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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!

Coffee and Cream Chevrons

All I could think when I was putting this together was how darn pretty the colors looked in a row. If I didn’t feel the urge to swatch Flynn I would have just made an ombre! However, with it done, it totally looks like an array of milky coffee to completely black coffee 😀

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The base color here is Flynn, a creme from Zoya. Flynn is a perfect mix between the color of caramel and milk chocolate. That is to say, it is a medium-hue brown with a yellow-leaning base. It covered well in two thin coats (I honestly could have gotten away with one thicker coat), and self-leveled nicely. On me, the color looks one shade darker than my skin tone and was super elegant if a bit creepy!

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I hand-painted the chevrons (which is why they are slightly wonky) before going through all my gold and red glitter polishes (I narrowed it down to those two families) and settling on a bronze-toned gold glitter for the accents. I really love how it turned out (and am super glad I didn’t use a red)!

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Colors
~ Lightest brown: Zoya – Chantal
~ Light brown: Zoya – Flynn
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Gold: ILNP – Clockwork

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This mani also serves as a good comparison between some of the brown Zoya cremes! I was desperately trying to figure out how similar Flynn was to Dea when I was going to buy it, so maybe this’ll make someone’s life easier. For what its worth, Flynn is lighter (clearly) and yellow-toned, while Dea is darker and red-toned.

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The other funny part of this, is that I’ve done something similar before! I thought I had, but I didn’t get a chance to go through my old nail art before painting this. Hilariously, I tried to pretend that one had something to do with coffee too…way back in 2013! This one looks far better (at least in terms of color gradient), and I guess the way I think about titling my posts hasn’t changed in years. Yay browns!

Swamped Marble

I’ve had this sitting in my folder since January  and since today is Saint Patrick’s Day, the green and gold is totally appropriate! I mostly just like green 🙂

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Back when Zoya was having a sale, I bought two very similar green cream polishes. Jace is the second of the two green Zoya cremes…and honestly, I like her less than Tilda, the other. As it turns out, Jace is almost in the middle between Shawn (a darker yellow-toned green) and Tilda (a bright true-green)…which since Tilda dries darker than expected means that the spectrum of shades covered is actually much smaller than I thought. I do not need all three polishes, whoops!

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The other sad part is that Jace takes three coats. And not three thin coats, three medium-thick coats. I even tried to use Jace as a jelly, but it is just slightly too opaque for that! The polish does self-level nicely and dries down to a super squishy high shine finish, but I want my two-coat perfect coverage Zoya creme, and this polish isn’t!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of creme+glitter water marbles recently, and I love how they look like the clouds swirling around a foreign planet (like, if someone did them in brick red, orange, and white, it would look like Jupiter). So, I tried to make one in green! It actually WORKED (first time I’ve gotten glitter to spread and behave in water!), but I need to figure out the ideal way to swirl the actual design before I try this again (…which is how I got the “Sea or Sky” to work).

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My thumb, which I did last, actually came out best. Frequently with water marbles, I am so fed up with trying to get the polish to behave that I give up by the time I get to my thumb, but I was inspired this time. And it looks awesome (if I do say so myself).

Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Green: Zoya – Jace
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Gold glitter: ILNP – Clockwork
~ Green glitter: Butter London – Jack the Lad

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You can barely see any of the green glitter, and it was the least spread-able, but I wanted to use it anyway. Low and behold, the ILNP ultra holographic metallic polishes spread really nicely in water and actually behave well! I’ll need to play more with this….stay tuned! Hope you enjoyed!

Sunrise in Glitter

This was a mani I did over the first week of Christmas break, with nothing but holiday-themed glitter polishes. This was a PAIN IN THE BUTT to clean up (since I had used tape…I had not thought to bring liquid latex as a barrier), but it came out quite nice! The addition of white makes it not-too-much-glitter, methinks.

