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Julep Joan + China Glaze Emotion Stamping

My monthly Julep Maven box arrived a day ago and this beautiful raspberry shimmery color, Joan, was included. I wanted to try it out right away…

Base Color: Julep Joan
Stamping Color: China Glaze Emotion (sort of a hard polish to find since it came out years ago, but it does stamp beautifully)
Stamping Plate: Konad m57

*Inspired by this stamping manicure by The Nailasaurus, one my favorite nail blogs. :)

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Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean

Today’s manicure: two coats of Julep Eloise (navy), with one coat Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean. :)

The above photos were taken with my iPhone the morning after I painted my nails (in natural light). Here’s a shot with my big momma camera (Canon 50D) taken the night before right after painting my nails (desk lamp)…

And one the next morning in natural light with the big momma camera…

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Orly Liquid Vinyl + 2 CND Effects polishes

So yesterday I tried out a pink cream polish with a CND Effects polish on top. That shimmer polish wasn’t the only CND polish I ordered from transdesign.com. I actually ordered quite a few. Definitely not all of them, but just ones I was interested in

You can see all of the polishes layered over different colors at nail blog The Edge of Insanity. I used her chart to help me make my decision on which ones to buy. :)

Today I’m wearing a black cream polish (Orly Liquid Vinyl) with two different Effects polishes on top. First I layered Sapphire Sparkle, which gave it a blue shimmer. Then I layered Amethyst Sparkle on top. It created the most interesting purple-ish blue shimmer. I wish you guys could see it in person! It’s such a unique combination!

Base Color: Orly Liquid Vinyl
Shimmer Polish 1: CND Effects Sapphire Sparkle
Shimmer Polish 2: CND Effects Amethyst Sparkle
Top Coat: Butter London Hardwear PD Quick Top Coat

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Pretty Princess Pink Nails

The pink shimmer of this manicure makes me smile. :) I’m usually not one for super girly pink, but I loved what the CND Raspberry Sparkle did to the plain pink cream Zoya Lara. It makes me think it would be perfect for a princess–I think of Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora in this case. :)

Base Color: Zoya Lara (2 coats)
Shimmer Layer: CND Raspberry Sparkle (1 coat)
Top Coat: Butter London Hardwear PD Quick Top Coat

In other news, I had no shrinkage or bubbles when using the Butter London base and top coats with this Zoya color. I’m not sure if it was because I added the CND polish into the mix, or if I really have found my holy grail base and top coats for use with Zoya polishes. Further research is needed. :)

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Nicole Up & Kim-ing Pink + Kim-pletely in Love

Today I’m wearing three coats of Up & Kim-ing Pink, and one thin coat of Kim-pletely in Love (very sheer pale pink with iridescent shimmer). It’s hard to see Kim-pletely in Love on top since the bottom color is SO pink, but you can see it slightly in the first shot.

I liked this combination. Not love, but just liked. I’ve had it one for a day and it’s a bit too… girly? I guess that’s the best way to describe it. I’m very girly (hello nail blog?), but sometimes bright bubble gum pink is a bit much for even me. :)

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Black Russian

I’ve been eying Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes for a while now and finally ordered a few polishes a couple weeks ago. They’re not the cheapest polishes in the world, but I’ve heard the quality of the polish is amazing. It’s hard to order polishes online without seeing them in person, but I took a chance and I’m glad I did. :)

When the package arrived, I immediately fell in love with Black Russian and knew I’d chosen wisely. It’s the perfect blend of dark vampy polish and a bit of red shimmer. I took this photo in my hotel room without good lighting (out of town at the moment), but believe me the shimmer is more apparent in natural light. :)

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