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Navajo Art

How about a bit of a change of pace? Geometric AND pointy nails! I already showed one mani with pointed nails last week, but I think I have a total of 6 or so of them (before my nails got long enough to cut back to at least squoval). Anyway, here is another new polish as well!

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What you see here are three thin coats of Cashmere Wrap by CND. I really like the color, it is a bit of a grey/taupe pastel nude (in a few weeks I’ll do a comparison of similar colors I own, like KBShimmer Caught on Tape). It is basically perfect for a neutral nude base. However, I this is my first CND polish and there are a few things I dislike! Much like OPI, the brush head is too large and barely works on my poor tiny pinky (which is to say polish goes all over my cuticles and skin around my nail despite my best efforts). I also prefer round or square bottles over these elongated ones, but at least the brush handle was easy to hold and work with.

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When I went hunting on the internet for nail designs that look good with “stiletto” nails, I kept coming across geometric patterns! One in particular caught my eye, this one on pinterest from an artist called “manicured” which unfortunately makes her impossible to find!

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As you guys have probably figured out, I love geometric nail art. I know it got really big in 2017 and everyone has moved on but me, but I am still stuck in straight line and triangle wonderland. I love this mani! Also, the color combo reminds me of Native American jewelry that I found in Santa Fe a few years ago, with nude, black, gold, and turquoise.

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Colors:
~ Nude: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Stamp: BP – L054

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That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed! And lets cross our fingers (if you are also on the East Coast) that spring hits eventually. It is cold out!!

Intricate Floral

I don’t know what to sat about this, other than that it came out better than expected given that the base color is not my cup of tea!

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The base here is three thin coat of The Color that Keeps on Giving by OPI, which is wayy too long of a name. The polish is a baby pink frosty shimmer. I love shimmer polishes but I hate frosts. Everyone hates frosts. Why is OPI still making frosts!? And it took three coats. So again, just not really up my alley.

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I decided to put a very intricate stamp over it, and then color in the stamp with a purple jelly. I really need to invest in more jelly polishes, they are quite fun!

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Colors:
~ Pink: OPI – The Color that Keeps on Giving
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple: Zoya – Katherine
~ Stamp: BM – XL158

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I must say, given that my right hand is stuck with pointy nails, I like this particular stamp! It goes well with the nail shape.

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Hope you maybe enjoyed a little? Anyway, happy Friday!

Echoing Sparks

Something simple, yet rather unique! For this mani I grabbed (yet another, omg) new polish and stamped on it. I wanted something weird looking but somewhat geometric, and luckily I totally own that stamp!

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The base here is one of the ILNP holiday collection polishes, called Sparks May Fly. What you see here are three thin coats of this odd-colored polish! It is a carmel-toned brown (a brownish gold) filled with glitter and holographic shards. I don’t own anything else like this, despite owning a lot of dark golds! I honestly don’t love this color against my skin, but I love how odd the color is (dark mustard? I don’t even know how to describe it) and it works well with nail art.

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I stamped over Sparks May Fly with this super funky pattern from one of my Emily de Molly plates. I had just grabbed a new bottle of black polish, so it didn’t stamp quite as well as I had hoped (I need to wait for it to thicken up a bit before it will really stamp well) so sorry for the slightly see-through stamp!

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Colors:
~ Gold: ILNP – Sparks May Fly
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 21

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The polish looked really cool in direct sunlight, but my camera wasn’t cooperating! I didn’t notice until later, but most of the images are out of focus :-/

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Hope you enjoyed!

Breaking Black

This is a bit of an odd mani, but I like it anyway! I basically just stamped over (yet another) new polish. At least this one isn’t purple!

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The base here is Karavaki, one of the Polish Pickup Pack options from a few months ago (February I think), by Stella Chroma. Once I laid my eyes on it I knew I needed it…it is the BLACK version of the FUN Lacquer glitter bomb holos that I bought last year!

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What that means is that this is a black jelly base chock full of small holo glitters. This is with three thin coats, it goes on VERY sheer to start (I was afraid I would need more than 4 coats), but filled in with glitter quite quickly! It looks super cool. That said, it was (predictably) a pain in the butt to remove what with all those glitters!

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The stamp I used, to me, looks like broken glass. Since Karavaki is such an intense polish, I didn’t feel too bad about covering up 50% of it! I was so darn glittery in the sunlight.

