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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!

Antique Flowers

I’ve been debating for a few days how I wanted to wear the water decals that I got to review from the Born Pretty Store…did I just do one accent nail? Did I do two nails? Top of my nails like a french tip? Triangles? I settled on a double accent because those can be fun, and then was faced with what to do with the other nails!

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I ended up using a deep red with gold glitter polish, but a deep green creme was a close second. The only grey-red that I have would have been too painful to clean so I vetoed it (why are dark blues and reds so darn hard to get out of cuticles?).

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I really like how these came out! Unlike most water decals, these floral ones are both very well printed (which is to say you can’t see the individual dots of color like you can on most, these look smooth) and come with a white or pale colored backing behind each part of the design. Frequently, the entire background is clear (so you have to put the decals over white to get the correct colors) or the background is colored so it can go over any color…these are cool because the leaves and flowers have their own printed background but the base color shows through everywhere else!

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Colors
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ Red: Zoya – India

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This was a super quick mani, and looks rather classy if I do say so myself! Although, oddly, I like it better on my nails with curved edges than the straight edges! I’ve always been a diehard straight-nail-edge fan (and I still am…I broke one of my nails on an awkward angle so I just rounded that hand), but for some reason this one just works on the oval nails! I’m likely to cut them all straight again very soon, but it makes for a fun contrast right now! If you want to get these decals for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store, they are currently on sale for $0.99! Hope you enjoyed!

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Hilariously, I had a day of work today and without the stress of having to go into the hospital I forgot to post this until now! Whoops 😀

Gold and Nude

I figured these were subtle enough to wear while on my clinical rotations, and I appear to have been correct! No one noticed them, despite the glitter 🙂

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I really just wanted something nude and gold, and I realized I hadn’t used the Dear Rus polish more than maybe once (twice??) since I bought it. It is a pain in the butt to remove because of all the glitters…but I figured if I painted it OVER a nude base it would be easier to remove! So this is one coat of Sparkle Milk 21 over I Nude It by Essence.

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I also wanted to use the awesome geometric patterned section from BP stamp 43…it looks so cool! I still have grandiose plans to make a stamping decal out of this. We shall see!

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Colors
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ Glitter: Dear Rus – Sparkle Milk 21
~ Gold: Revlon – Hypnotize
~ Stamp: BP – 43

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Hope you enjoyed!

Water Wood Grain

For water marble day, I decided to do something a bit different! I wanted to see if I could water marble wood grain. It somewhat worked?

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I started with a new polish that I picked up earlier this month from the clearance rack at ULTA. I’ve been on the hunt for a slightly nude off-white. This is more nude/peachy than I wanted it, but is not quite a light pink! I also think it is indeed a bit lighter than my lightest nude (Chantal by Zoya) but I’ll need to do a direct comparison since I am currently out of swatching sticks!

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This polish is called I Nude It by Essense. It is my second essence polish and I had forgotten how much I love them. I used three thin coats but I could have gotten away with two. The polish self-leveled nicely, and the color is a beautiful pale peachy-nude with barely-there golden shimmer (you can see it in the bottle but not really on the nail). I like it!

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I then went and marbled with three other shades of brown/nude and my clear water marbling polish…which totally overwhelmed the browns. Whoops! So I added a little bit of free-hand brown at the end. I don’t know that I would have said these looked like wood without knowing what I was aiming for, but the definitely count as water marble so it works for the Day 20 of the 31 Day Challenge prompt!

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Colors
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ Dark nude: Wet n’ Wild – Private Viewing
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Clear marbling: Pipe Dream Polish – Clearwater

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Hope you enjoyed! We are finally just about 2/3 of the way done with this challenge. Lets see if I can make it to the end!

Broken Water

Waterspotting! I don’t know if that’s what its officially called, but I like it. I’ve seen designs like this (where you spread the polish on water but spray it instead of marble it) for a while, but every time I saw them, they claimed you need to use spritz perfume to separate the polish. Then I wandered on a pinterest post where -low and behold- they used HAIRSPRAY! Now, that I have. And I never use. And it’s awesome 😀

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The mani that inspired this was doing a green multichrome-on-green creme design, so I did that on one of my nails and used my other varied multichromes on the others. Oddly…only the green really separated well and stood out from its base color! So now I know why they used green and I guess I’ll have to do this again with green-only. Oops!

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For some reason, Mutagen didn’t want to separate and Chic Reloaded separated too well. Maybe I should have just done all of them over black…or layered them. Hrmmm, thoughts for the future!

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Colors
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Gold multichrome: Catrice – Genius in the Bottle
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Green multichrome: ILNP – Mutagen
~ Blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Blue multichrome: ILNP – Birefringence
~ Purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Grey: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Grey multichrome: Essence – Chic Reloaded

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So yah, this is a bit odd-looking, but it was fun to do! Hairspray for the nail art win!

Night Outing

I love gold/black pairings. Last week, I showed you guys my “Night Out” manicure from a recent trip to New York. Todays manicure was worn…well…just to lab. My mice and cells got to see lots of glitter! The manicures are very similar in color, but I love them both!

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This one particularly was inspired (yet again) by Wacky Laki, and features another new Cult Nails lacquer: Walk of Shame. I tried to get as close to Laki’s mani as possible, even using a similar base for the glitter! Unfortunately, I don’t have gold beads, so I improvised.

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This mani was pretty easy to put together and very fun to wear! It was also distractingly shiny (mostly thanks to the holographic glitter in Walk of Shame). Again, I used a peel-off base coat so that this manicure would remove, but it lasted 4 days with minimal chips!

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Colors

  • Grey duochrome: Essense – Chiq Reloaded
  • Gold glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Red: City Color – Red

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Hope you enjoyed!

Snake Charmer

Today I have, for your viewing pleasure, a subtle and seductive manicure. Which is my way of saying “I tested this and it looked better on paper.”

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What happened here, is I paired a beautiful deep grey multi chrome polish with a golden glitter polish. Only, the multi chrome was not 100% dry before stamping, and with top coat the stamp almost disappeared! Oh well, still cool.

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The base color is Chiq Reloaded by Essence. This poor polish has been sitting in my untried for MONTHS because I couldn’t decide what to do with it! It is a deep grey shimmery polish, that appears teal, blue, burgundy, and copper at different angles. I am getting mostly teal and burgundy. It is really really beautiful, and more subtle than most multi chromes that I have seen recently, Shown here is two coats with top coat (it dries smooth, this was just to speed things up).

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I then stamped the snake pattern from bundle monster plate 215 with Ski Slope Sweetie by OPI, thinking that the beautiful gold glitter would be a nice addition to the grungy grey of Chiq Reloaded. Before I added top coat, this was true. It was beautiful.

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However, with the addition of top coat, Ski Slope Sweetie somewhat faded! All that was left was glittery pieces. You can still see the snake pattern, it just less obvious, My boyfriend got a kick out of it though, so I guess this is a win!

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Either way, I keep staring at my nails as they shift color and the glitter catches the light. I don’t think this would be traditionally “work friendly” but it is much less gaudy than my usual! What do you guys think?

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