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Geometric Mint

You guys, I know I keep saying this, but I am soooo tired. I got two hours of sleep last night and had a lunch meeting today so I couldn’t sleep as I had planned! So this post is going to be short.

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For some reason this mani just reminds me of toothpaste? Like the white + black + bright teal makes me think of toothpaste tubes and paste coming out of them. i don’t know. The art was inspired by the actual Whats Up Nails website, although I should have picked a slightly less-white base and a dimmer color! I wanted a neon, and I got a neon. I’m going to have to repeat this in a way that doesn’t make it look like an advertisement!

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Colors:
~ White: LA Girl – White On
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Mint: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Stamps: Whats Up Nails – B015

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Anyway, hope you enjoyed and happy Friday! I only have ONE more call in the ICU (well, until November) so I am very happy!

Golden Shadowed Leaves

This is a bit of a sad day: tomorrow I leave Philly for St Louis. So, this is my last nail art post while in Philadelphia. Philly was where I first discovered nail art, and in the last 7 years my collection has gone from 2 polishes to over 400. I was thinking of posting a pretty skyline design I did, but I ran out of time to edit it (this is becoming a theme) so you’ll have to make do with some shimmery leaves.

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This is the mani I created out of my pastel teal swatches, and so there are more teals than you might imagine! I did a dry brush of each of the 4 colors (three cremes and one holo) over each other, and then double stamped over the top with a gold glitter and then a green holo glitter. I really like how it came out!

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I am glad I went for the dry brush technique, the bases all ended up looking roughly the same by the time I got to stamping. I also think this is the first time I’ve actually liked stamping the same image twice? Usually I try too hard or the colors are awkward together. But green and gold always works!

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Colors:
~ Pastel mints: Zoya – Tiana, Maybelline – Green with Envy, Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Mint holo: Serum No. 5 – Jaded
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Green: A England – Dragon
~ Stamp: BPX – L018

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Initially, I was going to stamp gold then black, but my eyes fell on Dragon which I haven’t used in probably a year, and I grabbed it. A England polishes always stamp so well! It makes sense, since basically all of them are one-coaters. Adina is nuts. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! And goodbye Philly! My next post will be from St Louis…but since I move in on Monday we probably won’t have internet for a few days. Sorry! I will also have some freehand art up eventually…I do have some in the vault I just haven’t edited that either, I know it’s been a lot of stamping post recently!

Swatch Test: Light Blues and Pastel Teals

Light blues: I should start by saint that hate light blue polish. I kept thinking as I was laying out these polishes “why do I never wear any of these?” I feel like for all of my other swatch tests (and there will be quite a few more) there were a couple polishes I gravitated towards for base colors or nail art, and with this set of blue there was nothing that I found exciting. To be fair, if I need a pastel blue I grab Zoya Blu and if I need a medium blue I grab one of my other three blue Zoya cremes…so it is really only the range between pastel and medium blue where I have this problem.

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From pinky to pointer:
~ Pinky: Sally Hansen – Breezy Blue
~ Ring: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Middle: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
~ Pointer: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue

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While swatching, I realized WHY I hate using these shades of blue. None of them are opaque enough! Ugh. Breezy took three THICK coats and even so was barely opaque. Cinderella was legitimately still see-through where my free edge is and this was with three thick coats. Boat only took three regular coats but is a bit thicker than I would like as a polish, and Rather is both a bit thick and dries matte (which is why these swatch photos do not have top coat). In summary, all of these polishes took three coats, and Breezy and Cinderella were still not quite opaque at three thick coats. That said, I do love the pink shimmer in Cinderella (I would believe this polish to be the color of glass slippers), and the slightly grey finish to Boat. I cannot stand the subtle frost in Breezy, and I am probably just getting rid of this polish since I have Blu which I know I love.

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Pastel teals: I own three very very similar pastel teal polishes because unlike the blues, I love pastel teal! It is such a pretty soft color. I basically wanted a pale teal and a pale green…but a pale green looks much like a pale teal! The three of these (minus my pinky of course) ended up being very close in color, but not quite dupes!

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From pinky to pointer:
~ Pinky: Serum No. 5 – Jaded
~ Ring: Zoya – Tiana
~ Middle: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Pointer: Maybelline – Green with Envy

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The holo polish, Jaded, took only two thin coats, the rest were three. Worries was slightly more jelly-like than the other two, and so I used thicker coats, but it dried quickly so overall the finishes were the same. In terms of comparisons, Tiana is the palest of the three, while Worries is the closest to green rather than teal. Envy is slightly more blue and slightly brighter than Tiana, but they are very close! It does have a better formula (thinner but just as pigmented). I bought Worries and Tiana when I ran out of my first bottle of Envy (this is my third, I think) and since I use pastels a lot I just kept all three. I don’t honestly think I need them all, but I think I might keep them anyway? Tiana is the one that I could part with most easily, as Worries is more green and Envy does have the best finish! I just threw Jaded in since the base color is the same, but wheeee holo!

