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Purple Bulls Eye

I mean, if you can call something off centered and purposeful off-stamped a bulls eye :-p

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I wish I had captured more of the silver under lighting! I was so proud of myself for yet another successful double stamp. I think I only had to completely restart one of the nails once! Success.

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 Colors:
~ Grey glitter: KBShimmer – Sandy
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamp: B. Loves Plates – B03 Mind Blown

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Not super exciting, but I liked it! Hope you enjoyed. I am on vacation next week (!!!!) so I should have some posts set up while I am away, but I won’t be responding to messages!

Love for Purple

In case you can’t tell, the theme this year was “slightly unusual Valentine’s day art”, so I ended up with a lot of “love” and a lot of purple :-p. The fun thing here is the purple-on-purple background stamp (you can see it best on my ring finger) and THEN the purple to white gradient stamping. Basically lots of stamps!

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The base color here is Lael by Zoya, a very dark blue-leaning purple cream. As with most Zoya creams, Lael is opaque in two thin coats, and is predictably a dream to work with. I should at some point do a comparison of all my dark purple Zoya cremes (I think I own 3 very similar ones at this point) but this is the darkest in my collection! My other darkest purple Zoya Monica, looks greyed-out in comparison to the intense dark purple of Lael.

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Colors:
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Lael
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Moyra – 32 Nature, Lina – Make Your Mark 02, BP – L002

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There is one more Valentines manicure in the wings for Monday (which only makes sense since my husband and I are celebrating on Sunday…at the moment I am on a day shift and he is on a nights shift so we hardly see each other!). Hope you enjoyed!

Blue and Purple Path

Yes, there is a gradient from blue-to-purple and a black stamp. There is ALSO a reversed stamp (purple-to-blue) under the black one made of swirls, it just does’t show up well!

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I couldn’t decide if this looked more like cobblestones (which was the intention) or funky corn. I have seen images on line with other bloggers using the stamp as corn and it looks amazing, so I might stick with that in the future! Although it means I will have to paint my nails yellow (wwwww).

Colors:
~ Purple metallic: Zoya – Rea
~ Blue holo: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: Moyra – 32 Nature

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That’s it for this week! Hopefully I can get my act together and put together something a little more interested for next week (or at least aim for a theme that isn’t “stamped”). I did 3-4 valentines-themed manicures so that’s what will hopefully get posted! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Purple Spotlights

This was quite a simple manicure but because it involves double stamping I like it. I also had one of my current favorite songs running through my head when I was painting these, “we are spotlights, we can see in the dark” from What About Us by P!nk. Her songs actually make me stop and think (and frequently be sad about the state of the world) but those are my favorite songs!

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Anyway, this was just a pretty purple base, a silver stamp, and the same stamp in dark purple. If I had spaced it out further maybe it would have been purple rays of light? But I wanted to see more of the pretty light purple base so here we are!

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 Colors:
~ Light purple: Painted Polish – Just One Look
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamp: BM – 301

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Hope you enjoyed! Assuming I manage to get things edited in time, Wednesday’s post will be quite pretty (and sparkly).

Shower Curtain

This title is odd. I was trying to figure out what this mani looked like, and my husband thinks it looks like ikea furniture. Honestly, I can kinda see it. I got a new stamper for free for buying farrrr too many stamping plates from Whats up Nails during their stamping sale. Ooops! Anwyay the stamper is huge and squishy and SUPER see-through and honestly worked perfectly on the first try. It is also amazing for layering. My older (and beloved) clear stamper couldn’t have aligned these so easily!

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So anyway I wanted to stamp this fun triangle pattern in black, and then go over it shifted in white to make a funky striped triangle pattern. I did that on my middle and ring fingers (and it was so easy to align, it was almost unfair, this stamper is awesome). Then I decided that I liked the design better with just the black stamp alone! So I left my other three fingers without any white at all.

