Blinding Dots

China Glaze  – “Flip Flop Fantasy”
OPI – “The It Color”

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The brightest neon pink ever.  It’s so pretty.  I can’t seem to get the neon quality to show in the photos. The dots make it easier on the retina Smile.   I just really like dots.

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Seche Ultra V

My last manicure endured volumes of hardship (shampooing hair, washing dishes, bleach cleaning, hairstyling for a fashion show, cleaning and organizing) over the last 2 days, and resulted in chipping on my left thumbnail and my right ring fingernail.  I can’t be sure that the Seche Ultra V topcoat wasn’t a superior barrier. So I started over.  And I plan to chill out for the next few days. LOL.

China Glaze – “Electric Beat” & “First Mate”
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The topcoat is simple to apply – just like your regular topcoat.  After applying, cure the polish under the UV lamp for 3 minutes.  (9 minutes total with Seche’s portable UV lamp – 3 minutes for each hand with 4 fingers, and then 3 minutes for the thumbs)

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I love the way my nails feel after this process.  It’s definitely a sleeker “gel nail” feel. So, all day I’m rubbing my fingers over my nails beds.  LOL.  My nails actually feel stronger too.

The shine is not any more brilliant than when using the regular Seche Vite Fast Drying Topcoat, in my opinion. And the drying time seems actually longer in that the regular Seche Vite top coat seems to dry rather immediately.  (There are factors that affect that… if you have many thick layers of polish, it will definitely take more time to completely dry.  I have watched the topcoat seeping through the layers and forming a “wrinkle” in the nail polish when the previous layers were thick and still rather wet…and then drying to a smooth finish.  Craziest thing in the world to watch.  haha)

Removal is the same for the Seche Ultra V topcoat as any other polish.  There is no soaking required.

So, hopefully this time, I give the topcoat a fair chance.    Last time I felt like I was looking for opportunities to use my nail tips as tools and just doing crazy things that directly impacted my nail tips.  I gotta stop tripping and chill out. Smile

Stamping Shortcuts

A lot goes into stamping.  It’s much more difficult than all the konad enthusiasts, nail polish bloggers, and tv commercials let on.  I have much more respect for stampers now. For real.

I couldn’t keep the stamping straight (I tried so hard!) haha…so I had to add some tiny dots to try to distract… lol.  I hope it worked.

OPI – “Tutti Fruiti Tonga”
Konad plate -  m15 (white special polish)
white acrylic paint dots w/super small dotting tool

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I think this is the most delicate design so far.



Now for the shortcut! 

I realized that I would be using WAY too many paper towels, cotton squares and ENERGY at this pace.  So, I came up with the idea to use an acetone soaked sponge to clean the stamper, scraper and plates…as I stamped. 

The apex of this idea came from the Butterfly!  She suggested I use a soapdish as the container to hold the sponge!!!!!!  This child is a genius.  GENIUS!! It’s the perfect shape and the shallow depth accommodates easy swipes of the plates and holder.  No paper towel or cotton square waste! And when not in use, I can cover the top.  SOLUTION!

 
Easy Cleanup for Nail Stamping
 
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Here Today, Gone……

China Glaze – “Hey Sailor” & “II”
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Nails had to be chopped.  In all their flourishing beauty, sadly they were actually in the way.   Because they were so strong, I had to soak my nails in water to soften them a bit so I could actually cut them.  I wanted the process to go as smoothly as possible.

Here today, gone…well, tonight…

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I’ve been thinking to test out this “II” color for at least six months. It never seemed the right time.  It’s gorgeous.  It’s a beautiful nude color with the prettiest gold hologram shimmer.  But it’s so sheer, you’d never be able to avoid a visible nail line. 

Enter the beauty of having nubby nails.

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….and of course, there were dots.  lol

Shall-Lounge’!!!

Yes, as in: CHALLENGE!  lol 

challenge [chal-inj]:
–  to arouse or stimulate especially by presenting with difficulties

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Michelle ^^^ in her pretty, strapless, summer garb requested a manicure inspired by her dress print. (Hot mama!)

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I started with a basic white nail. [China Glaze – White on White]  And I truly wanted to just stop there.  I love this chic look!! 

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But then I TOTALLY succeeded with a TAPE manicure!!!! [OPI- Windmillion] Can you believe it?!?!  Shocked the mess out of me.  I may even attempt another tape manicure again in the future.

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Followed by a free hand design with acrylic paints and a black nail art striper.

 

So Michelle???  What do you think? How did I do??

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I should probably refrain from trying to give myself a manicure while tipsy.  It was fun, but not presentable. HAHA

I had to take off my first attempt this evening.  LOL.  And since I didn’t have a clue what to do with my nails after my failed efforts….. I copied Duana’s white polish.

I was trying not to be a complete copycat….. and then Chi Chi & Duana called me a showoff…..BUT I WASN’T!!!!!! I promise!

MANNNNNNNNNNN.  Cannot win.  Maybe next time.

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Oh my beloved dots… how I’ve missed you so.
This manicure made me so very happy.  It was worth the name-calling.  lmao.

China Glaze – “White On White”
& a slew of magical acrylic paint dots

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Bad Copy

I have had this photo on my pinterest page as inspiration for a while. 

Today I was “inspired” to copy this manicure….. but my memory failed.  so instead of this:


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I ended up with this:

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For whatever reason, in the light, the color picks up only the “blue”… but this is what the color looks like in real life:   Definitely green.

China Glaze – “Four Leaf Clover”

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So, I forgot the horizontal white line, and I think my dots are too small and it’s green, not blue. Next time I’ll look at the picture beforehand.  LOL.  Winking smile