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Ocean Surf

Summer time! Well, sort of. In St Louis it went from 99 degrees and sunny to 75 and raining. I prefer the¬†colder and rainier, but it makes this less fitting! Anyway, I really like the mani ūüôā

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The design was inspired by the ever-awesome Copycat Claws (and yes I saw this posted a year ago and have been waiting to do my own version since then)! Unfortunately the shell and starfish charms that I own are SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than I expected, and than were required for this mani. So I improvised.

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I started with a teal creme polish, and topped it with a darker teal jelly. Once that was dry, I stamped using white polish. I then topped the white stamp with two coats of the same teal jelly polish. On the nails with sand and water, I blobbed the teal jelly in a haphazard pattern somewhat overlapping the textured glitter to make it look like sand underwater. I then then added white surf by hand using part of an (unused) kitchen sponge. Since my textured polish is pretty simple, over the textured glitter I dabbed on some gold holo glitters for a more interesting base.

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Unfortunately, the ocean charms I have are rather small! I ended up sponging on some white polish so they would stand out against the gold base, since the charms and the textured polish were almost exactly the same color! Yikes. Even sadder, the pearl charms I have are much larger than, say, the starfish and clamshell charms,¬†so I grabbed some cute pink rhinestones instead and am going to pretend they are sea glass ūüėÄ

Colors:
~ Teal creme: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold textured: Zoya – Tomoko
~ Gold holo glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ Stamp: Geometry BPX – L020

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Anyway, that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed ūüôā Stay tuned for some more pretty nail art this week!

Iridescent Dots and Roses

Happy Monday! No really, I mean it. Today is a good day¬†because¬†I start on an elective block tomorrow which means I get such things like WEEKENDS and NOT WORKING 30 HOUR CALL SHIFTS. It’s¬†amazing. Anyway, on to nail art! In¬†celebration¬†of my new found freedom, this week I’m going to be posting some recent favorites that I’ve saved up, starting with this sparkly floral piece!

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The base polish here is¬†two thin coats of Holidazed Over You by OPI. This polish is a very very dark blue creme‚Ķso dark it is basically black. That said, the polish is almost a one coater! I always need more super opaque blacks (even if this IS blue), and having one in a tiny mini bottle will be useful, even if I’m just going to pretend it’s black. Oh well!

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I then went and covered the polish with holographic iridescent foil from the Born Pretty Store. Most of my foil is single sheets, but this particular pattern is an entire roll! This is great because the design is fairly awesome: an array of dots with a rainbow shifting wave running through! As I tilt my nails the swirl shifts up, down, left, and right. The rainbows are incredible! I got 98% dot transfer which is really impressive. I did add a few of the missing dots using a silver metallic polish, but I think across all 5 nails I only had to add maybe 10 dots total? So win for both the foil and the foil glue!

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In my continuing need to test all things related to using foil on my nails, I went hunting for a way to make foil manis last longer. The last time I used foil, I only covered it with aqua base (water-based base coat intended for some persnickety holographic polishes…and the only water-based anything that I own, unfortunately) and in the shower the whole thing started to crack and flake off! Which means it worked great for about 5 hours and then became kinda really ugly. So, this time I covered with Seche Vite after the aqua base…. and it totally worked! The aqua base seems to protect the finish and shimmer of the foil, while Seche Vite does its job and protects the mani from such hazards as water and daily life.

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I kinda wish I had taken a video (not that I actually know how to get them onto the blog, but still) just so you guys could see the shifty wave pattern. It was fun! But then I decided it wasn’t enough.

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I for some reason really wanted to throw on some roses over the dots! I was initially going to use layered stamping, but all the rose plates that I have contain flowers that were larger than I wanted to go with‚Ķso freehand roses it was! It’s been a while since I last freehanded flowers (yet somehow the posts I’ve put together for the next few weeks have a lot of flowers? I don’t know, I guess I lump them together thematically. Anyway), and these came out pretty good for all that I am out of practice!

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Colors:
~ Dark blue: OPI – Holidazed Over You
~ Pastel pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn

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That’s all for today! You can pick up the roll of shifty holographic dot foil for 99 cents at the Born Pretty Store. I am super a fan! Then all you need is some freehand roses and voila! Super fun mani, if I do say so myself. Hope you enjoyed!

