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Rose Gold Roses

I feel like a LOT of my recent manis have involved flowers, so picking something for the “flowers” prompt in the 31 Day Challenge was both easy and exasperating. That said, this mani is interesting to me, because I like the concept but I hate the polish that I was trying to model! Oops. Polishes that take more than three coats to be opaque are evil.

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The design was inspired by this pin, which has no watermark at all so I have no idea who’s nails those are! But it is pretty so I wanted to try it.

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I got a pink glittery polish as a gift, and I wanted to test it out. On my pointer and pinky is 4 (!!!) somewhat thick coats of Gold ‘n Roses by Sinful Colors. I don’t know if this polish is meant to be a topper or not, but it is NOT opaque enough to be worth wearing on its own. The polish is primarily lots of pink shimmer/tiny glitter with larder silver shards. The color isn’t bad, but it took soo many coats that when I added top coat the whole darn thing shrunk! My free edges have their own personal angles now, distinct from the shape of the polish on the rest of the nail.

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My thumb has two coats of a matched base color with two coats of Gold n’ Roses overtop, and honestly it looks very similar to the fingers with just Gold n’ Roses…so maybe that is how it should be worn? Seems like a lot of work for a mediocre polish! Also, the polish is rose gold and silver, there is no “gold” in it at all despite the name!

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Colors:
~ Pink glitter: Sinful Colors – Gold n’ Roses
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Mauve: Zoya – Rue
~ Dark pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Light pink: L’oreal – Boho Babe
~ Light green: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn

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I half wish that I painted over the shimmery pink sometime while I wore this to make it more interesting, or added holo topcoat. Alternatively, I bet this would have been stunning with ILNP Juliette! I don’t need any more rose gold polishes :-p. Hope you enjoyed!

Golden Jewel Fail

This might be the worst mani I’ve done in recent history. Like, total epic and utter fail. I am embarrassed to post this but let it stand as a lesson: Do Not Pair Nude and Awkward Golds!!!!

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I couldn’t even bear to wear this particular mani for 24 hours they were soo terrible. Ugh. Once I had done one hand with the pale gold/silvery polish I hated it so much I covered the other hand with a more yellow-toned gold. It too looked awful (although to me maybe sightly less terrible).

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Mistakes I made here: trying (again) to use metallic polish over tape. It never comes off correctly. Trying to use a soft gold color over a pink-based nude (a rose gold would have worked, or a yellow-based nude).

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Colors:
~ Nude: L’oreal – Boho Babe
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Liquid Gold
~ Yellow gold: Revlon – Hypnotize
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme

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Turns out the art I was trying to replicate by Marine Loves Polish was done with nail tattoos Go figure. Win some, lose some! On a good note, the 31 Day Challenge begins on Friday! Stay tuned for some of my recent BEST work 😀

Bright Patterns

This was intended to be easter eggs (it went with my explicitely-easter-themed other hand for an easter mani) but i’m posting it separately just because (well, mostly cause they didn’t match that well)!

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More or less, this is what happens when I play with stamps. Ta-da! I don’t even know what I ended up thinking about this, but it was entertaining to put together. I hadn’t done gradient stamping in a while.

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I am also not going to go hunting for the list of stamps that I used, sorry! I don’t know that it matters (but if you REALLY want to know I can find them).

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Colors:
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Teal: L’oreal – Not a Cloud in Sight
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly

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In other news, I am really glad I bought Regents Place all those months ago…I wasn’t sure I would ever want a periwinkle purple-blue, and I’ve probably used it 5+ times (which is more than I’ve used almost anything that wasn’t black/white/silver/gold). Go figure!

Neon Chevrons

I saw these on pinterest (with a nifty tutorial) months ago, and have been waiting for the perfect time to attempt them myself. Ta-da!

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The design (and color choices) are lifted directly from Sassy Shelly. I’ve seen other people attempt similar things with results that I find mediocre…what struck me about these was the color combo and color order, so I tried to emulate that! I then went ahead and added a 3D glittery bit…because.

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Of course, I don’t own any of the colors that she used (nor do I own any Cirque polishes, sadly, as they are expensive), so I made do with what I had. The end result was pretty good! Her white stamping polish is much better than mine, and her peachy-ornage is darker (mine is a pastel neon). I also STILL somehow don’t own just a plane holo topper. I need to get on that. So I used a coarser one which doesn’t look quite as good. I also don’t own wavy stencils, only chevron ones, so my nails have sharp points. Otherwise, I think its a pretty decent replica!

