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OPI – “Alpine Snow”
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ahhhh butter…. LONDON

 

This polish is dreamy.  Creamy consistency, wonderful opacity and color saturation AND 3-Free.

What a perfect color.  I’m such a coral/melon/peach type of girl. So, this is already a favorite.

butter LONDON – “Trout Pout”

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For some reason, I just felt this color would be great to try as a ruffian inspired manicure…. which, before, I wasn’t the biggest fan of….. now…. I am.  I just love it. Smile

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Play time

I was thinking that Chicago was going to just skip right over Spring. But alas, the weather is starting to get some act right. FINALLY! And with the warming temperatures, I was feeling more playful…on my nails, at least. I started by chopping them off which is always like a fresh start and always seems to make nail art more fun for me. I am also seemingly way more productive. Then…..

A bunch of Essie colors and a couple OPI colors later…. along with some
dots with acrylic paint in: yellow, green, blue, pink and gray

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SweetTarts

Well, my “regular” polish phase ended abruptly when I purchased new gelish no-chip colors this week.  It’s sad that I have polish ADD.  I really don’t know how people WANT to keep the same polish for two whole weeks.  LOL. 

So I did my no-chip manicure… let’s see how long I can keep it.  This will definitely be a challenge.  I give myself until Sunday before I absolutely have to remove this and change the polish. Smile

 

gelish“You’re Such A Sweet-Tart” w/ “Twinkle” (on the nail tips)
[no-chip polish]

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See, told you.

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Regular polish is so much fun.

I was playing in acetone (read: doing a client’s manicure), and forgot I didn’t have on no-chip polish…. so I got to change my polish (read: my manicure got trashed, lol).

That’s when I realized, I can’t wait for summer.  Not necessarily for the heat…. because y’all know how much I LOVE snow… but, I can’t wait for the summer colors! I got a jumpstart:

OPI – “In My Back Pocket”, “Greenwich Village” & “The It Color”
w/ my remaining gold and glitz polishes from before & acrylic paint animal print
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Taking a break….

….from no-chip polish, that is. 

As practical as no-chip manicures seem to be, they completely eliminate the absolute FUN of manicures!!!!

I need to go back to the “convenience” of changing my polish and nail designs at least two or three times a week.  No-chip is just way too much maintenance for that scenario.  I know, I know…. people LOVE no-chip!  Some anyway….

Lots of people complain that it thins their nails, removal is a burden…. it’s more expensive…. etc., etc… But, of course, it has supporters too: long-wearing, super shiny, strengthens nails, less maintenance, non-smudging immediately after service, manicure that stands up to nail abuse, lol. 

It would be practical for me, while I dabble in acetone every day, to have a no-chip.  BUT IT’S NOT AS MUCH FUN!!! I promise.

So back to regular polish right now. Smile

China Glaze – “Escaping Reality”
OPI – “ Goldeneye”
layered with “When Monkeys Fly!”

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A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

My nails over the last month and a half…… I promise, I’ll get my words back soon Smile

Sinful Colors – “Beautiful Girl” & “Pull Over”
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China Glaze – “Flip Flop Fantasy”
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PRADA window display/ LaPalm Gel II – “Extreme French Pink” & “Midnight Black” (no chip polish)
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LaPalm Gel II – “By The Bay w/Missoni design
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ibd Just Gel – “Whipped Cream”
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Sinful Colors – “Innocent” & “Midnight Blue”
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Sally Hansen Nail Lacquer Strips –“Love Letter”
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