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Aliens over NYC

This was such a fail. I wanted to create a black silhouette against silver and I did not succeed. I started with my most holographic base and tried to stamp over it in black. Only, the stamp was not that deeply etched and my black polish is fresh (rather than somewhat dry and thick) and thus not good for stamping…and the end result was a see-through grey! I went ahead with my initial plan of adding yellow jelly over the buildings to make the windows look like they were lit…and the whole buildings ended up looking yellow.

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Colors:
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp on It
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red jelly: Zoya – Aphrodite
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubble
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Stamps: BM – XL213, Maniology – M035

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So I said forget it, and made the statute of liberty teal, and then added a teal base to all the nails (along with a line of black). And then it looked really sad so I picked up a different plate and started adding weird planets and a spaceship. The end result is pink and red planets appearing over the rather sad NYC skyline? I do not like this manicure!

Scattered Roses on a Field of Gold

I told you there would be more flowers, and here they are! To be fair, I really really like how this mani came out (unlike the other two I posted this week). The theme appears to be color-in-flowers-with-jelly-polish. This manicure also gave me an excuse to play with another new polish :-D. I also almost forgot to post this (oops!) but its technically still Friday!

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I wanted to see if the new pastel-ish multichromes from Emily de Molly we really worth buying…so I bought one that was different than anything else in my collection. Meet Goddess of Rays, an orange-gold-green-emerald pastel almost foil-like multichrome. I have to say, I was impressed! This covered very well in two coats, was only a tiny bit streaky, had a great shift, and was overall a pleasure to wear and a pleasure to look at!

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Colors:
~ Orange/green multichrome: Emily de Molly – Goddess of Rays
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Pink creme: Zoya – Veronica
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B005

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Initially I just added some black stamps, which I deemed too boring. So I decided to fill in the roses with a pink jelly polish, and add some matching dark pink creme dots as the little buds/berries! Ergo this weeks theme. To be fair, this manicure was shifty and awesome and more eye-catching than spring-like. But it fits! Hope you enjoyed 😀

Dividing Roses

Oh how I wish this plate was better etched, the designs are so pretty! This is the companion piece to the pink/periwinkle/purple floral art I posted last week. I liked the stamping plate soo much that I wanted to use it again immediately. Again, it did not work to my satisfaction! Maybe it will work better with more intense dedicated stamping polishes…but I have my doubts.

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Colors:
~ Light purple: Zoya – Abby
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Yellow jelly – Esmalta De Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Flower Tango L002

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Anyway, hope you enjoyed the roses! I have decided it is time to post spring-themed manicures (can you tell?) because it is April and I have a bunch of them sitting in my to-be-edited folder.

Vibrant Jelly Net

I just wanted rainbows, so I made rainbows! This is just a bunch of jelly polishes painted in a random pattern over a silver holographic base. I like using holo rather than just plain white because it hides the mistakes and bald patches a bit better…I can pretend they are intentional :-p

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Colors:
~ Silver holo: Darling Diva – Diamond
~ Red jelly: Zoya – Aphrodite
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubble
~ Blue jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Texture L002

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The stamp here is from another new born pretty plate, this one being better etched! It didn’t need any touch-ups and you can clearly see the design even around the rainbows. Honestly the reason the black here doesn’t look great is I had just opened a new bottle of polish, and since i don’t use stamping polish it was too thin (aka…new) to be excellent for stamping! Oops. You can find this stamping plate with all its weird leafy and bubble-like glory here for $3.99.

Simple Mauve Lace

I wanted to see if one of the larger stamps I own could be made to stretch prettily across all my fingers. Success! Of course, nude lace stamping is never complete without some jelly accents, so this ended up a little more purple than I initially intended.

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Colors:
~ Pastel mauve: KBShimmer – Caught on Tape
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Stamp: BP – L084

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The purple jelly had somehow migrated to the purples in my polish collection rather than the jellies (a few finishes get side aside from their color pool in my organizational setup, jellies are one of them). Luckily, I tend to remember the name of particular polishes so Katherine was easy to find! Hope you enjoyed, happy (belated) Valentine’s Day, and I hope you are all excited as I am that next week we move back to COLORS!

