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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 😀

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