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Nail Stamping, Pedicure

Essie Bikini So Teeny With Dots + Pedicure nightmare

July 31, 2012

Wearing some dots today. :) The dots are from a Cheeky plate and were sort of hard to stamp. It was strange. I was trying to be super careful but you can see that some of the dots are warped. I think I need to practice a bit more with this one. :)

Anyhow, here are some dots!

Base Color: Essie Bikini So Teeny
Stamping Color: Konad Special Polish White
Stamping Plate: Cheeky CH6
Topcoat: Seche Vite

Pedicure Nightmare

In other news, I had an awful pedicure over the weekend. The technician cut my toes multiple times! I’ve always heard that you should never trim your cuticles, but just push them back. I generally don’t have much dead cuticle to work with anyway, so I’ve never had to warn anyone to NOT trim my cuticles. Anyway, before I knew it the tech was going to town on my toes and making me bleed! Nip! Nip! Nip! I could feel her cutting my skin!

I should have spoken up sooner. Learn from me, people! SPEAK UP AND TELL THEM THEY ARE HURTING YOU! She was going so fast, I just assumed it would be over quickly. Three days later and I still can’t wear socks or closed toe shoes because they rub against my healing WOUNDS. :(

Dude. Never again. I’ll just do my own dang pedicure, thanks.

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Simple Manicure

Essie Mojito Madness

June 10, 2012

I adore this green… So summery…

BTW, I had a marathon cleaning session in my kitchen tonight. I hate cleaning. Boo. Anyway, the only way my nail polish can survive cleaning is to wear rubber gloves. SO attractive, let me tell you. And I hate the way it makes my hands sweat. But on the other hand, at least my manicure comes out unscathed. :)

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Simple Manicure

Essie French Manicure Colors + Color Discrepancy

May 22, 2012

I’ve used the same colors for doing a French manicure for nearly five years: Essie’s Marshmallow for white (the perfect soft pearl color) and Essie’s Mademoiselle (a pale, sheer pink). The perfect colors, I think, for a natural looking French manicure. I don’t usually like the stark white manicures, so the pearly white of Marshmallow with Mademoiselle over the top is perfect for me. [See these colors used in a video showing my French manicure process HERE]

When I went to Ulta the other day I thought it would be smart to pick up a couple back up bottles. After I came home, I realized that I really only needed a new white bottle. I had plenty of the pink, but for some reason thought I didn’t. Anyhow, after I did my manicure last night I kept thinking that something looked different. I wasn’t able to place it until I looked at the new bottle of Mademoiselle next to the old one…

The new bottle is much more yellow than the original. Almost more nude. Well, crap. :(

I still like it on my nails, but the pinky-ness of the older bottle usually makes my nails look more healthy. Not so much with this new version. So, Essie, what’s up? Did your color checker take a day off when you approved this color coming off the line in production? So strange.

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Nail Art

Teal Stripes & White Dots

May 18, 2012

Experimenting with more tape manicures. I also tried a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, which I really liked. I used the white pen for the dots and white stripes. Truth be told, I only did this on my left hand since I was just playing. I didn’t have time to attempt it on my right hand as well. Anyhow, it’s certainly fun! :)

Dark Navy Base Color: Essie Midnight Cami
Lighter Aqua: Color Club New Bohemian
Teal: Butter London Slapper
White Dots and Stripes: Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen

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Nail Stamping, Video

Video: Gradient Nails + Stamping

May 10, 2012

Base Colors: China Glaze Custom Kicks, Gothic Lolita, and Dance Baby; Essie Carnival
Stamping Color: Konad Special Polish White
Stamping Plate: Konad m57

P.S. For videos, do you like the camera angle in this video or do you prefer the straight overhead of previous videos?

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Nail Stamping

Orange Diagonal Chevron

April 19, 2012

Note: These are the same colors I used on Julie’s nails in the far right image in this post. I was inspired after doing her nails last weekend and tried a new version with the chevron stamp at a diagonal. :)

Base Color: Essie Orange, It’s Obvious
Stamping Color: Konad Special Polish in White
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM-201

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