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Colors
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Green: Essie – The More the Merrier
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Pink: WOW – #371
~ Orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Holo: KBShimmer – I Only Have Ice for You

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I basically just followed Shelly’s tutorial! It took a while mostly just to let the base colors dry, but was quite simple. This also reminds me that I should make more stamping decals! If I make them thin and use them the same day, they actually bend to my nail shape :-p

Purple Silver Dots

One of my nails broke! Not that this is a rare occurrence, but it makes me sad nonetheless. I ended up rounding off my fingernails, and didn’t want to do any dramatic nail art because I don’t like how my nails look rounded. I settled on something simple.

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Being honest, I liked these better with a few less dots! Whoops. I always get carried away with dotticures :-/ I do like the contrast between the matte base and the varying levels of shiny dots. This mani has some fun texture to it!

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Colors
~ Purple matte: Zoya – Iris
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur

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That’s really all there is to say for today! Something simple and purple and textured. Hope you enjoyed!

Hop On!

It’s the friday before easter! This only matters because it means I have to take a plane tonight :-p. Somehow, I’ve been wearing these nails all week and none of the fellows, residents, attendings, or patients noticed! My fellow med student did, at least!

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The art was inspired by this pin. I just really like the periwinkle color coupled with the egg pattern! Of course, I had to add an easter bunny. The nails on my other hand don’t quite match (and don’t look very easter-y so they’ll be posted at a later point).

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My ACTUAL easter nails are red, like the eggs used to crack each other at a greek easter party. It’s an odd tradition, since there are easily twice as many eggs as people at a given party and no one wants to eat them after they are all smashed up!

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Colors:
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Teal: L’oreal – Not a Cloud in Sight
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Light pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Anyway, happy friday and happy easter if you celebrate! I’ll be busy trying to avoid chametz (bread things) since it is still passover, but hopefully there will be chocolate mousse or truffles for me to eat for dessert and not just cake!

Refreshing Dry Brush

I’m pretty sure these nails are my first ever attempt at a dry-brush mani. I have to say, it was fun, easy, and looks pretty cool! I think I’ll try it again sometime 🙂

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The design was inspired by badgirlnails. I made up the design on my thumb, and it looks cool too. Sadly, my ring finger tape is a bit wonky, but I only realized that AFTER I added top coat, so too late!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented

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This mani reminds me of the time between spring and summer, when the swimming pools open! Its the teal. It has to be. It also works pretty well for Easter 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed!

Imprinted Purple

It’s cold out, so I can use thermal polish! I honestly remember this one being MORE shifty than it currently is, but thats alright. It still shifts and it is still pretty! I want to go use my other two shift polishes and see how they behave now as well 😀 especially after all the fun I’ve had with the new ones from Bow Polish (although, I technically painted these first in anticipation of getting the new ones).

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Really, this was just a fun little thing that I put together. I figured a self-forming gradient counts as a gradient, and just stamped over a simple polish. Unfortunately, that meant that the nails chipped easier (since it was fewer layers of polish) but it was also much faster!

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I also wish I could wear more purple polish…I don’t know how acceptable jewel-colored polish is. I think I should be ok for the next two weeks, since I am conveniently going to be on service with some friends of mine! But that really only gives me time for 3-4 manis. Oh well.

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Colors
~ Purple shift: Femme Fatale – Mushroom Cloud
~ Light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Stamp: BM – 608

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Hope you enjoyed, simple but pretty!

Grey and Purple Melange

Somewhat wintry? I painted these a while ago, but they are all I had time to edit up for today!

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These are basically a skittle-ette (since the ring finger and thumb match) and are almost not nail art since they are so simple! That being said, I still love the ridiculous holo craziness of Microcosm, so I’m not going to complain.

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In the sun, these nails just went nuts. It was also fun to play with the textured finger (until all the rhinestones started falling off…at which point I had to change the whole mani).

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Colors
~ Glitter holo: Powder Perfect – Microcosm
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser

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Hope you enjoyed!

Dangles and Lace

This did not come out how I planned…mostly because I can’t make curved dotted lines on my non-dominant hand! This was initially supposed to be a slightly modified version of @twi_star@twi_star. I like that I added extra draped beads (and the silver) but I wish I had been able to make the delineating dots consistent! Also water decals >> stamps. I just don’t have the right water decals. Whoops!

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In other news, I really hate the names of Nails Inc polishes. I know they are named after places in England…but they are impossible to remember. Give me SOMETHING more creative!

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Colors
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Stamp: BC – 10

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That’s all for today. My current rotation is kicking my butt and I didn’t get a chance to edit my nail art this past weekend cause of Thanksgiving!

Golden Hued

So, golden-red-copper totally counts as Thanksgiving-themed, right? Maybe? Who knows. All I can really say is that I am SPEECHLESS by this polish!

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I’ve been staring at Enchanted Polish for years. Who wouldn’t? They make ridiculously pretty and ridiculously expensive polishes that I could just never convoke myself were worth it. Usually, I’d find one I wanted after looking at 52034820 swatches, and it would be sold out forever. So….when I saw that three of the polishes I’ve wanted for a very very long time were available (thanks to Cathy, whose recent swatch sent me over to the EP website) I had to get them. These were actually basically a wedding gift to myself, because I just cannot justify spending $50 on three polishes otherwise!

