Black and Gold Bells

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Today’s mani seems really far away from what I normally do, with the big gold studs, but they were sitting in my drawer, and they really spoke out to me today, so I had to include them.

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I normally only do a design once per season (or ever), but I’m feeling that I’ll be using the bells image from the stamping plate again this season…

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Holographic Snowflakes

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December is upon us. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here it has gotten COLD! It hasn’t snowed yet, but it feels like it could start any minute now.

I’m trying to turn any negativity towards to cold in to something positive, so I’m ‘celebrating’ the cold with some holo snowflakes.

These snowflakes come from a roll of nail foil, and it took some improvisation to get it to look like this, because the snowflakes are placed on a black background, and I just wanted the green glitter underneath, so I had to fill in the black parts by hand afterwards, but the result is pretty amazing!

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Matte Owl Nails

For today’s mani, I figured it was time for something cute and different than my usual style – matte nudes and a tiny owl. I used the very last of my matte top coat for this, so now I really have to get a new one!

Polishes used:

  • OPI – OPI Scores a Goal
  • Color Club – Blushing Rose
  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Yellow Striper
  • H&M – Black
  • OPI – Matte Top Coat

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Gold French Tip Nails

Simple, french tip manicures are what I like to call palate cleansers. They are such a great stop between two bold manicures where you want to relax your eyes a little bit while not leaving them completely bare.

I don’t wear gel polishes often because of the removal process (yikes!), but sometimes I don’t want to deal with chipped manis.

I’ve had the Le Mini Macaron system for a while now, and while I’ve tried other brands, this is the best system I’ve tried. I especially like how the lamp only fits one finger at a time. When I paint my nails, I do the thumb first and then I do them from the pinky to my pointer, so I can cure one nail while painting the next so I don’t feel like I have any waiting time while all my nails cure. (Which order do you guys paint your nails in?) Also, with this system, you have base coat, color, and top coat all in one polish, so it is super quick. The removal is also easier when you don’t have as many layers on the nail.

Anyway, rant over – these are the nails.

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Polishes used:

  • Le Mini Macaron – Meringue
  • Le Mini Macaron – Gold Glitter

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Jack-o-Lantern Nails

Ever since I got the new shade by Picture Polish called ‘Foxy‘, I have more or less worn it non-stop, because this is probably the most fall appropriate shade I have ever owned. I love it!

The mani was kind of on its last leg, so I decided to refurbish it into this pumpkin jack-o-lantern mani – the first one for me ever. It’s all hand-painted, and without tooting my own horn (too much), I think these turned out super cool!

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They are super cool for halloween if you’re not into scary manis.

Polishes used:

  • Picture Polish – Foxy
  • Essie – Licorice
  • Sally Hansen – Tahitian Sunset
  • Technic – Vert

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Bloody and bruised nails

Do you guys remember day 20 in the 31 day nail polish challenge (the watermarble prompt) where I told you that I had a water spotting attempt that looked like bruises and blood that I didn’t want to use for the challenge?

I saved that attempt to show you as an abstract halloween design instead. I think it looks just gross enough to pass for a gory halloween look – what do you think?

 

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Polishes used:

  • Essie – Cocktails & Coconuts
  • Essie – Hide & Go Chic
  • Essie – With the Band

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Blue Leaves and Glitter

These nails were my first attempt at blue nails for 31DC2017, but I scrapped them because they weren’t completely to my liking. However, I still wanted to show them to you, because they actually took quite a while to do 😀

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Polishes used:

  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Color Club – Take me to your chateau
  • Vivien Konder – Blue
  • W7 – Crushed Pineapple
  • Color Club – Beyond the Mistletoe

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Holographic laser stickers

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I fall into the trap every. single. time. I see some nail wraps or some stickers that look cool and think, ‘Hey, what an easy way to spruce up a mani when I’m in a hurry’. When will I ever learn that the end result is never what you want it to be?

These holographic laser stickers from Born Pretty Store were no exception.

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They were exceptionally thin and hard to work with, and I ended up tearing off corners (and sometimes halves) when I went to remove it from the backing paper. Furthermore, I was unable to apply them evenly, because they stuck to my fingers (or tweezers when I tried to use those), and once even a corner had stuck to the nail, I could not remove them for replacement without tearing them. (Do you see the flecks of gold on my thumb? Yeah, that’s pieces of sticker that I could not for the life of me get off again.) That left me with an uneven application and air bubbles that not even top coat could conceal.

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Lastly, the thing with stickers is that – even if you can apply them without being able to see the transparent film – they peel INSALE quick. A couple of hours were all these lasted me, even though I was careful to seal all edges with top coat.

Also, can you see how they lose their color around the edges? Yeah, that happened when I applied the top coat.

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I think, I am done with stickers. The end result is just not what you want it to be, and the application is not as easy as hoped.

Silver and Marble

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After some practice, I’ve really grown to love water decals. I didn’t find them too easy to use at first, but now that I’ve gotten good at using them, I love how quickly they can spruce up a manicure for a very little cost.

For this manicure, I used this sheet from Born Pretty Store, and I guarantee that you will see more manis with this sheet, because there are so many images, and I really love the simplicity of the images.

I messed around with making diy decals on my nail art mat and attempted doing marble nails this way, but I still think I prefer Continue reading

Holographic Foil Nails

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This review has kinda been in the pipeline for a long time. I received these sheets of holographic foils, which I thought looked super awesome! You get 16 different kinds of foils for under $2 – granted, the sheets are not that big, but it’s a nice option if you have trouble deciding on a design.

The reason why this has been long underway, is that the website says that you can apply it over nail polish, and it will stick just fine. I tried that, and it. did. not. work. I was prepared to give this a very negative review, but then – by chance – I saw a YouTube tutorial on how to apply foil where they used nail foil glue. Once I bought a bottle of that, I was able to get it to transfer.

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The sheets where folded in half, meaning that the transferable parts stuck together, and when I went to peel them from each other, some parts of the design didn’t come off. That was kinda annoying since that meant I couldn’t get a crisp design.

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When I actually tried out the foils, I discovered I needn’t have bothered getting annoyed about that, because it was nearly impossible to transfer the design perfectly anyway. I was left with this distressed look instead. I don’t know how I feel about that, maybe it was because I was expecting something else?

Well, doing the same design on both hands when you have 16 different to choose from was boring, so I did another one on my right hand. This stuck even more together and thus the result was even more distressed, and I don’t really like this design.

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Overall, I have mixed feelings. First, why wasn’t I informed that I needed to buy nail foil glue? It could have saved me the additional shipping time. Second, the packaging was not optimal because the sheets stuck together. Third, the transfer wasn’t as crisp as expected, but if you go into this wanting a distressed look, then you’ll like this. Fourth and final, this is under $2 so what can you really expect? This could work nicely as an accent nail, maybe?

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