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Golden Deco

I didn’t write down my polishes 😦 Unfortunately that shining gold background could be any one of three polishes. The photos were taken at my parent’s home over the holidays so the lighting is off, which means I can’t even guess at the color! If I absolutely had to guess I’m going with rose gold (so Juliette) but it could just as easily be Fame or Clockwork. Sorry!

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Anyway, I was wearing this for New Years, but it could work just as well for anything needing glitter…which is just about everything. So have a glittery everything mani!

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I just love geometric stamps. This one is from a somewhat buffet-plate, but I was able to center all the designs despite this since my nails were quite short. Had they been longer I doubt this would have fit so well. Sometimes small nails work better?

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Thank goodness for sunlight photos. I am so tired of color-editing lobster hands… Hope you enjoyed!

Tribal Memories

Another swatch post today, with some fun (but simple) stamps!

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The base here is my first ever Cadillacquer polish, and I have to say I really like the color! This is three coats of Memory Palace it does not have the densest pigment (hence needing 3 coats) but it went on like a dream and dried at a normal speed. However, the bottle brush was a bit too wide and took some maneuvering to not flood my cuticles.

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Memory Palace is a pale blue-grey with golden flakes and subtle holo shimmer. I need to do a comparison between this and Timeless Vow from ILNP, since both are blue-grey with holo (although just from the bottles, Memory Palace is  much paler, almost a white-grey-blue than Timesless Vow, and Timeless Vow has more holo).

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I’m not going to lie and say I don’t love this polish for its name…although I thought it was inspired by Sherlock and it turns out the actual inspiration was Hannibal, whoops!

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Colors
~ Blue grey: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Stamp: BM – 605

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That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Dark Tribal

I think green-blue-purple might be my favorite gradient to do. It looks both lovely and mysterious! Unfortunately, the makeup sponge I used to apply this particular gradient was past its prime, and it left me with a bunch of small bumps on my nails. Regardless, I think this came out quite well!

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I started this mani with two thin coats of Tilda by Zoya, a very pretty medium-light green! This polish self-levels nicely, but dries about half a shade darker than it looks in the bottle. I am quite happy with this polish. I ended up getting two green cremes from Zoya (Tilda and Jace) and found Tilda to be far superior to Jace (I’ll have to do a comparison after I post the mani with Jace). This polish is even, opaque, and a very nice color.

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I went ahead and added the gradient to dark purple, and then a fun geometric stamp to round it out! I think if i had used a lighter blue and purple that this would look more Spring-themed, but honestly I painted it in the winter and I personally just like darker colors.

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Colors
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 11

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I’ve started switching up how I take my photos just a little, and am taking bottle shots with most of my manis at this point (since many of the photos that I like best from other nail artists show them holding a bottle of polish, or some other wrap-around prop). I still don’t think I’m quite the best at positioning! Oh well.

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy Friday!

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!

Geometric Spaces

Finally, colors! Again, a simple polish + stamp design, but I do think these pair nicely.

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There really isn’t much to say about this, its just brightly colored and glittery. I did think about making it more complicated, but I actually liked how this looked and decided to stop before I ruined it.

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I have a whole lot of polishes that I don’t use nearly as often as I should, and Teal Dimension is one of them. The depth is just lovely!

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Colors
~ Teal holo: LA Girl – Teal Dimension
~ Teal stamping: Mentality – Teal Opaque
~ Stamp: BM – 604

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy Friday!

Hidden Snow

This is actually appropriate! I am posting this today (and another super cool mani on Friday) just so that next week I can post my top 10 polishes of 2016 and include these ones. Cause they are awesome.

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This truly fantastic polish is Thermo Top Coat in black by Bow polish. It is wonderful. I didn’t use it on its own, because the best part of this polish is how it works with designs! The polish is a nude-grey when warm and a black when cold. I don’t know if the nude color is opaque on its own, I layered this over a nude polish. It did grey the base a little, but you can hardly tell!

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What you see here is two coats of the thermo top coat over a nude base. The black stamped pattern is underneath the thermo polish (so in the warm state, what you see is how much the black lines were color dampened). The thermo polish also has a generous but not overwhelming amount of scattered holo glitter, which really pop in the cold/black state, and are pretty and subtle in the warm/nude state! The polish dries down to a semi-matte (I didn’t take photos since I needed to top coat before stamping the snowflakes, sorry!) and as such dries fast.

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Two more awesome things about the bow thermal polish:
1) it didn’t smudge the stamp! The black pattern is between two layers of the thermal polish (although being honest, I probably only needed one coat…I had planned for two so I went with it, but I imagine the white base would be less greyed-put if I had just done one coat). Despite not adding ‘real’ top coat over the black patterned stamp before adding the next layer of thermal, there is 0 smudging. Yay!
2) the polish goes on in the ‘dark’ color (aka black) so it is really easy to clean up and not miss something.

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Black thermal: bow – Thermo Top Coat (black)
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Hope you enjoyed! I want to use this polish again soon…lets see if I can get away with it on my current rotation? Maybe? Oh well! Still awesome.

Berry Twisted Triangles

I don’t even know why I named it this. In my defense, this was done around Halloween! But I think it also looks winter-y so it is going here, with my beginning of winter manis week.

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The base polish is three coats of Dark & Twisty by KBShimmer which I got at their sale back in October. It is a black jelly (hence three coats) with copious tiny metallic glitters in rainbow colors. It is like the younger sister to Strung Out, one of their holiday releases from a few years ago. That being said, it went on much easier and was far easier to remove! I love glitter bombs with giant glitter like Strung Out…but I never wear them because taking them off makes me cry. Dark & Twisty is glittery while being slightly subtle and was totally easier to get off!

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Also, I feel like the smaller glitters are easier to pick out in the black jelly base…they don’t sink under the black color as much.

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Colors
~ Black jelly: KBShimmer – Dark & Twisty
~ Purple: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Stamp: BP – 17

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I need to wear Berry Good Looking again soon. It kills me with its glitter!

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