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Frankensteins

Happy day-before-Halloween! Today you guys get to see my favorite of the Halloween-themed manis I did this month, Frankenstein’s monster and the Bridge of Frankenstein!

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The design was inspired by @paintedpolishbylexi. Everyone else does stitches over the green, but I loved the idea of black-on-green drips instead!

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A bit of trivia…despite all other nail art, the Bridge of Frankenstein does NOT in fact have a bow in her hair in the movie! Just the bilateral white zags.

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Colors:
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

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Sadly, I will not be doing much to celebrate Halloween this year since I will be taking that darned 9-hour-long exam on Wednesday morning, so I cannot stay up at all! And would likely be too anxious to have much fun either way. I will, however, be watching Casper the Friendly Ghost, since my husband and I were determined to continue our tradition of one kids Halloween movie per year (last year, despite being on our mini-moon two days after our wedding, we managed to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas). Enjoy!

Pumpkin Grins

Pumpkins! I feel like very year I try to do pumpkins, and ever year that I add faces I wish I hadn’t. Whoops! The design was loosely inspired by @nailsbycambria.

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These didn’t come out too poorly, but they don’t look exactly like what I was going for! I can never get the mouths right (especially if I’m trying to make negative-space teeth. Oy)! Sadly, I will not get to carve pumpkins this year because I am both attending a wedding this weekend AND taking a 9-hour-long test in less than a week! Ergo, no time for pumpkins.

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What makes matters worse is that I didn’t even carve a pumpkin last year because I was desperately planning for my own wedding (two days before Halloween)! Some day I will get to implement all the cool costume ideas that I have, but not now.

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Colors:
~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Light green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Anyway, back to studying (and flying) for me. Hope you enjoyed my slightly wonky jack o’lanterns!

Misty Forest

This mani came out better than I had hoped, but I made a crucial error…I forgot to check that my nails were even before I started! If you are ever going to paint a scene across your tips, be sure that one of them isn’t crooked (sorry 4th finger, I’m looking at you).

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Regardless, this was quite fun! I wanted to do something spooky, and I realized that I had yet to use an EdM stamping plate that I picked up a while ago! Unfortunately, the plate is not etched really deeply, so although the images pick up fine, they are not incredibly dark (to be fair, I used regular polish for this…my black stamping polish finally ran out).

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I ended up double stamping some of the trees, the fox, and little bits of grass, which is how I got the grey-and-black difference. I quite like it! I am also glad I went with another EdM polish for the background. 🙂

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Colors:
~ Purple-grey glitter: Emily de Molly – Shadow on the Moon
~ Purple-grey: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: EdM – 07

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A few more fall-themed and Halloween-themed manis coming up! Most make a little more sense than this, but misty and creepy forest is totally a Halloween thing! Hope you enjoyed.

Leaves of Fall

I needed something fast, fall-themed, and elegant enough not to (hopefully) get me in trouble in the hospital, and this is what I came up with!

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It isn’t exactly a Halloween mani, but the colors are right so I’m just gonna post it now! I am actually hanging out on my “mini-moon” which is apparently what you call something that is too short to be a honeymoon (which is happening next year) but is still a small post-wedding vacation. Go figure!

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The leaf pattern is stamped with a random mix of yellow and orange which was visible in real life, but unfortunately not particularly easy to see in the photos. Sorry!

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Colors
~ Red: A England – Rosebower
~ Orange: Mentality – Orange Opaque
~ Yellow: Mentality – Yellow Opaque
~ Stamp: BP – 19

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy Halloween!

Pretty Pumpkins

This is totally tame enough for the emergency room…right? I wore these to the hospital! Anyway, short post today because I need to go paint my nails for my wedding TOMORROW (eeeeeeeeeeeeep)!

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This was inspired by Life is Better Polished, I think I did a decent job! Especially since I did both hands.

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I only have two orange glittery polishes and they are both shown in the gradient…but I do love them!

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Colors
~ Orange holo: Emily de Molly – Scorched Earth
~ Orange glitter: OPI – DS Indulgence
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy Friday!

Fall Fail

I was trying to make something like this and I failed. Whoops! I needed it to be impressive enough that I wouldn’t get in trouble wearing it to the hospital and this just doesn’t quite make it.

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I should have done entirely golden leaves. I tried to mix in a few shimmery browns and yellow…and instead you can hardly tell the brown from the gold and the yellow is too faint to see! Grr.

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So, fall fail. It happens! I have a few more seasonal manis that I want to put together before winter hits, hopefully they come off better! I even made stamping decals for these just so I could get the placement perfect *sigh*.

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Colors
~ Red: Zoya – India
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Brown holo: Darling Diva – Chocolate Diamond
~ Yellow: Revlon – Hypnotic
~ Stamp: BP – 19

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Live and learn! Sorry :-p. The next few fall/halloween manis are a bit better I promise!

Cityscape by Night

This mani took forever and I LOVE it! The only problem were some trapped air bubbles which I’ll talk about in a bit.

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This was inspired by @ponkle. I actually made the black sheer jelly myself. I bought a wet n’ wild top coat but it dries slower than grass grows, so I decided to add a few drops of the wet n’ wild black creme to it and make a sheer jelly polish for lace and things like this! I like it much better this way, although it still takes forever to dry. At least I can safely add a real fast-drying top coat!

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That being said, the black sheer jelly I made took three coats to even be a little visible…and I didn’t wait quite long enough between layers! Thus I ended up trapping a bunch of air bubbles. When I matted the final product, they all jumped out! It took 24 hours for them to really appear…so my initial photos look great but my sunlight photos look odd. I decided to just show one below…lets pretend that the bubbles are stars in the sky? That works, right?

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Colors
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide

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So, these aren’t quite Halloween-y, but I figured a cityscape by night was at least seasonal! Next week I should have some real Halloween manis (assuming I have time to edit them between wedding planning!). I was going to do a whole how-to-DIY post on making wedding centerpieces out of fancy fake flowers and putting together a chuppah but I ran out of time for that as well. :-/. Anyway, happy Friday!

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