it was a challenge!

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If I’m being honest, there isn’t much to say about this manicure, other than ‘ooooh shiny’ because its mostly just a stamp over a sparkly base. Sometimes, however, that just works!

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I should probably start writing down some of the tone-on-tone color combos that I like; it isn’t something that I would reach for if left to my own devices, but it works great in the hospital! However, it does fail pretty regularly (and then I have to restart my whole manicure, which is time-consuming).

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Colors:
~ Rose Gold Holo: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Stamp: BM – XL205

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Anyway, thats it for today! Wednesday’s post is far more colorful. Hope you enjoyed!

Bronze Leaning Leaves

Although I don’t think the photos came out that well, I LOVED wearing this mani! The dark olive green with copper and stamped with copper…and just ugh. It was so shimmery!

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I don’t have much else to say about this mani really? It has double stamping, which I remain proud of, and I absolutely love Nerida Singer when I can talk myself into wearing this polish. I still own too many olive green polishes and I refuse to part with any of them!

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Colors:
~ Green: Blush Lacquers – Nerida Singer
~ Copper: Pure Ice – Magic
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Stamp: Whats up Nails – B005

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! Friday’s post is a bit less exciting (I don’t like the mani, but I feel compelled to post my failures so others do not repeat them!) so I wanted something pretty in advance!

Darkened Red

This mani was a bit of a flop for me. I wanted to use a few of my favorite but seldom-worn polishes, and for some reason I decided to use all of them together. The end result was a little TOO shiny, if that is a thing!

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I knew I wanted to use Briarwood, because this polish GLOWS and yet I never reach for it! When perusing my nail polish supply, I realized that I am the Walrus matches Briarwood really well, so I made some chevrons. And then I wanted to delineate between the two colors, so why not some red-gold glitter? The end result was certainly glittery, but I feel like I maybe would have benefited from a cream polish in there. Somewhere. Just to tone down the shimmery finish a tad. Oops!

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Colors:
~ Vampy red holo: A England – Briarwood
~ Copper/red multichrome: Enchanted Polish – I am the Walrus
~ Golden copper glitter: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!

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I will say that in reality the shiftiness of Walrus was super cool, but it doesn’t come through in the photos because it was such a small patch of nail. Anyway, hope you enjoyed at least a little! Friday’s post is super colorful but has appropriate cream polishes :-p

Right Angled

MOAR MAGNETS! This mani and Friday’s mani were actually painted a few weeks apart, but I ended up editing them next to each other? Who knows. This was a super duper simple mani that I painted on my way out the door, on the assumption that anything magnetic looks cool even if I have no tools!

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I don’t remember why, but a lot of my polish stuff was inaccessible for a few weeks (pre-moving moving things?), so I had grabbed some simple and easy-to-make-manicure supplies including this polish, the magnet, and some gold polish. So please pardon the not perfectly straight lines, everything was free-handed!

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Colors:
~ Copper magnetic: Masura – Evening Before the Fireplace
~ Gold: Essie: Good as Gold

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I do love Masura magnetic polishes, the bottle is very pretty and the polish works like a dream. Anyway, the magnet can again be found at the Born Pretty Store if you’d like one for yourself for cheap! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Russet Hearts of Lace

This mani ended up being a lot of fun! There are no stereotypical Valentine’s colors, but there are hearts and it is somewhat elegant. Subverting tropes!

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I wanted to see what a lace patterned stamp would look like over a magnetic polish, and I figured my copper/burgundy magnetic was perfect for Valentine’s Day! It also helped that I was sent the ideal stamping plate to review from the Born Pretty Store (I love lace stamps, and this plate is chock full of them), AND  was sent two new magnets to play with!

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For years, I have only had one, somewhat weak, wavy-patterned magnet to work with. Now, I have three! The one I am showing here is a simple diagonal line design, but it is very strong and the lines come through beautifully. I am so happy. This magnet is from the Born Pretty Store as well, and is listed as “N02”, on sale for $1.49. I should probably mention that it comes with a sticker over it with the pattern printed on it…that sticker is what holds the magnet to it’s positioning stick (so don’t remove it like I did or the magnet falls right out). Clearly, the magnet is strong enough to work through the sticker!

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As mentioned above, I also love this stamp. The plate has a whole bunch of lace designs, and this one is entirely hearts! There are three large hearts (which mostly face in different directions from each other) so I used each of them on a nail, ergo all my nails are slightly different! I like it. I am also officially a fan of stamping lace over magnetic designs! The stamp is on sale right now for $2.99 over at the Born Pretty Store.

