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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!

Dark Lapis

The way this ended up, it looks like a super dark lapis lazuli stone! If I was really going to lapis I would have needed to use a gold-based glitter rather than a silver one, but I still like it. Unfortunately, the mani did end up quite dark. I suppose I could have placed the marble over white rather than blue, but it needed to match a specific dress!

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To create this, I marbled polish on water, waited around 2 hours for it to dry completely, and then removed it. I then cut out decals from the dried polish, which is a first for me! I’ve been wanting to try this method of making water marble designs (lifting the marble once dry) for a while but never had the time to plan and execute it.

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Colors:
~ Blue: Sally Hansen – Blue my Mind
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Blue with silver: KBShimmer – Sapphire

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Sadly, most of the photos I have of this design are out of focus, so there are only three pictures! Also, in retrospect, I have no idea how Sapphire marbled so well given its glitter content, but go KBShimmer!

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!

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!

Glitter Flowers

For the past few years, I’ve tried to do my “honor nails you love” final day of the 31 Day Challenge after one of the manis actually entered into the challenge. This year was troublesome, because there were so many awesome designs! A few were amazing, but far too complicated. So, I settle on this!

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The design is inspired by Glitterfingersss glitter day prompt. I did not want to use lose glitter, so I ended up grabbing my new-and-untried crazy silver holo glitter bomb polish, and painting on some flowers! All in all, I don’t know how much this resemble’s gliterfingerss’ original, but I still like it. It is suitably glitter and flowery, even if the base and colors are different!

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The base itself is a magnificent (if overpriced) polish called 24 Karat Diamond by F.U.N. Lacquer. I recently bought three of their polishes when LiveLovePolish had a sale. They are honestly too expensive to be worth it for me, but darn do they make pretty polish! 24 Karat Diamond is small silver holographic hexes suspended in a clear base. This took four very thin coats for opacity, and honestly the coats dried surprisingly fast. I don’t love the four-coat problem, but I imagine that next time I will put it over a silver (or silver holo) base and use 2-3 coats. I also wanted to make it as opaque as I could, or I would have stopped at three coats. Despite that, this polish is MESMERIZING. I have not seen intense shifty glittery holo like this…maybe ever. Certainly not in my collection. It is as though someone took Harp On It by Color Club and broke it into individual tiny rainbows, that still somehow look truly silver. I cannot wait to play with this more!

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All that said, this polish took a good 30 minutes to remove and there is STILL glitter around my nails (I just took it off). The polish itself is not particularly top coat hungry, and a single coat of Seche Vite was enough to smooth it out. I could not stop staring at my fingernails! I think this might be more of an accent nail type polish in the future, given the removal time, but we shall see!

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Colors:
~ Silver holo: F.U.N. Lacquer – 24 Karat Diamond
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Freida
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

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I am glad that I did not end up stamping on either the roses or the leaves, as I was initially planning. Something about this being fully free-handed makes me happy! And this is it for the 31 Day Challenge. I am so glad that I kept up! I am proud, even if this is my last year. I’ll do a re-cap tomorrow, and then on to new nail art!

Ripple Down

Raindrops are totally a pattern, right? So droplets must be! I was going to create a nautilus shell, but I didn’t want to spend hours painting each nail…I settled on this and I rather love it.

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The design was actually inspired by a previous design of my own, Pond Ripples. Since I obviously still have the same colors, and I recently bought a new copy of the stamping plate I used (that now picks up much MUCH better), I was planning to exactly copy the design…but THEN I tested my teal flakies over a bunch of other polishes and picked a different base!

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If nothing else, this mani is insanely glittery. Not in a holographic way, but just…a lot of layers of shimmer. You cannot tell in the photos but when I shift my nails its mesmerizing. I am also glad I bought a new copy of this plate, I really love this stamp!

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Colors:
~ Teal glitter: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Teal flakies: Zoya – Maisie
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: EdM – 06

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I actually added matte top coat to one finger just to see if I liked it better (because I have to do that whenever I add flakies) and although it was pretty, I liked the depth of shimmer better with shiny top coat. Shiny it is! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

The Rainbow Fish

I love painting nails inspired by children’s books…and I’ve been wanting to try The Rainbow Fish for a while! I just haven’t had the time (until now).

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The inspiration came from Adventures in Acetone, although I decided to stay true to the book and use only creme polishes for the scales other than the rainbow silver scales. I do wish, in retrospect, that I had used a lighter pink (even though I don’t actually have a good one)!

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The story is about the joy that one person can get from sharing. Its quite a nice message! It also was one of my favorite books growing up (not that I wanted to be taught to share with my sisters) but because the shiny fish scales were just so pretty. This mani is a bit darker than I imagine the fish being, but still pretty and suitably colorful! Who wants to play with silver holo? 🙂

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Colors:
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Teal: Salon Perfect – Escape to Neverland
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Yellow: WOW – #301

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These took FOREVER to paint because I had to do one scale at a time, and couldn’t put two wet dots next to each other or they’d run! I still love the end result though 😀 Hope you enjoyed! It looks like I wasn’t the only one to do Rainbow Fish this year!

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