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Perfectly Pinked

Ok, I really like this one. I don’t know how the colors work together or why this design caught my eye, but here we are! Honestly I think a real gold rather than a rose gold would have gone better with all the pinks…but you can hardly tell. Girly and glittery to the rescue!

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Colors:
~ Rose gold: ILNP – Juliette
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Light pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark coral: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Stamp: MoYou – Frenchy 14

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Really the moral of this manicure is if you add enough glitter and colorful distraction, everything looks good. Again, this manicure should not work. I like it anyway :-D. Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Chinoise Bridge

This was honestly a great idea and a very poor execution. The biggest issue I have with stamping is positioning the stamp on my nails. This got much MUCH easier with the advent of clear stamper heads (I look back at my first few years of blogging and am both horrified and impressed with the tools we had and how we made them work). That said, unlike a regular single color stamped image which can be easily wiped off with a bit of acetone, an advanced stamping design cannot. It lives forever. Which is to say I had a LOT of trouble positioning the stamps for this manicure and it shows!

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Colors:
~ Red metallic: Zoya – Isla
~ Red creme: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Porcelain 01

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Please don’t judge my stamping position too harshly, I did try! Anyway, hope you enjoyed all the red and gold, and how much my nails look like elegant slightly lopsided bridges :-p Happy friday!

Interwoven Cheers

This was another pick a polish and a stamp manicure! I own a lot of polishes (no, really?) some of which are great for nail art (cremes, jellies, neutrals) and some of which are just so darn complicated on their own that all I can really get away with is stamping over them with one color. Cheers to the Holidays is one of the latter types of polishes, but it does make for a pretty manicure in a pinch! That said, this is one of the few polishes I own that I was really disappointed by: it is a holographic multichrome but it isn’t SPECIAL (I have maybe four multichromes that I would consider special for one reason or another) and I thought it would be. The photos on the FUN Lacquer website honestly made it look more spectacular than it is.

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Colors:
~ Purple multichrome: FUN Lacquer – Cheers to the Holidays (H)
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: EdM – 22

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Not much else to say today. I don’t know if others have been misled by polishes in pictures in the past! Its why I love it when brands send to multiple swatters, although there are some people who can literally make anything look good. Regardless, something like 95% of my polish collection is exactly what I expected it to be, and a fair number of the remaining 5% were drugstore polishes that just smell funny but work fine :-p. Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Dotted Weave

I have NO idea why I decided on this design, and this actually looks really weird (weaved pattern with dots? muscle cells with blue nuclei? who knows!) but it was fun to make.

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The base polish is another new Polished for Days concoction called Fireflies; this is the polish that first caught my eye almost a year ago and drew me to PfD. Fireflies needs three thin coats for coverage….but that just assures that you can see every ounce of the insane glittery madness within. It is a teal polish base with pink/red shimmer that shifts to gold and occasionally green, as well as holo, and large and small flakie shards that shift pink-gold-green. I could almost get away with wearing this without nail art, it is that busy!

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Colors:
~ Teal/pink flakie shimmer: Polished for Days – Fireflies
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Stamp: Lina – @urbannailart collab

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For whatever reason, I have lately been shying away from super-over-the-top-glittery polishes; I have been going back to neutrals/greys with a bit of shimmer or single type of glitter, or creme polishes. I had to grab this polish anyway and I am glad I did! However, I got 4 other glitter polishes at the same time, and I have not felt drawn to use any of them! Silly past Eva. Hope you enjoyed!

Tall Grey Trellis

Subtle but fun! With dots, of course. This one looked rather cool when I was wearing it, but really is subtle enough that photos do not do it justice. The grey stood out from the holographic background better IRL :-p

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Colors
~ Grey-blue holo: ILNP – Timeless Vow
~ Grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday! Stay inside. Next week I will bring you more colors to brighten up the indoor time!

Tilt Marble Bloom

This was made using the tilt marble technique! There is very little actual pink in this so I have no idea why it looks so pink, but I do like it! I also don’t typically mix this many metallic polishes, but the finished sheen was quite fun. I almost wish I had covered this with a matte top coat, I think the depth of the metallic finish would have looked fantastic! Oh well :-p

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Colors:
~ Pink: Revlon – Poppy
~ Orange: Essie – Ring in the Bling
~ Red: Zoya – Isla
~ Purple: Zoya – Isadora
~ Dark purple: Revlon – Wild Violets

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Every time a tilt marble shows up in my i-should-post-this folder I am reminded that I really need to do another tilt marble with my spot it polish. Cells for the win! Anyway, that was unrelated. Hope you enjoyed this pink and red concoction!