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Colors:
~ Copper: Masura – Evening Before the Fireplace
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L084

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That’s all for today! My last heart-themed post will go up on Wednesday, and then we can move onto things like flowers and geometric patterns. :-p I also realized that due to my ridiculous backlog of posts, the actual post where this is a new polish hasn’t gone up yet! Whoops. At some point you’ll see this same base with a wavy design but suffice to say I wanted some multicolored magnet polishes and bought two Masuras….and they are (as expected) amazing. Sorry!

Magical

This is a bit dark for an interview mani, but I don’t care! I wanted to create something using copper shimmer so here we go. Completely by accident, two of the polishes that I picked out had names about magic! So I chose an appropriate title :-p

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This ended up being another of my favorite designs from the work-appropriate theme I had to use for interviews, but I think that was mostly because I knew I was breaking a few unofficial rules by using darker shades! Also, secret color-shifting shimmer.

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I think there is a pattern in all of this: when in doubt, I will use swirly stamps for interviews. I have a hunch that when I finally get the rest of the art edited this will really play true…I finally had my very last interview last week (YAY!!!) so I can finally start putting color back on my nails, but you guys won’t see them for a few weeks yet!

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Colors:
~ Purple: ILNP – Long Walks
~ Shifting shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Copper: Pure Ice – Magic
~ Stamp: BM – 607

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I spent a few weeks feeling angry at myself for buying The Magician from ILNP since I rarely use toppers, but I actually really like this one, and I think I should get some good use out of it. Hope you enjoyed!

Turning Leaves

I took far too many photos of this mani! Moreover, my favorite ended up being one I casually snapped while walking to the grocery store (hence the odd lighting) but LOOK AT THE SHIFT!

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The theme here was end-of-autumn leaves, when the leaves themselves are red-to-brown, so I used a bunch of red and pink and copper multichromes! This is the companion piece to the one from last week. Oddly, while I liked that one better while I was wearing it, I like this one better in photos!

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You can maybe see the shift in the leaves? I can at least, so I am happy. This might be one of the first multi-shaded multichrome designs where I think the shift is both visible and adds something to the mani. Finally!

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There is in fact one more leaf-themed mani coming up prior to Halloween, but just one (and its next week)! Friday’s post is a little more…thematic.

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Colors:
~ Green: ILNP – Mutagen
~ Pink-to-gold holo: Enchanted Polish – I Am the Walrus
~ Rose-to-gold: ILNP – Greatness
~ Copper-to-brown: Born Pretty – 212
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BPX-L018

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That’s all for today! Stay tuned for something that is actually Halloween-themed rather than fall-themed :-p

Falling Leaves

I did two VERY similar manicures…one on each hand. Mostly because mutlichromes are fun and I at this point have too many of them :-p.

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The other mani is shiftier, and will go up next week so that I don’t bore you guys with the same manicure twice, more-or-less. This one, although it shifts less, I actually think I like better (and that’s unusual)! The colors came together really well.

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I started with a green multichrome base (this one shifts from an emerald green to a bright teal, and a deeper blue at steep angles) and then used advanced stamping (aka coloring in the design on the stamper) to add the leaves. Two of the leaf colors are multichromes, although the golden-brown one barely shifts (its mostly a gold to greenish-grey, but it was already a grey-gold to start with). The other one shifts from copper to brown, which is again, not a super big shift. I like it anyway!

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Colors:
~ Green: ILNP – Reminisce
~ Gold: Revlon – Hypnotize
~ Copper-to-brown: Born Pretty – 212
~ Gold-to-olive: Catrice – Genius in the Bottle
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BPX – L018

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I will admit to staring at my nails and moving them around trying to capture the right angles for these photos…but I just gave up and picked ones that looked pretty and glow-y instead. So, pretend that they can shift at least a little? Meh. Still pretty! Now if only it would COOL DOWN around here…it should not be 80 degrees out in Philly in mid-October!

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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Dune

I told myself I wasn’t going to plan designs around the OMD Challenge, and apparently I lied. I actually have products I need to review that I am putting off! That being said, today’s prompt was “book” and I could not resist trying my hand at a Dune manicure.

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Dune is a sci-fi series (although the first of the series, Dune, is the best). I was going to do a plot summary here, but honestly, that would be spoilers. Suffice to say that if you haven’t read Dune and you like great literature, dystopian futures, or sci-fi in general, go do it. The book is fantastic.

