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Purple Salvage

I need to label a few of my polishes “for toes only.” I own, as far as I know, four polishes which bleed so badly that any color you try and put over them, including METALLIC colors, will disappear into the abyss. For some reason, I forgot that this was one of them.

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I was attending a wedding the weekend I did these, and wore a very pretty bright purple dress. Now, I own two bright purple holo polishes, but decided to wear the one I never touch (Purple by Nabi) rather than the one I love (Berry Good Looking by Cupcake Polish). This was a critical mistake. Purple is very pretty, and is exactly the correct shade…and then I stamped over it with silver and a light purple creme. Initially, everything went well. I added some silver beads, took some photos, and then added to coat.

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Within 15 seconds I knew that was a mistake. However, one cannot wear a stamp without top coat, the design rubs right off! So I was in a bind. I was left with very ugly patchy looking patterns on my nails, some of which faded completely into bright purple and some of which stood out sharply. It was awful.

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I showed my husband, who said they looked “just fine” and promptly went to sleep. I almost growled. However, I then remembered that I just got a set of nail art brushes to review in the mail from the Born Pretty Store. Could I just paint over the design by hand?

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The answer, clearly, is yes. I ended up using two of the 5 brushes here, a cleaning brush (which does a very fine job at details, the edge of my nail never looked so pretty, but isn’t stiff enough to really remove large swatches of polish), and the fine detail brush. I love the fine detail brush. It is skinny, the perfect length, and wonderfully sturdy.

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So, I colored over the silver with a glittery fast-dry silver that I also never use because it dries to quickly to be useful. I then grabbed one of the polishes that I always plan to give away, a shimmery top coat that I use maybe once a year, and placed it over the light purple. Voila! This is why I should never give away polish…and also should have a dedicated space for “for toes only” involving polishes that bleed like it’s their job.

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Anyway, that is the saga of my nail art. I could post all the polishes here, but you can’t see half of them so whats the point? The nail art brushes you can find here for $4.59. Enjoy!

Dangling Drops

So, this mani has nothing to do with Autumn, winter, or the holidays. It is just glittery.

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Really, this is just a simple stamp from the Born Pretty Store and some purple polish. Yes, it is kinda fun that I stamped with a silver holo polish (glitter!) but that is about it!

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However, the stamp itself is quite nice…it is one of those buffet plates where you can pick up an image from anywhere and it will go well together. I liked the idea of using the edge of the plate to make a dangling drop design, but I could have done anything! It is very well-etched.

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Colors:
~ Purple: Sephora X – Ignition
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Stamp: BP – 181

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Hope you enjoyed! I should have some fall/winter/holiday designs ready by next week. And if you want this stamping plate for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store where it is on sale for $1.59.

Peeking Through Purple

This was a super quick mani that I needed to wear to the hospital, but since I was finally able to wear colors, it is a little better than some of my stuff from earlier!

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Initially, I didn’t have time for a design (even a stamp) but I wanted to use a color that (1) I hadn’t used in a while and (2) was interesting (aka sparkly). I settled on Faye by Zoya. Only, once it was on, it was super super glittery and not that pretty! I forgot that I love this polish in the bottle but it is meh on my nails.

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So, I matted it! And wore it just plain with matte for a day. It looked pretty awesome. However, that is not enough of a design, so I stamped over it with a pink-leaning bright purple, Margo by Zoya using BP-L049.

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I like the way the glitter of Faye peeks through, but I really like the contrast of the bright purple and the golden-copper. Also, this took a total of 30 minutes, which is pretty awesome. Moreover, the version of this stamping plate that I have is really well etched, so even a not-super-opaque polish like Margo is able to fully stamp.

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That’s it for today! Not super exciting of a design but pretty nonetheless. Hope you enjoyed!

Bright Bursts

I love this polish, but I really am not enjoying the design I put over it! I feel like that has been happening more frequently :-/

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The base color here is the last of my new F.U.N. Lacquer polishes. This is three thin coats of Cheers to the Holidays (H), but the last coat really wasn’t necessary. The polish is a purple multichrome that shifts to bright pink, but has a bright blue shimmery flash…AND holo glitters AND gold sparkle that of course turns red and purple. Wow. This polish looked fantastically different in different lights.

