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Secret Admirer, Shell We Dance?

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I just love it when polish names make for a cool blog heading! There are some really cool polish names out there. I didn’t actually plan the mani around the polish names, it was just a happy coincidence 🙂 Let’s get straight down to it!

 

I used my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Shell We Dance? on my thumb, index and pinky nails. Shell We Dance is a lovely glittery texture from the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection. It is very pretty! The drying time and application were great, as with all my other China Glaze textures. On my ring and middle nails I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Secret Admirer. This polish is a black base packed with silver shimmer. I had just received my new squishy XL stamper from Born Pretty Store and was dying to try it out, so I pulled out PUEEN 43 and Tip Top Armour Plate to do some stamping on my accent nails. I did a few test stamps and decided that my stamper needed to be primed as it wasn’t picking up the images well. After I primed it, it stamped like a dream! All the stamps you see are my first attempts on the nail. I used the top and bottom image from the plate as they both have characteristics I wanted to test out. I absolutely adore how the stamper stamped right into my cuticles with no rolling motion. Because the stamper is so big, it covers my entire nail without me having to roll it. I have a suspicion I might be able to try and stamp straight lines and I will be attempting this very soon! I sealed the stamped nails with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

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I really enjoyed wearing this mani and LOVED the stamping. I was so impressed with the stamper that I ordered a back up immediately. I think the stamping may look a little grainy, but I am certain it is because the base has a strong silver shimmer in it and the stamping is silver. I quite liked this colour combo too and enjoyed playing with the texture. I did, however, feel it necessary to foil this texture off. I don’t mind that though and it foiled off faster than other glitters. I might also add that I did this mani on a Wednesday night and by Saturday had visible chips in the texture. Textures are fairly simple to touch up since you don’t need things to be smooth. The wear time was just a bit shorter than I am used to. Perhaps I was harder than usual on my nails. This only happened on one hand mind you, so that is a strong possibility.

 

What do you think of this colour combo? Would you wear something like this?

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