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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!

Golden Hued

So, golden-red-copper totally counts as Thanksgiving-themed, right? Maybe? Who knows. All I can really say is that I am SPEECHLESS by this polish!

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I’ve been staring at Enchanted Polish for years. Who wouldn’t? They make ridiculously pretty and ridiculously expensive polishes that I could just never convoke myself were worth it. Usually, I’d find one I wanted after looking at 52034820 swatches, and it would be sold out forever. So….when I saw that three of the polishes I’ve wanted for a very very long time were available (thanks to Cathy, whose recent swatch sent me over to the EP website) I had to get them. These were actually basically a wedding gift to myself, because I just cannot justify spending $50 on three polishes otherwise!

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Honestly, this might be the oddest chameleon of the three that I got, and I love the colors that it goes through. It is also appropriately fall-themed! This is I Am The Walrus by Enchanted Polish. It covered well in three thin coats, and dried nicely. Although there were brushstrokes when I applied it, they disappeared when it dried! Looking through this, I can see primarily wine red in direct light and a golden-copper in indirect light. It goes through some crazy mix of magenta-wine-copper-gold-green. It really looks like wearing two different polishes depending on the light, since the magenta and the copper-gold are different tones. It also, of course, has scattered fine holo shimmer throughout, so in sunlight it is ALSO a rainbow! I still feel bad for spending so much money on one polish…but try to tell me this isn’t amazing.

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The design I went with was Inspired by MaryMaxNail. I decided to leave my middle finger more nude than my 4th finger as would be expected because my fourth finger has a little discoloration on it. Ergo, it looks a little funny! Still a fun mani.

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Colors
~ Gold multichrome: Enchanted Polish – I Am The Walrus
~ Nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Light pink: L’Oreal – Boho Babe
~ Stamp: EdM – 22

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I am still drooling. I wish I could get away with wearing colors like this to the hospital, but I think people would pay more attention to my nails than to what I was saying! Which would maybe be a good thing, but probably not. Oh well, happy almost-Thanksgiving!

Gradients of Purple Skittle

This is a complicated mani. In my head this was basically “is there ANYTHING else I can do that I like better than the elegant dark purple baroque nails” so I did a full-on skittle mani!

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Basically, I wanted to try and figure out if I liked any of these better. I was going to hold a vote before the wedding but I (clearly) ran out of time! I didn’t prefer any of these over my favorite that I posted last Monday, so I went with that one.

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Oddly, I usually like things more BEFORE I top coat them…although top coat makes things smooth, it also makes them less distinct. That is true here as well, except on my pointer! I like the dark purple stamp much better when it really fades into the top of the nail. Go figure!

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My ring finger stands apart as the only nail with any type of glitter on it. I used a base of Lacy Lilac by Sally Hansen (as I did for all 5 nails), and added Lavender by Nabi, Hi-Res by Milani, Vallis Sanguine by Gothic Gala Lacquers, and Valerie by Zoya in between the stripes going up my nail. I really like how it came out, but I didn’t think it was elegant enough for a wedding mani! Also…I dreaded the idea of adding 10+ bits of striping tape to EVERY SINGLE NAIL. Kill me now.

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The other 3 fingers have a gradient of French White by Wet n’ Wild, Lacy Lilac by Sally Hansen, Ignition by Sephora X, and Monica by Zoya. Once that was dry, I added various stamps! Ring finger has BM-315 with Monica, middle has BM-616 with French White, and my pinky has BC-10 with White Opaque (which looks somewhat silvery).

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Although I could get behind my pinky, I actually think my middle finger is my favorite combo of colorful + elegant. One last wedding-related purple mani tomorrow, and then we are done with wedding!

Magenta Veins

Ok, so I had no trouble naming this mani. It basically named itself, and I love it! Bright neon colors, gradients, and watermabling!

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Also, I just love the pure randomness of the marble for this. This was a whole-hand dip, to waste minimal polish. I can seldom get those to work and look good, but I think I succeeded here!