In Blue Gear

Ok, so this one is weird. I keep trying to come up with a good manicure for Zoya Crystal, and I keep failing. If I am being honest, I think I just don’t like this polish that much? It is too sparkly and has too much going on to mesh well with well, literally anything I try to do. I keep buying new polish, and I have promised myself that I will not exceed the capacity of my current storage (aka 20 ikea spice racks) so I am going to need to get rid of some…likely including Crystal. This was a last ditch effort to make myself enjoy wearing this polish and I have failed.

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Colors:
~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Crystal
~ Pastel blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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So, sorry, you probably will not in fact enjoy this manicure (I sure don’t) and I am not sure I have enjoyed anything I have ever made with Crystal! Womp womp. Sometimes polishes just don’t come out the way you think they will when looking at online swatches! Its rare but it happens.

Dot Floral Lace

Could this be any more boring? I don’t think so. The nude polish has the faintest hint of gold shimmer…but it doesn’t translate to the nail at all. Soooo boring.

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Colors:
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Frenchy 14

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I feel like maybe next year I should focus on more…interesting…nail designs around valentines day! Oh well, boring nude nails this year it is :-p

Strips of Nude Lace

Day 2 of lace-for-valentine’s! This time around I felt the need to jazz up nude nails just a tiny bit, so you get some rose gold. I made the stamps by applying the rose gold just over the edge of the design and the white everywhere else. The end result was unbalanced, so me being me, I added some rose gold dots into the white spaces. I actually don’t hate this, for all that it is nude and boring!

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Colors:
~ Nude: OPI – Be There in a Prosecco
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: MoYou – Frenchy 14

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Stay tuned for…more lace! And nude colors. And boring possibly-elegant things. It amazes me that I have done so many nude manicures over the last year when I gravitate so strongly towards rainbows and jewel tones! Anyway, hope you enjoyed :-p

Shell Swirls

God, every time I wear this polish I am reminded why it is one of my personal favorites. This is, again, Not Your Average Seahorse by Blush Lacquers from one of the earliest Polish Pickup sales. I die. I was going to cover most of it but I just couldn’t bring myself to do so, so we end up with this honestly rather cool stamp! It is from a plate that is supposed to be used for advanced stamping or leadlighting, but I honestly love it over a super complicated polish because it lets the base polish show through (I am, as I type this, wearing it over a different super complicated pretty base).

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Colors:
~ Blue glitter: Blush Lacquers – Not Your Average Seahorse
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: Moyra – 45 I Fill You

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I honestly feel like I should venture beyond stamping with black/white/silver/gold because those are the only polishes that I own that are even close to opaque enough to stamp over most other colors…but I see such conflicting recommendations with regards to which stamping polish brands are worth buying! The only set of stamping polish I own that kinda works is two shades of pink from one of the Born Pretty lines…and I really don’t wear that much pink on my nails. What are you guys favorite stamping brands (and any particular staple colors that I need)? Thanks all!

Large Floral Lace

Random pretty manicure interlude! I realize we are only a week out from Thanksgiving and maybe I should keep posting fall-themed things, but this one was just so pretty, and the lace-like appearance with big flowers makes me think of colder weather for some reason? Probably just me. But here we are!

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Colors:
~ Nude holo: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny talk
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature

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This manicure was embarrassingly simple but I quite like it. The color and designs came together well. Not much more to say I think, hope you enjoyed!

Crackled Orange

Orange and glittery! Totally fall-appropriate. Other than that, not really :-p. This was easy to create and attention-grabbing (100% due to glitter content). Putting manicures like this together also always makes me glad that I have a large collection of stamping plates. It makes things neater and quicker!

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Colors:
~ Orange glitter: OPI – DS Indulgence
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: Moyra – Ornaments 3, Lina – Make Your Mark 02

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Not much else to say about this one. I wanted some glitter, so voila, glitter! I also only use this polish maybe once a year, sometimes around the Halloween/Thanksgiving time period. I should probably stop buying strangely colored glitter polish if I am only going to wear it once a year! Hope you all enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Windblown Leaves

Yet another fall manicure! Maybe I should start interspersing some random non-fall themed ones at some point. I am still enjoying this, so you all must be too! Of course, it helps that yesterday was the nicest day we have had in weeks. That said, it is forecasted to snow today. The weather is very confused!

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Colors:
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – Halloween L004

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I was a bit sad after I bought The Magician because I had been hoping for a topper with a little more kick. All the photos that I had seen of this polish online made it look like wonderful shifty magic, yet all it ever did for me was add a subtle red scattered shimmer. I have since learned to enjoy the subtleness if i want something slightly more than a cream polish but less than a glitter overload! Anyway, thats all for today. Hope you enjoyed!

