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Marchesa Gradient Gown

Day 25’s theme is “fashion” which is a bit of a problem, as I am still wearing the same clothing I wore in high school (and I’m 29). That said, this years was a little easier than most! I’m also a little late in posting since I was traveling all day, oops!

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While searching for fashionable gowns on google, I stumbled across an absolutely stunning dress by Marchesa. I want it. The colors and the pattern and the fabric and most especially the cut of the skirt. So, of course, I had to try and recreate it on my nails!

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This mani took two days, mostly because I wanted a completely dry base color before I was willing to attempt to make a gradient using metallic polish. Usually, I end up with bubbles and messes galore, and I happen to be attending a wedding this weekend so my nails need to be flawless! So, I painted on the hot pink metallic base (Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice), waited a day, and THEN did the gradient (OPI – Cute Little Vixen and Confetti – Masquerade Ball). Success!

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Initially, I was not going to put anything over my accent nail (which was going to be a black jelly with a pink-to-black stamp, but I gave up and grabbed one of my favorite glitterbomb polishes instead, The Unloved by Emily de Molly), but it looked too bright next to the completed gradient so I added a stamp that reminded me of the top of the Marchesa dress (BP – L049). I think it came out really well!

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I am going to consider the fashion day a success this year, which might actually be a first for me! Also, my nails are super glittery and metallic. But I have to admit, I am not looking forward to trying to remove that glitter polish!

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. 😀

Pool Floating

I know it is getting just a bit cold to go swimming, but I painted these back in August so it was appropriate then! Besides, there are totally indoor pools, right?

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The design was inspired by pricelessnails. Unfortunately, I did not quite figure out the spacing for my inner tube (the pink thing) so it is a bit…squished…compared to hers.

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This is another new polish for me! What you see here is two thin coats of Glee Ridden by Emily de Molly. I have so many manis that I want to do that need a neon teal, and this looked perfect! It is, as expected, a very nice opaque neon teal creme. The color is slightly greener than turquoise, but very very bright! I am a fan.

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I think I maybe should have done a bit more of a subtle gradient (that blue is darker than I expected, the polish used to be a semi-jelly and I think its congealed a bit), but this still came out well! I love how the waterspotting worked. I got a new white polish not too long ago so it actually spread on the water!

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Colors:
~ Blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Pastel teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Dark blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Pink: Clinique – Pinkini
~ Dark pink: OPI – Malaga Wine

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That’s all for today. If it is warm near you, go swimming! And if not…I dunno. Dream about Hawaii?

Redshift Galaxy

Galaxy day is one of my favorites, because I love making and wearing galaxies! This one was a bit of an oddball though.

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I went searching online for other examples of galaxy nail art based in red, since I was curious about light vs dark colors, and glitter amount. As it turns out, no one does red galaxy manis! I’ve found pink, purple, lots of blues and blacks, pastels…even an orange. But no red! So I decided to go ahead and fix this.

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To create this, I ended up using 9 shades of red (glittery or otherwise) so I am not going to bother listing them. Suffice to say it was a lot and I have maybe too many red polishes.

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I also rather love that redshift is actually a real term. It occurs when the wavelength of light increases, or gets “redder”. When referring to astrophysics, it describes a object getting further from our viewpoint…the cosmological redshift is a result of the expansion of the universe. If that isn’t cool, then I don’t know what is!

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Of course, blueshift occurs when things get closer together, but a blue-based galaxy mani is just a normal galaxy mani so thats boring :-p. Hope you enjoyed! Both the nail art and the impromptu physics lesson 😀

Roses and Dots

I was torn between using these for black/white day (today) or dots day. I settled, clearly, on today! Because mostly these nails are black and white if you ignore the red. And gold. 😀

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They are inspired by Nails by Cassis. That said, she had smaller roses and her nails were much longer, but mine aren’t half bad! I need more rose stamps, clearly.

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This mani, despite how much I like the end result, was a pain in the butt because the rose stamps wouldn’t pick up! They are from that same darn plate I used for the Day 2 flowers (which I have a replacement of, but which did not arrive soon enough for me to make these). Also the rose I chose did not have leaves…so the leaves and buds are from a totally different plate. It works, but it was painful! I want to try this again (maybe with different colors?) with a plate that STAMPS. Since I have that now. Omg. Also smaller leaves, oops!

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Colors:
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Stamps: BP – L067, L018

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What do you think? Are the roses (or leaves) too big?

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!

Shattered Foil

Day one of the 31 Day Challenge: Red! These nails are a mix of red and black and I don’t even know what, but I figure that they count 🙂

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Both the deep red polish that I used as a base and the flakies that I put on top of it are new. The flakies were sent to me from the Born Pretty Store for review, so here we go!

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The flakies themselves are these small iridescent shards with irregular boarders. Some are larger, and some are mostly just dust. The ones I that I got are primarily red, but shift through gold and to a bright emerald green with little provocation. I applied these using regular polish. Basically, while your top coat is tacky (about 30 seconds after application of a thin coat, if you are using quick-dry top coat), gently pat on the shards using the tip of your finger (finger into the pot of flakies, and then onto nye nail). Repeat this step until the nail is as covered as you’d like it to be. Of note: do not get your dipping finger wet (in water or polish) or you will pick up too many flakies and end up with a white iridescent patch (as on my pointer finger) rather than the colors you intended. Monolayer of flakies is best!

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The other new item here is my red base, an OPI polish that I picked up on sale from ULTA. This is two thin coats of Magala Wine, a beautiful dark pink-leaning red. In direct light is a deep pink, while in shade it is a burgundy red. I really like this color! It also applied really smoothly.

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Colors:
~ Red: OPI – Magala Wine
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Flakies: Born Pretty – Chameleon Cloud #1 (red)
~ Stamp: BPL – 003

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Oddly, in direct like the flakies faded away, so I am glad I did the red-to-black gradient! In indirect light though you could barely see the base color, it was awesome. You can pick up the flakies from the Born Pretty Store for $2.59 for 0.2g.

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Stay tuned for Day 2: Orange tomorrow!

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