Newly Minted

I wanted to be ever-so-slightly daring with this particular mani, and used a pale grey/mint polish instead of pink or nude! It didn’t matter, no one commented on it during the interview :-p

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This is probably one of my favorite designs among the work appropriate set that I’ve had to do these past few months. I really just love this base color, and I adore the tone-on-tone stamping with gold highlights. I think this is the third time I’ve done something with this color set (most of the rest were on clinical rotations around a year ago). Go figure!

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I am curious, what do you guys think about more adventurous colors for work, but with tone-on-tone for the design? Like a darker grey or a brown shimmer rather than something pastel in the pink range? The ‘art’ would be subtle but I don’t know that it isn’t the color that matters more.

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Colors:
~ Mint holo: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Mint: Zoya – Tiana
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – 17

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Tomorrow has another favorite design (see, I can enjoy non-colorful things!) and a new polish! Hope you enjoyed!

Entrancing

This post is going to be a bit nuts because I am going to review THREE Born Pretty Store products! So lets get started…

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The three things I have for review in this post are a stamping plate, liquid latex, and a shimmery powder. The first two a pretty straight forward. I was sent a very pretty geometric plate to review, with lots of triangular patterns! I really love geometric designs right now. However, this plate was a bit tricky. It was well-etched but NOT completely flat…it had that whole beveled edge thing that a lot of plates are doing. That said, the designs around the edge (which is to say most of them, since this plate was square) were very difficult to pick up evenly. I ended up bending the edge of the plate up so I could get a clean pick-up. In the end, both images that I used worked, but it took some finagling to get the corner image correct! I think it was worth it, as the images are so darn fun.

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My second item was liquid latex. I was sent two colors from the same line, a lavender (which I used here) and a bright green. Usually, I use the Glisten and Glow latex barrier, which is a bright neon pink, and is very thick. Compared to that, this lavender was unfortunately lacking. The latex has a faint color to it, and the lavender hue blended in so well that I couldn’t actually find the edge of the latex! This made it difficult to make sure that it was aligned properly with the edge of the nail polish. The second, and much larger, problem, was that this was VERY sticky. One would think that would not be a problem, but it meant that when I pulled it up, it actually lifted the polish on my nails! The polish was 90% dry (since I was adding powder it wasn’t 100% dry) but I had to go back and rescue the nails. On my right hand I used my old latex around the nail and the Born Pretty latex on the finger to keep it clean and it worked beautifully. On a positive note, it is very thin, spreads, well, and dries like a dream. My advice would be not to use this as your only latex barrier as I would not recommend using it on the actual nail edge, but to buy it as a cheap supplement to cover your fingers (aka for things like water-marbling).

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The last item was something I did not request to review. By accident, I was sent this awesome shifty powder that is intended to be used with gel polish. However, I do not work with gel polish! So I tried this over regular polish and it worked great. The finish I got was no 100% smooth (you can still see the glitter aspect of the powder) but I also do not know with certainty that this finish is not what was intended…because I have no idea what they sent me! Anyway. It is a very fine (but not super-fine) shimmery glitter. The glitter itself is a clear-white color with a green glint. Over black (I tested it) it is a bright emerald that shifts to a bright pink at angles. I tried it over a pale grey for more of a unicorn (and work-friendly) pattern! Over the light grey, you can clearly see the bright teal-green shimmer, and a lavender (pinkish purple) in direct lighting. It is very shiny!

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Per the recommendation of the internet, I used a water-based polish as a top coat (Nfu-Oh Aqua Base…which is really NOT a top coat) since regular top coat supposedly turns the powder into true glitter. I don’t know what it would have done to this, but I figured since I have an aqua polish I should use it!

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Other than the stamp and the powder, the three polishes I used here were Snow me White by Sinful Colors, Dove by Zoya as the base for the powder, and Evvie by Zoya for the darker grey-green highlights. I like the hand with dots better than the ones with lines, but then again I always like dots!

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That is all for today! The Born Pretty Store website is back up, so here are some links! The shifting color powder can be found here for $2.99 for 0.2g. The geometric stamping plate can be found here and is currently on sale for 99 cents. Although, I cannot recommend the latex as your only latex, if you want something cheap for larger areas not directly around your nail beds, you can find it here for $2.99…which is really very cheap, I think they figured out that the quality is not the best!

Scale-Mint

Do you want to know what is the most embarrassing part of this mani? I don’t actually know what color I used! It was either Green with Envy by Maybelline or Tiana by Zoya…but I don’t know which! Probably the Maybelline since it is just a TAD more teal (and the Zoya is a tad more green) but that could just be my screen.

