Disco Ball Nail Art

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Today’s nail art is the mani I wore for my weekend in Vegas! I figured I needed something pretty blingy so I used Daily Hues Eve as the disco-ball base for the art. The stamping was made using Konad Black and a design from It Girl Fashion Plate IG107. (Which is a press sample)

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The disco ball nail art was perfect for Vegas! The lights flicked off Eve and I fit right in to the sparkly atmosphere. :)

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How to Make Stamping Decals

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Today I’m going to go through the step-by-step process of how to make stamping decals. This technique is also referred to as reverse stamping. Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually pretty fun and easy to do. Ironically, I’m not a huge fan of the nail art I made for this specific post. In fact, I even thought of not even writing this post! But then I realized that perhaps this information could be useful, even though I may not like the end result for this specific mani. So please be kind! I know it sucks. :P But I’ll also include some other decals looks I’ve done at the end so you can see I’m not a total dolt and I actually kinda know what I’m doing sometimes.

Step One: Get a slow drying top coat and paint sections on a silicone mat that are slightly bigger than your nails themselves. I’m a huge fan of the Bliss Kiss Miracle Mat.

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I like the Miracle Mat because it has measure sections to help you know how large you need to make your decals if you want to cover your whole nail. I do a generous coat of the topcoat. I’ve had the best success when I don’t use a fast drying top coat. Those don’t seem to lay flat on the mat as well. You will need to wait until the top coat has dried on the mat before proceeding to step two.

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Step Two: Stamp your desired design on top of the top coat. I used a roses design from Cici&Sisi and Konad Black. I will always make more decals than I need because inevitably, something will go wrong with at least one of them!

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Here’s a great example of why I make extra decals. This one was so in love with my stamper, that he decided to come along for the ride after I stamped. This decal is now garbage. This happens most often with a fast drying topcoat which is why I don’t use them for this technique. I’m ok with having one man down at this point because I have extras!! :D

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Step Three: This is the most fun part. It’s basically adult coloring! For the leaves, I’m using Revlon Rain Forest and for the roses, I used China Glaze Float On. You can use a dotting tool or a small brush to paint in the design. I will put a dot of the polish in a bare area of the mat and I’ll dip back and forth as I color it. I typically use a dotting tool.

I did all the green leaves first on all of the decals across the mat. You will want to make sure you’re dabbing the polish on and not swiping or brushing at all. Any swiping runs the risk of smearing the stamped design underneath.

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Once all the leaves were colored in, I went back and filled in the roses.

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It’s time to wait again! You will need to wait until they are dry before proceeding to the next step. I use this time to paint the first layer of my base color. For this look, I used Morgan Taylor All White Now. (Only do the first coat at this point. You’ll see why later.)

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Step Four: Use a clean orangewood stick and slide it under the edge of the decal. It should lift from the silicone mat fairly easily. Once you get a corner started, you can also grab tweezers to lift and pull at the same time. Just be very gentle. These are going to be delicate and a little brittle.

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When you flip the decal over, you’ll see the stamping design with the coloring behind it.

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Step Five: In this step, you’re going to do one nail at a time. You will paint the second coat of your basecolor and wait a few moments for it to dry a little. It needs to be tacky for the decal to stick. If it’s too wet, it will smear the polish on the decal. If it’s too dry, it won’t stick on the nail.

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Gently press the decal so it lays flat and covers your nail. Then, use cuticle clippers or small scissors to remove the excess decals. For more detailed cleanup close to the nail, I use the Elf Concealer brush dipped in acetone.

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Step Six: Top coat! You’re allowed to use a fast drying one this time. :) This will seal the decal to the polish and will make everything gorgeous and shiny!

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Step Seven: Repeat steps four through six nine more times. :D

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Like I said at the beginning, this isn’t my favorite look and I can see a number of flaws. But I hope you’ll let that slide! Scroll down for some more looks I did using this technique.

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Here is a Marilyn Monroe decal I made for challenge post, which you can see here.

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This one is my favorite look I’ve ever done with a decal. It’s the TARDIS!!! I also did this look for a challenge. You can see the details of that here.

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I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Making decals really opens up another level of nail art for those of us that can’t draw. I couldn’t draw a stick figure to save my life! Decals are a great way to get detailed looks without needing to be a master artist. :D

Green Stamping on Green Polish!

