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Glittering Turtle

I painted my nails blue…and then got stuck. What to do with blue nails? There were SO MANY OPTIONS. So, I turned to one of the queens of nail art, and tried to loosely duplicate a mani 😀

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I started off trying to re-create the sea turtle mani by yagala, but got sidetracked. I used stamps instead of free handing…and then decided that if I was going to be wearing gloves over this mani (which I will be, yay for lab work!), that I should probably steer clear of lots of 3D bits. So I added a glittery topper. And then some silver. And I kinda just had fun with it!

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The base color is Over the Moon by Color Club, one of the famed halo hues polishes. I bought it to replace Nfu Oh 065, which has dried to an unusable glop despite being over half full. I have to say though, I am not disappointed in Over the Moon! I used two thin coats here, but I probably could have gotten away with one. The polish is ever so slightly thick, but not hard to work with. And it is holo-y as ANYTHING. Oh my god.

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I need to convince myself not to go hunting for the rest of the halo hues polishes…so far I only own this blue one and the silver (Harp On It). And they are both amazing! Gah.

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Colors
~ Blue: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ White/silver glitter: whim – Frosted Cupcake
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ Stamp: hehe – 012

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Hope you enjoyed the jaunt under the sea! Even if my poor turtle is a tiny bit disproportionate. Whoops!

Nemo and Dory

I painted these in May of 2016…so I should probably actually post them. I just wanted to wait until I had enough disney-themed manis to post them all in a week! Whoops.

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This mani was inspired by Finding Nemo. Yes, these are super-stylized, yes I still think it’s cool!

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I got the idea from Klo’s to me, although she used much brighter aqua for her underwater…I wish I had a similar blue but I just don’t! So mine is more of a teal-based blue. Either way, I loved her idea for the surf!

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Colors
~ Light teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Light blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Dory blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie

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That’s all for today! Any other Disney or Pixar movies I should work on painting (I mean, and hopefully posting less than a year after they were initially painted)?

In the Reef

I had rather forgotten that I had a plate to review from Lady Queen Beauty! I had used it once briefly…but it got buried under some Emily de Molly stamping plates that just arrived! Ah, the trials and tribulations of a tiny plate versus a larger one :-p

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Anyway, I went to town with this! I had been waiting to order a blue/teal jelly polish (and I finally did…) but it didn’t seem fair to make the plate wait for the polish to arrive! So, I just tried to put together a jelly-sandwich-type mani using regular polish. The result came out alright I think!

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Colors
~ Teal holo: LA Girl – Teal Dimension
~ Teal stamp: Mentality – Turquoise Opaque
~ Silver stamp: Mentality – White Opaque
~ Stamp: hehe – 012

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This plate is fun because it has a whole bunch of fun under the sea patterns! Lots of types of seaweed, lots of fish, some shell too! I had also forgotten that I owned Teal Dimension. It’s such a pretty teal holo glitter! Silly Eva, look through your collection more frequently!

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If you want to pick up hehe plate 012 with all the fish and plants, you can find it at Lady Queen Beauty for $2.99 (plus 15% off with the code BPLC15. Enjoy!

1 Fish 2 Fish

I’ve given up pretending that I’m not participating in the OMD3 Challenge. I want to be playing with caviar beads (again)…instead, I am painting fish. And these aren’t even good fish! ….ok, so my lab mates and my boyfriend loved this mani and figured out what it was immediately, so maybe I am just too hard on my own manicures?

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I wanted to do One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (Dr. Seuss) but apparently trying to draw tiny detailed fish upside down is just not a thing I can do. Either that or my skills have waned (which is also possible). Anyway, here are my somewhat anemic fish. …again, everyone else liked them? The white fish is wayyy too skinny and I can’t get over that.

