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Madoka Magica

The nails for Day 23 (movie or TV show) are near and dear to me. I spent hours agonizing over what color and shapes to use on this, and it will make absolutely no sense to anyone who hasn’t seen the show and epilogue movie of Madoka Magica.

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So, Madoka Magica is a TV show (on netflix) of the “magical girl” genre (think Sailor Moon) but which was created at a show rather than a comic and as such has a wonderful but concise plot line (somehow without any plot holes!), interesting characters, and an incredibly compelling story. It also has some of the most amazing art I have seen in recent memory. There are a number of animes and other cartoons which I cannot watch because they aren’t pretty enough…either the art style is too juvenile or just too simple, or the animation is terrible. Madoka Magica is BEAUTIFUL.

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My strong recommendation is that all of you go watch it, there are only 12 20-minute episodes and a short movie. Independent of that, let me explain a little about what is going on on my nails. Each nail represents one of the magical girls in the TV show. I initially got really excited because as each girl accepts a contract to become a magical girl, they get markings on their nails to denote the shape and color of their magic.

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Each marker has a link to an image of the nails on the character, if you are interested! My pinky is Sayaka, whose marker is a blue “C” and who has a magical talent with swords and a yearning for music (hence music notes). My ring finger is Mami, whose marker is some type of golden-orange cross-thing, and who has a magical talent with muskets and a yearning for family (her symbol tends to be flowers). My middle finger is the titular character Madoka, whose marker is a pink teardrop, and who has a magical talent that varies somewhat (bow and arrow, and spoilers) and yearns to protect others (and really likes butterflies). My pointer is Homura (who is my favorite character), whose marker is a purple diamond, and whose talent lies in controlling time (hence gears and clocks). Homura’s one desire is to protect Madoka. My thumb was inspired by Kyoko, whose symbol is a red oval, has an affinity for spears and magical fences, and yearns for food (i did a fence background rather than food). Not pictured is probably the cutest/creepiest character, Kyubey.

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I used two colors (plus white) per nail, and 1-2 stamps for the background images (music notes, flowers, butterflies, gears and clocks, fences), so I am not going to list them all here! If you are curious about a particular color, I am happy to share it…but I doubt anyone actually cares 🙂

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So now, please stare at the beautiful art that I found of these 5 characters (I don’t know who made the art and it is not from the TV show) but if you find yourself enticed, go watch! It is a really good expenditure of time. 😀

Bringing Tiger Back

Traditionally, animal print day of the 31 Day Challenge has been one of my least favorites. I don’t enjoy leopard print, and I’ve done the traditional tiger stripes far too many times for it to be enjoyable. This time, I found a design that is still tiger-striped, but in a different way!

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This mani was inspired by Polish and Paws because I never even thought to use this stamp! The other ones on the plate still don’t speak to me, but this was fun.

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I also used this to compare my two dark orange glittery shimmer polishes…but totally forgot to take photos before the nail art was done! Oops. Anyway, on my pinky and pointer is two coats of OPI DS Indulgence, while on my ring, middle, and thumb is two coats of A England Gloriana. Indulgence is much brighter with more of a golden shimmer to it, while Gloriana is darker and has distinct golden flecks. The end result is that Gloriana looks more understated and elegant while Indulgence pops more!

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Colors:
~ Orange shimmer: OPI – DS Indulgence
~ Orange fleck: A England – Gloriana
~ Gold: Petites Color Fever – 24 karat Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – 613

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Also I NEED polish thinner. 24 karat gold, which I used for the glitter gradient, is a dried up mess, useless for anything other than dab-on gradients! And even then it is painful to work with. Hope you enjoyed!

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

Growing Flowers

Orange day in the 31 Day Challenge! I actually have other orange manis, but this used the MOST shades of orange so I think it goes here!

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Unfortunately, this mani had a lot of problems. Neither plate I tried to use (the zig-zags and the flowers) actually stamps well at ALL, and I don’t know why I wanted to make the flowers appear to be growing when having them all the same height on my nail would have looked better! Moreover, the peachy-orange base looked super strange on my nails.