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Colors:
~ Grey holo: Emily de Molly – Crystal Crown
~ White: LA Girl – White On
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Moyra – Matrix 54

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The sad end to this story is that I got a bit of polish on the covered end of the stamper, and I tried to wipe it off with acetone. I should have known better. DO NOT USE ACETONE ON PLASTIC…now it is no longer opaque! I want to cut the end off so that the whole thing is hollow (and useable) but I can’t find my hand-saw. So, sadly, I am now back to one useable see-through stamper.

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!

Scratching Purple

Yet ANOTHER purple mani! I need to clean them out of my done folder, so here we are.

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This particular design started with a purple base, added gold splatter stamp, then a black stamp that kinda looks like scratches? I like it. I wanted to use a light purple sunburst pattern, but the purple wasn’t as good at covering the vibrant gold as it needed to be!

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Colors:
~ Purple: OPI – Ink
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Lina – Make Your Mark 02

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I love layering the Make Your Mark plate! Easily one of my new favorite plates. The nails always look messy, but its an intentional kinda mess. 😀 Hope you enjoyed!

Purple Splatter

So, when I said a week ago that that purple was my last new polish I lied. Technically I painted these nails before the others, but I had forgotten to post them! So here, have some more purple and fun splatter stamps.

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What you see here are two thin coats of Isadora by Zoya, a purple metallic with pink shimmer. When I went through and did the polish comparisons I thought it was similar to the lovely Giada…but different enough that I obviously needed to keep them both 😀 I love deep purple metallics.

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I ended up double stamping over Isadora using two images from the Make Your Mark 02 plate. These images just seem infinitely combinable! I used my most pigmented purple holo first and then a pale pink….before I added top coat you could easily see the outline of the purple holo but once I added the top coat it kinda melted into the background!

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At angles I could still pick out where the holo polish was…and then I noticed that the overlaying pink had turned bright purple! So I guess Berry Good Looking bleeds color (I think I knew that and had just forgotten) but in this setting it looked really cool!

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Colors:
~ Purple metallic: Zoya – Isadora
~ Purple holographic: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Stamps: Lina – Make Your Mark 02

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So, that’s that! Happy Friday and I hope you enjoyed todays playing with purples!

Down the Incline

This was a fun mani to put together! I always love combining multichromes an seeing what comes out of them. This was especially rewarding because I had never come up with an idea on how to use these stamps before and I love how it came out!

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So, between a multichrome gradient and two different colored stamps, I ended up with a big of a complicated mani. I don’t care. For once, complicated works!

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Also, this mani is a bit of a temporal milestone: I officially start residency tomorrow (in the cardiac intensive care unit) AND it’s my 30th birthday tomorrow. So, I am leaving behind my 20’s, and starting to care for really sick patients in one go. This also means that, while I will try, my posting schedule is likely to get a bit wonky while I am staffing the CCU!

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Colors:
~ Muted gold multichrome: Born Pretty – 212 (over black creme)
~ Bright gold multichrome: ILNP – Greatness
~ Dark purple multichrome: ILNP – Undenied
~ Bright purple multichrome: ILNP – Tilted
~ Purple holo multichrome: Enchanted Polish – I am the Walrus
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: [not in english] – L005

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I only used two multichromes in the gradient on these nails, so while the other colors do shine through, the primary purple is Undenied, and the primary gold is Greatness. Hope you enjoyed, and happy early birthday to me!

Purple Cobblestone Path

Time to see the nail art that I did over all those weird swatch tests from the last few weeks! This is from my purple cremes day.

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I decided to start by mashing together all 5 purples (basically sponged them on randomly on each nail). After that was done, I stamped over the purple mash with a blobbed combo of three colors (one of which was a different lighter purple), and then stamped on top of that with a metallic purple.

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Basically, I painted them a single purple, sponged on 4 other purples, stamped cobblestones with 3 purples, and topped with a metallic purple. So very purple! I do like that the cobblestones at least showed up!

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Colors:
~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Blurple: L’Oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Bright purple: Formula X – Ignition
~ Medium purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Dark purple jelly: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Metallic purple: Zoya – Rea
~ Stamps: Geometry BPX – L020

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I am glad I wrote down the colors list when I painted these, or I would have no idea what was going on! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!

