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Dark Laces

I have been sitting on this mani for months, but I figured fall was a good time to post it! I loved doing this one, but the laces took forever, so that I ran out of time to add enough top coat to smooth everything out. So, I am sorry for the slightly uneven finish!

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The design was inspired by @banicured_ although her’s were all in white. The laces stand out more against the white, but there is nothing like a jewel-toned ombre to make me happy! Also, I wanted to see how OPI’s Stay Off the Lawn stacked up against some of my other darker colors.

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It makes me a little sad how infrequently I can get away with doing manicures that show even a bit of my naked nail. I wear too much blue (and green, and even certain pinks) and my poor nails look like splatter paintings. I had to wait until they cleared up just to do this!

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Colors:
~ Sheer: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Teal: OPI – Stay Off the Lawn!!
~ Blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
~ Purple: L’Oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Pink: Zoya – Margo

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That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Falling Leaves

I did two VERY similar manicures…one on each hand. Mostly because mutlichromes are fun and I at this point have too many of them :-p.

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The other mani is shiftier, and will go up next week so that I don’t bore you guys with the same manicure twice, more-or-less. This one, although it shifts less, I actually think I like better (and that’s unusual)! The colors came together really well.

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I started with a green multichrome base (this one shifts from an emerald green to a bright teal, and a deeper blue at steep angles) and then used advanced stamping (aka coloring in the design on the stamper) to add the leaves. Two of the leaf colors are multichromes, although the golden-brown one barely shifts (its mostly a gold to greenish-grey, but it was already a grey-gold to start with). The other one shifts from copper to brown, which is again, not a super big shift. I like it anyway!

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Colors:
~ Green: ILNP – Reminisce
~ Gold: Revlon – Hypnotize
~ Copper-to-brown: Born Pretty – 212
~ Gold-to-olive: Catrice – Genius in the Bottle
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BPX – L018

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I will admit to staring at my nails and moving them around trying to capture the right angles for these photos…but I just gave up and picked ones that looked pretty and glow-y instead. So, pretend that they can shift at least a little? Meh. Still pretty! Now if only it would COOL DOWN around here…it should not be 80 degrees out in Philly in mid-October!

Crossing Teal

I both love and hate this manicure. I love how the colors came together, and I really do like the pattern on my accent nail. But I hate the shimmery teal!

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So, this is a polish I got as a gift from a friend of mine. It is called Jade Kat, by Sinful Colors. I can see why she bought it for me, it is the type of color I tend to love: jewel toned, bright, and shimmery. Also, teal! But the polish itself is a mess. This is four thin coats (I maybe could have done three but…). I let the first two dry for over an hour (as I ate dinner and played far too many rounds of Mariokart) and the polish wasn’t dry yet! I dinged it trying to cut the striping tape apart.

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Then I added two more coats, only to realize that sometime during the whole process I had developed bubbles. Tens of tiny bubbles all over my nails. Now, I’ve been painting my nails long enough to know how to avoid bubbles unless I am in a rush (or my top coat is a thickened mess) but neither was true in this case. It just bubbled at random! As a result, I really cannot recommend this polish, even if the metallic/shimmer finish is nice.

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The design came from @mypolishworld. I actually like the colors and layout better than what she did, but I wouldn’t have though of a gold nail without the reference photo!

Colors:
~ Gold: ILNP – Fame
~ Light teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Teal shimmer: Sinful Colors – Jade Kat

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That’s all for today! Maybe I’ll try this again sometime with polish that doesn’t make me want to immediately change my mani :-/

Draped in Mauve

I thought this would end up elegant, and it somewhat did? Mostly it ended up being glittery!

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I wanted to use one of the stamping plates I was sent to review from the Born Pretty Store, but I also wanted to see if I could layer a jelly polish in a way that looked cool! I quite like the idea, but I think I would rather have used silver with blue, not copper-gold with purple :-p

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That said, this was SUPER FREAKING GLITTERY in the sunlight, because some of the ILNP polishes just do that. It’s magic 🙂 you could even see the glitter through the purple! Which was the point.

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Colors:
~ Gold: ILNP – Clockwork
~ Purple: Zoya – Katherine
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L070

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This plate has a lot of cool somewhat-geometric patterns, and is very well etched despite the very thin lines. I like it! If you want to pick up one for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store, you can find it for $2.99. Enjoy!

Make Your Own Marble

Every year on “tutorial” day I am torn: do I make nail art based on someone else’s tutorial or do I make new nail art and my own tutorial? I had more time than usual this year (I got out of the clinic early) so I went with the make-your-own!

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One really cool idea that I’ve been seeing around is geode nails…but all the good ones are made with either 400 layers of polish, acrylic paint, or gel polish. I will do none of those. I also have seen a lot of marble nails (the stone, not watermarble) and I wanted to see if I could combine the two! Plus, bonus water decals.

