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Earthen Ware

Back in October, I was introduced to the brand Blush Lacquers (by the Polish Pickup Pack, of course. I think that is where I have found 100% of my new indie polish crushes in recent months). So, when I saw that color4nails was having a holiday sale, I went to go see what polishes I needed to buy and found this beauty!

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As you might have noticed, I love olive green polish. I also love polish with shimmer. I had never before seen those two combined in such a beautiful way as in Nerida Singer by Blush Lacquers!

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This polish is an olive-toned green base with copper flecks and ridiculous red shimmer. It is stunning. What you see here are three thin coats…and it almost looks like a multichrome. I am so glad I got it!

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Of course, then I had to go stamp over it, which was cool. I like vaguely geometric gradient stamps. And then I added black rhinestones and I really wish I hadn’t. They rather look like bugs. I couldn’t take them off without restarting the whole mani, so I left them…but I regret it!

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Colors:
~ Green Shimmer: Blush Lacquers – Nerida Singer
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – XL158

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So, sorry for the black bumps on the tips of my nails, but I hope you enjoyed the rest! I am formally back from Hawaii in less than a week :-(, so pardon if I haven’t been great at responding to comments, I will be shortly!

Lace Negative Space

This mani is a bit odd…it looked awesome in person, but the photos all came out weird! I’ve posted the ones that look best, but it still doesn’t capture how cool these actually looked.

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The art itself was inspired by Baroquen Nails, as all the best negative space manis are 🙂

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To make this, I started with two coats of a sheer nude, then two coats of a frankened sheer black jelly (making the right tone of jelly took forever!). Next, I stamped the lacy pattern, and then freehanded the red. Finally, I added the 3D bits!

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Colors
~ Nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red: Confetti – Maquerade Ball
~ Stamp: BC – 10

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Hope you enjoyed! I doubt you’ll be seeing much negative space in the near future, as of right now my nails are a blotchy odd mix of yellow and bright pink. Silly staining polish!

Refreshing Dry Brush

I’m pretty sure these nails are my first ever attempt at a dry-brush mani. I have to say, it was fun, easy, and looks pretty cool! I think I’ll try it again sometime 🙂

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The design was inspired by badgirlnails. I made up the design on my thumb, and it looks cool too. Sadly, my ring finger tape is a bit wonky, but I only realized that AFTER I added top coat, so too late!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented

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This mani reminds me of the time between spring and summer, when the swimming pools open! Its the teal. It has to be. It also works pretty well for Easter 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed!

Pretty Purple Floral

Finally, a post suitable for spring! I usually go towards either dark saturated colors, or very pale nude colors (for the hospital). This mani is just dark enough that I didn’t know if I’d be able to wear it in the hospital, but not so dark that I felt transgressive wearing it on the weekends! Especially with those rhinestones. However, I was safe! No one even noticed :-p

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The art was inspired by @lifeisbetterpolished, because I would never think of something with hand-outlined flowers. For good reason as it turns out…I am never hand-outlining flowers again. That took forever! The results were really satisfying, however.

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Painting these onto my right hand was incredibly challenging, but worked out ok as well! I really enjoyed wearing this mani, despite the lack of bold colors 🙂

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Colors
~ Light purple shimmer: Essie – Full Steam Ahead
~ Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Light green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme

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Thus ends my week of awesome manis! Back to regular things next week…a mix of good and meh. But no more required classes and ridiculous exams for me! Happy Friday!

Sapphire Divided

I bought this particular polish on a whim, mostly because I wanted another polish in this collection and felt like placing and order for a single polish was silly. Jokes on me though…I actually like this one even better than the one I initially wanted! That always seems to happen :-p

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This is Sapphire by KBShimmer, from the birthstone collection (I also got Ruby…which I posted about back in December). I cannot resist polishes that are jewel toned, saturated with metallic silver shards, and have holo in them. I now own 5!!! Sapphire is probably the darkest and most pigmented one in my collection though, since the other three non-KBShimmer ones are gold/silver/rose gold in tone.

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This polish took two thin coats to cover (I probably could have gotten away with one if I applied it thicker). It dries down remarkably smoothly given all the glitter in it as well! The best part: removal wasn’t even that difficult! Maybe it’s because the glitter is in shards rather than hex shapes, and so catches my removing pad better? I don’t know why, but I am grateful! Regardless, Sapphire is a beautiful deep blue-jean/sapphire blue. I should have taken a photo with my  sapphire engagement ring! Whoops. Either way, it is stunning.

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I am a bit sad that I added the rhinestones before top coat though, they always go from hexagonal and shiny to looking matte with regular top coat. I think I’ve finally figured out a work-around for this problem, but since I actually painted these back in October I wasn’t thinking too deeply about it a week before the wedding. Whoops!

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Colors
~ Blue glitter: KBShimmer – Sapphire
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: EdM – 03

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I didn’t want to cover too much of the polish with a design…so I turned to my best pretty-but-minimal stamping plate (EdM 03) and just picked one. Ta-da! Hope you enjoyed!

Grey and Purple Melange

Somewhat wintry? I painted these a while ago, but they are all I had time to edit up for today!

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These are basically a skittle-ette (since the ring finger and thumb match) and are almost not nail art since they are so simple! That being said, I still love the ridiculous holo craziness of Microcosm, so I’m not going to complain.

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In the sun, these nails just went nuts. It was also fun to play with the textured finger (until all the rhinestones started falling off…at which point I had to change the whole mani).

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Colors
~ Glitter holo: Powder Perfect – Microcosm
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser

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Hope you enjoyed!

Briarwood

The 31 Day Challenge is over! Back to random monday-wednesday-friday posts :-D. And lets begin with a new polish! I actually figured that the star of this mani was an appropriate name for the whole manicure. That seldom happens, but I think it works!

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The base polish here is one of my new A Englands, called Briarwood. This is the one I had been lemming after since it came out…the others I bought as a bonus (I honestly don’t even remember if I’ve posted any of them yet). But this one…this polish is special. Briarwood is a one-coater plum brown holographic polish with a pink metallic flare. It looks like a deep vampy red with holo, until you realize it’s actually a dark brown with lots of pink glow. It is magical.

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I didn’t want to cover up too much of Briarwood, so I added some tape and made a gradient! I got the idea from XOXO Alexis, although she used light colors and pinks, and I went with a darker forest brown theme 😀

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I don’t know why exactly I settled on hot pink rhinestones, but when I looked at my rhinestone wheel they jumped out at me!

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Colors:
~ Brown holo: A England – Briarwood
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Light brown: Zoya – Chantal

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Super simple but rather cute looking if I do say so myself! Enjoy!

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