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Ocean Surf

Summer time! Well, sort of. In St Louis it went from 99 degrees and sunny to 75 and raining. I prefer the colder and rainier, but it makes this less fitting! Anyway, I really like the mani 🙂

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The design was inspired by the ever-awesome Copycat Claws (and yes I saw this posted a year ago and have been waiting to do my own version since then)! Unfortunately the shell and starfish charms that I own are SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than I expected, and than were required for this mani. So I improvised.

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I started with a teal creme polish, and topped it with a darker teal jelly. Once that was dry, I stamped using white polish. I then topped the white stamp with two coats of the same teal jelly polish. On the nails with sand and water, I blobbed the teal jelly in a haphazard pattern somewhat overlapping the textured glitter to make it look like sand underwater. I then then added white surf by hand using part of an (unused) kitchen sponge. Since my textured polish is pretty simple, over the textured glitter I dabbed on some gold holo glitters for a more interesting base.

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Unfortunately, the ocean charms I have are rather small! I ended up sponging on some white polish so they would stand out against the gold base, since the charms and the textured polish were almost exactly the same color! Yikes. Even sadder, the pearl charms I have are much larger than, say, the starfish and clamshell charms, so I grabbed some cute pink rhinestones instead and am going to pretend they are sea glass 😀

Colors:
~ Teal creme: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold textured: Zoya – Tomoko
~ Gold holo glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ Stamp: Geometry BPX – L020

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Anyway, that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed 🙂 Stay tuned for some more pretty nail art this week!

Beachside

I realize that this is both blue and tan, but give JUST HOW MANY BLUE POLISHES I USED (omg) I am counting it as the day 5, Blue, post for the 31 Day Challenge.

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This design was inspired by majikbeenz who actually has a lovely tutorial! Which of course I only found after I was done since I was simply using a pinterest pin. Whoops!

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I basically started with a light blue base and then painted on each of the other blues. And glitters. And flakies. Oh my! I think what really makes this is the textured sand (I knew I could still find uses for those textured polishes!) and the white surf at the border with the sand.

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Colors:
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pastel blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Medium blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Dark teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Medium teal: Essie – Naughty Nautical
~ Light teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need a Refresh Mint
~ Flakies: Zoya – Masie
~ Teal glitter: ORLY – Sparkling Garbage
~ Gold textured: Zoya – Tomoko

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What do you guys think? A fitting “blue” day? I like it at least :-p

Sandy Shores

What to do with a clear glitter topper that has so much color you have no idea which base to put it over? How about play with the name! Today we have a manicure 100% inspired by Sand In My Stocking from KBShimmer.

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This polish is insane, and I mean that in the best way possible. There are small orange hexes, blue and gold small circles, tiny brown and white hexes, and tiny square gold glitters (yes, square!). There is also the occasional gold holographic star, but they are rare (which in my option is a good thing).

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The thing about this polish is that it is ridiculously dense. The gradient on my thumb is <1 coat. I tried to wipe off most of the glitter on the brush before applying it at all. I think with 2 (maybe 3?) coats this polish would be completely opaque on its own…you would just never be able to take it off with all the glitter :-p.

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For all of the gradients, I applied a thin line of polish at the tip (or base) of my nails, and just dragged a bit to make the gradient. I went back over the tips with a very thin smattering of polish to make the gradient a bit more pronounced. This is the easiest glitter gradient I have ever done. I ended up with 3 stars, but they are all buried under the other polish (yay)…two on my pointer and one on my thumb.

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This manicure was inspired by a quote on the  back of a bench at the beach I went to as a child (yes, I know that is weird)…”Look for me where sand meets sea.” So, we have sand (Zoya – Tomoko) and sea (Maybelline – Shocking Seas). I also had to freehand some textured starfish just because (Julie G – Tangerine Dream and Sugar Rush).

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Ok, that was a lot of text. Sorry. I’m just happy to have a beach themed mani when its 25 degrees out 🙂 Hope you enjoyed!

Underwater Wonderland

This is one complicated manicure. My friend and her fiancé came to visit (at the beach) and he requested something spectacular: a different sea creature on each nail, with the nails painted in an ombre from pale blue to deep blue to match the depth at which that creature would be found. He wanted me to try and do each to scale but that’s where I drew the line. I did tell him that this would take hours, so he offered to do one of the hands! I did the ombre (7 different nail polishes, no I don’t remember which ones I used), and then when that was dry we got to work on the sea life.

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My friend’s right hand, the deep-sea hand was painted entirely by me. From the middle of the ocean (thumb) to the deepest part (pinky) we have a marlin, a dolphin, jellyfish (that glow in the dark), a squid (also glows), and an angler fish (obviously glows). I’m actually really proud of the thumb, I somehow pulled off blue-on-blue! Maybe. Please forgive the bubbles, that was the base coat and this photo is shown before topcoat.

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Her other hand was done by her fiancé! It took me about an hour to do the right hand…it took him almost 2.5 hours to do the left! However, I must say, I was very impressed with the result, given that he has never painted nails before!

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He did the shallow-water animals, from pinky (shallow) to middle water (thumb): coral reef with clownfish, seaweed with otter, crab battling an octopus, and a sea turtle. I am particularly impressed with the battle, but it was very 3D and did not take kindly to topcoat!

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Our finished creations: the deep water
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And the shallow water.
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What do you guys think? Suitably impressive? Sorry about the lots-of-nails-that-aren’t-mine thing, I did a lot of other people’s nails recently and they all seem to want to show up on my blog! I have one last other-nail post this week, then its back to my nails for a while 😀

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