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Neon Peaking Through

The problem with the prompt for Day 12, stripes, is that although I use a lot of striping tape, I seldom make stripes! I figured that criss-crosses were ok too :-p

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This nail art was inspired by melyne nail art. Melyne used nail vinyl’s rather than striping tape, which both made her application easier and provided her with thicker stripes! Some day I need to invest in nail vinyls :-p although I do also like the way mine came out.

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I think this is arguably the fourth day in the row with neon polishes. I don’t generally use neons that much, but I guess I was hit with the summer neon bug! To me this is funny because last summer and the year before every brand released a lot of neon polishes, which I did not see happen this year. So of course I’ve jumped on the bandwagon years late :-p

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Colors:
~ Neon orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Black holo: Zoya – Storm

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No more neon tomorrow! I guess I could have tried for neon animal print, but I doubt I would have liked the result :-p

Dusk Lace

After using two nail stickers/nail wraps in a row and now these…oh wow do I love water decals. They always look perfect and are repositionable and just wonderful. This mani looks pretty awesome and was not nearly as much effort as my recent attempt at nail wraps have been!

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Anyway, I got these awesome water decals from Lady Queen Beauty to review. I had been requesting them for a while and they kept being out of stock, but I am so glad I got to play with them! The decal is curvy at one end and straight at the other. It isn’t super long, but I had no trouble fitting it on my nail. I debated ignoring the curved edge (I could have fit only the fully-patterned part on my nail as well) but decided I liked this look.

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I debated far more than was necessary before putting together the base gradient. I’ve been using a lot of pinks and teals and purples, but that covers most of what I own. I then remembered a bright orange-red that I seldom use because it needs a white base to be opaque (and no one has time for that) or 4+ coats. But…it would work great in a gradient because the free end of my nail would be darker anyway! The water decal was applied once the gradient was dry and top coated, and I added a rhinestone just for fun. I don’t use enough rhinestones :-p

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Colors
~ Orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Dark purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People

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Hope you enjoyed! You can pick up these awesome water decals (and many like them…let’s be honest, I am going to be getting nothing but water decals from here on out. They are 24601% better than stickers) from Lady Queen Beauty for $2.15. Don’t forget to use code BPLC15 for a 15% discount!

Funhouse Goldfish

Lots of things for review today! I have a crystalchrome flakie by Mentality (named Funhouse) and goldfish framework stickers from the Born Pretty Store! I knew I wanted to layer the green flakie over a similar-colored base, so I went for a pale mint. It ended up looking a bit like a shallow tropical pool, so I grabbed the goldfish decals and went to town!

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Much like the other crystalchrome flakies, Funhouse is a fairly dense glitter topper that would be opaque in three-ish coats, but is shown here in one coat. Funhouse is predominately an aqua-green glitter, that shifts golden green-green-aqua-purple at sharper angles. I love it.

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The complicated part of this mani (because adding awesome glitter to a base is easy) was the fish. The Born Pretty Store supplied me with golden goldfish outline decals (check out the link to see what I mean), that you get to paint around and in to create a goldfish with a gold outline. I pulled out four polishes (purples/reds/oranges) and tried to create a cool looking fish!

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Honestly, my fish don’t look quite as nice as the demo one on the Born Pretty Store website. Next time around, I’m going to basically make my own sheer jelly and use that so more of the gold from the decal outline is preserved.

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Embarrassingly, I actually thought the outlines were water decals and tried to soak them off their white sheet in water….they are stickers. Very thin stickers (which makes them ideal for art and I really liked the thinness) but stickers all the same. Whoops!

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Colors
~ Teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Teal glitter: Mentality – Funhouse
~ Purple: Julep – Lucy
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Gold glitter: Mentality – Sideshow

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On a positive note, with these fish I did finally a use for my Julep jelly polishes! I don’t much care for them usually since they take 3 thick coats to be opaque on their own, and the bubble on my nails…but using them in fish totally works! To pick up the beautiful shifting Funhouse, head over to the Mentality Shop. For the goldfish decals, check out the Born Pretty Store (there are $2.21, with an additional 10% off if you use the code LY5X31). Enjoy!