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It also doesn’t help that my “1 2 red blue” is arranged such that you can’t see the “1 2” part on my thumb! Darn curvy nails. And to be true to the book I had to use a yellow background :-(. On that note, any good yellow cremes out there that I should invest in? The one bright yellow I have is honestly rather muted (the one I am wearing…my only other yellow creme is a pastel). So, yellow thoughts?

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Colors
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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So yah, fish. Enjoy I suppose!

Funhouse Goldfish

Lots of things for review today! I have a crystalchrome flakie by Mentality (named Funhouse) and goldfish framework stickers from the Born Pretty Store! I knew I wanted to layer the green flakie over a similar-colored base, so I went for a pale mint. It ended up looking a bit like a shallow tropical pool, so I grabbed the goldfish decals and went to town!

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Much like the other crystalchrome flakies, Funhouse is a fairly dense glitter topper that would be opaque in three-ish coats, but is shown here in one coat. Funhouse is predominately an aqua-green glitter, that shifts golden green-green-aqua-purple at sharper angles. I love it.

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The complicated part of this mani (because adding awesome glitter to a base is easy) was the fish. The Born Pretty Store supplied me with golden goldfish outline decals (check out the link to see what I mean), that you get to paint around and in to create a goldfish with a gold outline. I pulled out four polishes (purples/reds/oranges) and tried to create a cool looking fish!

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Honestly, my fish don’t look quite as nice as the demo one on the Born Pretty Store website. Next time around, I’m going to basically make my own sheer jelly and use that so more of the gold from the decal outline is preserved.

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Embarrassingly, I actually thought the outlines were water decals and tried to soak them off their white sheet in water….they are stickers. Very thin stickers (which makes them ideal for art and I really liked the thinness) but stickers all the same. Whoops!

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Colors
~ Teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Teal glitter: Mentality – Funhouse
~ Purple: Julep – Lucy
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Gold glitter: Mentality – Sideshow

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On a positive note, with these fish I did finally a use for my Julep jelly polishes! I don’t much care for them usually since they take 3 thick coats to be opaque on their own, and the bubble on my nails…but using them in fish totally works! To pick up the beautiful shifting Funhouse, head over to the Mentality Shop. For the goldfish decals, check out the Born Pretty Store (there are $2.21, with an additional 10% off if you use the code LY5X31). Enjoy!

Barbie Scales

Sometimes, I just want to do dots. And all I have with me are pink and a silver. My intention with this pallet was to do a rough gradient of some type (I was traveling), but somehow I decided on pink fish scales. With silver as a contrasting color.

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And then I decided that if Barbie were ever to do a scale mani, she would go with pink. Eye-searing pink. So we have a Barbie scale manicure. Honestly, this one looked rather cool on, but since I didn’t have my awesome nail camera, the colors are a bit odd (darn you iPhone!).

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Colors
~ Pink creme: Clinique – Pinkini
~ Pink metallic: Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice
~ Pink holo: Femme Fatale – Mr Pinchy
~ Silver: OPI – Number One Nemesis

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Enjoy!

In Shallow Waters

This post fill many requirements. It is my “nautical” post for the OMD2 Challenge, my “summer nail art” entry for the Nail Polish Canada summer contest (which you guys should TOTALLY GO VOTE FOR) and the tutorial for it will (hopefully) be published at Nail It! Magazine in the next week or so…once I write it up.

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The interesting part of this mani is that it is a duplicate of one I did almost exactly a year ago. Only this time, I have longer nails. And slightly more time. That being said, I still love fish. And seahorses. And just summer underwater stuff in general. So if I had to re-do one mani, I think this wasn’t a bad one to choose!

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Colors:
– Light blue: Maybelline – Green with Envy
– Medium blue: L’oreal – Not a Cloud in Sight
– Dark blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
– Green: Essie – The More The Merrier
– Coral: L’oreal – Orange You Jealous?
– Light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
– Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
– White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme

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If you like these, please vote! It’s been a while since I won anything. And if you want to know how I put these together, head over to Nail It! Magazine in a few days!

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