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Today I have green stamping on top of green polish! I started with My Indie Polish Envious of What? which was originally sent to me as a press sample. The design is from It Girl Nail Art Plate IG106 which was also sent to me as a press sample. The stamping polish was Konad light green. I used my new super amazing clear stamper from Born Pretty Store which really helped me keep the designs centered!

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A Polish 4-Way with Mango Bunny Polish Nope Still Winter

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Today I’m going to have a polish 4-way. Get your mind out of the gutter. I obviously mean that I’m going to take one polish and show you four different ways to use it! Today, the chosen polish is Mango Bunny Polish Nope, Still Winter which is from the Limited Edition January 2016 duo. (The other half of the duo is a crelly with the same glitter mix called Spring, Is that You?) Nope, Still Winter was given to me as a press sample from the lovely Ed, co-owner of Mango Bunny Polish.

The first look that popped into my mind when I saw the purple microglitter was that it would look just spiffing over hot pink. I selected Sally Hansen Fuchsia Power which is my go-to hot pink. I’ve used half the bottle already so I think it’s time I got a backup!! This is two coats of Fuchsia Power topped with one coat of Nope, Still Winter.

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At Ed’s suggestion, I’m going to try and do more macros. The only reason I haven’t done them consistently before is because I’m lazy. How’s that for some real talk? LOL.

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The next design that popped into my head was glitter tips. I love glitter tips and they are a perfect step into nail art because they’re super easy to do, but look really fun. I put a blob of Nope, Still Winter on a clean makeup sponge and then dabbed it on the tips. The base polish is Dermelect Lazy Daze (which was originally sent to me as a press sample).

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Woah! Two macros in one post! It’s almost like I tried or something. ;)glitter-tips-macro

The third idea that came to mind was to layer Nope, Still Winter over black. I love putting microglitters on black. Just take a look and you’ll see why. I used Zoya Willa (which was originally sent to me as a press sample). This time, I did two coats of Nope, Still Winter because I really wanted this to be super glittery.

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Ok, so now I kinda see Ed’s point about Macros. I’m super in love with this picture if I don’t say so myself.

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The last design I had to do with this polish was to put some stamping on top of the layering from the previous look. I love layering microglitters on black, but I even more love stamping on top of them!! I used Konad Black, a design from Cici & Sisi Plate 29, and my Born Pretty Store Clear Jelly Stamper to create this final look.

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What did you think of this polish 4-way? Was this a useful post for you? I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I am experimenting with not posting new stuff on the weekends. I’ll still be on social media, there just won’t be a new post on the blog. I hope that by reducing the number of posts I do, I can increase the quality of the posts that get published. Please give me your feedback about what you think of this new strategy and this new post type. You know I always love to hear from you!

40 Great Nail Art Ideas…Turquoise Tribal Nail Art

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Today’s post is for the weekly Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge! The prompt this weeks is Teal/Turquoise. My assigned nail art method is ‘tribal’. I started with two coats of Picture Polish Jade. I used a stamping design from It Girl Nail Art IG106, which was originally sent to me as a press sample. To help keep the design straight and even, I used my new Born Pretty Store clear stamper. You can read my full review here. My stamping polish was Konad Black.

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40 Great Nail Art Ideas…Film Nail Art

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This week for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge, the prompt is ‘film’. I love Marilyn Monroe films so I decide do do film nail art in honor of her! I made a stamped decal using my Bliss Kiss Miracle Mat and Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L016.

Polishes used for this were:
Konad Black
Zoya Cala (originally sent to me as a press sample)
Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (original formula)
OPI Coca-Cola Red
Morgan Taylor All White Now

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I don’t know what it is about Marilyn Monroe that attracts me so much. I’ve read three or four different biographies on her and I’ve seen as many of her movies as I can get my hands on. I even have cd’s with the songs she sang.  There really is a beguiling allure about her. At least for me!

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Blue on Blue Two Tone Stamping

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Today I have some blue on blue two tone stamping to show you! I started with NYC Sea of Diamonds which was originally sent to me as a press sample. Then, I used Konad Light Blue to stamp this flowery-geometric design from Bundle Monster plate BM-XL206.

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Lit NYC Nail Polish Review

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Today I have a review of Lit NYC nail polish for you! The very cool thing about this polish is that there is an LED light embedded in the lid. The light shines directly on to your nail when you’re painted and makes it hella easier to see what you’re doing! The light in the first picture is coming from the polish bottle itself and not from my camera flash. (Flash wasn’t even on!)