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Honestly, this might be the oddest chameleon of the three that I got, and I love the colors that it goes through. It is also appropriately fall-themed! This is I Am The Walrus by Enchanted Polish. It covered well in three thin coats, and dried nicely. Although there were brushstrokes when I applied it, they disappeared when it dried! Looking through this, I can see primarily wine red in direct light and a golden-copper in indirect light. It goes through some crazy mix of magenta-wine-copper-gold-green. It really looks like wearing two different polishes depending on the light, since the magenta and the copper-gold are different tones. It also, of course, has scattered fine holo shimmer throughout, so in sunlight it is ALSO a rainbow! I still feel bad for spending so much money on one polish…but try to tell me this isn’t amazing.

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The design I went with was Inspired by MaryMaxNail. I decided to leave my middle finger more nude than my 4th finger as would be expected because my fourth finger has a little discoloration on it. Ergo, it looks a little funny! Still a fun mani.

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Colors
~ Gold multichrome: Enchanted Polish – I Am The Walrus
~ Nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Light pink: L’Oreal – Boho Babe
~ Stamp: EdM – 22

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I am still drooling. I wish I could get away with wearing colors like this to the hospital, but I think people would pay more attention to my nails than to what I was saying! Which would maybe be a good thing, but probably not. Oh well, happy almost-Thanksgiving!

Wonderingly Purple

I’m alive! Sorry for the 1-week posting delay…I only had one nail art design pre-edited before the wedding and I didn’t get a chance to work on any others during the wedding weekend or last week. Sorry!

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Back in September I spent WEEKS painting my nails various shades of purple looking for what I wanted to wear to my wedding. I ended up with 10 different test designs…and I ended up picking #9, which is here!

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The actual nails I did for my wedding looked a tiny bit different…I left off the little leaves on the swirls and I made the light purple V-shapes deeper (my nails were also a bit longer). Overall, I think they looked quite good! Not subtle (since purple nails really can’t be subtle) but not super in-your-face. One of my friends even took a photo of my nails with the bouquet that I’ll post with the actual nails in the near future!

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Putting these together was also a bit weird! These were made in a way that was initially counter-intuitive to me…I started with the dark purple base! Then the light purple (striping tape to delineate) then the stamp (I blocked off the dark purple area with liquid latex). So, easy, but odd! It does work better than my old method though, for some reason.

Colors
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Iris
~ Light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White
~ Stamp: BM – 607

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So that’s it, the mock-up of my wedding nails! The rest of this week and most of next week will be more purple nails, the ones that I chose not to go with. The only one I have actually already posted was tested back in JULY because I am nuts…and went into the galaxy post for the 31 Day Challenge.

Purple Diamondante

The design can be summarized as “Eva has fun with purples and striping tape”. It also totally works for the Day 12 – Stripes prompt! Win-win.

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This mani cane about because I found a purple L’oreal polish on sale at Rite Aid, and I spent fully 5 minutes trying to figure out from memory if it would be perfectly between the two purple I currently own. I ended up buying it, and I am really glad I did! That also meant that I needed to use it with a bunch of other purple polishes I own, just to make sure the color fits.

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This is Paparazzi Pleaser by L’oreal. The polish is much more jelly-like than creme-like. It took three thin coats, which was fine, but was incredibly sheer on the first coat. I am actually quite happy with that, as I’ve been looking for some jelly polishes to use for lead lighting and I think this one might work! Interestingly, this purple (its a blue-toned purple rather than a pink-toned one) dries a full shade darker than it looks in the bottle. Go figure!

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Colors
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Lightest purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Purple metallic: Zoya – Giada

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Hope you enjoyed! Tomorrow is animal print day…for which I (of course) went mythological 😀

Coral-ed

Day 2 (look at me :-p) is “orange”. While as it turned out I didn’t have quite orange-y orange nails, I did have these sitting in my to-edit folder, and the main holo color is totally an orange! The others are black and coral, but so be it.

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Tape manis always look so lovely 😀 then again I am biased, I don’t mind the time it takes to put them together and I think the payoff is worth it. Although I think doing that accent ring nails with just tape would have driven even me insane…sometime stamps REALLY make things easier!

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This was inspired by Live Love Polish, mostly because I am terrible at coming up with enough designs for skittle nails.

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Colors
~ Orange holo: Emily de Molly – Scorched Earth
~ Coral: L’oreal – Orange You Jealous?
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Stamp: BC – 06

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There will not be a post tomorrow (yellow sucks…maybe I’ll find something I want to do for next year out of what everyone else in the challenge posts! If I am not back in the hospital this time next year, who knows!). Anyway, I am excited for Green Day on Sunday!

