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Silver Arabesques on Purple

Eeep! Sorry for the extended absence…after moving a WEEK ago, AT&T failed to install our internet and we didn’t get wifi until today! So this really is the first time I could have posted :-p

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Anyway, this mani is wayyy too complicated! A stamp this complicated needs a creme-on-creme finish, none of this playing with 5 colors of holographic glittery purple and stamping in silver. I love the stamps but this is too much!

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I also likely should not have added dots. Oops! Live and learn. It’s still kinda fun!

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Colors:
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Dark glitter purple: LA Girl – Purple Effect
~ Bright glitter purple: ILNP – Zoe
~ Blurple holo: A England – Crown of Thistles
~ Fuchsia holo: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Purple holo: Gothic Gala – Vallis Sanguine
~ Stamp: Moyra – 50 – Ornaments 3

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Hope you enjoyed! And if I’m lucky, I should be able to get back to my semi-regular monday/wednesday/friday posting schedule.

Swatch Test: Pastel Nudes

Why oh why do I have so many nude polishes? I will end up doing three, yes THREE comparison posts with nudes (pastel nudes, which are up today, pinky nudes, and neutral nudes, both of which will be co-posted on Wednesday). Anyway, on to the “pastel” nudes!

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These are the lightest nudes in my collection, which is to say pale creme colored polishes. I have, today, two cremes, one jelly, one shimmer, and one holo. Three of them ended up being identical and I am certainly parting with one! The others I will keep, just because nudes are darn useful (especially given that I start working in the hospital full-time in June).

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From thumb to pinky, we have:
~ NYC – Prospect Park Bloom
~ OPI – Be There in a Prosecco
~ L’oreal – Boho Babe
~ Essence – I Nude It
~ Picture Polish – Cherish

Prospect Park Bloom took three thick coats and was STILL not completely opaque. It also basically didn’t dry. It was 99 cents, which was why I bought it initially, but I think I’m going to let it go! Cherish stands out because it is both darker and filled with holo shards. I Nude It has very very subtle shimmer that puts it in a hair darker than Boho Babe and Prosecco, which are to my eye complete dupes. I like the brush that L’oreal uses much better than the giant OPI brush, but Prosecco has a bit more polish than Boho, and both work fine.

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I decided to go with an art deco pattern, since my nails are STILL pointy-shaped and I really only like geometric things on pointy nails. The stamp is from BP plate L054, the source of most of my geometric patterns! I then colored bits of the design in gold (after stamping, I really should have colored in the design on the stamper head, but this was faster), and added some black and gold dots. I was debating throwing in a fourth color (likely red) but decided to leave it as-is. The dots really helped! For once my “if it doesn’t look completed, add dots” worked 🙂

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! And maybe this was useful (basically, you can pay $5 for L’oreal that is the same color and ease of use as a $10 OPI). Also sorry this post is late…but I technically made it up before midnight so Monday!!

Red-y Dot Pond

I saw this teeny tiny red polish, realized it was a true jelly (aka would not reach opacity by itself for at least 4 coats) and got very excited about doing a pond mani. its been years. I usually mess them up cause i get impatient, but this time i was intermittently catching up on an older tv show so i actually waited between coats! possibly my best pond yet 🙂

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What you see here is two coats of My Wish List is You by OPI, and as you can tell my nail line is still quite visible and the few flecks of staining on my nails are easy to see (my thumb, not pictured, was by far the worst). The photos actually underemphasize the jelly nature, this polish would not have been wearable in two coats…but it was wonderfully squishy!

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The polish ended up being as close to a neon you can get with a red? I thought it was going to be a bit darker (my OPI reds tend to dry dark) and this dried BRIGHT and almost orange. It also stayed glossy, no matte or semi-matte. This also means that my camera FREAKED out with this color, and while the pond aspect was very clear on my nails, in the photos all the red is super blown out! I tried to color adjust (and lower the saturation) and it kinda worked? So sorry. Super bright red!

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In the end, I used 6 total coats of red, and 3 layers of pond-ness. The colors stayed super vibrant! I’m going to count this as a success. It is just hard to tell in the photos.