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I need to remember in the future to bring more creme polishes when I travel. If my sister is going to be around I tend to just bring a rainbow, but I was on my own for this part of the trip so I just grabbed some suitable “holiday” polishes. Which apparently means ALL THE FOIL GLITTERs. Never again!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Gold: Zoya – Ziv
~ Red: KBShimmer – Ruby
~ Dark red: Zoya – Blaze

Hilariously, it looks like I accidentally took all the Zoya Ornate collection polishes that I own with me on this trip! I ended up with Ziv and Blaze…I do also own Storm but it didn’t quite make the Christmas cut, so it was left behind. But, that is ridiculously coincidental! Ironically, I also brought my super glittery green Zoya polish which I was convinced was Logan…but I don’t own Logan, I decided to buy Ivanka as well three years ago, and somehow forgot! Clearly, I need to use green glitters more :-p

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Hope you enjoyed all the glitter! I would say happy Wednesday, but today starts at 7am (although luckily it is warm enough for me to bike to the hospital rather than the 40 minute walk in the morning), so less-than-happy Wednesday!

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 😀

Dust and Shadow

It has been a trend with me recently that I want to buy one polish from a certain brand, but I feel silly ordered just one…so I get the one I wanted and one that I pick at the last minute. And end up loving more than the one I initially thought I wanted! This is the…third? Fourth? time that it has happened to me in in a few months.

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Regardless, Shadow on the Moon is stunning. Truly stunning. This is a medium-gray polish filled with coarse holo glitter, small circular holo glitter, and saturated with pink shimmer. I love it! Shown here is two easy coats with top coat. As I mentioned, I almost didn’t buy this polish but I am sooo glad I did…it is subtle and elegant but hopelessly complex. It is absolutely going to make my top 10 polishes of 2017.

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I also didn’t want to cover too much of this color, so I decided to just go with stripes. Every time I turn to striping tape I think “oh, this will be easy and pretty” and each time I end with “WHY DID I THINK I’D BE DONE IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS OMFG”. So, there’s that. Also, don’t use pastel almost-jellies over dark colors…it will take 3 passes to cover the underlying color and your nails will be bumpy!

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Colors
~ Grey holo: Emily de Molly – Shadow on the Moon
~ Dark grey: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Light pink: ULTA – Baby Doll

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It is hard to tell, but those lighter color stripes are a pale pink! I was trying to match the pink shimmer in the grey polish…but I should have gone a shade or two darker. Oh well. Still looks cool.

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Hope you enjoyed!

Mosaic Stars

Well, this didn’t quite work as planned. I bought a bunch of jelly-finish polishes to try lead lighting…and they are rather a bust in terms of color!

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The three Zoyas (Frida – Teal, which I already owned, Katherine – purple, Paloma – Pink) work quite well, but they are an odd color combo. I tried to round out the set with an orange and a yellow (the green was sold out) but they are a flop! The two polishes, by Esmalte da Kelly, look identical! I cannot tell orange from yellow either in the bottle or on my swatch stick, never mind my nails! I spent money that could have gone to other new polish on proving that this orange and yellow jelly are the same. So sad! So now I have yellow, teal, purple, and pink…which do not work well together!

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I tried to make a quasi-Jewish mani regardless (see the 6-pointed stars in the teal?) but the placement of the colors is a bit weird. Again, had the orange WORKED it would have looked better 😦

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I also layered a bunch of glitters over my white base in hopes that they would shine through…but they really don’t. I’m not sure what to do other than give up on using glitter as a base for jelly polish! I need to figure out something fun to do with the colors I do have, before I regret the purchases.

Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Glitter: KBShimmer – I Only Have Ice for You
~ Teal: Zoya – Frida
~ Purple: Zoya – Katherine
~ Pink: Zoya – Paloma
~ Yellow: Esmalte da Kelly – Soap Bubble Yellow
~ Orange: Esmalte da Kelly – Soap Bubble Orange

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I cannot recommend the Esmalte da Kelly jelly polishes, which makes me sad given that they seem to work for other people! Also, the bows at the bottom of the brush make it really difficult to open the polish bottle or use the brush without ruining your mani. Poor planning!

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