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When you pull the brush out, the light shines right down where your nail would be. There is a little on/off switch on the top of the lid.

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I think this little invention is genius and I wish it was on all my polish bottles! As you can see, I was able to get much closer than usual to my cuticle line for one reason…I could see it better! I have a ton of lamps on my desk to brighten up the place, but my head or weird shadownyc-lit-desire

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To add a touch of flair, I used It Girl Fashion Plate IG104 and Konad Black to stamp this design on top.

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Snowflake Nail Art Stamping

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Who’s up for some more wintery nail art? Today I have some snowflake nail art for you! I used last year’s Cici&Sisi holiday plate which appears to no longer be available. However, all their stamping plates are awesome and I get a ton of use out of them. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend it! I used Sally Hansen Buffalo Nickel as my base color. (This was originally sent to me as a press sample.) My stamping polish was Konad White.

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Peppermint Nails Fun!

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Today’s mani starts with an impulse buy at the counter of Sally Beauty Supply. I saw this adorable little polish called Sally Girl Peppermint and just couldn’t help myself! I’m also pretty sure that it’s scented as peppermint but maybe my mind was playing tricks on me? I did a little stamping on top using the Bundle Monster and Lucy’s Stash collaboration plate. The stamping polish was Konad Black.

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Here is a plain swatch of Sally Girl Peppermint. I did need to do three coats for full opacity. This polish perfectly captures peppermint!

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40 Great Nail Art Ideas…Comics!

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Today’s nail art is part of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge. This week’s prompt is comics/cartoons. I went with a little abstract interpretation using Vivid Lacquer Plate VL011. I used Morgan Taylor All White Now as the base for my comics nail art. Then, I used three different Konad colors – black, blue, and red!

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What do you think of my abstract interpretation of this week’s prompt?

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Purple and Blue Nail Art

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Today’s mani starts with two coats of China Glaze Better Not Pout which is from the new Cheers! holiday collection (and was originally sent to me as a press sample). I used Konad Light Blue and a design from Bundle Monster Plate BM-XL-208 to create this look.

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Tear Drop Nail Art

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Today’s nail art starts with two coats of China Glaze Son of a Nutcracker (which is from the new holiday Cheers! collection and was sent to me as a press sample). Once dry, I used Konad Black and Bundle Monster plate BM-XL208 to stamp this lacy teardrop design.

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I let myself get a little rusty with my stamping! I couldn’t believe how crooked these turned out! I guess if you don’t do something for a while, the skill does atrophy! This was the first nail art I’d done in at least a week because I’d been feeling ill. I was still painting my nails, but didn’t have the energy for art. My swan dive back into nail art was a bit more of a belly flop! LOL! But at least I’m back in the pool, right??

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Purple Nail Art

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Today’s mani starts with two coats of Enchanted Polish November 2015 which is a freaking gorgeous holo purple. I used Konad Pastel Purple to stamp this faux watermarble from the Bundle Monster plate that was designed by blogger Sloteazzy.

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I really like this stamping plate and would recommend getting it – even if I did smudge my pointer finger!

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Enchanted Polish September 2015 Nail Art

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Today I have some blue and red nail art to show you. It starts with two coats of Enchanted Polish September 2015. Then, I used Konad Red to stamp a design from Vivid Lacquer plate VL 041.

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Born Pretty Store Plate BPL-029

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Born Pretty Store sent me this stamping plate to review for you! It has a variety of floral designs on it! This is Plate BPL-029. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates.

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The pink base is Enchanted Polish Dope Jam. I used Konad Black as my stamping polish.The stamper is from the Born Pretty Store and I reviewed that for you earlier.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BPL029

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Born Pretty Store sent me this stamping plate to review for you! It has a variety of floral designs on it! This is Plate BPL-029. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates.born-pretty-store-stamping

For the base, I used Ellison’s Organics Part of Your World (green) and Ellison’s Organics A Whole New World (Purple). The stamping polish was Konad Black.

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The Ellison’s Organics polishes are holo so here is a picture from when I was in the car!

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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OPI Koala Bear-y Nail Art Skittlette

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In case you don’t already know, I teach dog training classes. (I’m actually a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.) One day, when I was teaching a private lesson, the woman had on one of the most gorgeous pink polishes I’ve ever seen. Normally, when I ask someone what their polish color is, they have no idea. It’s infuriating, but I’ve come to expect it. Miraculously, this woman knew not only the brand, but the name!!! It was OPI Koala Bear-y and I knew I had to own it. The next time I was at Sally Beauty, I bought myself a bottle!