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Colors:
~ Red jelly: OPI – My Wish List is You
~ White: LA Girl – White On

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Super simple, kinda fun! And yet another use of my pointy nails. Oy! Hope you enjoyed.

Strands and Bubbles

This is a pretty simple mani, but I am still quite proud of it! I am pleased, not because it is in and of itself impressive, but because I painted it while on my honeymoon!

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I needed something quick, easy, and somewhat tropical. I thought these looked like bubbles, so I went with it! I also had only really brought teal and blue polishes with me, so I had a rather limited set of options :-p

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All said and done I think I painted my nails twice while on my honeymoon? The other design is even simpler! But never let it be said that my nails chip.

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Colors:
~ Teal holo: Powder Perfect – There Be Mermaids!
~ Pastel teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ Blue: OPI – Holidazed Over You

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That’s all for today! I just felt like I should throw in some non-stamped manis every now and then. I’ve been so busy recently that I feel like all I have time for is stamps, and gradients under them if I’m lucky!

Curled Explosions

The final purple mani this week! Although there may be more next week. I really like working with purple in the Spring.

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So, I absolutely love this mani. I love it so much I split it into two parts. Last week I showed the base of this mani, Blurple Smush Stars. I actually almost left it like that, but I decided to see if partially stamping over the background would highlight just how cool it looked. I consider this a success!

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I also, of course, wanted to show of a new plate from the Born Pretty Store. This is probably the plate I was most excited to get my hands on, I love swirly designs! Seriously…the two things I love most on my nails are swirls, and then geometric patterns. Its like I was made to stamp.

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This plate is a smaller square plate, called BP – X43. Despite its smaller size, it has 9 full designs, all of which are well-etched and absolutely stunning. I used a different design on each nail, just to test them out. They go so well together!

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Colors:
~ Dark periwinkle: Zoya – Danielle
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: Floral BP – X43

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Great stamp, great base. If you want to pick up this stamping plate for yourself, Born Pretty Store has if for $2.19. Enjoy!

Pink Explosion

Today is a celebration…sort of. The final rank list is in for residency, and there is nothing more me, my husband, or any of our prospective schools can do! Which means that we are fleeing to Hawaii for two weeks starting tomorrow. I should have internet during our travels, but I doubt I’ll spend much time on it in Hawaii! I’ve never been before and I am very excited. It also helps that this is vacation is a little more extravagant than usual, since it is also our honeymoon (yes, we got married over a year ago).

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The other fun bit about this, is that the mani shown here was painted on a moving cruise ship, on my last vacation to the carribbean with my in-laws! In retrospect, trying to create a pattern of nested dots while on a moving boat that is slowly but surely rocking side-to-side was NOT my best idea. Ooops!

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Colors:
~ Blue: Philly Loves Lacquer – Love Those Wildwood Days
~ Pink: Clinique – Pinkini
~ Orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Gold: Zoya – Severine

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Wish me luck on my adventures! I have enough posts pre-prepared that the blog should not be without new nail art while I am gone, but things might be a little slow to start up again when I get back, especially since I find out where I matched for residency 48 hours after I return…and I imagine things are going to get a bit chaotic!

Running in Circles

This is the companion piece to my Day 11 nails (dots) from the 31 Day Challenge. However, these have minimal polka dots and maximal stamping, so I didn’t think they’d qualify!

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Since I had to wear this mani to the clinic, I needed to make sure my hands were close enough to matching that no one would notice on first glance. Of course, if I was really thinking, I probably would NOT have chosen a neon pink background if that was my goal…

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Regardless, I stamped some fun concentric circles (which were part of a buffet-style plate so I had to carefully clean off the surrounding patterns) and then added some extra dots. The result was a little boring, so I threw on some glitter polish in random parts of the stamp as well!

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Colors:
~ Pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Glitter: Sally Hansen – Diamonds
~ Stamp: BM – S101

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That is it for today! Hope you enjoyed, even if it was a little redundant. Next week starts my fall-themed designs in ernest, so I needed to finish showing neon colors!

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