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Colors:
~ Black glitterbomb: Stella Chroma – Karavaki
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: BPX – L020

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I initially added some blue glitters to the nails that had the ‘center’ of the smash, but once they fell off I decided I liked it better without them. Hence the mix of photos with and without random blue glitters! Hope you enjoyed!

Curled Explosions

The final purple mani this week! Although there may be more next week. I really like working with purple in the Spring.

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So, I absolutely love this mani. I love it so much I split it into two parts. Last week I showed the base of this mani, Blurple Smush Stars. I actually almost left it like that, but I decided to see if partially stamping over the background would highlight just how cool it looked. I consider this a success!

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I also, of course, wanted to show of a new plate from the Born Pretty Store. This is probably the plate I was most excited to get my hands on, I love swirly designs! Seriously…the two things I love most on my nails are swirls, and then geometric patterns. Its like I was made to stamp.

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This plate is a smaller square plate, called BP – X43. Despite its smaller size, it has 9 full designs, all of which are well-etched and absolutely stunning. I used a different design on each nail, just to test them out. They go so well together!

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Colors:
~ Dark periwinkle: Zoya – Danielle
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: Floral BP – X43

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Great stamp, great base. If you want to pick up this stamping plate for yourself, Born Pretty Store has if for $2.19. Enjoy!

Off The Beaten Pattern

Apparently I am painting a lot of purple. Since 1/4 of all the polish I won was purple this makes sense, but I somehow shunted them all to now! Anyway, Friday’s post featured purple, today’s post focuses on a purple polish, and you will be seeing even more purple on Wednesday. I’ll try to mix it up for Friday!

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Anyway, when I put this together I was in the mood to do something off-centered and a bit weird with patterns! And of course I wanted to do them in gold. Which goes well with purple, so here we are!

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The base is yet another new purple polish, Zoe by ILNP. What you see here are three thin coats of Zoe, which is a bright purple jelly with lots of silver holographic shards. Of course, bright purple is impossible to photograph, so you kinda have to take my word for it.

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This polish is basically Zoya Aurora done correctly (I was so excited for that polish and it disappointed me), which is to say lots of visible glitter and holo shimmer. I love it! Although I do already own two similar polishes (I will be doing a bunch of comparison posts sometime later this Spring, in anticipation of downsizing my collection so I can actually move to a different state).

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I have used this stamp before, but this time I wanted to make it look vaguely geometric and off-center. It kinda worked? I was in the mood for something odd, and something odd is what I got!

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Colors:
~ Purple holo: ILNP – Zoe
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – L049

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Hope you enjoyed! Sorry for the purple overload.

Tangled Heart

Yet another two new things post! I am very excited that I have so much new nail polish, but it is also getting tiring swatching things as a focus rather than primarily doing nail art. I don’t know how those nail polish swatch bloggers do it!

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Anyway, this is a shiny new polish from the OPI holiday collection, and was hands down my favorite OPI that I received (luckily, I even got a fully sized bottle rather than a mini!). The polish is called Feel the Chemis-tree, despite being a purple and in no way tree-like. OPI tends to have pun-y names, but this one misses the mark :-p. Anyway Chemis-tree covered well in two thin coats (I almost could have done one), and has a purple base with pink shimmer that shifts to gold. It is really quite beautiful!

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On top of my purple base I did some layered stamping, and some simple stamps. The stamping images come from a plate sent to me to review from the Born Pretty Store, which I think was intended to be Valentine’s-themed but is mostly lots of flowers, cool lines, and hearts. But the best part? It is made to be layered! I have been waiting to get my hands on an intentionally layered stamping plate and this one does not disappoint.

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I tested a few of the fine detailed lines from the flowers on this plate, and they all worked perfectly. Then I decided that I didn’t want to use flowers…and instead went with the heart with the small line made to go over it, and some larger lines. My sister thought I had used stamping tape (which with this design would have taken HOURS), I was so pleased!

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Colors:
~ Purple shimmer: OPI – Feel the Chemis-tree
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Purple creme: Zoya – Monica
~ Stamp: Valentines Day BP – L002

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If you want to pick up the plate for yourself, it is $2.99 over at the Born Pretty Store. Hope you enjoyed!

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