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Cherished Ties

Remember how the day before Valentine’s Day I said I had this awesome new nude polish? And then I used that polish as my base for the Valentine’s Dotticure without showing you swatches? Well, here are the swatches!

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This is three thin coats of Cherish by Picture Polish. Since I am stuck wearing boring colors in the hospital, I figured it was time to amass a collection of nudes and semi-nudes that are moderately interesting and do not require 23482934 coats to be opaque. This definitely fits the bill!

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Cherish is a slightly grey nude with copious holo shards scattered in it. It is quite flattering! The holo certainly catches the light, but it isn’t strong enough to be distracting. It also dried quite nicely 🙂

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I stamped over Cherish with Penny Talk by Essie, using a Born Pretty stamping plate. I cannot claim credit for this idea…my sister asked me to use this specific stamp on her nails a while back (hers were blue-on-blue) and I liked how it came out so I decided to use the pattern!

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So what do you think, tone-on-tone but still pretty? The best part was that the pattern almost disappeared in indirect lighting, and jumped out in sunlight.

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Hope you guys enjoyed!

Blue Swirl Through

Unfortunately I didn’t even write down what polishes I used when I put this together, I need to start keeping track of which polishes I bring with me on trips! You might be able to tell by the crummy quality of the photos just how much I had to color-correct this mani (my nails were BRIGHT red, darn lighting) so I really can’t pinpoint the polish!

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That being said, I’m guessing the light blue is Yummy by Zoya, but that’s all I’ve got! The darker blue is probably Song, just because I feel like I reach for Song before Tart. Some day I will learn!

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This also took forever to edit, because as I mentioned I didn’t have my usual nail art photo set-up. The worst part? I actually BROUGHT my lighting rig with me, I just didn’t set it up! *head desk*

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Ok, just enjoy the photos. Maybe. I am done explaining the wreck that was putting this together! Hence most of the photos are sunlight photos taken on my iPhone…it was not worth the editing for the others!

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Hope you enjoyed! And darn this daylight savings time 😦

Dark Tribal

I think green-blue-purple might be my favorite gradient to do. It looks both lovely and mysterious! Unfortunately, the makeup sponge I used to apply this particular gradient was past its prime, and it left me with a bunch of small bumps on my nails. Regardless, I think this came out quite well!

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I started this mani with two thin coats of Tilda by Zoya, a very pretty medium-light green! This polish self-levels nicely, but dries about half a shade darker than it looks in the bottle. I am quite happy with this polish. I ended up getting two green cremes from Zoya (Tilda and Jace) and found Tilda to be far superior to Jace (I’ll have to do a comparison after I post the mani with Jace). This polish is even, opaque, and a very nice color.

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I went ahead and added the gradient to dark purple, and then a fun geometric stamp to round it out! I think if i had used a lighter blue and purple that this would look more Spring-themed, but honestly I painted it in the winter and I personally just like darker colors.

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Colors
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 11

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I’ve started switching up how I take my photos just a little, and am taking bottle shots with most of my manis at this point (since many of the photos that I like best from other nail artists show them holding a bottle of polish, or some other wrap-around prop). I still don’t think I’m quite the best at positioning! Oh well.

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy Friday!

Boring Pink Blossoms

Booooring. So boring. You guys I almost don’t want to post these, they put me to sleep. It almost would have been better to just leave them pink. This is…bleh.

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Sometimes though, you just need your nails to fit in. No one noticed these (because there was basically nothing to notice). Ergo, the plan worked…I just wasn’t proud to wear these!

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The base is Eternal Optomist by Essie (a nice muted medium-pink creme), with a silver floral stamp and a white dot in the middle. I should have used a rhinestone or SOMETHING rather than just white polish.

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I don’t really have much else to say. Welcome to snoresville: population – my nails. *shrug* I promise the nails get more exciting for my next post! I just can’t live with boring nails :-p

Soft Blue Blossoms

The joys of wearing blue scrubs during my surgical rotation was getting to paint my nails blue in a professional situation and having no one bat an eye at it!

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This was just a really simple mani on my tiny nubbins, but I really like how the stamps came out. Somewhat work appropriate (if you can wear blue to your job) and super easy! Unfortunately, with my current rotation I am not permitted to wear nail polish AT ALL in one set of operating rooms…which is terrible since right now my nails are an awful blue-yellow mess (not green…blue at the bottom where I forgot base coat on two nails, and yellow near the edge)! I’ve been trying to avoid getting assigned to those ORs, which is easier than I first assumed as most of the surgeries are occurring in other spaces. Regardless, it means I have had plain nude nails for a full week. No design at all. Its awful! I look back FONDLY on wearing subtle nail art in grey-blue or pink.

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Anyway! My only wrong step with this mani was using Rock the Boat by Essie as my base…its a pretty color (that matched my scrubs perfectly) but it takes 3-4 coats of polish AND is a slow dried. So this mani wasn’t a fast as I was aiming for! It did last a few days longer since it was so thick (but once it cracked, there was no fixing it).

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Colors
~ Blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ White: Mentality – White Opaque
~ Stamp: BP – 17

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Hope you enjoyed! I have enough of a back log of manis that I don’t think my 6 weeks on my current rotation will cause me to run out of posting fodder…but we shall see! I also think it might only end up being 2/6 weeks, maybe 4/6 at most. There is no way they care this much on my outpatient weeks.

Angled Echos

Every year, around Valentine’s Day, I reach for The Unloved by Emily de Molly. I don’t quite know why, but its become ingrained! I also DO NOT understand the name of this polish, given how striking it is. But I digress.

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This year, I felt like starting of the pink/red/HEARTS manicures that tend to spew out around Valentines Day with something sharp and geometric. So, ta-da! I double stamped over The Unloved with the same stamp twice…first in black and then in gold. The idea was to make it looks like an echo or shadow of the original design. I like it!

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I also wanted to use another new stamping plate I was sent from the Born Pretty Store. This plate is the best. I love love LOVE geometric designs, but freehanding them never works out well (too many straight lines) and using striping tape takes literally hours. The best solution seems to be plates, and this one is chalk-full of awesome geometric designs! I ended up using different ones on each nail (well, same pattern on my ring finger and thumb because I made this decision after I already did those two). I love them all.

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Colors
~ Red glitter: Emily de Molly – The Unloved
~ Black: Mentality – Black Opaque
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – L054

In warning: the next few posts are going be either heart-themed or red/pink themed. They are still pretty (in terms of the art) but it might be overwhelming (especially since I usually post rather varied colors in a given week). Anyway.

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If you want to pick up this awesome geometric stamping plate (and I do recommend it, the designs are really awesome and well-etched), head over to the Born Pretty Store where you can get it for $2.59. Don’t forget my 10% off code, LY5X31! Enjoy!

Geometric Spaces

Finally, colors! Again, a simple polish + stamp design, but I do think these pair nicely.

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There really isn’t much to say about this, its just brightly colored and glittery. I did think about making it more complicated, but I actually liked how this looked and decided to stop before I ruined it.

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I have a whole lot of polishes that I don’t use nearly as often as I should, and Teal Dimension is one of them. The depth is just lovely!

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Colors
~ Teal holo: LA Girl – Teal Dimension
~ Teal stamping: Mentality – Teal Opaque
~ Stamp: BM – 604

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy Friday!

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