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Flame

I spent a long time trying to figure out how to use this plate, which was sent to me for review from the Born Pretty Store. Fire-colored gradient with black stamping? Gradient stamping? I tried doing yellow and orange and red…but they didn’t pop against black! So I had the brilliant idea of layering them over GOLD. Because that just sounded like fun.

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I ended up using a gold glitter rather than a metallic, so the fire looks a little more granular. I think if I were to do this again, I’d try it with a metallic and see what happens! I do like this quite a bit though.

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In the end, each nail got stamped 4 times: twice in gold with the two overlaid designs, once with a yellow-orange blotted mix, and finally with a purple-red mix. Surprisingly, this didn’t take that long! Mostly because the plate was so well-etched that transferring the designs was a piece of cake. Even the solid body of the bird on my thumb!

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Colors
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Purple: Zoya – Margo
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Stamp: BP – X012 (Exoticism)

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That’s it for today…awesome fire! I’ve honestly had my eyes on this stamp forever because I love flames but I HATE hand-painting them! And this stamp has SO MANY FLAMES. You can pick it up for yourself at the Born Pretty Store on sale for $1.99. Don’t forget to use my 15% off coded, LY5X31!

Digital Embers

It looks like the smoke rising from the embers of fire…but in a Zelda game! Ergo, digital embers. I initially planned this for the Day 2- Orange prompt, but I figured it looked so much like what I had on my other hand at the time (what I used for the Day 1- Red prompt) that I would save it for gradient day. Ta-da!

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I’ve been wanting to mix orange and reddish-purple for a while, but it always seemed too dark and sinister for me. This ended up being super cool despite the dark foreboding color combo!

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Also, I somewhat love this stamp. I was going to make a stamping decal out of it, but it just works so well here!

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Colors
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – X06

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Hope you enjoyed! We are just about 1/3 of the way through this months prompts and I am still keeping up! 😀

Scorching Flames

A new holo orange awesomeness and some flame stamps? Match made in heaven! Pun intended 😀

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The base color is a new polish called Scorched Earth by Emily de Molly. It isn’t actually new…other than that I just recently bought it. I don’t own any other orangey holos! Scorched Earth covered beautifully in two thin coats. And the color is so pretty! I can’t quite determine what it is…something between orange, coral, and red. Maybe salmon-orange? The polish went on smoothly, and has a strong holo flame. I’m happy!

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The stamp I used is actually two colors meshed together, a dark red and a black, just for some variety! Unfortunately, it’s probably only apparent on my thumb. Either way, I was proud of the idea.

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I’m not sure that I like the pseudo-logs that I painted in black at the edge of my nail, but I thought the fire needed to come from somewhere. Maybe next time I’ll leave the stamp be!

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Colors
~ Orange: Emily de Molly – Scorched Earth
~ Red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L008

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Hope you enjoyed!

Eyes in the Dark

As soon as I saw Chalkboard Nails’ spooky eye nails, I knew I had to save them and try them for Halloween! Honestly, it is truly sad how much better hers are than mine! But this is my off-hand and I did try. I like them anyway :-p

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I will say, this was my first time ever using acrylics on my nail, to try and achieve the halo around the candle…it didn’t quite work, mostly because I don’t think I thinned the acrylic enough! And maybe it was the wrong type of acrylic? It didn’t want to dissolve, just fell into chunks in the water. Oh well! The effect is still there, its just faint. I think I’ll try it again at some point.

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Colors
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Light orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Grey: WOW – #333

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These nails took longer than I anticipated, mostly because drawing tiny eyes is hard! I had to correct a lot of my eyes with black polish, and then go and re-correct the corrections. So, my nails aren’t exactly as smooth as I would like, but the matte top coat helps to hide that :-p

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Hope you enjoyed! More Halloween nail art tomorrow 🙂

Lava Nails

I really HATE yellow. The color makes me think of sick and sadness. I guess thats what happens when you’re mildly synesthetic? Anyway. So, today was yellow day, and I had to come up with something cool DESPITE the color requirement! I ran into an awesome mani by Dutchnailss and decided to follow her wonderful youtube tutorial!

