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Pink Peonies

Spring means flowers, right? So have some flowers! Even if the real ones make me sneeze.

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This design was inspired by Copycat Claws although her stamp was far superior to mine! And I really need to find a suitable green jelly polish :-/. Any recommendations?

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I do at least like how the pink and teal came together! Although I wish I had focused a bit more on some yellow/pink. I don’t usually like yellow, but it looks pretty with the pink jelly nearby!

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Colors
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Zoya – Paloma
~ Teal: Zoya – Frida
~ Yellow: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubble
~ Green: Zoya – Jace
~ Stamp: BM – XL209

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That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed and happy Friday!

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!

Chaotic Colors

So, I was trying to make this by badgirlnails, and I failed spectacularly. My colors didn’t blend well because I’ve never tried to blend jellies before, and my glitter base was abysmal. Failure from step one and I should have known it! So when all was said and done and looked awful, I just stamped over it. and now it looks awesome 🙂

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I started with a white base (Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme) and added three different glitters over it trying to get the density I wanted. I started with I Only Have Ice for You by KBShimmer but there wasn’t enough glitter even after two coats, so I hand-placed a few large circle holo glitters from the disaster that was I Snow You Love Me by OPI, and then added a thin brushing of Fame by ILNP. It looked awful.

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I then tried to brush on, and finally dab on, my Zoya jellies. I’ve owned Frida for a while now, but I wanted more polishes for lead lighting so I bought Katherine and Paloma during their 50% off sale on black friday. While I love all three polishes, I think I’m going to stick to lead lighting rather than blending from now on!

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Once I had them all on and blotchy looking, I decided I hated it. But, I had plans in the evening and I couldn’t restart the whole mani…so I just grabbed a dense stamp (one of the Bundle Monster Shangri-La ones) and stamped at random. It came out pretty well!

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I hope I’ll be showing you some actually good jelly manis in the not-to-distant future. This one might has well have been a standard non-jelly gradient!

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!

Teal Spirals

I jazzed up an earlier manicure! My silver spiral staircase mani from a few weeks ago was a rushed job, but I had something in mind when I did it! So, this is the ‘full’ version of that mani (aka I went back the next night and added more things).

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Luckily, the original design was 100% dry when I went to add color and gemstones, which does tend to happen when you sleep on it! I colored in the whole nail with one coat of a thin jelly teal, and then put a second (maybe even third, I actually don’t remember) over alternating spirals for contrast. Jelly polishes = awesome fun! I need more.

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I went ahead and added an AB-coated crystal stone for even more glittery goodness. Luckily, my nails were long enough to actually get a bit of the spiral-like appearance from this stamp!

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Colors
~ Teal holo: A England – Saint George
~ Silver: Mentality – White Opaque
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida

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Hope you enjoyed! Tomorrows post is a bit…terrible. You’ll see!

Blooming Lace

Every time I try and do lace, I get the overwhelming urge to color in the flowers! So, here is another leadlight lace flower mani, this time with a new nude!

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Boho Babe by L’oreal is a very pretty soft pink nude, but takes 3 medium-thick coats for opacity and does not self-smooth. Given that it is a pastel, this is unsurprising, but I was so hopeful! Regardless, it is a very pretty color. I wanted a stand in for the early spring pink-nude Zoya, and I found one (for cheap)!

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Oddly, in all the photos Boho Babe looks almost grey-nude, rather than light pink. It’s probably my lighting, but I promise its a pale soft pink!

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Colors
~ Nude: L’oreal – Boho Babe
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Teal: Zoya – Frida
~ Red: OPI – Strawberry Scented
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L020

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I don’t quite know why I made the flowers teal and red, rather than some normal color and red. I wanted to use the only real jelly polish I have, I suppose! Ahh, jellies. I wish they were cheaper than regular polish (since they technically have less pigment) but they aren’t.

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Hope you enjoyed!

Geometry Hiding

Unlike yesterday, today we have a geometric mani that ended up exactly how I intended! I finally acquired a jelly polish that I can use for layering in stamping. Be prepared to see a lot more jelly-based manis!

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My new jelly polish is Frida by Zoya. In 5 coats (on a swatching stick) she was not CLOSE to opaque. Ergo, no swatches here! But I did layer her :-). What you see here is 4 coats of Frida over a deep blue with green shimmer. Frida darkened the blue into an almost midnight-teal, and it looks awesome!

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The first stamp (the more complicated one) has 4 total coats of Frida over it, the initial pattern was white. The second stamp (less ornate, with circles) has two coats of Frida. I added the solid geometric pattern stamp last, and only put one coat over individual designs for contrast.

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Frida is soo see-through that even with 4 vs 2 coats it is a bit hard to see the different depths! That being said, the polish is very easy to work with, dries fast, and has a really fun coloration. I’m glad I got it!

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Colors
~ Blue metallic: OPI – Yoga-ta Get This Blue!
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Stamps: EdM – 03, 17

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Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday! (You guys have no idea…I kept typing “Frida” as “Friday” because they are only one letter apart!)

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