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Sapphire Divided

I bought this particular polish on a whim, mostly because I wanted another polish in this collection and felt like placing and order for a single polish was silly. Jokes on me though…I actually like this one even better than the one I initially wanted! That always seems to happen :-p

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This is Sapphire by KBShimmer, from the birthstone collection (I also got Ruby…which I posted about back in December). I cannot resist polishes that are jewel toned, saturated with metallic silver shards, and have holo in them. I now own 5!!! Sapphire is probably the darkest and most pigmented one in my collection though, since the other three non-KBShimmer ones are gold/silver/rose gold in tone.

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This polish took two thin coats to cover (I probably could have gotten away with one if I applied it thicker). It dries down remarkably smoothly given all the glitter in it as well! The best part: removal wasn’t even that difficult! Maybe it’s because the glitter is in shards rather than hex shapes, and so catches my removing pad better? I don’t know why, but I am grateful! Regardless, Sapphire is a beautiful deep blue-jean/sapphire blue. I should have taken a photo with my  sapphire engagement ring! Whoops. Either way, it is stunning.

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I am a bit sad that I added the rhinestones before top coat though, they always go from hexagonal and shiny to looking matte with regular top coat. I think I’ve finally figured out a work-around for this problem, but since I actually painted these back in October I wasn’t thinking too deeply about it a week before the wedding. Whoops!

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Colors
~ Blue glitter: KBShimmer – Sapphire
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: EdM – 03

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I didn’t want to cover too much of the polish with a design…so I turned to my best pretty-but-minimal stamping plate (EdM 03) and just picked one. Ta-da! Hope you enjoyed!

Turquoised

Blue! And teal! I am sooo glad I wrote down all the names of the polishes that I used when I made this, because there is no way I would remember them now.

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This was the base of the mani that I used for my pshiiit-inspired design from Nail Art Fashion Week. As I was putting together the teal an blue splotches and glitter and flakies I really liked how it looked…so I took some photos! I usually only do that if I’m afraid that I’ll mess up the final result and an intermediate step looks good…in this case it gets it own post!

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So anyway, lots of teal. I used the stamper smush (technical term) method to get the colors on. It worked great this time, but I’ve actually tried it again since and it looked awful. Some colors work and some don’t I guess!

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Colors
~ Pastel teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Light teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Teal shimmer: Essie – Naughty Nautical
~ Teal metallic: Petites Color Fever – Figi
~ Teal glitter: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Dark teal: A England – Saint George
~ Teal flakie: Zoya – Maisie
~ Holo: ORLY – Sparkling Garbage

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Also, adding Sparkling Garbage to the top of ANYTHING makes it magic. My friends and I made some dragon eggs (more about that later) a week ago and we ended up topping a dark green metallic with Sparkling Garbage…it was magic.

Splotches and Chevrons

Today’s prompt for Nail Art Fashion Week 2016 was “style icon.” Now, anyone who knows me knows I have 0 style sense (if it fits and has some type of glitter or pattern on it, I’ll wear it), and that I don’t care to get one. I wear sneakers with skirts and everyone else can just deal with it :-p

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So, I had to think of something else for “style icon” and of course, I ended up with nail art style icon! Which means I had to mimic something by pshiiit…she is not my favorite nail art blogger, but its a toss-up between her and Very Emily who’s overall nail art style I like best! Everyone else (myself included) tends to vary widely in what we do for art…but pshiiit (and Emily) have a distinct feel to their nail art that I just love! In pshiiit’s case, it tends towards chevrons and pops of color or glitter.

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Anyway, today’s nail art was inspired by pshiiit, so here we go! Lots of teal, some glitter, and some chevrons. And also a funny title because I couldn’t think of anything else.

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Colors
~ Pastel teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Light teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Teal shimmer: Essie – Naughty Nautical
~ Teal metallic: Petites Color Fever – Figi
~ Teal glitter: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Dark teal: A England – Saint George
~ Teal flakie: Zoya – Maisie
~ Holo: ORLY – Sparkling Garbage
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Hope you enjoyed! Technically NAFW2016 goes through Sunday, but I never post on weekends AND I know nothing about the Fall 2016 collection (nor do I care that much. Fashion is wayyyy beyond me) so this is it!

Multichrome Swoops

ALL THE MULTICOLOR CHANGING THINGS IN ONE MANI. This manicure was insane. I just gave up capturing it completely because that was NOT going to happen.

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I started with one of the ILNP multichromes, so we already had pink-gold-green. Then I added a multichrome flakie topper that had the same basic color shift, but due to the nature of flakies shifted at random angles with relation to the nail. And THEN I stamped on the whole concoction. It was epic.

