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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!

Entrancing

This post is going to be a bit nuts because I am going to review THREE Born Pretty Store products! So lets get started…

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The three things I have for review in this post are a stamping plate, liquid latex, and a shimmery powder. The first two a pretty straight forward. I was sent a very pretty geometric plate to review, with lots of triangular patterns! I really love geometric designs right now. However, this plate was a bit tricky. It was well-etched but NOT completely flat…it had that whole beveled edge thing that a lot of plates are doing. That said, the designs around the edge (which is to say most of them, since this plate was square) were very difficult to pick up evenly. I ended up bending the edge of the plate up so I could get a clean pick-up. In the end, both images that I used worked, but it took some finagling to get the corner image correct! I think it was worth it, as the images are so darn fun.

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My second item was liquid latex. I was sent two colors from the same line, a lavender (which I used here) and a bright green. Usually, I use the Glisten and Glow latex barrier, which is a bright neon pink, and is very thick. Compared to that, this lavender was unfortunately lacking. The latex has a faint color to it, and the lavender hue blended in so well that I couldn’t actually find the edge of the latex! This made it difficult to make sure that it was aligned properly with the edge of the nail polish. The second, and much larger, problem, was that this was VERY sticky. One would think that would not be a problem, but it meant that when I pulled it up, it actually lifted the polish on my nails! The polish was 90% dry (since I was adding powder it wasn’t 100% dry) but I had to go back and rescue the nails. On my right hand I used my old latex around the nail and the Born Pretty latex on the finger to keep it clean and it worked beautifully. On a positive note, it is very thin, spreads, well, and dries like a dream. My advice would be not to use this as your only latex barrier as I would not recommend using it on the actual nail edge, but to buy it as a cheap supplement to cover your fingers (aka for things like water-marbling).

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The last item was something I did not request to review. By accident, I was sent this awesome shifty powder that is intended to be used with gel polish. However, I do not work with gel polish! So I tried this over regular polish and it worked great. The finish I got was no 100% smooth (you can still see the glitter aspect of the powder) but I also do not know with certainty that this finish is not what was intended…because I have no idea what they sent me! Anyway. It is a very fine (but not super-fine) shimmery glitter. The glitter itself is a clear-white color with a green glint. Over black (I tested it) it is a bright emerald that shifts to a bright pink at angles. I tried it over a pale grey for more of a unicorn (and work-friendly) pattern! Over the light grey, you can clearly see the bright teal-green shimmer, and a lavender (pinkish purple) in direct lighting. It is very shiny!

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Per the recommendation of the internet, I used a water-based polish as a top coat (Nfu-Oh Aqua Base…which is really NOT a top coat) since regular top coat supposedly turns the powder into true glitter. I don’t know what it would have done to this, but I figured since I have an aqua polish I should use it!

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Other than the stamp and the powder, the three polishes I used here were Snow me White by Sinful Colors, Dove by Zoya as the base for the powder, and Evvie by Zoya for the darker grey-green highlights. I like the hand with dots better than the ones with lines, but then again I always like dots!

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That is all for today! The Born Pretty Store website is back up, so here are some links! The shifting color powder can be found here for $2.99 for 0.2g. The geometric stamping plate can be found here and is currently on sale for 99 cents. Although, I cannot recommend the latex as your only latex, if you want something cheap for larger areas not directly around your nail beds, you can find it here for $2.99…which is really very cheap, I think they figured out that the quality is not the best!

Rose Gold Roses

I feel like a LOT of my recent manis have involved flowers, so picking something for the “flowers” prompt in the 31 Day Challenge was both easy and exasperating. That said, this mani is interesting to me, because I like the concept but I hate the polish that I was trying to model! Oops. Polishes that take more than three coats to be opaque are evil.

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The design was inspired by this pin, which has no watermark at all so I have no idea who’s nails those are! But it is pretty so I wanted to try it.

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I got a pink glittery polish as a gift, and I wanted to test it out. On my pointer and pinky is 4 (!!!) somewhat thick coats of Gold ‘n Roses by Sinful Colors. I don’t know if this polish is meant to be a topper or not, but it is NOT opaque enough to be worth wearing on its own. The polish is primarily lots of pink shimmer/tiny glitter with larder silver shards. The color isn’t bad, but it took soo many coats that when I added top coat the whole darn thing shrunk! My free edges have their own personal angles now, distinct from the shape of the polish on the rest of the nail.

