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Antique Flowers

I’ve been debating for a few days how I wanted to wear the water decals that I got to review from the Born Pretty Store…did I just do one accent nail? Did I do two nails? Top of my nails like a french tip? Triangles? I settled on a double accent because those can be fun, and then was faced with what to do with the other nails!

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I ended up using a deep red with gold glitter polish, but a deep green creme was a close second. The only grey-red that I have would have been too painful to clean so I vetoed it (why are dark blues and reds so darn hard to get out of cuticles?).

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I really like how these came out! Unlike most water decals, these floral ones are both very well printed (which is to say you can’t see the individual dots of color like you can on most, these look smooth) and come with a white or pale colored backing behind each part of the design. Frequently, the entire background is clear (so you have to put the decals over white to get the correct colors) or the background is colored so it can go over any color…these are cool because the leaves and flowers have their own printed background but the base color shows through everywhere else!

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Colors
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ Red: Zoya – India

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This was a super quick mani, and looks rather classy if I do say so myself! Although, oddly, I like it better on my nails with curved edges than the straight edges! I’ve always been a diehard straight-nail-edge fan (and I still am…I broke one of my nails on an awkward angle so I just rounded that hand), but for some reason this one just works on the oval nails! I’m likely to cut them all straight again very soon, but it makes for a fun contrast right now! If you want to get these decals for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store, they are currently on sale for $0.99! Hope you enjoyed!

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Hilariously, I had a day of work today and without the stress of having to go into the hospital I forgot to post this until now! Whoops 😀

Boring Pink Blossoms

Booooring. So boring. You guys I almost don’t want to post these, they put me to sleep. It almost would have been better to just leave them pink. This is…bleh.

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Sometimes though, you just need your nails to fit in. No one noticed these (because there was basically nothing to notice). Ergo, the plan worked…I just wasn’t proud to wear these!

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The base is Eternal Optomist by Essie (a nice muted medium-pink creme), with a silver floral stamp and a white dot in the middle. I should have used a rhinestone or SOMETHING rather than just white polish.

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I don’t really have much else to say. Welcome to snoresville: population – my nails. *shrug* I promise the nails get more exciting for my next post! I just can’t live with boring nails :-p

Red-y Floral

This is the mani that matches the one from last Friday! As you can see, they look remarkably similar. That is actually unintentional…I used a white-to-red gradient (over a light pink base) for this mani, and was hoping for red tips. I ended up with pink tips because my red creme is pink-based. Whoops!

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Despite the color similarity, I also really like how this mani came out! I went with a darker stamping color, so the design pops all the way down my nail (not just at the lighter end). I also decided to mix up where the gradient was originating, which ended up looking pretty nifty!

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You can also tell here just how well this plate is etched. The color that I used to stamp (Visions of Love by OPI) is not a stamping polish. It is pigmented, but has almost a jelly-like quality to it when used as a base polish. Despite that, it stamped darkly and beautifully, with all the thinner lines picking up perfectly. Score one for the Born Pretty Store!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Stamp: BP – L052

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Anyway, happy post-Valentines-Day! Hopefully I can lay off the red and pink manis after this. Enjoy!

Fade to Pink Floral

There are basically two versions of this mani…which I wore on opposing hands. I’ll be posting one today (clearly) and the other next week. They are, in fact, different manis…it just turns out when you try to gradient with white and red, it looks like a lot like using different shades of pink!

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This is a triple-pink gradient, with a pink holo stamped on top. I honestly thought that Ciara (the darkest pink in the gradient) would not end up being so dark, so the pattern would show more at the tips. Clearly, I was wrong! It still looks cool. I was aiming for a Valentine’s Day color palette…so yah.

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The design is from a stamping plate that I was sent to review from the Born Pretty Store…and I have to say I love it. Some of their plates can be hit-or-miss, either in terms of design or etching. This one is perfectly etched, and the designs are all really pretty! everything on this plate is vaguely stylized floral patterns, but they are all large enough that you can fit them in different orientations (see, for example, my pointer vs. middle fingers…same stamp just rotated and it still covers my whole nail). I have to say I’m impressed!

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Colors
~ Light pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Dark pink holo: A England – Rosebower
~ Stamp: BP – L052

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If you want to pick up this stamping plate for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store, where you can find it for $2.59. Don’t forget about my discount code, LY5X31! Enjoy!

Vampy Roses

I know flowers (other than maybe poinsettias) are not considered a winter design…but I saw these and they just screamed vampy Christmas flowers to me!

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The pattern was inspired by nailsandtowelnailsandtowelnailsandtowel, and I just ran with it. Luckily, I had All Sparkly and Gold by OPI just sitting around…I think this might be the first time I’ve used it since I swatched it however many years ago. Sad, but thats what happens when you have too many gold polishes! Also, I had it in my head that it was difficult to remove…and it wasn’t EASY but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!

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I really like how this design came out. Deep red and gold is one of my favorite color combinations 🙂

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Colors
~ Dark red: Confetti – Masquerade Ball
~ Gold glitter: OPI – All Sparkly And Gold
~ Gold holo glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime

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Hope you enjoyed! Get ready for MORE winter-y and holiday-y manis next week :-D.

Fleur de Pink

Short and pink again, for the hospital! I did warn you guys :-p

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These ones are, if possible, even MORE boring. The base color is very close in shade to the design itself, and all polishes used were cremes. At least Monday’s (and Friday’s, actually) designs used a mix of polish finishes. But, this didn’t get noticed! *headdesk*

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The sad part about my current nail predicament is that I’m fairly certain I could get away with painting either disney/pixar designs or anything superhero on my nails right now and it would be fine! Pediatrics is nice like that. However, I have NO time to paint my nails! Not only that, I had to work through this past weekend. Seriously. 13 straight days of sick kids is just depressing. At least I have this coming weekend off.

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I’ve been investing in some interesting nudes and light greys just so that the next time I have to wear nothing-but-work-appropriate nails, at least they won’t be uniformly light pink!

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One more pink design this week, and then next week they should get more exciting again :-p Just bear with me! And you know, if you really need to hide but still paint your nails, take note I suppose!

Roses of Purple

Today is the final wedding-potential mani! Yes, there were a LOT of purple manis until I found the one I wanted to wear to my wedding! This was made using a stamping decal and coloring in the rose petals. Unfortunately, it came out really dark, so it is getting posted last!

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When I was first painting all the colors, the plan was to have the rose go from light-to-dark with the center being lighter purples and the outer layer of petals being darkest. It rather worked, but all the purple are so close to each other you can barely tell! Also all of them are darker than they usually look (which I suppose is to be expected when I stamped the outline with black).

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Regardless, this was nice in theory but not so great in delivery. I used a glitter bomb polish as the background because I though the grey and pinkish-purple would go well with the purples in the flower petals. While I wasn’t wrong, since the purples ended up being darker than usual the whole thing just looks unbalanced. Whoops!

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I used a lot of purples which I am not going to bother naming here since I won’t be repeating this manicure. The only important polish is the base, which is Sakura by Emily de Molly. I still love it!

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Hope you enjoyed (maybe more than I did!). There is another almost-purple mani on friday (that has nothing to do with the wedding at all…it just fit the color scheme)!

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