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Iridescent Dots and Roses

Happy Monday! No really, I mean it. Today is a good day because I start on an elective block tomorrow which means I get such things like WEEKENDS and NOT WORKING 30 HOUR CALL SHIFTS. It’s amazing. Anyway, on to nail art! In celebration of my new found freedom, this week I’m going to be posting some recent favorites that I’ve saved up, starting with this sparkly floral piece!

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The base polish here is two thin coats of Holidazed Over You by OPI. This polish is a very very dark blue creme…so dark it is basically black. That said, the polish is almost a one coater! I always need more super opaque blacks (even if this IS blue), and having one in a tiny mini bottle will be useful, even if I’m just going to pretend it’s black. Oh well!

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I then went and covered the polish with holographic iridescent foil from the Born Pretty Store. Most of my foil is single sheets, but this particular pattern is an entire roll! This is great because the design is fairly awesome: an array of dots with a rainbow shifting wave running through! As I tilt my nails the swirl shifts up, down, left, and right. The rainbows are incredible! I got 98% dot transfer which is really impressive. I did add a few of the missing dots using a silver metallic polish, but I think across all 5 nails I only had to add maybe 10 dots total? So win for both the foil and the foil glue!

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In my continuing need to test all things related to using foil on my nails, I went hunting for a way to make foil manis last longer. The last time I used foil, I only covered it with aqua base (water-based base coat intended for some persnickety holographic polishes…and the only water-based anything that I own, unfortunately) and in the shower the whole thing started to crack and flake off! Which means it worked great for about 5 hours and then became kinda really ugly. So, this time I covered with Seche Vite after the aqua base…. and it totally worked! The aqua base seems to protect the finish and shimmer of the foil, while Seche Vite does its job and protects the mani from such hazards as water and daily life.

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I kinda wish I had taken a video (not that I actually know how to get them onto the blog, but still) just so you guys could see the shifty wave pattern. It was fun! But then I decided it wasn’t enough.

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I for some reason really wanted to throw on some roses over the dots! I was initially going to use layered stamping, but all the rose plates that I have contain flowers that were larger than I wanted to go with…so freehand roses it was! It’s been a while since I last freehanded flowers (yet somehow the posts I’ve put together for the next few weeks have a lot of flowers? I don’t know, I guess I lump them together thematically. Anyway), and these came out pretty good for all that I am out of practice!

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Colors:
~ Dark blue: OPI – Holidazed Over You
~ Pastel pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn

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That’s all for today! You can pick up the roll of shifty holographic dot foil for 99 cents at the Born Pretty Store. I am super a fan! Then all you need is some freehand roses and voila! Super fun mani, if I do say so myself. Hope you enjoyed!

Prismatic Braid

Omg you guys. YOU GUYS. So, first off, I am super freaking proud because LOOK I DID A FOIL TRANSFER. Now, I cannot totally lay claim to this, because everything in this mani is new…new base polish, new foil transfer glue, new foils. Somehow, it worked!

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To start with, the base color is two thin coats of Landon by Zoya, a mid-tone slightly dusty purple creme. The polish is pretty enough, but honestly I prefer my mid-toned purple with a pink (or even true purple) tint and not grey-out like this! Anyway, Landon is pretty enough but a bit more wintry than I am currently feeling!

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However, then I added holographic foil. Because. And it is amazing. I requested some holographic nail foils from the Born Pretty Store when they asked me what I wanted to review most recently, and I asked for foil glue as well since previously I had used regular nail polish. The foil glue was a bit…tricky. I tried to just paint it on but it shrunk to just the center of my nails. So I tried to paint it on thickly and it kinda worked…so I just gave up and dapped it on a few times in places that it wasn’t covering. Despite the headache of doing things that way, it dried quickly and clearly covered all right!

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I then cut the foil I wanted to use (this set comes with 12 designs….three of which were a little poorly printed and looked blob-y and the rest of which were awesome) and went and applied the foil once the glue was completely dry. Ta-da! These worked basically perfectly. I smushed them down with a makeup sponge instead of just using my finger, and I think that helped.

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So, you can find 12 foil designs, of which this is one, at the Born Pretty Store for $1.79, and the foil glue for $5.29. Hope you enjoyed! I know I did 😀

Burning Bush

This manicure should really be entitled “Eva’s impulsive buys when things are 75% off at Rite Aid” because I really do have enough nail art supplies. No really. I do. But then I saw these nail foils and I’ve never gotten to play with nail foils before…so I got them. Because nail art supply sales are one of my kryptonites (I’m really going to pretend that is how you pluralize it).

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I saw this fun bit of nail art using foils over at Nail Lacquer and since this was my first time I figured that would deb an easy thing to quasi-mimic. I have no idea what she was going for, but I decided that I could use my new RAINBOW (!!!) metallic foil to make it look like fire. And then maybe add branches to my fire. And some red glitter at the end because I like glitter. So, TA DA!

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The red here is Siren by Pure Ice, and the black is my trusty Black on Black by Sinful Colors. Everything else is NAIL FOIL! (I promise I’ll try to stop with the caps lock now. I’m just excited.) The instructions with the foil state that you need to “apply the nail glue and wait 40 seconds.” What they actually mean is wait until the white glue turns clear, and then wait a few MORE seconds and THEN add the foil. And press and press and wiggle a bit. It helps if you put on less nail glue rather than more…the foil is more likely to stick rather than turn to foil-mush and get stuck back to the foil’s backing. Live and learn!

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Honestly, for a first attempt, I think I did a pretty decent job! I have high hopes for my next one. I still don’t think I am ready for a full-foil mani (too much of a perfectionist) but some smaller things, sure!

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If you wanna try playing with foil, just make sure you also have a water-based top coat on hand…not a quick dry one. The set I bought came with 3 foils, a tiny thing of foil glue and a tiny thing of water-based top coat…so I didn’t have to worry about the foil shrinking (in fact, unless you look very closely you will have a hard time determining which photos here are pre-top coat and which are post-top coat.) So make sure if you JUST buy foil and not a set that you have the right top coat!

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Enjoy! Now to search the depths of pinterest for more foil-based manis to fiddle with….

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