Swatch Test: Dark Metallic Blues

Another day for nail art! Kinda. This is another one that I want to repeat over just one color, likely a dark color. In terms of the polishes I chose to swatch, all but my pinky look really darn close in the bottle! That said, in the bottle, the shimmer in this polish is very strong and I always forget that doesn’t translate onto the nail! It looks like it COULD be a medium blue :-p

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From pinky to thumb:
~ Pinky: OPI – Yoga-ta Get This Blue
~ Ring: Zoya – Estelle
~ Middle: Zoya – Tart
~ Pointer: Sally Hansen – Blue My Mind
~ Thumb: Nicole by OPI – A Lit-Teal Bit of Love

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All polishes took three coats to be opaque, other than Yoga which only took two. When swatching these, I found a new favorite! I had forgotten about the Sally Hansen and it is beautiful! Possibly my favorite even if it is the least metallic. Estelle is the most metallic, but actually ends up looking streaky. I think I’ll stick with Tart, now I just need to decide if I want to get rid of Estelle all together or keep both her and Tart! Decisions, decisions.

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All that said, I actually really hate Toga and Lit-Teal just for the names. Puns are cute, but not when you turn them into multi word hyphenated messes! Just for that (and because I seldom wear polishes that are nothing BUT glitter) I am going to part ways with Lit-Teal. I just hate typing it, and I never wear it!

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For my design, I just double stamped with the same pattern…which looks amazing over the darker blues and kinda fades away over the lighter ones. I used plate BP – L003 and stamped with Zoya Yummy and then Color Club Over the Moon. Hope you enjoyed!

The Ocean is Kooky Dooks

I knew I wanted to make beautiful tropical sea nails just before I left for my honeymoon to Hawaii. I also sweet talked my husband into watching Moana (for like the 20394830th time) in preparation, and somehow these nails came out looking like Moana ocean! I am pleased.

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I love how these nails looked in person, but between the dark blue and the bright teal, in photos I ended up with lobster fingers! I’ve tried to somewhat color adjust for that, but I don’t know how successful I really way.

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The double stamping (silver and white) looked fun, but there is a part of me that wonders if the mani would have looked better with just a single stamp? I will never know!

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Colors:
~ Neon teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Geometry BPX – L020

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That’s all for today! I thought I would throw in a mani that didn’t have a brand new polish in it for the first time in a while :-p Enjoy!

Interwoven

I can’t tell if I love or hate the random disappearing nature of this mani…the silver is there one second and gone the next! You can see what I’m talking about best in the sunlight photos.

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Regardless, this mani came out alright! I didn’t want the lines matching up exactly and I was stuck using different angles from the same not-so-large image, but it works somehow! Even if you can’t see part of the design half the time :-p

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It also gave me an excuse to use Black Satin by OPI again…I don’t think I’ve touched this polish in the last year! Whoops! I would say I use polishes that I won less than polishes that I bought (simply cause I think of the ones I paid for more) but I don’t think that’s universally true…I just don’t wear that much almost-black!

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Colors
~ Dark grey: OPI – Black Satin
~ Light grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ Stamp: BP – L050

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Anyway I hope you guys enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Opening Flourish

I don’t really know what design I was going for here, but I do love the end result! I tried to do a metallic purple and blue stamp, but they blended in too well with the base polish (I left the stamp on my pinky and you really can’t even see it). I then did a light blue + light purple feathery stamp, and that was also subtle. So, being me, I added a slightly curved geometric stamp with the lightest blue I own, and voila! It looks awesome. It also works for “geometric day”.

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I started with a base of another of my new Emily de Molly polishes, a really complicated color called Open Season. Open Season took three coats, but it was alright at two, I just wanted more glitter! From what I can tell, this polish has a dark redish-purple jelly base, is packed with small pink glitters, blue micro-shimmer, medium teal glitters, and largish bright blue metallic hexes. Its like a magic potion in a polish! I LOVE it. I want to try it over black and just pick out the shimmer and glitter next time!