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I usually write down which colors (and stamps) I used when I put together a mani. I write the posts days to weeks later (only rarely do I write the post the day I actually paint the manicure), but at least I have the colors written down! Whoops.

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This was a manicure I did when I was on my surgical rotation…which is why my nails are so short. I got away with having teal nails because the scrubs we wear at the site where I was were actually a beautiful mint color! Most scrubs are some shade of blue. I prefer the mint. One of the floor nurses noticed that my nails were not some demure shade…and that was it. Score for an all-male team I suppose!

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Right now I am actually working in the emergency room, but they seem to care much less about being 100% presentable! Which is great for nail art. That’s all for today…I don’t have any sunlight photos of this mani because when it wasn’t raining I was in the operating room!

Picnicking

Summery nails! I actually wore these right around July 4th, just before I returned to the hospital. Poor long nails, I miss you!

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The art was inspired by the awesome and wonderful combo of Chalkboard Nails and More Nail Polish, two of my very favorite nail artists! I took the stamp from More Nail Polish and the accent watermelon from Chalkboard Nails. Unfortunately, I neither have a black sparse glitter top coat nor an ant stamp…so I had to freehand my ants. My boyfriend insists they look like spiders. I hate spiders! These are TOTALLY ants…they only have 6 legs and spiders have 8. Ergo, ants!

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The idea of stamping the picnic blanket was genius on the part of More Nail Polish, since hand-painting that would have been terrible! And this is adorable, I think.

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Colors
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Veronica
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Light pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Mint: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Green: Salon Perfect – Escape to Neverland
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: hehe – 028

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Hope you enjoyed! And I hope it cools down a bit here. It is quite frankly too hot to go outside, much less to picnic!

Mint and Diamonds

I was sent some really pretty aurora borealis rhinestones to review from Lady Queen Beauty, and had to figure out a mani pretty enough to pair them with! I wandered upon this awesome piece from Sveta Sanders and decided to modify it to be glittery.

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I started with two nude polishes (an opaque but darker nude – Zoya Chantal – and then a coat of a lighter nude – Sephora X Marvelous) because I have decided that naked manis just look awful on me. Once my nude polish was dry, I added a swirly white stamp (BM – 201).

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I tried two different stamps using my clear jelly stamper and neither picked up! But the one I am wearing now I have had good luck with in the past…and since centering the stamp wasn’t important I just grabbed my old hard stamper and used it instead. It’s such a different process with a hard stamper, but needless to say I am much better at picking up the image with a hard head.

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I then taped off a section of my nail and added a pale mint polish (Maybelline Green with Envy) around the taped off chevron. After removing the tape, I hand-painted thin lines with silver glitter polish (Revlon Metallic) and then added the studs!

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There are two sizes of studs on my nails, although the container has four sizes (the two sizes not shown are large and very large). I love the shimmery colors in these! I feel like I am looking at nail diamonds 🙂 You can find the studs at Lady Queen Beauty for $2.82. Don’t forget to use my 15% off code, BPLC15!

Floral or Easter Dalek?

Well, this was a total fail. I am posting it anyway. I was inspired by the guest post that Paulina’s Passions did over at Lucy’s Stash to try and create a soft floral half moon mani for the “half moon” day in the 31 Day Challenge. Note: it didn’t work.

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I started with a base of Jaded by Serum No 5. This is another of the polishes I picked up in the Llarowe closing sale. I was hoping for a little stronger teal/jade, but this polish is mostly a silver holo with a subtle green tint. That being said, it is a one-coater and super easy to work with. So, not exactly what I wanted but I like it anyway, and it was $4 so win/win!

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After Jaded was dry, everything went belly-up. I painted in a half-moon with light pink, but I should have used a paler shade (or went with a nude). Then I started adding tiny roses, but they were in teal and so blended in too well with the small green leaves I added after. Then came the dots, which I pulled out of a KBShimmer glitter polish. Now they look like floral Daleks (from Doctor Who). My boyfriend almost doubled over laughing at the “easter daleks” and declared them NOT a fail.

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Colors
~ Mint holo: Serum No 5 – Jaded
~ Pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Dark teal: Salon Perfect – Escape to Neverland
~ Teal: Love & Beauty – Blue
~ Light teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Light green: Essie – The More The Merrier
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Glitter: KBShimmer – Toast-ess with the Mostest

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So, here you have it. How to ruin a mani using too many similar colors. Whoops! Tomorrows is better, I promise!

Pocahontas

“Can you paint with all the colors of the wiiiiiiind”. Today is movie day, and of course I had to do something Disney (well, or Pixar) and since my boyfriend is out missing (aka at work even though I painted this over the weekend) I thought I’d do a homage to his least-favorite disney movie, Pocahontas! In his words: it’s as if someone made a movie about the holocaust where the jews and germans made friends and no one died. So, I get it, but I still think the movie is beautiful.

