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Bordered Blue Swirls

I bought this awesome indigo dress with a lace overlay, so I had to create some matching nails when I wore it to a wedding! I wish I had a photo of the dress ready to go, it was quite pretty 🙂

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This is basically just blue and black quasi-lace. I thought lace alone was boring, so I only put that on my accent nails. The other nails got a thick black border and a swirly center. The blue polish I used as a base is one of those semi-metallic polishes that has a lot more depth depending on the angle, so they came out looking cool…but only if you got them in the right light! Otherwise the pattern was almost too subtle.

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I had actually forgotten what a pretty color Blue my Mind is…but then I remembered that I hate how wide the Sally Hansen brushes are. Ugh!

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Colors:
~ Blue: Sally Hansen – Blue my Mind
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: EdM – 22, BP – L020

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That’s all for today! Friday’s post is significantly more colorful, I promise.

Misty Forest

This mani came out better than I had hoped, but I made a crucial error…I forgot to check that my nails were even before I started! If you are ever going to paint a scene across your tips, be sure that one of them isn’t crooked (sorry 4th finger, I’m looking at you).

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Regardless, this was quite fun! I wanted to do something spooky, and I realized that I had yet to use an EdM stamping plate that I picked up a while ago! Unfortunately, the plate is not etched really deeply, so although the images pick up fine, they are not incredibly dark (to be fair, I used regular polish for this…my black stamping polish finally ran out).

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I ended up double stamping some of the trees, the fox, and little bits of grass, which is how I got the grey-and-black difference. I quite like it! I am also glad I went with another EdM polish for the background. 🙂

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Colors:
~ Purple-grey glitter: Emily de Molly – Shadow on the Moon
~ Purple-grey: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: EdM – 07

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A few more fall-themed and Halloween-themed manis coming up! Most make a little more sense than this, but misty and creepy forest is totally a Halloween thing! Hope you enjoyed.

Abstractions

This mani is both a success and a disappointment…because I absolutely LOVE the base polish, but I had such a hard time picking what I was going to do once the polish was on!

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I tried three different stamps with four different color polishes before settling on this design! And it wasn’t even my decision…I got so fed up of things I didn’t like that I shoved my nails in front of my husbands face and demanded to know what matched. He said “silver” so I just went with it!

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I think I just default to EdM plate 03 if I don’t want to cover too much of a really pretty polish. It isn’t a terrible idea, but I have so many other plates! :-/

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Regardless, what you see here is three thin coats of Illyrian Polish Eleven, with two thick coats of top coat. This polish is a really cool mix of colors and finishes, especially since for me mixing reddish-purple with orange and gold is basically the height of nail polish. So, this polish has a wine-colored jelly base, and is filled with small and medium glitters that shift from red, through orange and gold, and finally to green. It also has a lot off scattered holo glitters which show up in the sunlight. Overall, this polish is amazing…BUT you will need two coats of top coat to smooth out the finish. It isn’t that the glitters stick up, but you will get uneven flatness over the larger glitters (as one does). Worth it!

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Colors:
~ Purple glitter: Illyrian – Eleven
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamps: EdM – 03

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Ok, now that I am done drooling over this polish, I need to come up with other ways to wear it. Any suggestions? I don’t want to cover it but wearing polish alone is not fun enough! 😀 Also, this is my first Illyrian Polish, and I can safely say that I love their polishes! It went on well and had surprisingly good spread and pigmentation for a jelly with that much glitter!

Ripple Down

Raindrops are totally a pattern, right? So droplets must be! I was going to create a nautilus shell, but I didn’t want to spend hours painting each nail…I settled on this and I rather love it.

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The design was actually inspired by a previous design of my own, Pond Ripples. Since I obviously still have the same colors, and I recently bought a new copy of the stamping plate I used (that now picks up much MUCH better), I was planning to exactly copy the design…but THEN I tested my teal flakies over a bunch of other polishes and picked a different base!

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If nothing else, this mani is insanely glittery. Not in a holographic way, but just…a lot of layers of shimmer. You cannot tell in the photos but when I shift my nails its mesmerizing. I am also glad I bought a new copy of this plate, I really love this stamp!

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Colors:
~ Teal glitter: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Teal flakies: Zoya – Maisie
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: EdM – 06

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I actually added matte top coat to one finger just to see if I liked it better (because I have to do that whenever I add flakies) and although it was pretty, I liked the depth of shimmer better with shiny top coat. Shiny it is! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Blue Portal

I was playing around with stamps that I wanted to turn into decals some weeks ago, and decided I really liked how this design looked! I intended to do full-nail designs on my ring and middle fingers, but I ended up cutting out part of the pattern and doing this instead. I like it!

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That being said, this design (and color pallet) is a little more…daring…than I usually go for in the hospital. However, I am on the first elective I’ver actually looked forward to, so I hope the neurologists are cool with it!

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My only regret is the base color. It is quite pretty (a green-leaning blue with copious pink flecks) but it took five coats. FIVE. And even then you can almost see a nail line. Ugh!

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Colors
~ Light blue shimmer: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Lightest blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Light blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Dark blue shimmer: Zoya – Tart
~ Darkest blue: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 22

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That’s all for today! Stay tuned for more stamping decals, they are fun 😀

Undeniably Reaching

More fun with multi chromes! Even if I don’t do a great job showing the shift in this one…unfortunately all the pictures with lots of shift in them came out blurry! Sorry.

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I basically just wanted to do another mani with Undenied and some gold. Not super exciting, but it was fun to put together and the shifty color is pretty!

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I really do need to find a way to put all my multichromes in one mani and still show their awesome shifty-ness. It would be epic 😀

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Colors
~ Purple multichrome: ILNP – Undenied
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – L052

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Hope you enjoyed! One last boring pink-and-white mani on Wednesday and then we get to the COLORS!

Touching Tips

This mani was risky…because I wore it to the hospital! I was tired of not wearing colors, and this untried multichrome was just starting at me. Begging to be used. So use it I did!

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The base here is three thin coat sod Undenied by ILNP. Seriously, I NEED to stop buying ILNP multichromes! I think I own a whole rainbow at this point. Undenied is a tiny bit thinner than some of the other multichromes I’ve used, I could have gotten away with two thicker coats but I wanted to make sure there would be no bubbles!

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Regardless, the main color is a vibrant purple with red undertones, which shifts through magenta, pink, and orange-gold at sharp angles. Primarily you get the purple, pink, and a hint of reddish-orange. I don’t own any other purple multichromes, I really like this!

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Once that was dry (and you know, I took something like 40 photos), I added the nail art. I ended up putting down a bit of a stamp from an EdM plate, and then deciding it didn’t look exiting enough so adding some dots. Which in retrospect I wish I hadn’t…it looked better without them! Oh well.

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Colors
~ Purple multichrome: ILNP – Undenied
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 17

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That’s it for this week! Now I just need to figure out if next week should be another Disney week…mwhahaha (that’s my evil laugh). Enjoy!

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