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Top 5 Polish of 2019

I totally forgot to post on Friday! Mostly because I was on vacation, but still. Thats embarrassing. Anyway, today begins my first of two “top” posts. I counted it up, and I only bought/received 31 new polishes in 2019! Which means it is unfair to do a top 10 because that was almost 1/3 of all my new polishes. Ergo, I will do a top 5 (+1 extra). Without further ado:

#5 polish: POP Polish – Watermelon Bubbleslick
This is one of the few polishes that I bought this year that was not limited edition (it is still available as far as I know). This is one of the polishes that started the whole pastel multichrome fad, and honestly, it is still one of my favorites. I like the color shift, the shimmer, the pastel nature, all that. I have been using it more as an accent over other colors (since it takes 3-4 coats to be opaque on its own).
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#4 polish: Chirality – Ragnarok You Like a Hurricane
Ok, so first off, I adore the name of this polish. It is epic. Second, I am a sap for the red and black combo, and this does it perfectly. Sadly, this polish works well only over black (it barely ends up opaque at 4 coats and has so much glitter at that point that it is a pain to remove). So, two coats over black and you get red/black magic! It almost ended up in 2 of my top 10 nail art posts from this year (I ended up dropping one of them) but that tells you something about my palette 😀
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#3 polish: Quixotic – It Rubbed Off From Friction
Every time I wear this polish people go nuts. I have not yet found a color combination for this that I love (white? black? grey?) but the polish itself is stunning and has that perfect amount of shimmer to glow-from-within. It manages to be both subtle and bold, I love it. Also helps that it covers well on its own (2-3 coats) and removes easily.
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#2 polish: Painted Polish – Just One Look
Ummmm so this polish was actually also on my top 10 from last year, this is embarrassing! Whoops. Its still a beautiful purple and I think it says a LOT that I accidentally left this in my unused section and picked it AGAIN. Yikes.
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#1 polish: Illyrian – Narrow Sea
This polish is amazing. It is one of my all-time favorite polishes, not just of this year. I cannot count how many times I have worn it, and I am sad that it is limited (yet another polish pickup) because I want a backup bottle. The deep blue and the red shimmer that glints green and the scattered holo…I die. It is also a two coater and removes like a dream. I wish all polishes were like this polish!
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Bonus extra a-still-love-this polish: Dreamland – You Look Like Seafood
I adore this blurple flakie glitter polish. Whenever I wear it I get a ton of compliments, however, it is SO glitter and SO bright that I don’t wear it as often as the others on this list. Still deserves to be here!
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Mystical Blue Sea Monster

This is a rather fun manicure! I was in the mood for mystical creatures and I have done about 7 dragon manis thus far…but never a Nessie! So, enjoy the Loch Ness monster. But cuter. And purple.

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All the designs came from the same plate, which was quite lucky. The version of the fairytale plate that I have is not stamped all that well on one side, but works like a charm on the other! Luckily, the parts of the plate that I needed for this manicure picked up well. I also got to make some fun multi-color blob stamps for the waves 🙂

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Colors:
~ Periwinkle glitter: Painted Polish – Just One Look
~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Purple: L’Oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Stamp: MoYou – Fairytale 02 

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That’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed. Stay tuned for a stunning new polish on Wednesday.

Succulents

I’ve just seen so many people doing complicated double accent nails, and I wanted to try it! Also I love this purple.

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I feel like I cheated with this because the complicated nails are just water decals. This whole mani took under an hour, and as usual, most of that was waiting for the polish to dry! Unfortunately, the decal nails did need a white base (instead of just applying them over a base-coated nail) because the decals are not opaque. They are beautiful regardless!

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Colors:
~ Pastel purple: Painted Polish – Just One Look
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Water decals: Born Pretty Store – A055

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The link for these decals is here. I seldom use water decals unless I have to review them, and I am regretting that decision! They are pretty and so darn fast. Hope you enjoyed!

Purple Spotlights

This was quite a simple manicure but because it involves double stamping I like it. I also had one of my current favorite songs running through my head when I was painting these, “we are spotlights, we can see in the dark” from What About Us by P!nk. Her songs actually make me stop and think (and frequently be sad about the state of the world) but those are my favorite songs!

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Anyway, this was just a pretty purple base, a silver stamp, and the same stamp in dark purple. If I had spaced it out further maybe it would have been purple rays of light? But I wanted to see more of the pretty light purple base so here we are!

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 Colors:
~ Light purple: Painted Polish – Just One Look
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamp: BM – 301

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Hope you enjoyed! Assuming I manage to get things edited in time, Wednesday’s post will be quite pretty (and sparkly).