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For the design, I tried to stamp with black but it didn’t show up…but that is why my pointer and middle finger look like they have more depth to them. I ended up stamping in pink and then using rose gold to color in little bits of the stamp, hoping it would pick up the rose gold in Cheers, but that didn’t happen.

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Colors:
~ Purple:  F.U.N. Lacquer – Cheers to the Holidays (H)
~ Pink: L’Oreal – Orange you Jealous
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: BP – L049

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I need to wear this base color again but with something else over the top! It is so colorful that I don’t know WHAT over the top, but I’ll figure it out.

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Hope you enjoyed!

Shifting Silver Cracks

Another new polish! This one is super shifty and cool :-). I could hardly bear to cover it, so I did a truly minimal design!

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What you see here is two thin coats of State of Mind by Emily de Molly. When I first saw this polish online I knew I had to have it…precisely because I had absolutely no idea what the actual color of the polish was! It looked very different in various photos, but all of them looked awesome. As it turns out, the polish is a multichrome that shifts from a dusty pink, through copper, and to olive green. It is a deeper color than most that I own. On top of that, it has a bright pink-fuschia shimmer, as well as copper multichrome shards (you can see them in indirect light). It ALSO has an intense linear holo finish that glows bright purple (I don’t know how Hayley made the holo a different color than the polish, but its magical). Basically, this polish is confusing and super pretty.

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The design, such as it is, was inspired by MarnieLP but I might have to try this again with better tape placement now that I know how the spacing goes. I love the idea! Maybe the next crazy weird polish I get 😀

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Colors:
~ Purple holo multichrome: Emily de Molly – State of Mind
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington

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I wish my camera was better at capturing purples…the polish is a bit brighter and quite a bit more pink-toned than it looks under indirect light in my photos. I tried to color correct, but my fingers looked like zombies so I left it this way.

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Hope you enjoyed!

Misty Forest

This mani came out better than I had hoped, but I made a crucial error…I forgot to check that my nails were even before I started! If you are ever going to paint a scene across your tips, be sure that one of them isn’t crooked (sorry 4th finger, I’m looking at you).

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Regardless, this was quite fun! I wanted to do something spooky, and I realized that I had yet to use an EdM stamping plate that I picked up a while ago! Unfortunately, the plate is not etched really deeply, so although the images pick up fine, they are not incredibly dark (to be fair, I used regular polish for this…my black stamping polish finally ran out).

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I ended up double stamping some of the trees, the fox, and little bits of grass, which is how I got the grey-and-black difference. I quite like it! I am also glad I went with another EdM polish for the background. 🙂

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Colors:
~ Purple-grey glitter: Emily de Molly – Shadow on the Moon
~ Purple-grey: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: EdM – 07

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A few more fall-themed and Halloween-themed manis coming up! Most make a little more sense than this, but misty and creepy forest is totally a Halloween thing! Hope you enjoyed.

Abstractions

This mani is both a success and a disappointment…because I absolutely LOVE the base polish, but I had such a hard time picking what I was going to do once the polish was on!

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I tried three different stamps with four different color polishes before settling on this design! And it wasn’t even my decision…I got so fed up of things I didn’t like that I shoved my nails in front of my husbands face and demanded to know what matched. He said “silver” so I just went with it!

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I think I just default to EdM plate 03 if I don’t want to cover too much of a really pretty polish. It isn’t a terrible idea, but I have so many other plates! :-/

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Regardless, what you see here is three thin coats of Illyrian Polish Eleven, with two thick coats of top coat. This polish is a really cool mix of colors and finishes, especially since for me mixing reddish-purple with orange and gold is basically the height of nail polish. So, this polish has a wine-colored jelly base, and is filled with small and medium glitters that shift from red, through orange and gold, and finally to green. It also has a lot off scattered holo glitters which show up in the sunlight. Overall, this polish is amazing…BUT you will need two coats of top coat to smooth out the finish. It isn’t that the glitters stick up, but you will get uneven flatness over the larger glitters (as one does). Worth it!

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Colors:
~ Purple glitter: Illyrian – Eleven
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamps: EdM – 03

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Ok, now that I am done drooling over this polish, I need to come up with other ways to wear it. Any suggestions? I don’t want to cover it but wearing polish alone is not fun enough! 😀 Also, this is my first Illyrian Polish, and I can safely say that I love their polishes! It went on well and had surprisingly good spread and pigmentation for a jelly with that much glitter!

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