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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Stamps Stamps Stamps

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).

Overboard With Mod Flowers

Mod FlowersYes, I love florals.

Also, water is wet.

I’ve seen a few mod flower designs lately, so I decided to give it a go on my own. I’m annoyed that, despite being at several retail establishments since doing this mani, I have gotten no compliments. People, do you not see? DO YOU NOT SEE? This is fun and bright and awesome. Why has no one invaded my personal space and grabbed my hands to marvel at the artwork thereupon?

Next time I complain about anyone invading my bubble, remind me that I complained about it here.

Base color is Essie – Go Overboard. Design is China Glaze – Happy Go Lucky, and Sinful Colors Nail Art in Sunset and Sour Apple.

Pretty in Peach

Pretty in PeachI tried a thing.

It didn’t work.

Because I had such a resounding response to the flowers-on-a-pond jelly sandwich, I really wanted to explore with layering designs. My idea was to do different flower petals on different layers of polish to give the design some depth. I actually just did layers of Seche Vite for this. The end result was something that started peeling the very next day, and didn’t offer the depth for which I was striving.

However! I do plan on recreating this soon and learning from my mistakes. For instance, I will start with a base color first, then use different shades on the individual petals. I also plan on using something other than Seche Vite as the clear layer between the colors. Gelous? Sally’s Super Shine? More experimentation will be necessary.

The base color is Essie’s A Crewed Interest, which is my personal perfect shade of peach.