Whew!

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This manicure was hard work.  It took some time to accomplish… and that was my goal.

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I’m testing out Seche Vite UV topcoat… used alongside the companion mini/portable UV lamp. I wanted a manicure that was tedious, and one that I felt I would really enjoy viewing for the long haul.  This fit the bill.

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My aim is long-lasting shine, and chip free results.  I’ll let you know how the topcoat holds up.

kate spade – new york

My iPhone needs its own “case closet”.  Like a shoe rack. Or a wardrobe.

I didn’t realize the extent of my foolishness until I received my new case in the mail… that I forgot I had ordered… because I already had 6 cases that I wasn’t using.    And yes, I have had my new iPhone for approximately 3 (count them: one, two, three..) weeks. 

But I NEEDED this case!!!

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Okay, okay.  I know “need” is relative. 
This gave me the perfect motivation to try out this “border nails” nail trend in the process.

I started with China Glaze – “White On White”
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I didn’t have a perfect color match to the case’s pink trim. So, I made my own. *shrugs* 
I blended an even ratio (1:1) of Sinful Colors – “Boom Boom” & “24/7” and used a size “0” nail art brush to outline my nail.

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I knew it was a completely successful manicure when the cashier at Whole Foods commented that she loved how my nails matched my phone!  Nail art wins again :-).

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Florals

I had to upgrade my iPhone. 

Concomitantly, I had to search for a new phone case.  The cases in the store are ALWAYS UGLY!  Wait, hideous might be more accurate. And EXPENSIVE! as if the phone didn’t cost enough!  I’ve resorted to the deeply discounted and diverse case designs from Amazon.com. And for the price of ONE in the store, I ordered like 7 assorted designs online.  (But why do I need 7 of them??! Smile)

I saw this one…. and instead of purchasing it, I thought I’d try the design on my nails.  LOL. 

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And once again, I didn’t look at the picture before I started painting my nails.  HAHAHA.  I don’t know why I do that.  I literally just forget about the picture even though in my mind’s eye, I feel like I see the picture clearly.  I am going to start printing pics out and create a stack of potential manicure designs that will be right next to me at my manicure “station”.

All that to say, my nails didn’t quite turn out like the phone case…

Sinful Colors – “Black on Black”

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… but I like them anyway.

I used a medium sized dotting tool and dipped it in both the white and dark pink acrylic paint at the same time to create my flower petals.  Then I used yellow acrylic paint for my flower center, and a fine liner monogram art brush with green acrylic paint for my little leaves.

Bahamas

Vacation!

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I traveled to Grand Bahama Island…. Freeport, Bahamas.  It was absolutely beautiful.  I enjoyed every wonderful moment on the Our Lucaya Beach.

I didn’t have a chance to upload my vacation nails before I left.  I thought this color would be nice against the sun and sand.

OPI – “The Thrill Of Brazil”

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…. I miss the beach, so I came back and did these:

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Essie
“Sand Tropez”; “Turquoise & Caicos”; “Coat Azure”…. and on the very tips a touch of Sinful Colors “Midnight Blue”

 

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(my sandy toes)

A Roll In The Hague

…… with a little St. Patrick’s day on the side.

I have been anxious to get this deep vibrant orange polish on my nails for about 2 weeks now.  It was the main color I decided I needed from OPI’s Holland Collection.

But I had to give the Irish in me at least a little shout out.  Yes, I’ve got that Scot-Irish last name thing happening.  I have a  red-headed Irishman for a great-great or something.  So, I added a couple clovers.

OPI “A Roll In The Hague”

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Sinful Colors “Irish Green”

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Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  Enjoy your green libations! Smile