Japanese Vista

Alternately titled “Eva has fun with multi-color lead lighting vaguely asian patterns”. I wanted to color the stamps in, but when I tried that from the beginning, the design was barely visible and the color differences were not apparent. Ergo, I just grabbed a teal and purple jelly and colored in the designs! Of course, teal and purple on blue is not particularly vivid, but I like the watercolor-like appearance of the hues.

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Colors:
~ Blue holo: Nabi – Sky Blue
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Stamps: MoYou – Porcelain 01

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In retrospect, a lot of the design would have been more apparent without the holographic finish. I should invest in a greyed out robins egg color that is not holographic (and does not take 4 coats, I do have one I just refuse to use it). Live and learn! Hope you enjoyed :-p

Light Indian Corn

I made two styles of indian corn and this is the lighter one! The other one will likely be posted in the next two weeks. This one was made using a light brown base, over which I stamped the corn image in white. When that was dry, I then smushed a bunch of colors (yellow, light yellow, red, and grey) onto the stamping plate and stamped over the white with the colors. The end result is less identifiably corn, but still cool! However, it looked too pastel, so I used a yellow jelly polish over the top to deepen the colors.

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Colors:
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Momen
~ Light yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red: OPI – Vision of Love
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Brown: Zoya – Flynn
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Pale nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubble
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature

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Of course, one cannot just have kernels, so I added some hand-painted husks. Overall this was quite fun to make and wear, and I enjoyed comparing the two manicures! You guys will have to let me know (after you see the other one) which one you prefer! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Rainbow Bubbles

This manicure was FUN. It was super messy and took forever to clean up, but I really enjoyed making it!

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I had been staring at the rainbow + circles manicure by de_briz for months. I watched the video.  I wanted to do it. I tried using her technique on my thumb (although honestly I think her white polish wasn’t dry yet when she did this? That is the only reason I can think that her polish really spread) and it looked ok but not great. It also doesn’t help that my yellow jelly polish, despite being almost full, is thick and gloopy. I also only had pink/yellow/blue/purple to work with, and I wanted oranges and greens so I needed to go heavy on the yellow. Then I just starting messing around.

My white base was dry and top coated already, so I knew it was safe to play around on top of it. I starting putting massive blobs of polish down on my nails in a mostly random pattern (but with lots of yellow) and tried to tilt my nails to get the polish to flow. That failed. (Clearly I have been watching too many of those “liquid art” and “flow art” videos!). Then I gave up and just starting shaking my hands, hard, in various directions. That worked! The nail polish started moving, and blobs of it fell off my nail (on mostly the mat, but also the desk, my other arm, and the poor innocent polish bottles). The end result was bright and looked surprisingly like watercolors. I repeated the process on my other nails, although I clearly used too much purple on my ring finger and I accidentally scraped half the color off my pinky and had to half-redo it (which only somewhat worked) while top coating my other hand. Yikes!

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After that i was just adding lots of circles. Unlike de_briz, I don’t own the prefect circle plate, so I had to improvise. In the end I used three plates and then added dots with a dotting tool just to round it out. I kinda love it!

Colors:
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Zoya – Paloma
~ Yellow: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles
~ Blue: Zoya – Frida
~ Purple: Zoya – Katherine
~ Stamps: Moyra – 60 Cuts, Whats Up Nails – B015, BP – L002

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Anyway, if this isn’t suitably rainbow for day 9 of the 31 Day Challenge, then I don’t know what is! Enjoy 😀

Unnamed Orange

Apparently I forgot to write down what I used for this mani. At all. I have no record of ever having painted this. Ugh! That said I have a pretty good guess…

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I was sent some blooming ink polishes to review from the Born Pretty Store. I figured they were like jelly polishes right? Wrong! They are incredibly thin and runny (aka ‘ink’) and have some odd properties. You can’t really layer them to make the color brighter like you can with jellies…you blob it down. You can move it around and get rid of it just by going over it again. That’s how I got the weird blobby-depth to this orange/pink mani.

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Basically, there are only two colors here: white polish and orange ink (aka Flowing Fire). I started with white, and then tried to swirl on the orange. Then blob it on. Then I just had fun with it. The end result was pretty cool, and had a look that I don’t think I could have achieved with regular polish! It was a dirty orange-brown, however, and quite ugly. Then the surprises began.