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I tried to capture the pink-to-green shift, and also get you guys to see how the flakies played off the other colors. I don’t know that I succeeded but the photo is cool!

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Colors
~ Magenta multichrome: ILNP – Masquerade
~ Flakie topper: LynB Designs – Here on Earth
~ Stamp: EdM – 03

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Unfortunately, these colors were making my camera spazz, so some of the nail bed colors look a bit funny. I tried to color correct!

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Hope you enjoyed! And happy almost New Years!

Pond Ripples

The application that I write my posts on needs to start behaving. I wrote a whole post (again) today and just went and disappeared! Ugh. Today’s prompt was “travel.” I thought about palm trees, but that was too easy. Then my new stamping plates arrived!!! Llarowe was having a sale, and I just had to get some of the Emily de Molly stamping plates, because they are stunning and I’ve never seen anything like them (well, ok, maybe Messy Mansion has some, and MoYou but I don’t own any of them).

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This particular design caught my eye, because it looked like ripples in water, so I decided to turn it into a pond! That technically counts as travel since there are no ponds near me :-p. Anyway, the stamp rather failed…which is to say I used one of my newer black polishes. It turns out (and I only went looking AFTER I finished this mani) that stamps with super-fine lines like this need special stamping polish. I don’t own special stamping polish, but I do own some old mostly empty bottles of black and white that I use to stamp! So I’ll try that next time.

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I did practice this stamp the day after I did this mani, and it works great on paper…with the aforementioned thick black polish. Oops :-(. I was really disappointed with how this came out, because the stamp was stunning and the base was awesome and it just didn’t come together how I wanted! Oh well.

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Colors
~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Tart
~ Blue flakie: Zoya – Maisie
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 06

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Anyway, the stamp is out of stock right now (usually it’s here) but some of the others are still on sale. No, I was not asked to review this (I wish!) but its cool enough that I’m sharing the link anyway :-p Enjoy!

Celestial Matrix

I’m back! But this is still a scheduled post because I am seriously jet lagged and there is no way I would have gotten up in enough time to post this and make it to work! Anyway, this is the other metallic flakie I ordered from LynB Designs, a pink-green-gold multichrome called Here on Earth.

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Here on Earth is kinda awesome. I layered two thin coats over a dark blue creme, because while it looked good at one coat I wanted it super dense! I had no problems with the amount of suspension base, so maybe next time I’ll just do three coats on its own. This polish makes me drool…I had been lemming after Neon Rosebud from ILNP but I didn’t want to pay >$10, so this $5 polish makes me happy!

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I knew exactly what I wanted to do over this…one of the Bundle Monster stamps has been having a staring contest with me from my polish desk (because I keep meaning to use it), so here we go! My ring finger is actually double stamped (gold then blue) because the gold didn’t quite take. I got a new gold stamping polish since my old Maybelline is well and truly dried. This one is a glitter rather than a metallic, which makes me a bit sad and there was a two-finger learning curve (middle and ring) before I figured out how to make it bright enough (pinky, pointer, thumb). I probably stamp in a weird order.

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Colors
~ Blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Multichrome glitter: LynB Designs – Here on Earth
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go For Gold
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 605

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Now I want to try to double-stamp this using only cremes! And also use Here on Earth in every mani ever. Pink/green multichrome polishes might be my kryptonite! Assuming I got back safely, I should have a new post for you guys tomorrow. If I don’t, assume I am trapped in an airport somewhere, or severely jet lagged, so sorry in advance!

Geometric Light

Just before I knew I was going to get all the awesome crystalchrome flakies from Mentality, I placed an order with LynB Designs for some metallic flakies! I didn’t own any, and LynB was having a sale…while ILNP wasn’t.

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The first one I picked up is called The Speed of Light, You Know. While I wish it had a shorter name (seriously, fitting some of these things onto my swatch sticks drives me crazy) the polish itself is stunning. It is a more-or-less eclectic rainbow mix of colors, with an emphasis on bright greens and blues. However, I also see orange, pink, purple, and some indigo flakes! I painted it over a dark red creme, and I think the combo works nicely.

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There are soo many colors here that it is hard to tell if the polish shifts much! Regardless, I think it’s stunning. What you see her is one coat, and I managed to get a nice mix of tiny flakes, small flakes, and a few larger ones. No problems with consistency of the polish!

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Colors
~ Red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Multichrome glitter: LynB Designs – The Speed of Light, You Know
~ White: Zoya – Purity
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 610

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I dithered for a while deciding what to put on these for art, but I spotted one of the Bundle Monster stamps that I’ve never used before and something about the cosmic name of this polish…so we got stars and swirls!

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Hope you enjoyed! I got this polish on sale for $5, and I don’t think there is still a sale. But even so, it is much cheaper than ILNP and I like it!

a london year

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