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Seriously. I had been trying to figure out which blue glitter EdM polish I wanted most, and then Haley came out with this one…and I just DIED. When it went on sale at color4nails I went straight for it! Given how much glitter is in this, I am glad I used a peel-off base, but I in no way regret my purchase 😀

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That being said, Open Season is definitively a purple polish, it just has so much blue glitter in it that it can be hard to tell. Unfortunately, purples are impossible to photograph so yes, it looks blue. But it is a berry purple in real life, I promise!

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Colors
~ Purple blue glitter: Emily de Molly – Open Season
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Stamps: EdM – 03, BC – 10

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I know the color is a bit wonky with this post…the truth is the only way to get the polish to show up as purple and not blue was to permit my poor fingers to go ally strange and red! And I preferred (this time) for the polish to be true-to-color in most of the photos. Hence, red fingers. Sorry!

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!

Sapphire Crown

This I love. I actually love this so much I’m considering duplicating it for my wedding (but in purple. Maybe use the same grey base? I don’t know). Its just elegant but twirly and so pretty!

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The base is another new-to-me Emily de Molly polish. I am buying them in DROVES. Its ridiculous. This one is Crystal Crown (hence the title of this post), and its a pretty soft grey with golden-green shimmer and a linear holo flare in direct light. The holo is not in-your-face, and neither is the shimmer, but both are visible. It is, if anything, a bit darker than I was expecting (I was going for almost-white) but it is pretty! And maybe work appropriate? I did take 3 coats for good coverage, but dried fast.

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I added top coat and double stamped. The first stamp, which I am including one picture of because it was so pretty even if it was really subtle, was just a bunch of curlicues from Bundle Monster plate 607. I stamped with tone-on-tone grey, using WOW #333. You really can barely see it but it is stunning!

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I added a second curly stamp using Bundle Monster 314 (probably my favorite stamp among everything I own. I’ve used it at least 5 times) and a dark blue polish Midnight Swim by Maybelline. I rotated which part of the (admittedly small) stamp area I picked up, and rotated where it went on the nail.

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I was debating stamping with either a dark pink or black, and I am so glad I picked the blue. It’s such a cool look!

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Hope you enjoyed 😀

Sea Foam

Double stamps! And still blue, so it somewhat counts for this weeks theme. I really just wanted to play around with some new stamping plates I was sent to review from Lady Queen Beauty 🙂

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I started off with a blue metallic base (you guys are going to see a LOT of metallics in the next few weeks…I’ve been back on a shimmery kick!). Once that was dry, I applied three colors of blue to the stamp and swiped my scraper to make them form a gradient, which was applied to my nails. I ended up adding an orange starfish too, just for fun!

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Colors
~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Estelle
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Stamps: hehe – 012, 024

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The second plate (with the starfish, 012) has a whole bunch of sea-themed stamping patterns…I can’t wait to make an underwater jelly aquarium mani! Only…I don’t actually have a blue jelly. So I might have to make one. *crosses fingers*

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Plate 024 also has a really cool pattern that looks like a mix between a space warp and fireworks that I just know I’ll be using for New Years! Anyway, if you want to pick up either of these plates, head over to Lady Queen Beauty. They are both $2.99, but you get 15% off with my discount code BPLC15. Enjoy!

Lines and Circles

I have lemmed (I almost wrote lusted!) for this stamping plate ever since I first saw it months ago over at More Nail Polish. And now, I finally have it (thanks to a sale at Color4Nails) and I can replicate MNP’s work (oh this is awkward…turns out I have no idea what her name is despite following her for YEARS. Ouch). Anyway. Ta-da!

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I really like everything about this mani, even down to the base color. So, I dug through my stash for something similar, and wandered on Sky Blue by Nabi…which I haven’t used in forever! I need to get this holo collection out and play with it more. They aren’t the brightest sparkly polishes, but the colors are lovely.

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I also have not quite mastered getting stamps on my nails with the lines appropriately vertical. Oh rectangular stamper, I do wish you had been sent to me 😦 My poor circle stamper just isn’t cutting it! That being said, I still like how this came out 😀

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Colors
~ Blue: Nabi – Sky Blue
~ White: Zoya – Purity
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 03

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All the stamps! Now there are even MORE double-stamp manis for me to play with….

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