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Crossing Teal

I both love and hate this manicure. I love how the colors came together, and I really do like the pattern on my accent nail. But I hate the shimmery teal!

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So, this is a polish I got as a gift from a friend of mine. It is called Jade Kat, by Sinful Colors. I can see why she bought it for me, it is the type of color I tend to love: jewel toned, bright, and shimmery. Also, teal! But the polish itself is a mess. This is four thin coats (I maybe could have done three but…). I let the first two dry for over an hour (as I ate dinner and played far too many rounds of Mariokart) and the polish wasn’t dry yet! I dinged it trying to cut the striping tape apart.

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Then I added two more coats, only to realize that sometime during the whole process I had developed bubbles. Tens of tiny bubbles all over my nails. Now, I’ve been painting my nails long enough to know how to avoid bubbles unless I am in a rush (or my top coat is a thickened mess) but neither was true in this case. It just bubbled at random! As a result, I really cannot recommend this polish, even if the metallic/shimmer finish is nice.

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The design came from @mypolishworld. I actually like the colors and layout better than what she did, but I wouldn’t have though of a gold nail without the reference photo!

Colors:
~ Gold: ILNP – Fame
~ Light teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Teal shimmer: Sinful Colors – Jade Kat

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That’s all for today! Maybe I’ll try this again sometime with polish that doesn’t make me want to immediately change my mani :-/

Neon Peaking Through

The problem with the prompt for Day 12, stripes, is that although I use a lot of striping tape, I seldom make stripes! I figured that criss-crosses were ok too :-p

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This nail art was inspired by melyne nail art. Melyne used nail vinyl’s rather than striping tape, which both made her application easier and provided her with thicker stripes! Some day I need to invest in nail vinyls :-p although I do also like the way mine came out.

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I think this is arguably the fourth day in the row with neon polishes. I don’t generally use neons that much, but I guess I was hit with the summer neon bug! To me this is funny because last summer and the year before every brand released a lot of neon polishes, which I did not see happen this year. So of course I’ve jumped on the bandwagon years late :-p

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Colors:
~ Neon orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Black holo: Zoya – Storm

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No more neon tomorrow! I guess I could have tried for neon animal print, but I doubt I would have liked the result :-p

Pointed Purple Fade

Unlike every other day this week, where I’ve used other colors besides the assigned prompt color, today is just for purple. All the purple. Happy Day 6!

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This might look a bit familiar, as I’ve done this exact design previously in blue but I wanted to do it again! I initially wanted to do it in green (or RAINBOW) but I settled on purple so I could wear it in the clinic.

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The original design was done by Mary Monkett, since she is the master of combining gradients with very precise striping tape.

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Colors:
~ Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Dark purple: Sephora X – Ignition

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That’s all for today! I go back to cheating again tomorrow (aka using more than the assigned color). So, enjoy!

Overlaying Geometry

This is not the first time I’ve tried this design, but it IS the first time I’ve liked the outcome! Given how big geometric patterns are right now, I figured it was worth re-trying this to try and get it right 🙂

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The design was inspired by lacquer liefde, which was just such a cool idea! Minimalist yet colorful.

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I am, however, still missing a good pastel grey. My old one finally ran out, and I cannot find a replacement! This is my current lightest grey, and it is really more of a medium. This would look better with a true light grey.

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Colors
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold

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And in other news, the 31 Day Challenge starts in one week! In the past, it has been run by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails, but she is stepping aside this year in favor of one of my favorite nail art bloggers, Cathy from More Nail Polish! I’m going to do my best to participate (this will be my 5th year), and this will unfortunately likely be my last year. I really cannot foresee having time during residency to paint this many nails!

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Anyway, head over to More Nail Polish for more details, and feel free to join in! I’ve obviously posted the list of prompts above, but Cathy has a whole bunch more colors and design options if you want to paint along and post the banner to your own page.

Soothing Triangles

I just love teal-purple gradients. I would say that’s a problem, but I really don’t think it is!

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This mani was quite simple…although not as easy as it could have been! I just wanted to do gradients on the triangular tips of my nails, like this but I decided that wasn’t quite colorful enough. So, I made the chevrons deeper and turned them into a modified version of a previous mani of mine, which can be found here.

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At this point, I had three nails with some white and two nails that were just gradients. Of course, I had to bump my pointer nail, and thus got rid of my idea to just add a few dots (when in doubt I always add dots…it might NOT be the best plan!), and instead went to find a triangle stamp. I actually double stamped over the design twice to make the white really pop. I love it!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ White stamping: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Stamp: BP – 77

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I forgot how much I’ve missed using striping tape! It really is the best. Hope you enjoyed!

Refreshing Dry Brush

I’m pretty sure these nails are my first ever attempt at a dry-brush mani. I have to say, it was fun, easy, and looks pretty cool! I think I’ll try it again sometime 🙂

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The design was inspired by badgirlnails. I made up the design on my thumb, and it looks cool too. Sadly, my ring finger tape is a bit wonky, but I only realized that AFTER I added top coat, so too late!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented

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This mani reminds me of the time between spring and summer, when the swimming pools open! Its the teal. It has to be. It also works pretty well for Easter 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed!

Grey Marble

A somewhat simple mani (made by smushing colors on with saran wrap), and then some striping tape! It ended up looking far more elegant than I intended it to 🙂

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The base here is a pale grey creme called Dove, by Zoya. I’ve been in the market for a light grey for a while, since my last one ran out….around 2 years ago. Whoops. Dove covered perfectly in two thin coats, and reminded me why I love buying cremes from Zoya! This isn’t a shocking color, but it is pretty. Not that many brands have a grey creme in stock at all times, so I’m glad Zoya does!

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The art itself was my (successful?) attempt to make my nails look like marbled granite. I know most people start with a white base (and if I ever do this again, I am likely to as well) when they try to create a white/grey/silver granite look but I wanted to see what it looked like all grey! And I needed to use Dove in a way that would look cool but be subtle enough for work.

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I actually took a whole bunch of photos before adding the striping tape, because I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I really did though, so there are no photos here of the silver-less manicure!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Light grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Dark grey: WOW – #333
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur

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Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for another swatch on Wednesday.

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