Leaves Decals on White

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Oh boy, this summer has been beyond crazy. A bunch of stuff has been going on in my personal life so that I’ve barely had a chance to breathe.

It is also for that reason that I am not partaking in the 31 day nail polish challenge this year, even though I’ve enjoyed it a lot the past 3 years, but I haven’t been able to muster up the energy for it, and I would hate to participate half-assedly.

While my energy for nail art has been below 0 during the summer, it doesn’t mean I didn’t get around to wearing a bunch of lovely summer shades. I’ve particularly loved the lighter ones from Picture Polish like the one I’m wearing here.

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I’ve fallen madly in love with Picture Polish, and I’m currently on my way to buying their entire flakie line….

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Here I have paired ‘Haven’ with some leaves decals from Born Pretty Store to complete the summer look.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love water decals and how quickly they can add to a nail look with minimal effort once you’ve gotten the hang of it.

Adding these leaves to a two-day-old manicure took me less than five minutes, and gave the polish new life.

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Chameleon Nail Powder

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Remember how I talked about the amazing weather just a few short days ago? Yeah, that went away real fast.. Now we’re just left with clouds and a slight drizzle. The good thing about the clouds is that it inspires indoor activities such as catching up on photo editing and stuff. When I’m not reading or napping on the couch that is….

Some of the pictures I finally had a chance to edit are these ones of a new (to me) type of nail powder.

I have an entire drawer filled with nail powders, and honestly, I don’t use them too often once the initial interest dies down, but everytime I see a new type, I HAVE to have it. Terrible habit, really.. #nailaddictsunite

So naturally, when I set my eyes on this chameleon powder back in the fall, I fell in love.

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Black and White Landscape Nails

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I’ll be totally honest with you, when I picked these out, I hadn’t read the name and description closely enough, and in the product pictures the images looked so smooth that I thought these were water decals.

Unfortunately, when they showed up, they turned out to be stickers, which I have not had the best experiences with before (here, here or here).

Sigh.. I really wish they were water decals so I could get some wear out of them, because how beautiful is this landscape/waterside scenery? I fell in love when I saw them, but when they start to peel around the edges within the hour, it’s not so much fun anymore..

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I mean, I press them on flat, I put a layer of top coat on top – sometimes two. Is it the curve of my nails that does it? Have any of you guys tried something like this?

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Candy Cane Nails

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Last Christmas (har har), I also did candy cane nails, so I’m sensing a recurring theme here…

This year (har har), I did them on a larger scale with this awesome red glitter tape from Born Pretty Store.

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Be warned, though, that while the awesomeness of the glitter tape is through the roof, it bleeds when you apply the top coat which is why I have red smudges in places.

 

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It helped a little when I applied the top coat in the same direction as the stripes, because tape peels quickly enough with top coat so I wouldn’t leave that step out.

With top coat I got a couple of hours wear out of these before they started peeling which is always such a bummer, so it’s more or less only for picture purposes.

Maybe they’ll work better with gel polish?

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Wreath Nails

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As you may have guessed from my last couple of posts, I’ve been waiting all year to pull out all of my christmas themed nail art items; stamping plates, foils, and water decals.

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In that bunch are these black wreath water decals that I unfortunately applied a tiny bit crooked, but I still really like it over the gold polish.

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The gold glitter really threw my camera for a loop when I tried to take a closeup shot, but it still shows the intricate details of the wreath just fine.

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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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Review: Two Thermal Gel Polishes

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I have always been intrigued with thermal polishes, but I have never really purchased any. They usually come from indie brands, and not a lot of those are made in Denmark (and international shopping fees suck!). I was given the chance to review two thermal gel polishes from Born Pretty Store, and to sweeten the deal even further, the thermal polishes come with a matte gel top coat so now I get to play around with that as well.

Because they come with the matte top coat that is also how I’m showing them here, but trust me – they also look good with a clear top coat.

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