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Nemo and Dory

I painted these in May of 2016…so I should probably actually post them. I just wanted to wait until I had enough disney-themed manis to post them all in a week! Whoops.

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This mani was inspired by Finding Nemo. Yes, these are super-stylized, yes I still think it’s cool!

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I got the idea from Klo’s to me, although she used much brighter aqua for her underwater…I wish I had a similar blue but I just don’t! So mine is more of a teal-based blue. Either way, I loved her idea for the surf!

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Colors
~ Light teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Light blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Dory blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie

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That’s all for today! Any other Disney or Pixar movies I should work on painting (I mean, and hopefully posting less than a year after they were initially painted)?

Sea or Sky

I kept thinking that this mani looked like swirling sea water (with ice on it) or a fancy stone…and my husband saw celestial bodies and stars. So sea or sky, which do you guys see?

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Regardless, I have another new polish to share! This one was sent to me to review from the Born Pretty Store. It’s a thermal polish with copious silver glitter in  it, and is quite pretty! Oddly, when I looked at it online, it looked like a bright blue when warm and a deep purple when cold….but in person, its more of a blue-teal when warm and a deep blue-jean shade of blue when cold. Not as exciting as blue and purple, but still pretty! I wonder if they changed the formulation?

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Regardless, 009 by VCND Bluesky covered very nicely in three thin coats. I used thin coats to get maximal glitter coverage! It dries to a semi-matte, but does dry fairly fast. The best part is the glitter spread…I didn’t have to go digging for the larger hex glitters at all, and despite the glitter load the polish spread smoothly. The warm color is a bright teal-leaning blue, while the dark color is the shade of blue jeans. There isn’t a huge difference between the two colors, honestly…but both are pretty and the glitter is really nice!

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Colors
~ Blue thermal: VCND  Bluesky – 009
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Clear: Pipe Dream Polish – Clearwater

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I couldn’t decide what to stamp, so I did a quasi water-marble instead. I wanted to do blues with silver (and clear to allow the thermal polish to show through) but the silver I grabbed formed these awesome clumps instead of marbling…so I just went with it! It was much more fun making this messy clumpy marble than it was trying to perfect an elegant and smooth water marble, so win!

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If you want to pick up this blue glittery thermal for yourself, you can find it at the Born Pretty StoreBorn Pretty Store for $4.99. I think its important to point out that this is a mini bottle (only 7.5ml). You can also use my 10% off code, LY5X31!

Ripples of Blush

I had SUCH A HARD TIME picking out a name for this mani! Ripples? Droplets? Anything with “nude” in it sounded dirty and scandalous, which is sooo not what I was going for here. I was aiming for “subtle and tasteful” so I don’t upset the bigwig I am meeting with tomorrow morning. I hope I accomplished it!

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Once I go back to work in the hospital, I imagine you will be seeing a lot more manis like this one. I got the idea from work/play/polish (for all that her blog hasn’t been updated in months 😦 ), to do some work-appropriate manis once I have to go back into the hospital. We’ll see if they let me wear nail polish at all!

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This is maybe one of the reasons I’ve been stocking up on nude-toned holos and shimmers. If I can only wear a solid color (oh dear) at least it should be shiny! Even stranger…I don’t think I’ve NOT worn nail art of SOME type since I started this blog, 3.5 years ago. If my nails have polish, they also have designs!

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Colors
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Holo: Jade – Irresistivel
~ Stamp: BM – L003

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Hope you enjoyed!

Whales

It has been a while since I’ve done a 100% cute mani, so I thought it was time! Thus, I present tiny adorable whales 😀

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This mani was inspired by dry dammit. I even matted it, as I like the result matted! There is one pre-matte photo in the post, just so you guys can see how shiny the blue was before I made it un-shiny.

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Maybe I should at some point try painting my beta fish. Then again, he is a ridiculous concoction of mermaid/peacock colors with a giant spiky tail…so maybe not.

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Colors
~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Estelle
~ Teal shimmer: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Grey: Maybelline – Bare Escape
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Hope you enjoyed!

