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Shifted Average

A couple months ago I joined a group called the Polish Pickup Pack. I had been seeing ‘boxes’ for a while where every month they advertised a different set of polish but you had to buy all of them! Then PPP came along…and its actually quite cool! A whole bunch of indie polish makers each create a polish around a theme (mythical creatures, gemstones, holidays), and you can buy, or not buy, anything you want. Unfortunately, they only sell the polish for one week out of a month, and once that one week is over the polish will never be sold again. That said, I have picked up some REALLY cool polish!

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The one I am showing you here is from the October theme of “mythical creatures”, although I only received it in November since it takes a while for the makers to actually bottle and then ship all the polish. Still, this polish is freaking beautiful and worth waiting for! I have found in any given month that some of the polishes are really NOT my style, and some months many are right up my alley.

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This is three coats of Not Your Average Seahorse by Blush Lacquers. I have never tried a Blush polish before, but they killed it with this one! I don’t actually know how to describe this. The base is a deep navy blue jelly with a scattered holo finish. However, it also has a bright orange to gold to green shimmer that is made up of tiny flakies (wow), PLUS actual larger flakies that are green to purple to pink. It is ridiculous and I love it. I actually put it on my shelf with my multichrome polishes despite it not TECHNICALLY being a multichrome, because it doesn’t fit anywhere else!

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Anyway. I then colored in a triangular stamp with some black to add a bit of contrast, and stamped in gold. I do a bit wish that I had kept the black stripes in the same location on each nail, but I was going for something a bit more interesting? Regardless, I think it looks pretty cool!

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Colors:
~ Blue shifting: Blush Lacquers – Not Your Average Seahorse
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L070

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I bought one more polish from this particular month’s polish pickup pack that I’ll have up on the blog in a bit, and two from the December theme. Nothing struck my fancy from November. Regardless, if you are interested, you can join the Facebook group or just check out the offerings at the beginning of each month. I am a fan!

Bright Patchwork

It isn’t technically winter yet! Also, as of writing this, it has been unseasonably warm in Philly. So…fall themes are still appropriate!

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Although, to be fair, I think I’d find a way to use rainbows no matter the season, but since patchwork designs somehow scream “autumn” I don’t feel terrible for postponing posting these until now!

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I actually painted these back when I posted the fall-themed patchwork nails (the orange ones) but these were done with stamping decals to compare. Unsurprisingly, I liked the free-handed ones significantly more, but these were so much faster!

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Colors:
~ Nude: OPI – Be There in a Prosecco
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Orange: Nubar – Hot Orange
~ Yellow: Love & Beauty – Yellow
~ Green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Dream On
~ Stamp: BM – 607

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That’s it for today! Also, despite all my chatter, the rest of this week is not themed in any way (unless “things that have been sited in my painted folder for months” is a theme). Hope you enjoyed!

Dangling Drops

So, this mani has nothing to do with Autumn, winter, or the holidays. It is just glittery.

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Really, this is just a simple stamp from the Born Pretty Store and some purple polish. Yes, it is kinda fun that I stamped with a silver holo polish (glitter!) but that is about it!

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However, the stamp itself is quite nice…it is one of those buffet plates where you can pick up an image from anywhere and it will go well together. I liked the idea of using the edge of the plate to make a dangling drop design, but I could have done anything! It is very well-etched.

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Colors:
~ Purple: Sephora X – Ignition
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Stamp: BP – 181

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Hope you enjoyed! I should have some fall/winter/holiday designs ready by next week. And if you want this stamping plate for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store where it is on sale for $1.59.

Peeking Through Purple

This was a super quick mani that I needed to wear to the hospital, but since I was finally able to wear colors, it is a little better than some of my stuff from earlier!

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Initially, I didn’t have time for a design (even a stamp) but I wanted to use a color that (1) I hadn’t used in a while and (2) was interesting (aka sparkly). I settled on Faye by Zoya. Only, once it was on, it was super super glittery and not that pretty! I forgot that I love this polish in the bottle but it is meh on my nails.

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So, I matted it! And wore it just plain with matte for a day. It looked pretty awesome. However, that is not enough of a design, so I stamped over it with a pink-leaning bright purple, Margo by Zoya using BP-L049.

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I like the way the glitter of Faye peeks through, but I really like the contrast of the bright purple and the golden-copper. Also, this took a total of 30 minutes, which is pretty awesome. Moreover, the version of this stamping plate that I have is really well etched, so even a not-super-opaque polish like Margo is able to fully stamp.

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That’s it for today! Not super exciting of a design but pretty nonetheless. Hope you enjoyed!

Bright Bursts

I love this polish, but I really am not enjoying the design I put over it! I feel like that has been happening more frequently :-/

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The base color here is the last of my new F.U.N. Lacquer polishes. This is three thin coats of Cheers to the Holidays (H), but the last coat really wasn’t necessary. The polish is a purple multichrome that shifts to bright pink, but has a bright blue shimmery flash…AND holo glitters AND gold sparkle that of course turns red and purple. Wow. This polish looked fantastically different in different lights.

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For the design, I tried to stamp with black but it didn’t show up…but that is why my pointer and middle finger look like they have more depth to them. I ended up stamping in pink and then using rose gold to color in little bits of the stamp, hoping it would pick up the rose gold in Cheers, but that didn’t happen.

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Colors:
~ Purple:  F.U.N. Lacquer – Cheers to the Holidays (H)
~ Pink: L’Oreal – Orange you Jealous
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: BP – L049

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I need to wear this base color again but with something else over the top! It is so colorful that I don’t know WHAT over the top, but I’ll figure it out.

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Hope you enjoyed!

Proud

You were promised colors, and here they are! It has been farrrr too long since I did a rainbow manicure. Moreover, I miss them…since I am currently on the interview trail for residency, my nails for the past two weeks have been incredibly boring! I am going to do a few weeks worth of “work-appropriate” nail art posts at some point, that are basically what I am forcing myself to wear during November and December as I fly all over the country.

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Anyway, this mani serves many purposes: I painted it for my birthday (ergo rainbows), and to celebrate being done with my hardest medical rotation (ergo not subtle mani). Also, I went to San Francisco (ergo bright colored mani), and attended the Pride parade while I was there (ergo more rainbows)!

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What that actually means…yes, I painted this back in June. I just never got around to posting them for whatever reason! So rainbows it is 🙂

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Colors:
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: Sephora X – Ignition
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colos – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L050

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I had to modify the gradient for my pinky nail, because it was just too short for all the colors as I had them arraigned. Hopefully it doesn’t look too bad! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Dressed in Lace

This may or may not have been directly inspired by the tagline on Cherish. And I may or may not almost have added some 3D diamond-esque rhinestones and decided that would ruin the look. You’ll never know!

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This is one of the rare occasions when, despite painting both hands, you are mostly only seeing my right! When I was in the hospital I could not go off-handed (when the nail polish on one hand is different than the other) because that would be incredibly unprofessional…but the designs were seldom perfectly identical! In the case of this mani, I was moving around the stamped image from nail to nail and I actually liked my right hand better (mostly cause of my pointer finger).

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Regardless, this is a bit of a boring mani, sorry! That said, after this post…there are only two hospital manis left! For a while at least (I go back to the clinic next month but there is quite a back-log of posts during my month of free time!).

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Colors
~ Nude: Picture Polish – Cherish
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BM – 04

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So yep, a bit boring, but so be it. I’ll likely get at least one of the remaining boring ones out of the way next week so we can move on to RAINBOWS and SPARKLES. 😀

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