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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!

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!

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!

Set Fire To The Rain – 31DC2014

It’s song day in the 31 Day Challenge! I had the hardest time picking a song this year…I wanted (again, like last year) to do Fireflies by Owl City, but realized a different song had been stuck in my head for days. I present the nail art interpretation of Set Fire To The Rain by Adele.

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I swear, I am trying really hard to learn all the lyrics to this song. I just love the way Adele sings, and for some reason I know most of her other songs and just missed this one! Oops.

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Honestly, this looked better in my doodles. It is harder to draw flames with my non-dominant hand than I had anticipated, and I should have moved the raindrop further down my nail so I didn’t run out of room for the fire! Live and learn.

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Colors
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Light blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Red: City Color – Red
~ Orange: Sinful Colors – Courtney Orange
~ Yellow: Revlon – Electric
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 312

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Hope you enjoyed!

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