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  1. You cannot clean this with acetone. Seriously. My cuticles were orange-pink for DAYS. I edited them here because it was so embarrassing. Do not flood your cuticles with this stuff!
  2. It changes color with topcoat! It went from orange-brown to neon orange-pink. Which is to say it became much prettier and much closer to the color of the ink in the bottle
  3. It will eat all color. I tried to stamp over the design in white, which worked, and then add more topcoat to seal the white design. It ate through the white! I ended up re-stamping in white and not top coating the final stamp. If you look carefully you can almost, but honestly not really, see the initial white stamp of the same patter. Omg!

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So, that’s that. This was a lot of fun to make and behaved in weird unpredictable ways. Will I use it again? Yah. Will I be more careful? Absolutely! If you want to play around with these inks yourself, head over to the born pretty store where you can find it for $2.99. The particular color you see here is called Flowing Fire. Enjoy!

Sunset Wheat

I’m back! I never really left…but I did move! The new house is utterly incredible and farrr larger than we need (there are 5 bedrooms, 5!! And 8 fireplaces. Who needs 8 fireplaces?). Anyway, I only finally unpacked the nail polish two days ago, so I have been stuck working with 8 polishes for almost a month! You will see a lot of rainbow cremes coming up. This one is from the vault, I just didn’t get around to editing it before the move! This will be a theme. Regardless, sorry for disappearing on everyone for a month!

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This mani was fun! A gradient, a stamp, and some fireflies! Its a weird sideways take on that famous bit of nail art by Chalkboardnails…although honestly they look very little alike. Of course, I ended up ripping the back of my middle finger open, so you guys also get the beautiful view of a bandaid :-p

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Colors:
~ Pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Yellow: Stamping polish
~ Shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Purple: Zoya – Margo
~ Stamp: BPX – L018

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Hope you enjoyed! And I will do my darndest to keep this blog updated. I have a whole lot of unshared manicures, but my time is getting tight! Although if anyone knows where to get decent (and cheap) antique furniture in St Louis I would be thrilled!

Ocean Surf

Summer time! Well, sort of. In St Louis it went from 99 degrees and sunny to 75 and raining. I prefer the colder and rainier, but it makes this less fitting! Anyway, I really like the mani 🙂

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The design was inspired by the ever-awesome Copycat Claws (and yes I saw this posted a year ago and have been waiting to do my own version since then)! Unfortunately the shell and starfish charms that I own are SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than I expected, and than were required for this mani. So I improvised.

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I started with a teal creme polish, and topped it with a darker teal jelly. Once that was dry, I stamped using white polish. I then topped the white stamp with two coats of the same teal jelly polish. On the nails with sand and water, I blobbed the teal jelly in a haphazard pattern somewhat overlapping the textured glitter to make it look like sand underwater. I then then added white surf by hand using part of an (unused) kitchen sponge. Since my textured polish is pretty simple, over the textured glitter I dabbed on some gold holo glitters for a more interesting base.

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Unfortunately, the ocean charms I have are rather small! I ended up sponging on some white polish so they would stand out against the gold base, since the charms and the textured polish were almost exactly the same color! Yikes. Even sadder, the pearl charms I have are much larger than, say, the starfish and clamshell charms, so I grabbed some cute pink rhinestones instead and am going to pretend they are sea glass 😀

Colors:
~ Teal creme: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold textured: Zoya – Tomoko
~ Gold holo glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ Stamp: Geometry BPX – L020

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Anyway, that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed 🙂 Stay tuned for some more pretty nail art this week!

Grungy Floral Lace

I don’t really know what else to call this? The background is a bit grungy and I should really not have stamped over it with lace, because it really just came out looking messy.

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The base of this is my swatch test for Mauve Nudes, which I then haphazardly dry-brushed over with each color. I went, for some reason that I cannot come up with in hindsight, with a lace floral stamp? And then colored in the flowers with jelly polish and added a gold bead to the middle. I think if the background was a consistent color rather than a mess, that this would have looked good! But alas, it does not.

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Colors:
~ Tan nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Pastel nude: Essense – I Nude It
~ Peach nude: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ Pastel mauve: KBShimmer – Caught on Tape
~ Mauve: Zoya – Rue
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Red jelly: OPI – My Wish List is You
~ Orange jelly: custom made
~ Stamp: BP – L084

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So, that is a lot of colors for something that looks like it has at maximum 5 colors. Oh well! At least I tried?