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For all that I had to start by painting my nails yellow, this does look cool. Lava! Volcanoes! EXPLOSIONS! And making the rock textured was rather genius of Dutchnailss.

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Colors
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Black textured: OPI – Emotions

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Maybe one day I’ll actually use acrylic paint and not polish for everything, and manage to get super tiny lines. That day is not today!

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Hope you enjoyed! Today’s nails ended up with a color scheme remarkably smilier to yesterdays, go figure!

 

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Flames, Contained

I got around to practicing with my new Emily de Molly stamping plates, and figured out two things:
1) The reason I was getting huge gaps with my stamp was that I was using the wrong polish. For these tiny lines you need a really thick polish (aka a real stamping polish). I don’t own a stamping polish so I just grabbed a somewhat dried-out old black that I keep around expressly for stamping. Voila, tiny lines!
2) I need to invest in a super squishy stamper. Particularly a rectangular one. I am having massive trouble lining up my nails with the stamp (can you tell?) and I always either squish the free edge of my nails or miss them entirely. For this mani I managed to squish them (see my ring finger).

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Overall, I like this mani. I wish I managed to make the stamp dark on all my nails and that I could manage to center it (oy), but the gradient is rather awesome and the whole thing evokes flames without me having to draw fire!

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Colors
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Purple: Zoya – Margo
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 11

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The gradient itsself looked rather cool, so I snapped a few photos. It is hard to tell the difference between the orange, red, and purple in the photos for some reason, but in real life it looked pretty! Darn quasi-neons saturating my CCD camera.

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Hope you enjoyed! I mentioned this on Tuesday, but the EdM stamping plates are on sale (well, some of them) at Llarowe. If you like ridiculously intricate stamping patterns, you should check them out. The patterns are actually big enough to cover my thumb, which should make everyone happy!

Burning Bush

This manicure should really be entitled “Eva’s impulsive buys when things are 75% off at Rite Aid” because I really do have enough nail art supplies. No really. I do. But then I saw these nail foils and I’ve never gotten to play with nail foils before…so I got them. Because nail art supply sales are one of my kryptonites (I’m really going to pretend that is how you pluralize it).

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I saw this fun bit of nail art using foils over at Nail Lacquer and since this was my first time I figured that would deb an easy thing to quasi-mimic. I have no idea what she was going for, but I decided that I could use my new RAINBOW (!!!) metallic foil to make it look like fire. And then maybe add branches to my fire. And some red glitter at the end because I like glitter. So, TA DA!

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The red here is Siren by Pure Ice, and the black is my trusty Black on Black by Sinful Colors. Everything else is NAIL FOIL! (I promise I’ll try to stop with the caps lock now. I’m just excited.) The instructions with the foil state that you need to “apply the nail glue and wait 40 seconds.” What they actually mean is wait until the white glue turns clear, and then wait a few MORE seconds and THEN add the foil. And press and press and wiggle a bit. It helps if you put on less nail glue rather than more…the foil is more likely to stick rather than turn to foil-mush and get stuck back to the foil’s backing. Live and learn!

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Honestly, for a first attempt, I think I did a pretty decent job! I have high hopes for my next one. I still don’t think I am ready for a full-foil mani (too much of a perfectionist) but some smaller things, sure!

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If you wanna try playing with foil, just make sure you also have a water-based top coat on hand…not a quick dry one. The set I bought came with 3 foils, a tiny thing of foil glue and a tiny thing of water-based top coat…so I didn’t have to worry about the foil shrinking (in fact, unless you look very closely you will have a hard time determining which photos here are pre-top coat and which are post-top coat.) So make sure if you JUST buy foil and not a set that you have the right top coat!

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Enjoy! Now to search the depths of pinterest for more foil-based manis to fiddle with….

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