Salmon Hands

I really tried to make an orange manicure. As it turns out, the reason I own so few true oranges is that they just don’t look that great on me! That being said, I showed this mani to my boyfriend: “I like it! It looks like fish!” So great, the official salmon hands mani :-p

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The inspiration for this particular manicure was a lovely pin on pinterest with a pink-red-orange gradient and some art on it. So, I put together a 3-color gradient (pink-hot orange-orange) with golden glitter, and a tried a watermable with the same three colors. Sadly, the colors were so similar you almost can’t tell! I covered that with glitter as a last ditch effort. *shrug* I think I’ll stick with more sharply defined color differences in my gradients in the future!

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Colors

  • Orange: Wet n’ Wild – Sunny Side Up
  • Hot orange: Julep – Natasha
  • Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
  • Glitter: Sephora – I Found A Pot Of Gold

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On the plus side, this manicure took maybe 20 minutes. Some day, I will make a pretty orange mani, and everyone (including myself) will be suitably surprised :-D. Except my poor confused boyfriend, who thinks raw fish is pretty.

Nerdtastic Tuesday: Portal 2

As mentioned before, I am a nerd (in case you couldn’t tell from yesterdays post…or you know, most of them). One of my all-time favorite games is the two-player version of Portal 2. This mani is dedicated to that game 🙂

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Those unfamiliar with the game will probably have no idea what’s going on here. My pinky is a turret (shoots lasers in the game) and my 2nd and 4th fingers are the orange/red and blue/purple portals (I always played the orange player). My middle finger is one of the main characters in the game, Wheatley. My thumb is the Aperture logo.

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Even if you don’t play games regularly, I recommend this one! Its a puzzle-based game and it’s a LOT of fun. Honestly, the only other game I play is Mariokart (although I love watching lots of other games ranging from PacMan to Zelda. I just don’t like playing them). Oh, and Minecraft!

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Ok, back to nails. These took a while due to the details, but are actually rather simple.

Colors

  • White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White / Julie G – White Orchid
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Orange: Nail Art – Orange
  • Bright orange: Julep – Natasha
  • Dark blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
  • Blue: Zoya – Wednesday / Nail Art – Blue
  • Red: City Color – Red
  • Grey: NYC – Sidewalkers

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These make me happy. Hope you enjoyed them!

Rainbow Stripes

It has been a while since I pulled out a truly insane number of colors and just went nuts on my nails. So, I decided to rectify that!

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Wheeee rainbows! I started with a rainbow and shifted the starting color by one for each nail. I somehow managed a complete rainbow on each nail. 9 colors. Even I’m impressed.

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Even though not all of the lines are perfectly straight, I’m actually pretty proud of how good they look! I didn’t use a striper for this, just my small nail art brush.

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Colors

  • Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
  • Purple: Zoya – Malia
  • Dark blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
  • Light blue: Zoya – Rocky
  • Dark green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
  • Light green: Essie – The More The Merrier
  • Yellow: Revlon – Electric
  • Orange: Julep – Natasha
  • Red: Pure Ice – Siren

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Hope you enjoyed todays influx of bright colors!

Swirls and Dots

This is the final installment in my summer long combinations of teal and coral (to match a dress that I wore to two weddings and thus had 4 different nail arts for). Of the 4, this might have been my favorite. A new stamp, and some awesome water marbling!

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The stamp here is Bundle Monster #322, one I had been wanting to play with for a while! It didn’t come out perfect, but I love the concentric circle theme!

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This is the FINAL foot shoot…I just had to show how the nails matched my epic shoes! I swear its not for my toenails. LOOK AT THE SHOES.

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I’m a little glad I won’t have to be working with this color combination again soon, I am honestly a bit tired of it! It was fun to challenge myself to find 4 ways to combine teal and coral, but enough is enough.

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Colors

  • Teal: Essie – Naughty Nautical
  • Blue: Maybelline – Green with Envy
  • Orange: Julep – Natasha
  • Stamp: Bundle Monster – 322

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Hope you enjoyed!

And as a side note, the wonderful Jacqui over at Craftynail is also doing a blogiversary giveaway (we are almost blog birthday twins…that’s just complicated to say). So, if you haven’t, go check out her blog and enter her giveaway! Open internationally and it ends tomorrow night!

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