Coral, Pink, and Gold

I had been missing water marbles…so I went ahead and did one! I have been seeing a lot of pink + coral + gold, so I used that color theme.

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Ever since I got Clearwater by Pipe Dream Polish, I have taken great glee out of water marbling over a metallic polish that would NEVER otherwise be usable…like Good as Gold by essie. Metallics do not marble!

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This was fast and dirty…I just did a fun looking pattern in the marbled polish and dipped my whole darn hand in at once. I usually don’t do that, but I didn’t feel like wasting a whole bunch of polish and I was getting impatient with myself. Despite my rush, the whole thing came out looking alright!

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Colors
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Light pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Light mauve: Essie – Eternal Optimist
~ Pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Coral: L’oreal – Orange you Jealous
~ Clear: Pipe Dream Polish – Clearwater

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Hope you enjoyed! For Friday of this chrome week we AGAIN have a multichrome polish, so enjoy in advance!

Silvery Columns

I picked up a silver metallic polish on sale at ULTA, and I wanted to see if it would stamp well! My favorite silver polish (Excalibur by A England…the older one) is a tad bit expensive, so I was looking for an alternative when stamping.

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I started with a purple gradient, because purple totally goes well with silver. Also, I have a bunch of purples and I have been using too much blue recently. When that was dry, I added my stamp using my new silver, South Kensington by Nails Inc.

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Although the silver worked ok, I still like Excalibur better…it is basically perfect. I’ll likely keep trying to use this (maybe when I paint my nails silver, and leave Excalibur for stamping? It’s just such a perfect polish…). I’ll figure it out!

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Colors
~ Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Medium dark purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Stamp: BC – 06

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Little rhinestones were added because little rhinestones are fun! This is also Day 1 of what I have dubbed ‘chrome/metallic week’, Today is silver, tomorrow is teal, and Friday is multi chromes! They are all pretty awesome. Enjoy!

Tilted Down

Since this is the Year of Weddings, here is another mani to match a wedding dress from a few months back! White/purple/blue/teal with fun geometric patterns. I was told that the dress wasn’t TOO white to wear to a wedding, so I was safe!

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To put this mani together, I started with Rocky as a base, to darken the colors (and turn the purple more blue-toned). Some of my polishes gradient well, and some gradient poorly…so I figured that starting with blue mean that even if they just tinted the underlying color, it would still work!

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Then, of course, came the stamp. Hilariously enough, the white-to-green gradient for the stamp was unanticipated but intentional. I remembered that the teal polish bled green when I went to add the studs…and made the conscious decision to let the gradient happen (it is even MORE perfect with my outfit, believe it or not). It looks pretty darn cool!

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Colors
~ Teal: Salon Perfect – Escape from Neverland
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: EdM – 21

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Hope you enjoyed! I’ll be back on Friday with some weirdly girly nails.

Creamsicled

I don’t even know. I was trying something and it looked boring so I added some more and then some glitter…and somehow we ended up here.

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My first mistake was using a coral. I love the look of my coral polishes…I just don’t like how they look on ME! Oops. I knew there was a reason I never wore them. Then I made some black and white stamping decals and cut them into strips. The strips looked ok.

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Then I added another thinner set of strips. But now it looked weird again. So I added some gold glitter dots. And this is just too much. I kinda hate it and kinda don’t mind it. Yay…?

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Colors
~ Coral: L’oreal – Orange you Jealous?
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: B. Loves Plates – 03 Mind Blown

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That’s really all I’ve got today. No more coral for me! Friday’s post it better, I promise!

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!

Peachy Party

This mani is something between awesome and a disaster. I had an idea and it didn’t pan out so I kept tweaking it. And somehow we ended up with pastels and neons in bright colors. And holo glitter. For fun.

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So, there is a LOT going on here. We have a rough pastel gradient, some cut-out polish pieces, and a glitter topper. The gradient, although made of pastels, is even more subtle than I was hoping for, but I refused to move on from my pastel obsession into something easily observable. The cut-out geometric polish patterns are months old…and as such had dried and become brittle by the time of this mani. Oops!

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Going forward, I’m going to try and store any decals/polish intending to be cut up and used on nails within a week of creating the decal. Otherwise the polish is just too darn hard to work with! That’s also why I ended up adding the glitter topper…some of the geometric pieces wouldn’t lie flat and I was getting impatient!

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Colors
~ Pastel yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ Pastel orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Pastel pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Orange: Wet n’ Wild – Sunny Side Up
~ Coral: L’oreal – Orange you Jealous?
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Glitter: KBShimmer – I Only Have Ice For You

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If I eve try this again, hopefully it will come out better! I hope you guys enjoyed this, despite the eclectic nature :-p

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