Purple Waves

Sorry this post is going up late, I didn’t bring my laptop on my¬†vacation last week so I only got around to editing this¬†today! Oops ūüėÄ

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That said, this really is not my best work! I had a decent idea of what I wanted going in, but I was impatient and the whole thing fell apart a bit. The design was created using stickers from the Born Pretty Store that I was sent to review. They work well, but there was a bit of a learning curve! Also I need a holo top coat. Trying to use this odd flakie one I have is just sad.

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Colors:
~ Light purple: Essie – Full Steam Ahead
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Shimmer: Sally Hansen – Diamond

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If you want to pick up these particular stickers  (or any of the rest in the set, and there are a LOT of designs), you can find them at the Born Pretty Store on sale for $1.99. Enjoy!

Pink and Purple Waves

This was initially intended as a Valentine’s-themed mani, but the colors didn’t end up looking as romantic as I intended! I had 5 colors laid out, and settled on these instead.

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The nail vinyls I used to make the wavy pattern are from the Born Pretty Store. I was hoping to get at least two complete color rotations on each nail, but the vinyls were a tad too thick for that! At least the spacing looks mostly ok.

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The vinyls also didn’t want to stick properly, so I had to go through and hand-clean a lot of the lines. It was worth it for the end product, but it took much longer than I predicted!

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Colors
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Purple metallic: Zoya – Rea
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica

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Hope you enjoyed! And this would have made a terrible Valentine’s man :-p

Blombre

Aka the blue ombre! Blombre! ‚Ķright. I am a sucker for blue polishes, and I was lacking quite a few in the darker range of my collection, so I placed an order from Zoya for their “we swear our polishes won’t ruin your fingernails” sale last month. Among the polishes I got were three new blues. About that time, I also saw bulleuw‘s beautiful 31 Day Challenge post with a blue ombre and decided to try it!

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So, we have two new polishes here, but I am not giving you a full review (except to say that I love them and they were both one-coaters). I set up a blue ombre using 4/5 Zoya polishes (because I could‚Ķalthough it turns out I don’t have a light blue? Maybe that’s next on my shopping list!) and then added wavy border using vinyls from Lady Queen Beauty.

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Unlike the full-nail patterned vinyls from the Born Pretty Store, these one are individual strips that you place, and are actually really easy to use (the remind me of my zig-zag ones from KBShimmer which I love). They come in a set and they’re white. I can’t wait to do a full mani with them!

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Colors
~ Light blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Lighish blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Medium blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Medium dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Grey holo: A England – Fated Prince

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Yes, the essie (thumb) has shimmer and Ibiza (pinky) is a murky metallic, but I don’t have ALL the Zoya cremes! That being said, this most recent sale was prompted by Mentality’s total failure to make safe polish‚Ķyet, Mentality sells a lot of mattes, neons, and holos (those at least were the ones I wanted replaced) and Zoya does not have any corresponding colors! I did by the green matte to replace the one I had to get rid of, but I really want a dark blue and a dark purple‚Ķoh well! I guess I’ll have to wait for the holiday polishes to be released.

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Hope you enjoyed! You can pick up the nail vinyls that I used to make up this design from Lady Queen Beauty for $1.94. Get 15% off with my code: BPLC15. Fun and easy!

Platform Wedges

I don’t really own that many shoes. I have two sneakers, 4 pairs of “work appropriate” black shoes, 2 sandals, and exactly 3 “fun” shoes. For this look, I grabbed the only one of my fun shoes that doesn’t have flowers and re-created it on my nails!

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The shoes are wedge sandals. They have purple straps but the heels are multi-colored made out of something that looks like dyed twine. They are also surprisingly comfortable for 3 inch heels (probably because platforms > regular heels).

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Colors
~ Red: Julie G – Hot Cinnamon
~ Orange: Julie G – Tangerine Dream
~ Yellow: Zoya – Solange
~ Nude: Zoya – Tomoko
~Teal: Julie G – Rock Candy
~ Blue: Zoya – Sunshine
~ Purple: Julie G – Sugar Plum Fairy
~ Pink: Julie G – Crushed Candy
~ Grey: Zoya – London

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I decided to recreate the mani using textured polishes, both because I miss using textured polishes, and because I thought they did a decent job at capturing the twine-like look of the shoe. Sadly, I didn’t actually get to wear these shoes while I was wearing the mani!

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Hope you enjoyed! Starting tomorrow, we get a few days of stamps (because I am tired of free-handing things).

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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