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The Born Pretty Store sent me the floral plate, BP-L067 to use. And I LOVE the designs on it. That said, the first copy they sent me (the one I used here) was etched so subtly that almost no polish would work with it. I had to try with every black polish I own. I ended up contacting the store and they sent me a replacement (which obviously I did not have a chance to use with this mani) which is perfectly etched and makes me very happy. I don’t know that I’ll get around to posting it in the 31 Day Challenge, but if I do I’ll let you all know. The plate has some spectacular floral images, perfect for advanced stamping (aka coloring the designs in).

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When the OPI Washington DC collection came out, there were a few polishes I really wanted, and Freedom of Peach was one of them. I didn’t own anything like it! Unfortunately, there was a reason for that. This is three thin coats of Freedom of Peach. The polish did not self-level very well at all, and the color looks quite strange on my nails! Almost a nude, but with orange in it. I don’t like it. I imagine on other skin tones it would looks better, but with mine it is completely meh.

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Colors:
~ Peach: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Lightest orange: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?
~ Bright orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Medium orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Stamps: BP – L067 and X06

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So, even though these are ridiculously complicated nails, I don’t love them! They are orange though, so here you go. If you want to buy the stamping plate (which again, watch for etching issues but the images are amazing) you can find it at the Born Pretty Store for $2.59. Enjoy!

Palm Lake Sunset

This mani came out both quite good and quite terribly! I had a particular design in mind which I realized was NOT going to work after I put down the base color…so I switched it up!

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The one I ended up going with was inspired by Christabell Nails. That being said, you can very clearly see that she was trying to do a sunset reflection over water, and I think you can only tell with mine cause I’m telling you! Yes. That is supposed to be water below the sun.

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I started this with yet another new polish (I really need to impose a no-buy!). Shown here is two thin coats of Playing Koi by Essie. I got this on a whim because I had seen it two or three times and I decided I really did need a very dark orange…and I’m honestly glad! It’s much darker than my current “dark” orange and it is a really cool color. Somewhere between orange and brown, with a lot of red thrown in.

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I am not going to list all the colors that I used, because I changed what I was doing with this mani halfway through and re-gradiented over an already half-done gradient (how does this still look ok??). That is also why the finish is so darn uneven…It looked much better in person. Whoops!

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I do regret adding the clouds…I just thought the sky looked a little empty. Now it looks a bit diseased? Live and learn.

From the Bottom

I had such high hopes for this mani, and they just didn’t pan out! Turns out tiny thin lines are HARD. Especially with slightly goopy polish. Oh well!

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I was trying to imitate this design by Kira Sweet. I have  to assume she used either acrylic or paint and not polish to get those tiny lines! My freehand just can’t measure up

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The base color here is another of my new OPI polishes, Yank my Doodle. I really wanted this one when I saw it in the store because it looked like a fun mix between coral, orange, and brown. Think of the possibilities! The truth is though, I don’t actually much like it on my nails :-/ its a little too dark. That being said, it self-leveled nicely and covered well in three thin coats. Maybe I’d like it better if I liked the nail art more?

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The white used here was my standard Snow me White by Sinful Colors…which I can no longer find at my local Rite Aid! So now where do I get my white when this one runs out? *gasp*

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Anyway, even if this isn’t the best mani ever, I hope you enjoyed it! I should stay away from super intricate freehand for the near future :-p

Sunlight

Remember how I mentioned on Monday that I finally had time for bright manis? Well, here is one of them!
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Sometime over the last few months I went hunting for the OPI Washington DC collection because there where a whole bunch of polishes that I wanted from it (which is honestly rare). I ended up getting 5 (plus a random red). In retrospect, only two of those 5 were ones I’m actually going to get much use out of! Silly past-Eva.
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One of the ones I am really glad I got is this, Never a Dulles Moment. There are a few reasons I like this polish…even though I hate the color yellow. I have fewer yellow polishes in my collection than anything else by a substantial margin…but every now and then one is unique enough that I want it. This polish is a nice darker yellow, almost a mustard color (not quite fugly), and I figured i was time. Anyway, Never a Dulles Moment is a bit finicky…it does not self-level (but it is a yellow, so that’s just what happens with them). That said, it did try very fast. It took three thin coats to be opaque, but dried speedily enough that I didn’t mind.
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Colors
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Light orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BP – L008
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There are only a few reasonable way to wear yellow on your nails (rather than as a highlight color) and since I had already done flames recently…I had to make a gradient with orange and then watermarble. The gradient actually features another of the OPI DC polishes, but it will get its own post in the future. Hope you enjoyed!
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