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Daffodil Garden

I have no excuse for this going up in the afternoon…I finished editing last night and just forgot that today is a Wednesday! Anyway. I painted these in early April, as the daffodils were finally emerging from the (very late) snow! I also rather like that I found a way to use this stamp that doesn’t make all my fingers look the same ūüôā

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Since this was painted on top of a swatch test post, I started with a different color blue polish on each nail. To make them uniform, I basically dry-brushed each color over the others so the end result was a medium light blue with shimmer in it. I wanted there to be a faint wispy cloud background, and I think it looks rather cool! You can see that best on my pinky and thumb.

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After the blue cloudy background had dried, I used advanced stamping (aka coloring in the stamp while it is on the stamper) and applied it to my nails. One of my last minute decisions with this was to use a dark orange in the very center of the flowers and then a lighter yellow-leaning peach for the rest of the middle. I love how it came out! I ended up goggle image searching daffodils to make sure I had the right shade of orange (all the daffodils near my apartment are yellow-on-yellow which is not nearly as much fun), and it also gave me a chance to use Freedom of Peach again! I don’t like this color on my nails as a base but it clearly works as flower centers :-p

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Colors:
~ Pastel blue: Sally Hansen – Breezy Blue
~ Light blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Pink shimmer: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
~ Medium blue: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Peach: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Stamp: BP – L067

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I know the daffodils have all died, but I wanted to make sure that this got posted SOMETIME in the spring! Hope you enjoyed!

Golden Roses on Red

This is getting posted¬†today¬†because it was the only thing I had time to edit last night (well, let’s be honest‚Ķthis morning. It is currently 1am). Anyway, it wasn’t sunny outside at any point while I had these on my nails, so¬†there¬†are no outdoor photos! Made it easier to put together the post.

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For this mani, I ended up swirling my dark red swatch test glitters together and making a random red background. With all the various red glitters and gold glitters, the final design is more sparkly than I would usually go for! There are 4 reds and 3 golds involved! Yikes. I need to make up my mind which colors to use and what to do!

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Colors:
~ Glittery red: Shimmer Polish – Eva
~ Holo red: Zoya – Blaze
~ Juicy red: Pure Ice – All Nighter
~ Dark red: Zoya – India
~ Gold glitter: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Gold metallic: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Gold holo accent: ILNP – Clockwork
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: BM – XL158, BP – L002

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That¬†said, I did get to use my layered stamping plate (all the flowers are a gold stamp then a black stamp) and I love it! It isn’t as though it actually takes less time to double stamp than it does to simply color in a single stamp, but it makes me happy anyway. Hope you enjoyed!

Swatch Test: Light Blues and Pastel Teals

Light blues: I should¬†start¬†by¬†saint¬†that¬†hate light blue polish. I kept thinking as I was laying out these polishes “why do I never wear any of these?” I feel like for all of my other swatch tests (and there will be quite a few more) there were a couple polishes I gravitated towards for base colors or nail art, and with this set of blue there was nothing that I found exciting. To be fair, if I need a pastel blue I grab Zoya Blu and if I need a medium blue I grab one of my other three blue Zoya cremes‚Ķso it is really only the range between pastel and medium blue where I have this problem.

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From pinky to pointer:
~ Pinky: Sally Hansen – Breezy Blue
~ Ring: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Middle: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
~ Pointer: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue

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While swatching, I realized WHY I hate using these shades of blue. None of them are opaque enough! Ugh. Breezy took three THICK coats and even so was barely opaque. Cinderella was legitimately still see-through where my free edge is and this was with three thick coats. Boat only took three regular coats but is a bit thicker than I would like as a polish, and Rather is both a bit thick and dries matte (which is why these swatch photos do not have top coat). In summary, all of these polishes took three coats, and Breezy and Cinderella were still not quite opaque at three thick coats. That said, I do love the pink shimmer in Cinderella (I would believe this polish to be the color of glass slippers), and the slightly grey finish to Boat. I cannot stand the subtle frost in Breezy, and I am probably just getting rid of this polish since I have Blu which I know I love.

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Pastel teals: I own three very very similar pastel teal polishes because unlike the blues, I love pastel teal! It is such a pretty soft color. I basically wanted a pale teal and a pale green…but a pale green looks much like a pale teal! The three of these (minus my pinky of course) ended up being very close in color, but not quite dupes!

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From pinky to pointer:
~ Pinky: Serum No. 5 – Jaded
~ Ring: Zoya – Tiana
~ Middle: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Pointer: Maybelline – Green with Envy

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The holo polish, Jaded, took only two thin coats,¬†the rest were three. Worries was slightly more jelly-like than the other two, and so I used thicker coats, but it dried¬†quickly¬†so overall¬†the finishes were the same. In terms of comparisons,¬†Tiana is the palest of the three, while Worries is the closest to green rather than teal. Envy is slightly more blue and slightly¬†brighter¬†than Tiana, but they are very close! It does have a better¬†formula¬†(thinner but just as pigmented). I bought Worries and Tiana when I ran out of my first bottle of Envy (this is my third, I think) and since I use pastels a lot I just kept all three. I don’t honestly think I need them all, but I think I might keep them anyway? Tiana is the one that I could part with most easily, as Worries is more green and Envy does have the best finish! I just threw Jaded in since the base color is the same, but wheeee holo!

Off The Beaten Pattern

Apparently I am painting a lot of purple. Since 1/4 of all the polish I¬†won was purple this makes sense, but I somehow¬†shunted them all to now! Anyway, Friday’s post featured purple, today’s post focuses on a purple polish, and you will be seeing¬†even¬†more purple on Wednesday. I’ll try to mix it up for Friday!

