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Flowers while blind

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I had polisher’s block this week. I did 3 separate manicures but nothing really did it for me. I did one hand in pink & white dots and stripes and I was going to do the other hand today, (it was late, I didn’t want to stay up to do the other hand,) but Bill somehow managed to develop an ulcerated cornea overnight so I ended up at the eye doctor with a one-handed manicure. The receptionist remarked on it, said it was cute, but I dunno…it just wasn’t doing it for me.

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Base coat is Seche Clear
Pink is is NYX Girls Zurich #233
White is OPI Alpine Snow #L00
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast

So I decided that I would take it off, practice stamping…which I suck at…and then try to do something I might like. I guess I took my glasses off at the eye doctor’s office though I don’t remember doing it. I got a call from them that my glasses were there and I could pick them up on MONDAY (!!!) because they’re closed this weekend. That nixed the stamping practice idea but I am emotionally incapable of having naked nails..I might have a total mental breakdown… so I pulled out my old prescription glasses but they’re old for a reason. I can’t see up close with them at all. Undaunted, I opted to fly blind.

I went for grey with white flowers with red centers and some random black dots. I then opted to matte it out which I like much better. What do you think? Shiny or matte? I don’t think I did too bad considering I couldn’t see what I was doing. I suppose I can live with this for a week…depending on how it looks to me when I can see again.

Shiny: (make it bigger to see the difference)


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These two are matte:

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Base coat is Seche Clear
Grey is NYC In A New York Minute Quick Dry in Sidewalkers #270
White is OPI Alpine Snow #L00
Red is NYC In A New York Minute Quick Dry in Madison Avenue #226
Black is Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Black Diamond #325
Top coat is China Glaze Matte Magic

Frostbite

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New nails! I love, love, love this colour so much I want to marry it. Seriously. I only did one accent finger because this colour is so freakin’ gorgeous, I don’t want to cover it up. I think this is my new favourite colour. Next time, I think I might try it with the China Glaze Matte Magic top coat. I bet it would look fantastic.

I took this picture without flash because the flash altered the colour completely. This picture still doesn’t have the colour just right, though. It’s deeper, way shinier and much prettier. Unfortunately, I totally suck with a camera so this is the best I can get. This pic makes it look kind of purple-y, ya think? But it’s not purple at all. It’s bright, electric, jewel tone kind of royal blue. Lots of adjectives, I know. Stupid camera.

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Base coat is Seche Clear
Blue is China Glaze in Frostbite
Black is Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast

So I decided to use the China Glaze Matte Magic top coat to see how it would look. I have to say, I really like it both ways. I just love this colour so much! What do you think?

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Stripes

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I moved away from dots for my latest manicure and into stripes! I’m liking this quite a bit and it’s toned way down from my fabulous watermelons of last week. I got all of the polishes for both of these manicures from Rachel. She’s a rockstar!

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Base coat is Seche Clear
Top stripe is is Opi A Grape Fit
Middle stripe is OPI Ate Berries In The Canaries E46
Bottom stripe is OPI Strawberry Margarita M23
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast

I bought the Seche Clear base coat. I love the Seche top coat so much, I figured the base coat must be awesome too. It dries super fast.

My daughter-in-law had the baby and left me to my own devices so I did both of these manicures myself. The girls in Bath & Body Works just loved the watermelons. They really were super cute in spite of having broken the nail on the index finger of my left hand. :sad face:

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Base coat is Sally Hansen Diamond Shine
Pink is Essie Status Symbol 681
Green is Essie Pretty Edgy 725
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast

There was also a small amount of Wet n’ Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme 424A and Nyx Girls in White #149 and a paler green from Kleancolor but I forget the name.

Dotty

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I had to do my own nails because my personal, unpaid manicurist, aka my daughter-in-law, had to go and have a baby and left me to my own devices. They’re cute. I really love the fuchsia pink colour.

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One pic is blurry and one pic is shadowed. Blame it on Bill, he took them for me. This is a shiny, creme pink that I made matte before I painted on the black and polka dots. I really, really, really love how it looks matte. And I love the China Glaze mattefier (not a word but work with me here) because it leaves no rough feeling like matte polishes do.