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Unfortunately, I don’t own a color even close to Pocahontas’ skin tone, so I went darker rather than lighter. Despite that, I think the end product looks ok!

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From pinky to thumb, we have the end of her dress, her necklace, her arm tattoo, the top of her dress, and some semblance of hair in the wind. Or maybe the branches of Grandmother Willow, I don’t actually know which! Free-form wavy things.

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Colors
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ Nude: Zoya – Charlotte
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Mint: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Hope you enjoyed! I was torn between Pocahontas and Lilo and Stitch, so maybe next time there will be some Stitch nail art!

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Cinderella’s Carriage

I have been staring at this bit of nail art by jamylyn_nails for months, and only now finally had the time to try it…and a new blue polish to try it with!

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The base is an OPI I got on sale at ULTA called Yoga-ta Get This Blue. I feel like I saw something I wanted to replicate that used this polish a few months ago, but I can’t for the life of me figure out where the design went! Anyway. Blue (that name is too long. Ugh. OPI, I get it, you are being cute but ENOUGH ALREADY) covered nicely in two thin coats. It was actually a one-coater but I smudged my middle finger so I did two coats everywhere! This polish is wonderfully opaque and I can’t wait to try stamping with it! Totally a steal for $4 😀

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The design took a little over an hour to complete, which was far less time than I had assumed it would take! The pumpkin coach was a pain, but the curlicues were fun! The original design had Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother on the pinky, but I didn’t have the patience to try…or acrylic paint! So, we just get sparkles.

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Colors
~ Blue: OPI – Yoga-ta Get This Blue
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Gold: Wet n’ Wild – Gold Album
~ Mint: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Bright green: Essie – The More The Merrier
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Pink: Zoya – Veronica

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In other news, the gold on the pumpkin was the wrong gold…I have two gold dense glitters and I grabbed the less dense one! No wonder I had so much trouble. Go figure. I need to label my polishes better.

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Hope you enjoyed! This has rekindled my Disney-lust, so if I get a few hours to myself I’ll do another princess mani soon 🙂

Fade to Jade

I have been plotting this mani for three weeks…ever since I knew Mentality was sending me a jelly polish! Meet Mona, a beautiful slightly shimmery green jelly polish. Isn’t she squishy?!

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Mona covers nicely in three thin coats. At two I could still see visible nail line, but by 3 everything was gone. She has a nice shimmer that is somehow not even remotely streaky (which I enjoy) and is a beautiful true emerald green.

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My pointer, middle, and pinky fingers all have three additional layers of Mona. The pointer has three layers of white dots (first layer was at the base of my nail, second was in the middle of the nail, and the last layer was at the free edge of the nail mostly). Middle finger has three free-handed white chevron patterns, the bottom-most one has 3 thing layers of Mona over it, the top (tiny) one only has 1 layer. The pinky got various swirls.

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Overall, I think Mona is just a bit too pigmented to be my perfect jelly, but this does mean I can wear her alone (I don’t think the OPI sheer tints would ever layer to opacity on their own!). The other polish here is a thermal mint-to-green shimmer called Shade Shift 28 by Dear Rus.

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Oddly, I don’t think Mentality carries Mona any longer (boo!) but they just (this weekend!) released their new Jellycreme collection, so go check it out!

Changing Vines

Featured today is the second of my three new purchases from Llarowe, a thermal color-shifting polish from Dear Rus. This polish was on sale for $1.50 when I bought it on July 4th, and it was totally worth it! Not only are both color parts of the thermal beautiful, but it goes on like a dream!

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Shade Shift #28 is a mint (warm) to green (cool) color shifting polish, with shimmer. Both of the colors are awesome, the shift is very visible. I love this polish! Shown here is three thin coats. It dries semi-matte without top coat, and the shimmer comes out more with top coat.

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The design I added was mimicked from kimiko7878, because I am loving her nail art! This is the third design from here that I’ve replicated in a month. Go figure.

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I was hesitant to buy this polish given that there was not a single swatch of it on the internet, but I am glad I did! For $1.50, it is hard to feel bad about buying anything…but thermals might be one of my favorite polish types right now (up there with multichromes and glitterbombs involving diamond or circle glitter).

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Jagged

This beautiful bit of nail art by Mary Monkett caught my attention, and I just had to try it! Mint, purple, pink, and silver? Yes please! I am also participating in the OMD2 (Oh Mon Dieu 2) challenge this month, so this is my entry for mint day!

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This was actually really easy…its just polish and striping tape at various angles. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to lay out the tape, and after that it was a breeze.

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Colors:

  • Mint: Maybelline – Green With Envy
  • Purple: Sinful Colors – Fig
  • Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
  • Silver: Nails Inc – Maida

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I’m really happy with how this came out! I wish I was as clever with colors as some of the other nail art ladies.

Enjoy!

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