Teal-drops

Like water droplets, but in teal! Today’s prompt was “inspired by a color”. Usually, I would just go ahead and do rainbows for this prompt, but I was feeling lazy. Instead, I grabbed Teal Opaque by Mentality and a stamp that I haven’t gotten to work due to tiny tiny lines, and went to town!

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You guys. THE STAMP WORKED. Turns out stamping polishes really ARE the best for stamping. Who knew? I usually get away with just using a thick older polish, but polish MADE for stamping takes the cake. This awesome droplet stamp by Emily de Molly had been making me want to cry for weeks, because I love it but it kept failing on me! Turns out I just needed stamping polish.

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All the teal in this mani is Turquoise Opaque by Mentality. I was technically sent this polish for review, but then Mentality decided to release its bloggers to the wild (*roar*?), so I feel included to use it but not to show you a swatch on its own. On my ring and thumb I used two thin coats of Turquoise Opaque, which went on surprisingly smoothly for a stamping polish. It is ever-so-slightly brush-stroky. That being said, it stamps like a champ!

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My other nails got one coat of Black on Black by Sinful Colors. The black stamping was done using Black Opaque by Mentality, since my previous use (a dried up Black on Black…I think have 3 bottles in various stages of drying out) didn’t work at all. Black Opaque worked though!

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I finished it off by adding diagonal lines of the stamping color (for fun) and then either black caviar beads or blue striping tape. Sadly, I don’t own teal striping tape, but this was fun anyway! Maybe I should have used silver caviar beads though, you can barely see them!

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Hope you enjoyed! Maybe by the end of this challenge I’ll have used all my EdM images. I doubt it, but there is a possibility! :-p

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Pond Ripples

The application that I write my posts on needs to start behaving. I wrote a whole post (again) today and just went and disappeared! Ugh. Today’s prompt was “travel.” I thought about palm trees, but that was too easy. Then my new stamping plates arrived!!! Llarowe was having a sale, and I just had to get some of the Emily de Molly stamping plates, because they are stunning and I’ve never seen anything like them (well, ok, maybe Messy Mansion has some, and MoYou but I don’t own any of them).

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This particular design caught my eye, because it looked like ripples in water, so I decided to turn it into a pond! That technically counts as travel since there are no ponds near me :-p. Anyway, the stamp rather failed…which is to say I used one of my newer black polishes. It turns out (and I only went looking AFTER I finished this mani) that stamps with super-fine lines like this need special stamping polish. I don’t own special stamping polish, but I do own some old mostly empty bottles of black and white that I use to stamp! So I’ll try that next time.

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I did practice this stamp the day after I did this mani, and it works great on paper…with the aforementioned thick black polish. Oops :-(. I was really disappointed with how this came out, because the stamp was stunning and the base was awesome and it just didn’t come together how I wanted! Oh well.

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Colors
~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Tart
~ Blue flakie: Zoya – Maisie
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 06

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Anyway, the stamp is out of stock right now (usually it’s here) but some of the others are still on sale. No, I was not asked to review this (I wish!) but its cool enough that I’m sharing the link anyway :-p Enjoy!

Watery Fields of Gold

More neon matte Mentality polishes! This bit of art was inspired by myself! More or less. I just like swirls of color with lines between them, although this one was completely random swirls!
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The base color here is a yellowish-green neon matte called Expunge. It is a super bright color, that looks slightly greenish in the bottle, but yellow on the nail. It’s pretty awesome. Shown here is three thickish coats (the color is a bit thin). It dries really fast.

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Colors
~ Yellow: Mentality – Expunge
~ Green: Mentality – Quash
~ Light blue: Mentality – Ravage
~ Dark blue: Mentality – Sailor
~ Purple: Mentality – Royalty
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
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Everything except the gold is a Mentality polish, mostly because Mentality makes the best mattes and I wanted an all-matte mani! The brightest colors (yellow, green, blue) are from the new neon matte collection, the others are from older collections.
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You can pick up Expunge (or any of the others) at the Mentality Shop for $6.50. Enjoy!

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