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I think I need to stay away from lace on nudes for a while, or just lace stamps n general. The last few manis that I have tried with them just don’t end up looking good!

Red-y Dot Pond

I saw this teeny tiny red polish, realized it was a true jelly (aka would not reach opacity by itself for at least 4 coats) and got very excited about doing a pond mani. its been years. I usually mess them up cause i get impatient, but this time i was intermittently catching up on an older tv show so i actually waited between coats! possibly my best pond yet 🙂

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What you see here is two coats of My Wish List is You by OPI, and as you can tell my nail line is still quite visible and the few flecks of staining on my nails are easy to see (my thumb, not pictured, was by far the worst). The photos actually underemphasize the jelly nature, this polish would not have been wearable in two coats…but it was wonderfully squishy!

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The polish ended up being as close to a neon you can get with a red? I thought it was going to be a bit darker (my OPI reds tend to dry dark) and this dried BRIGHT and almost orange. It also stayed glossy, no matte or semi-matte. This also means that my camera FREAKED out with this color, and while the pond aspect was very clear on my nails, in the photos all the red is super blown out! I tried to color adjust (and lower the saturation) and it kinda worked? So sorry. Super bright red!

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In the end, I used 6 total coats of red, and 3 layers of pond-ness. The colors stayed super vibrant! I’m going to count this as a success. It is just hard to tell in the photos.

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Colors:
~ Red jelly: OPI – My Wish List is You
~ White: LA Girl – White On

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Super simple, kinda fun! And yet another use of my pointy nails. Oy! Hope you enjoyed.

Pinky Swirl

I haven’t done water marbling in a while, and I figured it was time! Looking at these photos, I wish I had picked a few different colors, but all said and done this at least isn’t awful (I know, high praise) :-p

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I used another new polish for the base, a shimmer silver called Ornament to Be Together by OPI. Honestly, while I enjoy puns in names as much as the next nerd, OPI is making their names a little too punny and a little too long. Oy. Anyway, it took three coats of Ornament to Be Together to get to this level of coverage, and I honestly still have some visible nail line. That said, in addition to the fine silver glitter that makes up this polish there are actual holo shimmers, which is a first that I’ve seen from OPI! It doesn’t hold a candle to most indie polishes, but still. Not bad in terms of glitter payoff (but still too thin for my nail line).

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Since the silver wasn’t super opaque, and one of my other OPI polishes appeared to be a jelly, I decided to try and make a jelly-based water marble where the silver shined through at least the red. It worked, but the red was so thin that the other colors pushed it out! So the shimmery red is just a red jelly with the silver shimmer shining through.

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Colors:
~ Silver: OPI – Ornament to be Together
~ Coral: L’Oreal – Orange you Jealous?
~ Pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Red: OPI – My Wish List is You
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)

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My strongest takeaway from this is that I totally need to try a full-jelly water marble over glitter at some point. I know my Zoya jellies will marble, but I tried my others and they don’t speed at all, so I would be suck with pink, red, purple, and blue, which is not the best combo. Anyone know of a yellow jelly that marbles?

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Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday!

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!

Geometric Leadlighting

Being honest, this was 100% inspired by Sassy Shelly, and I remain in awe of her. This was not a difficult mani to recreate, I just don’t have jelly polishes as bright as hers!

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This is basically just a metallic silver mani with a stamp, and some color-in-the-lines. Well, paint in the lines. I had neither the right number of colors nor the right level of saturation, but I do like how it came out regardless! A bit more muted, and I had fun mixing colors at the end to get some blue-purple and pink-purple colors going to fill in more of the empty/silver spots.

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The green and orange that I frankened worked quite well! Although they are both tiny TINY amounts and I need to make more if I’m going to be using them in any real capacity. Or buy real ones.

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I am not going to bother listing the colors since most of them are either Zoya jellies (Paloma, Katherine, and Frida) or frankens. The silver is Excalibur by A England and the stamp is from Bundle Monster plate 605.

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That’s all for today, hope you enjoyed! I need to stop playing with my jellies and use other things again, this is getting out of hand :-p

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!

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