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I decided to do a skittlette nail art design on top of my new favorite pink.  The glitter is OPI Make Light of the Situation, which I sponged on. The rhinestones are from Amazon. (They are wicked cheap and seem to last forever. Are they multiplying in that little container?)

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The stamped design didn’t turn out as well as I wished. It’s a design from Pueen plate 49 and I used Konad White as my stamping polish.

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Red and Black Stamping

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Today’s nail art starts with two coats of February 2015 which I swatched for you here. I used Konad black and a design from the yellow Cici&Sisi collection. Then, I freehanded black tips on using OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy???

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I really should have used tape for my tips instead of trying to freehand it…but I wasn’t in the mood to wait for my polish to dry anymore. LOL. Polish problems, am I right?

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Morgan Taylor Cinderella Collection Pick

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I couldn’t help myself. When I saw Morgan Taylor The Best Ball Gown Ever at CosmoProf, I had to get it. It just looked so pretty! I’m boycotting most Cinderella collections because the movie looks so boring. Don’t get me wrong – it looks well done and the dresses and makeup are beautiful, but there doesn’t appear to be any sort of new ideas involved. Based on the previews, it looks just like the Disney cartoon, but live action. I love the Disney cartoon, but do I need to see it IRL with hardly a script change? No. I do not. I hope I’m wrong and that it’s the best movie ever…so if you see it, let me know!

Morgan Taylor The Best Ball Gown Ever is a light blue duochrome that shifts to a greenish gold.

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This is two coats. Based on the color in the bottle, I expected this to lean more blue. Once it is on the nail, it leans a lot more greenish gold no matter what angle I hold my nails!

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For a little nail art, I used Konad Princess Pink and a design from Pueen plate 97.

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Pink and Black Stamping

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Today’s nail art starts with two coats of Pure Ice Rosy Glow (originally sent to me as a press sample) over white. Then, I used a matte topcoat. The stamping polish is Konad Black and the design is from Cici&Sisi Plate 21 from the red set.

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Born Pretty Store Plate BPL006 Checkerboard Nail Art

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I was sent Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-006 to show you some of the designs and to review for you! I picked this plate because I was drawn to the beautiful flower designs. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates.

I wanted to see how the checkerboard pattern would work. I actually like it, but my topcoat messed it up a little bit. It didn’t smear the design so much as it picked up little particles of pink and dragged it over the white so the white doesn’t look crisp and clean.  I used OPI Alpine Snow and Konad Princess Pink.

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Enchanted Polish Freeze Machine Stamping

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I managed to snag up Enchanted Polish Freeze Machine in the last EP stock. I’m not a huge fan of glitter toppers, but this one is pretty great. I started with two coats of Andrea’s Choice Circus Tightrope which is a purple neon. Then, I topped it with two coats of EP Freeze Machine. To make it even more interesting, I stamped using Konad Black and a design from Pueen 92. This mani also fits both prompts for this week’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 52-week pick and mix challenge! This week’s prompts are flowers and pale blue. Freeze Machine is full of pale blue, iridescent glitters. And later on in the post, I stamped a swirly  flower design on top!

I love all the different shapes and sizes in Freeze Machine. It has some flakies in there which are all the rage right now. But it also has hexes and dots!  I’m pretty sure I see a ton of microshimmer in there, too! Winning!

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And not to neglect my stamping plates!!! I decided to stamp on top of the whole lot. I like how it turned out!

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Fancy French Tips

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Today’s nail art is a twist on a classic look. I read somewhere that the ‘french’ manicure was actually started in California and the guy called it ‘french’ so that it sounded fancier. He needed a mani that would go well with all costume changes for actresses. If memory serves, I read this in one of the recent issues if Mental Floss magazine. I also read that high heels were originally invented for men so it was easier to ride horses. And then women Bogarted the look. Yay, us!

This french mani starts with two coats of Essence Pearls are a Girl’s Best Friend which is from the awesome Aquatix collection. I used Konad White a design from Pueen 75 to stamp on top. One of my goals for 2015 is to do a little more than just stamping for my nail art, so once this dried, I taped off the tips and used OPI Alpine Snow. I think the essence and the OPI are perfect french tip colors and the stamping adds a little flair and uniqueness.

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