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Anyway, when I put this together I was in the mood to do something off-centered and a bit weird with patterns! And of course I wanted to do them in gold. Which goes well with purple, so here we are!

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The base is yet another new purple polish, Zoe by ILNP. What you see here are three thin coats of Zoe, which is a bright purple jelly with lots of silver holographic shards. Of course, bright purple is impossible to photograph, so you kinda have to take my word for it.

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This polish is basically Zoya Aurora done correctly (I was so excited for that polish and it disappointed me), which is to say lots of visible glitter and holo shimmer. I love it! Although I do already own two similar polishes (I will be doing a bunch of comparison posts sometime later this Spring, in anticipation of downsizing my collection so I can actually move to a different state).

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I have used this stamp before, but this time I wanted to make it look vaguely geometric and off-center. It kinda worked? I was in the mood for something odd, and something odd is what I got!

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Colors:
~ Purple holo: ILNP – Zoe
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – L049

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Hope you enjoyed! Sorry for the purple overload.

Tangled Heart

Yet another two new things post! I am very excited that I have so much new nail polish, but it is also getting tiring swatching things as a focus rather than primarily doing nail art. I don’t know how those nail polish swatch bloggers do it!

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Anyway, this is a shiny new polish from the OPI holiday collection, and was hands down my favorite OPI that I received (luckily, I even got a fully sized bottle rather than a mini!). The polish is called Feel the Chemis-tree, despite being a purple and in no way tree-like. OPI tends to have pun-y names, but this one misses the mark :-p. Anyway Chemis-tree covered well in two thin coats (I almost could have done one), and has a purple base with pink shimmer that shifts to gold. It is really quite beautiful!

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On top of my purple base I did some layered stamping, and some simple stamps. The stamping images come from a plate sent to me to review from the Born Pretty Store, which I think was intended to be Valentine’s-themed but is mostly lots of flowers, cool lines, and hearts. But the best part? It is made¬†to¬†be layered! I have been waiting to get my hands on an intentionally layered stamping plate and this one does not disappoint.

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I tested a few of the fine detailed lines from the flowers on this plate, and they all worked perfectly. Then I decided that I didn’t want to use flowers‚Ķand instead went with the heart with the small line made to go over it, and some larger lines. My sister thought I¬†had used stamping tape (which with this design would have taken HOURS), I was so pleased!

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Colors:
~ Purple shimmer: OPI – Feel the Chemis-tree
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Purple creme: Zoya – Monica
~ Stamp: Valentines Day BP – L002

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If you want to pick up the plate for yourself, it is $2.99 over at the Born Pretty Store. Hope you enjoyed!

Trailing Flowers

YOU GUYS. This polish is amazing. And I quite like the design I ended up with as well! I am drooling over my own photos. This is rare.

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The polish here is called Grey Opal by Polished for Days. It is yet another excellent example of why everyone should join the Polish Pickup Pack! Grey Opal covered perfectly in two thin coats, and control of the polish was excellent. Honestly, I have been painting my nails for years and even so I almost always need to clean around my cuticles with acetone after I am done applying my base color. With this polish, I had no need…it went exactly and ONLY where I wanted it to go! I am impressed.

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The polish has a grey jelly base with lots of silver shards, coral shifting flakies, and teal shifting flakies. It is very fun to look at, between the orange and the teal and the glitter! It somehow manages to be both fun and elegant. I loved this polish so much I ended up checking out the Polished for Days store and OMG it is amazing. I want most of it (many of the polishes seem to have as much depth to them as this one, which is just incredible) and I officially have a new indie polish crush for jelly/flakie/shard combos!

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Anyway, I ended up making floral stamping decals using a coral polish that more or less matched the pink-orange shade of the flakies, and just going with it. I did paint in some green leaves, but they barely ever made it onto the nail (they were all off the edge, oops)! I want to say this is fitting because yesterday was the first day of spring…but it is 32 degrees out and snowing!

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Colors:
~ Grey glitter: Polished for Days – Grey Opal
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Coral: L’Oreal – Orange You Jealous
~ Teal: Essie – Naughty Nautical
~ Stamp: BM – XL158

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Hope you enjoyed! And seriously, if you are as addicted to polish as I am (which if you are reading this, I assume you are) go check out the Polish Pickup Pack. And thank me later ūüėÄ

Hot Air

Remember how a few weeks ago I posted a pretty red magnetic design…and had forgotten to post the swatch of the polish I was using? Well, here we are! And oops.

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This is the other magnetic polishes I bought from Masura. It caught my eye because it appeared both copper and burgundy! I love that color combination.

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What you see here are two coats (one thin and one thick, as is standard with magnetic polishes) of Evening Before the Fireplace. When first polishes, the color is mostly a copper metallic finish. The magnet raises the lines of copper so they look almost gold, and leaves behind a deep burgundy red with copious glitter. It is quite stunning!

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I thought that the patter looked like hot air currents above a fire in a fireplace…which might have been inspired by the name of the polish itself. So, I decided to stamp on some gold flames and highlight them with gold glitter! The glitter is a bit hard to see, but it was fun to look at.

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Colors:
~ Copper/red magnetic: Masura – Evening Before the Fireplace
~ Gold metallic: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Gold glitter: Zoya – Ziv
~ Stamp: BPX – L012

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I am so glad I picked this polish up! I hope you enjoyed!

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