Webs on Brown

Happy almost-Halloween (again)! I guess this was the closest I got to a halloween manicure this year, so here we go! Simple though it is. This did highlight for me how rarely I use brown glitter base polish for my nails…this is a 5 year old bottle of polish and it is basically unused!

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Colors:
~ Brown: Spa Ritual – Starry Night
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: BP – Halloween L004

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I am stuck in the hospital tonight and did not have a plan for a costume involving scrubs, so I won’t be wearing anything special (in the hospital) tomorrow. But we will be having a Hocus Pocus night, so I have something to look forward too! Also chocolate 😀

Optical Halloween Illusion

Happy almost-Halloween! I actually have a better halloween manicure than this…but I didn’t get a chance to transfer the photos to my computer so you guys will just have to wait till next year :-p. Meanwhile, enjoy orange glitter and adorable zombies! At least it finally gave me a chance to use the darn zombie stamp.

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Colors:
~ Orange glitter: A England – Gloriana
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: Lina – Make Your Mark 2, B Loves Plates – 03 Mind Blown, BP – Halloween L004

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Of course, there is a funky dripping skull on my thumb, but none of the photos which included my thumb were in focus! So you’ll just have to trust me. Bwhahaha! Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Yellorange Rise Marble

Yellow and orange? Check. Topographical map stamp? Check. Water marble? Sure why not! In summary I have no idea where I was going with this nail art but it ended up somewhere at least! The base is a yellow-orange thermal but it was weirdly warm and I could not get the darn thing to stay orange long enough to get a photo! Oh well :-p

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Colors:
~ Yellow/orange glitter thermal: POP Polish – Leaves of Gold
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BPX geometry – L020

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Short and sweet, mostly because this is more strange than pretty. Hopefully I will have some better nail art for you later this week! Hope you enjoyed!

Autumn Canopy

More fall! This was one basically just an excuse to make a whole bunch of dots. And we all know how much I love dots! The design was inspired by Snacks on Rotation although mine are much darker since I don’t have a gradient leaf stamp!

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Colors:
~ Brown holo: Darling Diva – Brown Diamond
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Stamp: EdM – 07

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy fall weather, and pumpkin spice everything if you are into that!

Shining Leaves

It’s fall! The 31 Day Challenge has ended, so it is certainly October. More than that, the weather in St Louis just went from the 90s (it was TERRIBLE) to daily highs in the 70s! Hurray!

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In honor of the newfound cold and frosty world (ok, there has not yet even been close to a frost, but still, not sweating in tank tops because it is chilly out makes me very happy), I am going to finally start posting Fall manicures! Beginning with this one. Basically, I just double stamped silver, then a smooth of red and orange polishes. Voila!

Colors:
~ Grey flakie: Polished for Days – Grey Opal
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Stamp: BP – 19

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! And I hope this weather lasts, because it is the only time of the year that anyone will voluntarily find me outside!

Red Roses and Black Lace

A member of my husband’s family was very ill, and we were preparing for the likelihood that we would have to attend a funeral within a week. With that in mind, I went for a week-and-a-half with dark, appropriately somber, nails. These nails arose from that period of time, and I am not embarrassed to say that I love them (the person in question passed away later, so these did not end up being funeral nails, merely vampy nails with a funeral in mind).

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Since these were intended for a particular occasion, and to match a particular (black) outfit, I consider them somewhat fashionable, and am posing them for “fashion” day in the 31 Day Challenge!

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Colors:
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red glitter: Chirality – Ragnarok You Like a Hurricane
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Red: City Colors – Masquerade
~ Dark red: Zoya – Isla
~ Darkest red: Confetti – Masquerade Ball
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Stamps: BP – L002, L003, MoYou Frenchy 14

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That’s all for today! Stay tuned for some more awesome nail art on Friday. Hope you enjoyed, despite the somber tone!

Dry Marble Firemaze

So, this was a LOT of fun. I know the prompt is water marble, and this is a dry marble, but it was incredibly fun to put together and the two water marbles that I made for today both came out rather poorly, so you get this instead! After, what is the 31 Day Challenge about if not weird pretty new things?

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I started with a yellow base, and dry marbled the rest of the colors using a fan brush. I think this might be the first (or second) time I have ever even touched my fan brush. The red and dark orange got overwhelming (fanning on colors was so fun!) so I added some additional yellow at the end. After all that, I added a maze stamp. Voila!

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Colors:
~ Pastel yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BM – 609

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I think this is the first year I haven’t posted a real water marble for water marble day, but you guys will just have to forgive my dry marble replacement :-p. Next Monday’s (assuming I get it put together) will be excellent so be excited!

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