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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!

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 :-/

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!

Pool Floating

I know it is getting just a bit cold to go swimming, but I painted these back in August so it was appropriate then! Besides, there are totally indoor pools, right?

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The design was inspired by pricelessnails. Unfortunately, I did not quite figure out the spacing for my inner tube (the pink thing) so it is a bit…squished…compared to hers.

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This is another new polish for me! What you see here is two thin coats of Glee Ridden by Emily de Molly. I have so many manis that I want to do that need a neon teal, and this looked perfect! It is, as expected, a very nice opaque neon teal creme. The color is slightly greener than turquoise, but very very bright! I am a fan.

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I think I maybe should have done a bit more of a subtle gradient (that blue is darker than I expected, the polish used to be a semi-jelly and I think its congealed a bit), but this still came out well! I love how the waterspotting worked. I got a new white polish not too long ago so it actually spread on the water!

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Colors:
~ Blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Pastel teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Dark blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Pink: Clinique – Pinkini
~ Dark pink: OPI – Malaga Wine

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That’s all for today. If it is warm near you, go swimming! And if not…I dunno. Dream about Hawaii?

Entrancing

This post is going to be a bit nuts because I am going to review THREE Born Pretty Store products! So lets get started…

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The three things I have for review in this post are a stamping plate, liquid latex, and a shimmery powder. The first two a pretty straight forward. I was sent a very pretty geometric plate to review, with lots of triangular patterns! I really love geometric designs right now. However, this plate was a bit tricky. It was well-etched but NOT completely flat…it had that whole beveled edge thing that a lot of plates are doing. That said, the designs around the edge (which is to say most of them, since this plate was square) were very difficult to pick up evenly. I ended up bending the edge of the plate up so I could get a clean pick-up. In the end, both images that I used worked, but it took some finagling to get the corner image correct! I think it was worth it, as the images are so darn fun.

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My second item was liquid latex. I was sent two colors from the same line, a lavender (which I used here) and a bright green. Usually, I use the Glisten and Glow latex barrier, which is a bright neon pink, and is very thick. Compared to that, this lavender was unfortunately lacking. The latex has a faint color to it, and the lavender hue blended in so well that I couldn’t actually find the edge of the latex! This made it difficult to make sure that it was aligned properly with the edge of the nail polish. The second, and much larger, problem, was that this was VERY sticky. One would think that would not be a problem, but it meant that when I pulled it up, it actually lifted the polish on my nails! The polish was 90% dry (since I was adding powder it wasn’t 100% dry) but I had to go back and rescue the nails. On my right hand I used my old latex around the nail and the Born Pretty latex on the finger to keep it clean and it worked beautifully. On a positive note, it is very thin, spreads, well, and dries like a dream. My advice would be not to use this as your only latex barrier as I would not recommend using it on the actual nail edge, but to buy it as a cheap supplement to cover your fingers (aka for things like water-marbling).

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The last item was something I did not request to review. By accident, I was sent this awesome shifty powder that is intended to be used with gel polish. However, I do not work with gel polish! So I tried this over regular polish and it worked great. The finish I got was no 100% smooth (you can still see the glitter aspect of the powder) but I also do not know with certainty that this finish is not what was intended…because I have no idea what they sent me! Anyway. It is a very fine (but not super-fine) shimmery glitter. The glitter itself is a clear-white color with a green glint. Over black (I tested it) it is a bright emerald that shifts to a bright pink at angles. I tried it over a pale grey for more of a unicorn (and work-friendly) pattern! Over the light grey, you can clearly see the bright teal-green shimmer, and a lavender (pinkish purple) in direct lighting. It is very shiny!

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Per the recommendation of the internet, I used a water-based polish as a top coat (Nfu-Oh Aqua Base…which is really NOT a top coat) since regular top coat supposedly turns the powder into true glitter. I don’t know what it would have done to this, but I figured since I have an aqua polish I should use it!

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Other than the stamp and the powder, the three polishes I used here were Snow me White by Sinful Colors, Dove by Zoya as the base for the powder, and Evvie by Zoya for the darker grey-green highlights. I like the hand with dots better than the ones with lines, but then again I always like dots!

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That is all for today! The Born Pretty Store website is back up, so here are some links! The shifting color powder can be found here for $2.99 for 0.2g. The geometric stamping plate can be found here and is currently on sale for 99 cents. Although, I cannot recommend the latex as your only latex, if you want something cheap for larger areas not directly around your nail beds, you can find it here for $2.99…which is really very cheap, I think they figured out that the quality is not the best!

Fancy Filigree

This mani somehow got lost! As soon as I saw the day 15 prompt of “delicate print” I knew which recent mani I wanted to use…but I had no mention of it in the posts that I put together to remind me of which polish I used! Such a fail.

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I am just going to take a few guesses with this mani. I know that the base I used was my newest ILNP polish called Rosewater, a fantastic silvery-white polish, filled with holographic glitters, and swimming in pink shimmer. I really do not know how to describe this polish, other than to tell you to look at the photos. The polish goes from a soft white-silver to a glaring holographic rainbow. Throughout, it has a beautiful (and not subtle) bright pink shimmer that becomes peach and gold at certain angles. I absolutely adore this polish! There are a few others in this line (the “color kissed ultra holos”) and I kind of want them all.

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I don’t actually remember how many coats of Rosewater I used here though! I think it was three thin coats, but it might have been two. I don’t matter. This polish is drop-dead amazing. It is one of those “if you could only take a few polishes with you to a deserted island what would you take” polishes. Guh.

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Anyway, I didn’t want to cover up too much of this fantastic base, so I added a filigree design from one of my old Born Pretty plates. The fine lines almost disappear into the shimmer that is Rosewater, but I like it! I also ended up adding gold studs (although they went in different places on my two hands, the cuticle vs the free edge, and I don’t know which I like better)!

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Colors:
~ Pink shimmery holo: ILNP – Rosewater
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BC – 06

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Hope you enjoyed! Every time I look at these photos, I want to go run and put Rosewater back on. Its bad. I love this polish!

Sunflowers

This mani is the opposite of my post from Day 2 (the orange flowers) in that here I have a new OPI Washington DC polish which I love AND a floral stamp that works perfectly.

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The design was inspired by @hdinails, because I never would have thought of floating sunflowers on my own! That said, the stamp I used is not actually sunflowers, but we can pretend that they are 😀

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My new OPI polish here is Stay Off the Lawn, a deep vampy green creme with blue undertones (almost a deep green-leaning turquoise). This is two thin coats, and this polish is great! It self-levels nicely, and goes on smooth. I also love the color, although I do always love jewel-tone polishes. I am really glad I bought this one.

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Colors:
~ Dark green: OPI – Stay off the Lawn!
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Light green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Stamp: Floral BPX-L018

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I made these flowers with stamping decals (rather than direct application like I did two days ago) and honestly I like direct application better! It is more time-consuming because you have to go one nail at a time unless you have multiple clear stampers (I only have one that works) but you don’t end up with any dead space around the stamped design, or tons of bubbles. Hope you enjoyed! This is likely to be one of my favorites from this Challenge, we shall see!

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