Oh, say can you see DEM SPARKLES

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Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! And a merry 4th July to all else. I’m celebrating with China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps, Essie’s Aruba Blue and Set in Stones, and some trusty white striping tape. Please enjoy fireworks season safely and thoroughly! 

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Essie "Aruba Blue"

Essie “Aruba Blue”

I love stamping. But, admittedly, I tend to do it in about the most boring possible manner when I do full-nail stamps. White for dark colors, black for light colors. Metallics for everybody! And… that’s it. I was fully geared up to do this stamp (my favorite, which you will see in probably every other stamping mani I do from now until the end of time) in white over the dark blue, but at the last minute I decided to go with black.

I’m so glad I did. This gorgeous effect got a ton of compliments, including minor assault by a coworker who grabbed my hand and nearly pulled me off my feet. But, as I mentioned in a previous post, this is the one circumstance in which I love having my personal space violated. All in the name of art (and maybe just a hint of envy).