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Swatch Test: Dark Metallic Blues

Another day for nail art! Kinda. This is another one that I want to repeat over just one color, likely a dark color. In terms of the polishes I chose to swatch, all but my pinky look really darn close in the bottle! That said, in the bottle, the shimmer in this polish is very strong and I always forget that doesn’t translate onto the nail! It looks like it COULD be a medium blue :-p

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From pinky to thumb:
~ Pinky: OPI – Yoga-ta Get This Blue
~ Ring: Zoya – Estelle
~ Middle: Zoya – Tart
~ Pointer: Sally Hansen – Blue My Mind
~ Thumb: Nicole by OPI – A Lit-Teal Bit of Love

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All polishes took three coats to be opaque, other than Yoga which only took two. When swatching these, I found a new favorite! I had forgotten about the Sally Hansen and it is beautiful! Possibly my favorite even if it is the least metallic. Estelle is the most metallic, but actually ends up looking streaky. I think I’ll stick with Tart, now I just need to decide if I want to get rid of Estelle all together or keep both her and Tart! Decisions, decisions.

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All that said, I actually really hate Toga and Lit-Teal just for the names. Puns are cute, but not when you turn them into multi word hyphenated messes! Just for that (and because I seldom wear polishes that are nothing BUT glitter) I am going to part ways with Lit-Teal. I just hate typing it, and I never wear it!

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For my design, I just double stamped with the same pattern…which looks amazing over the darker blues and kinda fades away over the lighter ones. I used plate BP – L003 and stamped with Zoya Yummy and then Color Club Over the Moon. Hope you enjoyed!

Strands and Bubbles

This is a pretty simple mani, but I am still quite proud of it! I am pleased, not because it is in and of itself impressive, but because I painted it while on my honeymoon!

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I needed something quick, easy, and somewhat tropical. I thought these looked like bubbles, so I went with it! I also had only really brought teal and blue polishes with me, so I had a rather limited set of options :-p

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All said and done I think I painted my nails twice while on my honeymoon? The other design is even simpler! But never let it be said that my nails chip.

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Colors:
~ Teal holo: Powder Perfect – There Be Mermaids!
~ Pastel teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ Blue: OPI – Holidazed Over You

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That’s all for today! I just felt like I should throw in some non-stamped manis every now and then. I’ve been so busy recently that I feel like all I have time for is stamps, and gradients under them if I’m lucky!

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!

Emerald Vines

After last week, when I posted the magnetic lace art, I realized that I had never posted my new magnetic polishes all on their own! So here is one of the two (since you guys have seen the other one already)!

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The two polishes I bought are both by Masura, because they seem to be both colored AND gold, as opposed to most of the other magnetic polishes that I have seen (which tend to run to a single color, or that color and black). The Masura’s also seemed to have more distinction between the magneted part and the base color. And glitter within them! Basically, I was intrigued.

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This is two coats of Emerald Cat by Masura. The polish goes on a bright metallic green, but when the magnet is applied the whole look changes! The metallic bright green is dragged toward the magnet and turns almost golden-green, while the revealed polish is a dark forest emerald with copious glitter in it. Basically, it’s beautiful.

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Once the design was on, I realized it sort of looked like a swirled forest, so I grabbed a spirally vine stamp and did a green-gold-green gradient and tried to overlay the vines on the brighter green-gold part of the base. It totally worked! I think back on when I had to use regular stampers (as opposed to the ubiquitous clear ones) and shudder.

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Colors:
~ Green magnetic: Masura – Emerald Cat
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Stamp: BPX – L018

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That’s it for today! I am glad to be done with both the holiday season (which lets be honest, goes through Valentine’s day) and my boring interview nails! The rest of this week, and the foreseeable future, are a random mix of fun nails!

Wintry Twirls

The stamp I used here is a bit odd. It is mostly swirls and twirls, but also has stars and for some reason a pine tree? Either way, I seemed like something fun to use in the wintertime…and even more fun to randomly cover with golden shimmery glitter!

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Basically, this is another ‘stamp with white over nude and add GLITTER’ which, in addition to swirly designs, seems to be my MO when I need something somewhat subtle but still fun. I also just quietly enjoy the subtle shimmer in the nude base.

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I feel the need to give a little shout-out to this particular stamping plate, I don’t use it often because I own so many darn stamps…but it is super deeply etched and always transfers beautifully. I should move it to the front of my image plates, not the back!

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Colors:
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold shimmer: OPI – Ski Slope Sweetie
~ Stamp: BP – 43

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That’s it for today! One last final boring mani on Friday, and then we can move on to more colorful things 🙂

Icy Swirls

Continuing with the theme of subtle, snowy, and swirled, we have this post! By this point in the interview season I was giving up on the very bland manis that I sported in the beginning, and was firmly in the realm of mints and golds and a bit more contrast.

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That said, I still deemed this subtle enough to wear! It is another of my favorites, and it helped that during this particular interview it definitely snowed! It is always fun when my nail art predicts the weather :-p

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I do need to get some more snowflake stamps, on the off chance that I have time to do nail art next winter (this whole residency thing is becoming far more real, I need to put together my actual list and cross my fingers!), since most of the plates I have don’t stamp well!

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Colors:
~ Teal with glitter: Cadillacquer – Memory palace
~ Pastel teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: BM – S108, 319, 323, Born Pretty – L008

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Happy Friday! One more week of interview-friendly posts before I jump feet first back into colorful posts!

Pearly White

This mani is a bit special…I ended up doing quite a few back-to-back interviews during the fall (which I do NOT recommend, I could have used some recharging time!) but only one of those involved two interviews in different cities, which is to say I flew from one to another with an intervening weekend spend at a friend’s place.

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During this weekend, I repainted my nails using polish I traveled with, since I knew that nothing I was going to be able to do would make a mani last for over a week! This means that these nails are 3 days old by the time I got home to image them, and that they were painted in my friend’s bathroom using absolutely minimal supplies. I even ran out of acetone (ergo cleaning up the stamps were…difficult). This means that these are not the best example of my work. Regardless, they are suitably subtle while still having a pop of glitter!

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I can also safely say that there are only 4 remaining designs, so there will only be one more week of boring posts! Also, 3/4 have “storm” or “winter” in their titles so I am going to assume that past-me turned to a more grey-themed palette :-p

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Colors:
~ Grey holo: Emily de Molly – Crystal Crown
~ Silver holo: F.U.N. Lacquer – 24k Diamond

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I think it is time for me to get a head start on Valentine’s nails, and finally start planning out my honeymoon to Hawaii…only a year a half after the actual wedding! Anyway, happy Wednesday!

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