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Sinful Colors Green Ocean and Gradient Stamping

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Hi there 🙂 As it started getting colder and my mood started getting gloomier I really felt like doing a dark mani. I was really in the mood to wear black polish, which is unusual for me. I have nothing against black polish, but it isn’t the first colour I would reach for when I’m indecisive. I was mulling over how I could make black more interesting and knew it was the perfect opportunity to bring out some glitter! Glitter makes everything better, right? Well…it doesn’t make polish removal better, but usually it’s worth it 😉 Let me show you what I came up with.

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I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence black is back on all of my nails. This black isn’t super opaque, so you do need 2 coats to finish it off. On my ring nail I painted a coat of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. Drawing inspiration from the green and blue shift in the glitters and flakies, I decided rather than just use it over all my nails I would do some stamping to compliment it. I used my PUEEN 26 stamping plate with M Polish Pish Plashin’ Around (blue) and Get Lost (green) to stamp on my pinkie and index nails. On my middle nail I added a green and blue rhinestone. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I was really planning on being lazy and just slapping on some black polish with glitter over it when I sat down to do this mani, but I sure was glad I got a jolt of inspiration from Green Ocean. I loved wearing this mani so much! I also happen to know that Green Ocean is my bestie, Pish Posh Polish‘s, favourite Sinful Colors polish…plus the blue stamping polish was named after her, so I dedicate this one to Pishy! I would love to hear your thoughts on this one in the comments below 🙂

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Butterfly Signature

Tip Top Gradient Stamping

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Hi everyone! Did you have a good weekend? It is slowly dawning on me that Christmas is coming faster than you can say ho ho ho. I am not ready for it to be Christmas, but I am always ready for Christmas nails! That aside, for the mani I want to show you today I tried my hand at gradient stamping. I was seriously impressed when I saw someone doing this on a YouTube video, but it took me ages to get around to trying it. Let me show you how it turned out.

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Grecian Urn on all of my nails. Grecian Urn is a gorgeous metallic bronze coloured polish with a pink colour shift. In direct sunlight you can even spot a sparse holographic shimmer which is beautiful! The formula is good, but you need to apply it carefully to avoid brush strokes. If you have too much polish on your brush this will also cause an uneven finish so make sure to wipe enough off before applying it to your nails.  Once my nails were dry I used the bottom image of PUEEN 26 to stamp over all of my nails. I used Tip Top Crushed Grapes and Sherbet Angel to create the gradient in the stamped image. I wish the Sherbet Angel showed up a little better over the Grecian Urn, but since this is a first attempt I’m going to give myself a break 😉 I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

Gradient Stamping over Tip Top Grecian Urn

 

Gradient Stamping Macro

 

First of all, can we please take a moment to acknowledge the absolute awesomeness of my new macro lens? Wow. I’m so blown away by the macro photo! Such an awesome little gadget! No buyer’s remorse over here. I ordered my macro lens for my Samsung SIII here. As I mentioned before, I wish the Sherbet Angel showed up a little better over the base, but other than that I like how this mani turned out. It really is beautiful and one of my colleagues even referred to it as “exquisite”. So much love for that! Next time I do a gradient stamp I’ll be sure to use a lighter base and hopefully pick up some better contrast.

Be sure to let me know what you think of this one in the comments!

Ruby Glisten

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Hi there. I’m sorry for my long absence last week. I am busy with a large post that requires wearing polish for a long time to test its durability and I don’t have mani drafts lying around. I also felt completely uninspired to actually write something…so instead I just didn’t. I am back though! I went to a family wedding over the weekend (I WILL actually blog about that!) and I wanted to match my mani to my outfit. I wore the same outfit I wore to the CT Meet Up blogger event *gasp* the scandal! Let me show you what I came up with.

 

I started off with a Tip Top Nail Chic Strength and Vitality base coat to protect my natural nails. I then painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Ruby Glisten on all of my nails. Ruby Glisten is a GORGEOUS red jelly-like polish packed with glitter giving it the most lovely sparkle.  I hadn’t painted my nails for 7 days when I did this mani. I don’t know if it was me or the polish, but I flooded my cuticles like there was no tomorrow. It was so very bad, so I spent a long time cleaning this one up. Once my base was dry I used Tip Top Armour Plate and the bottom image of PUEEN 26 to stamp on all my nails and sealed it all in with Seche Vite. The results: Sinful Colors Ruby Glistens Sinful Colors Ruby Glistens   Look at that! Look again! How gorgeous is Ruby Glisten? So beautiful! I really loved this mani. I got loads of compliments on my nails at the wedding. Ruby Glisten is really a stunning red. I have been lusting after China Glaze Ruby Pumps for a long time, but the shop I buy my China Glaze from doesn’t stock it and there is nowhere else that I know of that sells China Glaze to the public. Ordinary Misfit did a comparison of the two here and I’m pretty glad I found this polish!