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I wish there were rocks with this color combo. I feel like this looks a little like ridiculously neon quartz or something. But sadly, nature does not go for corals, yellows, and magenta in one location!

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Colors
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Yellow shimmer: Spoiled – Mind Your Own Beeswax
~ Pink shimmer: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Purple: Sephora X – Ignition

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Happy Friday! I don’t know if I’ll actually have a post ready for Monday…this weekend is my bridal shower/bachelorette party and I have been informed that I will be kidnapped at some point later today and not returned till late on Sunday. Ergo, I might not get much editing done. Sorry in advance!

Ribbons and Lace

I randomly had my red roll of striping tape lying next to my lace design stamping plate from Born Pretty…and saw that one of the stamps looked like it would be PERFECT to have a line of striping tape down the middle…and so I just left the tape and the plate out on my polish desk. For a month. And now that I have a clear stamper I can finally make this awesome art!

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I am not ashamed to admit I spent 20 minutes picking out a base polish. Gold? Holo? Pink? Red? WHAT ON EARTH! Before I remembered this polish I was sent to review years ago that I seldom use! Its a nude with pink shimmer and black and red glitters…and since I wanted red striping tape and black stamping it seemed perfect.

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I added a thin coat of a semi-opaque nude once the glittery base was down, just to burry the glitters a tiny bit more…I wanted the red and black of the stamp and tape to stand out, and not be eaten by the glitters. I love how it turned out!

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I actually put the striping tape down BEFORE I stamped, so I could line up the stamp in the center of my nail perfectly. IT WAS AWESOME. I almost want to do this design again with different colors. Ugh.

Colors
~ Glittery nude: Gothic Gala Lacquers – Hel
~ Nude jelly: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Black: Mentality – Black Opaque
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L020

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Hope you enjoyed! This was so much fun to make and I am super pleased with how it came out 😀

Purple Bursting

More stamps! More CENTERED stamps! With awesome starbursts 😀 Seriously, clear stampers are magic. I had been wanting to use this stamp for months, but had to acknowledge that no matter what I did with it, it was going to look awkward and off-center. Ergo, magic!

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The stamping was done over the shades of purple water marble you guys saw a few weeks ago. I liked the marble so much I took pictures of it independently, but it was never meant to stand alone!

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I don’t know why I decided doing starbursts over random marbling was the best idea, but it came out alright! I still need to try a radial gradient with circle stamping again. This time maybe it’ll actually work!

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Colors
~ Purple holo: Milani – Hi-res
~ Purple-pink creme: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Purple creme: Sephora X – Ignition
~ Dark purple creme: Zoya – Monica
~ White: Mentality – White Opaque
~ Stamp: EdM – 09

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Hope you enjoyed! Tomorrow: fewer colors. Still stamps.

Upon a Purple Sea

Awesomely fun water marble! I knew I wanted to use a bunch of purples and Clearwater by Pipe Dream Polish, but I had a lot of trouble figuring out what to use as the base which would peek through! I had somehow forgotten that I had a light purple scattered holo polish, and it worked beautifully!

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Seriously though, Milani wins the award for “polishes that don’t dry out even if you forget about them for years”. I honestly cannot remember the last time I used this polish (at LEAST a year ago) and it is still as flow-y and wonderful as the day I got it! It also still takes three thickish coats to be opaque :-p

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Colors
~ Purple holo: Milani – Hi-res
~ Purple-pink creme: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Purple creme: Sephora X – Ignition
~ Dark purple creme: Zoya – Monica

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I also managed to dip all 5 fingers in one go! I just kept marbling and swirling. The last (ingenious) step was to circle-swirl the marble, so the nails didn’t look uniform at all. Voila! Super easy.

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Hope you enjoyed! Tomorrows mani is terrible. Potentially terribly awesome (my boyfriend loved it) but it made me cringe to wear it, so here’s your warning!

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