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Basically, I wanted to demonstrate how you turn a rather unimpressive water decal into something glittery, and then unique. See below for actual steps…

Marble Tutorial

  1. Coat your nails in a base coat of your choice. Then paint your nails white and top coat (I used Snow me White by Sinful Colors as my white)
  2. Remove the clear layer from the top of your water decal, and cut into nail-sized pieces.
  3. Soak the decal in water for 15-45 seconds (if it has a clear background, closer to 15, if, like mine, it has a solid white background, more like 45). Apply to your nail, position to taste. Blot to dry, and clean around your nail beds to remove the excess decal with acetone.
  4. Snazz it up! Pick the color you think would look best glitter-ized (likely not the most common color, so here I would not have picked white or blue) and add a coarse glitter. I picked the yellow, and covered it with gold glitter (Million Dollar Dream by F.U.N.).
  5. You can stop here, if you want glittery marbled nails…or you can go on and personalize with stamping decals. In this case, I grabbed geometric triangle images (ND-104 and BP-L054).
  6. Chose your two colors: the stamp and the inner colored part (I went with Black on Black by Sinful Colors for the stamp, and #333 by WOW for the inside part). Pick up the stamp, ideally on a clear stamper, and then color it in with your chosen polish.
  7. To apply the decal to your nail, paint a thin coat of quick-dry clear polish, and when it is barely tacky (70% dried), use the stamper to transfer the design. Obviously you’ll be going one nail at a time for this part, unless you have numerous stampers.
  8. Add whatever else you want (I ended up adding a golden circular glitter), clean your nails, top coat, and you’re done!

I don’t know that I love having gone with a medium grey for my fill color, but I thought white would be too boring and gold would stand out too much. I guess I’m ok with it!

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The water decals that I used were a bit of a surprise. I requested to review a 12-pack of full-nail water decals, and picked a collection of marble finishes. This particular design was the ugliest to me, so I used it hoping I could make it prettier. I was, however, not expecting the decals to have their own backing (white rather than clear) and they were thick enough that I probably didn’t need a white base! Also, they were thick and so bunched, which could have been a problem, but they actually stretched in a really fascinating way, which meant they ended forming to my nails (with a little pushing around) perfectly. I really love these decals! If you want the full set of 12 from the Born Pretty Store, you can find them here for $1.99.

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Anyway, that’s it for today! One more day left in the Challenge 😀

Angel Feathers

Apparently today is my 5-year blogaversary. I keep forgetting that it’s in September! I’ll have to arrange something fun when this challenge is over…This mani is a bit simpler than some of my other recent manis, but a lot of that is because I can never figure out what to do with the “supernatural” prompt for Day 29 of the Challenge!

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This time, I settled on something related to an angel. I wanted to do a gorgon, but I am still seeing patients so I can’t really have green scaled nails. Angel it is! I didn’t have time to free-hand lots of tiny feathers and I didn’t own an angel wing stamp, but I did own a feathery stamp!

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I ended up starting with a blue-grey base with gold flecks and lots of holo shimmer. I then advanced stamped (aka colored in) the feather image using a ridiculously shimmer-gold polish that is a muted white under indirect light. This polish was one of those that once I got it, I regretted it (although it was free, I got it years ago in a contest)…and now am really glad I held onto it! I’ve used it a number of times for coloring in stamps when I don’t want to go straight for insane gold.

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Colors:
~ Blue: ILNP – Timeless Vow
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold shimmer: OPI – Ski Slope Sweetie
~ Stamp: BM – XL209

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Only a few more days in the Challenge! And at least the last two prompts are easier than this. I think yesterday’s and today’s are my least favorite just due to ambiguity. I hope you enjoyed!

Bringing Tiger Back

Traditionally, animal print day of the 31 Day Challenge has been one of my least favorites. I don’t enjoy leopard print, and I’ve done the traditional tiger stripes far too many times for it to be enjoyable. This time, I found a design that is still tiger-striped, but in a different way!

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This mani was inspired by Polish and Paws because I never even thought to use this stamp! The other ones on the plate still don’t speak to me, but this was fun.

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I also used this to compare my two dark orange glittery shimmer polishes…but totally forgot to take photos before the nail art was done! Oops. Anyway, on my pinky and pointer is two coats of OPI DS Indulgence, while on my ring, middle, and thumb is two coats of A England Gloriana. Indulgence is much brighter with more of a golden shimmer to it, while Gloriana is darker and has distinct golden flecks. The end result is that Gloriana looks more understated and elegant while Indulgence pops more!

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Colors:
~ Orange shimmer: OPI – DS Indulgence
~ Orange fleck: A England – Gloriana
~ Gold: Petites Color Fever – 24 karat Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – 613

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Also I NEED polish thinner. 24 karat gold, which I used for the glitter gradient, is a dried up mess, useless for anything other than dab-on gradients! And even then it is painful to work with. Hope you enjoyed!

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