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|So I have to start by saying that not every manicure will be a great success. Half the fun is the journey and well even though this manicure sucked I had fun in the process and learned a very valuable lesson. Plus it sorta reminds me of trying to coverup a really bad tattoo with another tattoo but it never really looks that much better! So a very big factor on why I had such a hard time with the stamping? Stupid me didn't realize that about 20 mins before I started to stamp I slathered on some cuticle cream all over my cuticles and even though they seemed fine to me at the time my nails were too greasy and the stamping didn't want to stick. It was just painful. I feel a bit bad showing how badly my stamping was but I'm hoping that I can help prevent anyone from doing this since it didn't really dawn on me till I really made a mess of my nails. So at one point I just gave up I just kept stamping and re-stamping. It was so bad that I decided I needed to do a coverup. I pulled out some of the new color club polishes I bought from the wicked sweet collection and went crazy. I had to use a white nail polish under them since they are rather sheer and weren't showing up at first. I should have left the green off because it looked better without it cause you could see more stamping underneath and it looked more like flowers on a lattice. But like always i have a way of overdoing stuff. I ended up using 4 different colors from the wicked sweet collection and the scented polish didn't really bother me, i sorta liked it. Okay enough talk here's the damage I did.|
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So by now I think it's pretty clear that I have a problem when it comes to buying nail polish... I have been better about the amount I've been buying but for some reason this last week I went a little crazy... Actually a lot crazy! I'm working on my whole Stash post and it's taking a lot more time then I thought it would so I figured to buy myself a little more time I'd share you with you guys all the polish I bought last week since a few of you showed interest in seeing the big haul pics so here they are...
(Note: I bought all of these with my own money except for the OPI Katy Perry polishes, I won those in a contest they had, I'll even tell you how much I spent, heh yes I'm that crazy today! )
|This is what it looked like without a flash. I wasn't a fan of it!|
|This is just a portion of the stash i still kept some polish on the other rack too.|
|the headache and mess of separating the stash into color groups|
|Sophie weaseled her way in between the bottles and thought it was a good spot to take a nap. Silly Cat! Oh I'm not sure if I ever pointed this out but Sophie has no tail! Which in this case was good or else she'd knock down even more bottles than she already did. : )|
|I can't believe this polish was one of my untried ones, it's crazy delicious! I haven't worn pink in some time so I was itching for some pinktastic nails. DS Elegance scratched that itch without any problems!|
I did not have any issues with the application. It went on like a dream, full coverage in two coats but I did like 3 or 4 coats. I have to say that OPI really has mastered making a good quality holo with the DS line. When this polish dries it has a very nice smooth high gloss finish. A lot of other holos out there usually dry with a flat matte finish which if you put a top coat on it kills a lot of the holo. I don't have any complaints about any of the DS polishes i've ever used. In fact they are some of my favorites in my collection!
This polish is Sooo crazy that I ended up take a million pictures of it and of course I had a hard time getting it down to the ones that made it to the post. But in my opinion the more the better : ) !
Enjoy the Eye Candy!
|Flash... check out all the holo goodness!|
|The newest Gang to join my Zoya Collection|
|Zoya Intimate Collection and Zoya Mod Matte Collection|
1st row from left to right: Dannii, Gemma, Marley, Lolly, Phoebe, Mitzi
2nd row from left to right: Jules, Dove, Caitlin
|Zoya Sunshine Collection & Zoya Summertime Collection|
1 row From left to right: Faye, Kimmy, Tanzy, Breezi, Areej, Mira
2nd row from left to right: Rica, Apple, Reva, Sooki, Kieko (I did not get Tamsen)
|My Zoya collection minus the newest Zoya haul above|
|Bonus Pic: Sophie "helping" behind the light box|
|My Entry Picture for the contest|
Here's a look at all the stuff I used for this manicure. I did freehand over the stamping especially on the leaf vines because they didn't show up too well over the purple so i used the lighter green over the stamp and I was really happy with my results. I also went over the grapes with going grape just because that polish has a nice blue sheen that i liked. I love how even though i stamped it turned out looking more freehanded, sorta like a shortcut to an amazing freehand that would have taken so much longer to do! This method reminds me of a coloring book except I definitely did not stay within the lines!! Not pictured are a small nail art brush and a dotting tool that i also used.
|Next day i put one coat of this new polish i just picked up, power up by A perfect "10". love this polish was under 2 bucks!! Crazy purply pink sheen top coat! didn't really translate into the pics since only used 1 coat|
So you prob noticed I got a major dragged smear look on my index finger. Sometimes when you use seche vite it can do that. When I saw that happen my heart sank a little and I quickly switched over to some konad top coat I had and it worked so much better. Not really too noticeable unless you are right up on the nail like all these close up pics are.
Happy Stamping to all of you!
|Tiny bottles make me feel like a Giant!|
|Inside with Flash|
|Part Sun Part Shade, heh sounds like planting instructions for a flower!|
|Poor Man's version of Sand-erella. Two coats DS Original with one coat Lavender Marquis.|
Fun Fact: The Lavender Marquis is one of the few bottles I owned before I became a Manicure Addict, that's why it's so used/beat up looking.
|Left to Right: Ds Original plus Lavender Marquis, Sand-erella, DS Original. On the nail you really can't tell the difference between the two!|
|I did this before Chris's Challenge Tag and I didn't get to post it yet since I wanted to get the challenge post up. I did this on top of the Nubar Baby Blue and I was keeping in the Blue theme for Autism Awareness. I did this with a make-up sponge and yes it got everywhere but that's part of the fun and you can always go back and clean up. I gotta say the glitter was not easy to clean up took a little bit of time, but hey after i washed my hands a couple of times it was fine. Also you'll notice my stamping was not the best. I was in a rush putting this design together and i think i did it all in less than 45 mins and that was for both hands including the clean up, which took a while! I had a biking date with a friend and i wanted to make sure my nails were more interesting than just the nubar baby blue. hah yes i was sorta late but she was as well so it all worked out. |
okay enough chatter here's the nails and what i did....
|Blazing blue, unknown, Pure Energy, Sapphire, and Disco Blue Glitter|
|I took Pure Energy and stamped it on|
|Then I took my Darker Blue and stamped in the opposite corners|
|Then I stamped on the Glitters. I put Disco Blue Glitter over the darker blue and the Sapphire glitter over pure energy|
|I finished it off by stamping on a butterfly off konad plate m41 with Blazing Blue. Clean up was tough hah the glitter was very stubborn!!|
|Shade, here the glitter comes alive!|
|Here's a little magic trick! From Blue to Green! How did that happen??|
|Answer: 1 coat of Celtic Sun! I think i like this better than the Blue!|
|From Left to Right: Make Mine Lime, Hidden Treasure, Tip of the Iceburg|
|From Left to Right: Uli, Eva, 102, 122|
|Some extras: nail file, toe spacers, and some nail art stickers|
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