Top 10 Polishes of 2018

Time for a top 10 post! Every year I do two of them: my favorite 10 new polishes of that year (some of which will be new to me but have existed for a while, and this year about half of which are from the Polish Pickup Pack because that is where I keep getting new polish), and a second post that is my top 10 favorite nail art from this blog in 2018! I always look forward to other bloggers top 10s as well, so I know which polishes to buy! Here we go:

10. Zoya – Isadora
I think this is the only Zoya polish on the list, but it was close between this and Kelsey (a bright pink that I have used a bunch in nail art but only once by itself) but really I felt that I wanted to reward Zoya for making more beautiful metallics. I own a lot of purple metallics, and Isadora is just so pretty!
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9. Polished for Days – From the Land of Oz
I have worn this polish probably 4 times since I got it from the Polish Pickup Pack, which given just how many polishes I own is really impressive! It is purple, blue, teal, and made of flakies, just how I like it! The colors and finish comes together nicely, and Polished for Days appears to make the best flakie suspension polishes. I think off all the new brands I discovered this year, PfD might be my favorite! I keep stalking their website waiting for a sale :-p
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8. Ever After – Playing with Fire
This is another find from Polish Pickup, and it is a beauty. I wish I wasn’t stuck in residency so that I could wear this more frequently! I had been searching for a black-with-rainbows and had been disappointed in holo (because it never looks as rainbow as I’d like in a black base), glitter (too darn hard to remove), and settled on flakies…and this is just perfect. Technically the base is a very dark blue but I just cannot get over the combination of flakies. It is a perfect rainbow in a bottle.
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7. Painted Polish – Just One Look
Is this prettier than #8 and #9 on my list? No. But is it cool looking AND can I wear it to the hospital? Yes. So this pale periwinkle with medium and small holo glitters takes 7th place. This is yet another Polish Pickup shade (are you guys sensing a theme here?) but I know other brands make similar colors and finishes. I happen to like it because it is a stunning color, work appropriate, and glittery to boot!
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6. ILNP – Downpour
This polish. I got 4 new dark blue/teal holographic polishes this year and this one takes the cake. I have been wearing this on my toes since I got it and I regret nothing. Downpour has it all: dark blue, holo shards and glitters, and a metallic finish that makes it glow. That inner glow is really what sets it apart from the other of my new blue holos. I was on the fence when I first received it, but it has quickly grown to be the blue I reach for! The only caveat is that it takes 3 coats rather than 2.
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5. ILNP – Fired Up
The next on the list is also an ILNP polish, this time Fired Up. Last year, Rosewater made my top 10, and Fired Up is the orange sister to Rosewaters pink. I love them both! This polish is just so darn glittery and shimmery, but somehow still wearable. It just makes me happy.
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4. CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
If we are being honest Frohe Feiertage! and Fired Up are very similar. The difference is Frohe Feiertage! has a gold base and is a tad more subtle (aka more wearable in the hospital). I have worn this polish 3-4 times as well. It was my first (and thus far only) CbL but I can see why everyone loves the finish on these polishes! It was also a Polish Pickup buy.
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3. Born Pretty – Astral Realm
I think this is the first time a Born Pretty polish has made my top 10 list? And in the top 3 at that! This is a polish I was sent to review and I fell completely in love. I have ok luck with magnetic polishes, and had been lusting after a magnetic multichrome when I got this. And it just. Works. Its amazing. Even my old many-straight-parallel-lines magnet, which usually looks like a blurry mess, worked like a charm. Yes, this polish requires a black base. Yes it is in a small bottle. No I don’t care, if all magnetics were all this pretty I would never buy anything else!
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2. Emily de Molly – Traverse the Skies
I meant to put this polish on the top 10 LAST year but forgot that I hadn’t posted the nail art it went with! Regardless, this polish is absolutely stunning and has become my platonic ideal of what a shimmer with flakie shards should look like. I love it. If you don’t own this polish and like blue, purple, silver, or just pretty looking nails in general, go buy it. You won’t regret it.
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1. Polished for Days – Grey Opal
This polish made #1 by dint of being stunning, elegant, work-appropriate, and easy to remove despite its flakie burden. Kudos to Polished for Days! Unfortunately this beauty was another Polish Pickup special, but PfD makes a lot of similarly finished and colored polishes on their website. This polish was opaque in two coats, had perfect control on the brush, and was just overall wonderful to work with and wear.
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Thats my top 10 for the year! Moral: Polished for Days is amazing, join the Polish Pickup Pack if you haven’t already, and I am really into nude shimmers and blurples this year! What were your favorite polishes this year that I should invest in?

Pinned Petals

This idea got into my head and I just had to run with it! I wanted to make a purple-white-floral overlay, and then add a rectangular stud to make it look like they were being buckled together. Ta-da!

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I made nail art using the full nail water decal that you see spread across the tips of my nails here, but honestly I like the way this came out better. Don’t get me wrong, the whole decal is stunning, but there is something about this mani that keeps me coming back to it.

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Also the base color here is yet another polish pickup pack shade, this is called Just One Look by Painted Polish, and it is from the August options. This is three thin coats and I adore this polish! It goes on a little thick, but the pastel purple is stunning and I love the linear holo background with the larger holo glitters!

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Colors:
~ Pastel purple: Painted Polish – Just One Look
~ White: LA Girl – White On
~ Decal: Born Pretty – A055

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The born pretty store is having a rather impressive sale right now, so you can find this set of decals (with two others) on sale for 99 cents here! Gotta say, I love that these are opaque and yet thin, so if you are into decals I recommend them! Enjoy!

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