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I used a whole bunch of polish in this mani, so lets see if I can remember them all…

Colors
~ Light orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Orange: NYC – Sunny Side Up
~ Light grey: Maybelline – Bare Escape
~ Medium light grey: NYC – Sidewalkers
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Copper: Pure Ice – Magic
~ Copper glitter: butter LONDON – Brown Sugar
~ Olive: Cult Nails – In a Trance
~ Olive glitter: butter LONDON – Wallis
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy

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Good grief. Lots of colors. The moon on my ring finger came out alright, but the worm on my middle finger is…hard to identify. To be fair, it is hard to paint a cylinder-with-teeth!

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Hope you enjoyed! Desert planet done 🙂

Sailor at the Carnival

The title of this post is inspired 100% by the polishes in this manicure, because calling something “gradient and zig-zags” just wasn’t cutting it. Introducing Carnival, an orange-gold crystalchrome by Mentality.

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Carnival is part of the newest collection by Mentality called “crystalchromes.” These polishes are like nothing I’ve ever seen (and I own my fair share of polishes). They are a “ceramic/glass hybrid” and apparently the pigment is very expensive. They are NOT like the ILNP metallic flakies…if anything I’d say these are midway between those (which hold their color no matter what base they are over) and normal flakies (which change color dramatically depending on the base they are over). Crystalchromes have a unique color that they keep, but they also vary a bit over different bases!

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Carnival is predominately a copperish-gold color, shifting red-gold-green at different angles. And I kinda love it. Shown here is ONE coat over dark blue (with a gradient made using the polish brush). The polish is slightly thick, but in a way that makes it easy to control rather than impossible to use, and one coat gets you excellent coverage.

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I went ahead and layered on three coats, which made the polish opaque (you can’t see the blue base anymore!). At three coats the nail is a bit thick, but defiantly workable. I added zig-zag vinyls (from KBShimmer) after top coat, and painted over with a matte blue. This mani is fairly simple, but packs a pretty awesome punch!

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Colors
~ Copper flakie: Mentality – Carnival
~ Blue: Mentality – Sailor

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The kick is that Carnival is EXPENSIVE. This polish sells for $20.75, which I admit is a hefty tag. However, it is a REALLY cool polish. There are 5 colors in this collection which I’ll be showing you guys over the next week or so…my advice is wait until you’ve seen all of them (or go look on one of the other blogs that swatches for Mentality) and pick one and just TRY it. Because this finish is really cool and is worth playing with!

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In case you were curious, the creative minds behind Mentality had this to say about the cost “I believe that a direct correlation can be made to the larger fashion world. A hand-stitched Chanel Haute Coture dress will set you back thousands, while the rest of us live in the real world and happily make Target purchases. These polishes are the equivalent of a Louis Vuitton Wallet in your hand held out smartly while walking in the door to Saks Fifth Avenue. I hope that when you wear those polishes, that you feel special.” I just found that a really neat correlation! I am not into fashion (other than nail fashion) and I don’t really own high-end polish. I’ve sampled a few from friends/my sister, and usually, I don’t think they’re worth it (for things like creme finishes or jellies or even shimmers) because you can get the same darn result from a polish that is $10 or less. Here, I think Mentality might have a point…this collection is really really unique.

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Sorry for the random rant, back to nail polish! You can pick up Carnival at the Mentality Shop. I believe this polish is in somewhat limited supply, so if you do want a crystalchrome you might not want to wait until Christmas to order it!

Burnished Angles

Somehow this mani actually came out ok. I don’t know how. It wasn’t me. See, I have another new Mentality polish to share with you today, a blackened green metallic polish called Imply. It stamps well, and despite looking almost grey, the color is really intriguing. And so silly me goes “lets pair off a dark greenish-teal with a copper! Cause those look good together!” and I went for my copper polish. BIG MISTAKE.

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Ugh. I need to stop painting with Penny by Zoya! SO MANY BUBBLES AND BRUSH STROKES. Imply, on the other hand, went on like a dream.

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Imply is a deep metallic that looks almost grey, but has green overtones (especially if you put it next to a real grey polish). It is opaque in one coat (if you are careful…my pinky has two ’cause I was rushing). It also stamps well.

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If you are looking for an interesting smoky stamping polish or a one-coater, Imply is a good choice! However…yah. Don’t pair it off with a copper that doesn’t paint well or you will spend the better part of an hour trying to fix it with lines. So many lines. Although I guess I’m officially decent at free-handing lines *headdesk*.

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Colors
~ Copper: Zoya – Penny
~ Dark teal: Mentality – Imply
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 222

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If you want to pick up Imply (or really any other dark awesome stamping metallic polish) you can check them out at the Mentality store for $6.50 each. It’s a good price for a stamping polish that is thin enough to actually work as a stand-alone polish too!

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