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My thumb has two coats of a matched base color with two coats of Gold n’ Roses overtop, and honestly it looks very similar to the fingers with just Gold n’ Roses…so maybe that is how it should be worn? Seems like a lot of work for a mediocre polish! Also, the polish is rose gold and silver, there is no “gold” in it at all despite the name!

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Colors:
~ Pink glitter: Sinful Colors – Gold n’ Roses
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Mauve: Zoya – Rue
~ Dark pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Light pink: L’oreal – Boho Babe
~ Light green: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn

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I half wish that I painted over the shimmery pink sometime while I wore this to make it more interesting, or added holo topcoat. Alternatively, I bet this would have been stunning with ILNP Juliette! I don’t need any more rose gold polishes :-p. Hope you enjoyed!

Dotted Neon Lace

So, maybe this isn’t exactly what was meant by the prompt “polka dots” for day 11 of the 31 Day Challenge, but I find regular old polka dots boring so this is what you guys get instead!

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Back in 2014 I did probably one of my favorite bits of nail art for polka dot day, inspired by Melyne. This year, I decided to do something very similar! Which is to say that this design, too, was inspired by Melyne…the designs are similar but both the inspiration from her and my own nails are slightly different!

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That being said, I think I actually like the 2014 nails better. I spent more time on them and it shows! This year’s nails have a bit of a wonky line thing going on. But still lots of dots!

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Colors:
~ Pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

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That’s it for today! I’ll have similar post sometime after the end of September where I show you what I wore on my other hand…I was far too lazy to freehand the whole thing so it is basically stamps with the same color scheme (spoilers). Hope you enjoyed!

Roses and Dots

I was torn between using these for black/white day (today) or dots day. I settled, clearly, on today! Because mostly these nails are black and white if you ignore the red. And gold. 😀

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They are inspired by Nails by Cassis. That said, she had smaller roses and her nails were much longer, but mine aren’t half bad! I need more rose stamps, clearly.

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This mani, despite how much I like the end result, was a pain in the butt because the rose stamps wouldn’t pick up! They are from that same darn plate I used for the Day 2 flowers (which I have a replacement of, but which did not arrive soon enough for me to make these). Also the rose I chose did not have leaves…so the leaves and buds are from a totally different plate. It works, but it was painful! I want to try this again (maybe with different colors?) with a plate that STAMPS. Since I have that now. Omg. Also smaller leaves, oops!

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Colors:
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Stamps: BP – L067, L018

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What do you think? Are the roses (or leaves) too big?

Subtle Patina

This ended up looking like a pretty pattern with a patina over it! Like, copper underneath (hence the flecks of gold) and then rusted. I don’t know, maybe thats too poetic?

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Although this was painted for and worn to the hospital, I think it is pretty enough (and not pink!) to count as just a regular mani. Despite how subtle it is, I actually really like it! For once, adding dots was actually the right move :-p

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I need to remember to use the random full-design square plates I have more often when I am low on time, enjoy the randomness of the pattern that ends up on my nails.

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I also need to keep reminding myself that pastel of just about any color should be acceptable in the hospital, no need to limit myself to pink! Or purple. Mint is a current favorite nail color of mine so I’ll keep trying to work it in 😀

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Colors
~ Grey: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – S101

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That’s all for today…but the later part of this week is another Disney heroes and villains set-up!

Variations on Grey

This mani was the result of me just playing around with black, silver, and grey. I wanted to re-test my black holo base…which of course is actually a grey. That is always disappointing!

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I ended up adding a silvery white stamp, and then covering around half the nail with grey matte polish. In the end I decided I was going for some type of fancy clothing (a vest over a shirt? I don’t know)…and then I added dots. Because when in doubt I always add dots. Sometimes it helps!

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The design was mirrored over my hands, which is to say one had the V-shape starting at the cuticles and the other had it starting at my free edge. I am biased in which I liked better, mostly because I really like square-shaped nails, not rounded ones!

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Some day, some polish maker will come up with a black holo that is both wonderfully holographic AND is not grey. To be fair, I have no idea how that would be achieved, but a girl can dream!

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Hope you enjoyed! On a personal update: I can bend my elbow again! So editing for the rest of this week should be alright 🙂

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