Base coat is Sally Hansen Diamond Shine
Pink is Kleancolor Wild Rose #127
Black is Wet n’ Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme 424A
The matte topcoat is China Glaze Matte Magic
White is Nyx Girls in White #149

Lotsa boxes!

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I received my Ipsy, Love With Food and Nail Art Society boxes in the last few days. Some love, some hate, some meh. No matter what, I still love these boxes!

ipsy First up: Ipsy. This month was kind of unusual in that there was only 4 products. I think they count the 2 eye shadows as two separate pieces but I count it as one. Regardless, I’m happy with this box. It contained a Juice Beauty hydrating face mist, which I like and I enjoy the scent. There were two Yabi eye shadows, one in azalea and the other in seashell. I like the neutral colours so I’m happy with them. They are pretty light so I’ll probably use them wet. They’re also a bit on the chalky side but I can totally work with them. The GlamRX palette is cute and while small, I see it being very useful. It totals out to about $23 worth of product which while much less than past bags, it well exceeds the cost of the subscription by $13.

lwfNext up is Love With Food. I got this box for $2.00, it’s normally $10 and I suppose if you like this kind of stuff, it’s worth the money but after seeing it, I promptly canceled. This is stuff I would absolutely never eat. I don’t like funky weird snacks so this one had to go. Granted, the stuff is interesting but to me, it’s pretty inedible.
There was Dark chocolate orange good fortune cookie from Emily’s Chocolates
Granola from Ola! Foods
Chocolate covered wasabi peas from Chocwasabi
Fruit & veggie juice from Kids 50
Salted caramel baked corn from Cosmos Creations
Green tea infuser from Revolution Tea
Wholesome snacks from Mary’s Gone Crackers
Wild berry flat fruit from Wacky Apple

Blech.

nasFinally, I got my first box from Nail Art Society. This box goes for $19.95 regularly but I got my subscription for $9.95 for as long as I stay subscribed. I would NEVER pay twenty bucks for this, ever. But at $10, I’m ok with it. I actually thought I got my money’s worth with this so I’m going to see how next month is. They have monthly themes and this month’s theme is “Freestyle.”

It included:
Nail Fraud nail polish strips in a black with white polka dot design. I’ll definitely try these.
NAS coloured bee bee balls. They’re like a mink brown colour. This is for doing caviar nails which I don’t know if I like those and I imagine that if I had rough stuff on my nails like that, I’d be picking at them.
NAS fruit nail art. These are basically orange slices just like the kind you can get in sticks that you have to cut. I’ll probably do a design with these.
NAS fabric flower nail art. They’re cute little pink flowers that lay flat on the nails. I will definitely use these.
3D ceramic flowers. These are pink flowers with white centers and a green leaf. They are hard and would stick out from the nail. I’m not a fan of big stuff stuck on your nails but they really are cute so I might give it a try.
3D bead drop nail art. They’re clear yellow beads, flat on one side. I’ll definitely use these at some point.

All in all, I’m happy with all that for $10. I seriously cannot believe they try to rip people off $20 for it though.

I should be getting Lip Factory soon. I got mine really early last month so this one is late. It seems like everyone has theirs but me. I’m jonesing here! I also resubbed for Glossybox because I’m a sucker for the spoilers. I hope it’s a good one!

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The white polish started to chip off like crazy so I had to change my colours. :sad pants: I did this in a hurry and it’s boring but Chrissie is coming by later and we’ll see if she can spice them up a bit. I love the colours.

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I’ll discuss the particulars of the polish later after Chrissie works her magic.

Chrissie added some dots to add a little interest. Bad picture because the top coat was wet and shiny but I think the dots did the trick to liven it up a bit.

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Base coat is Sally Hansen Diamond Shine
Top coat is Seche Vite Dry Fast
Dark blue is NYX Girls Bermuda Triangle #195
Light blue is Nyx Girls Pistachio #223