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Shimmer Polish Vivian Swatch

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Yet another Shimmer Polish mani today! This swatch is for Vivian, a “Dusty Rose Pink Mixture with Grays and Black Glitter Polish.” These polishes are so easy to work with—just pair with a complementary color and you have a no-brainer mani.

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Here I’ve used L’Oreal Penthouse Pink on the other fingers, while my middle and ring fingers have three thick coats of just Shimmer Vivian.

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If you dread working with glitter-packed polish because of the difficult removal, there’s a very easy way to do it. Check out this tutorial. The only change I’d make is that you don’t need a full cotton ball or pad. Rip apart the cotton ball so that there’s just enough covering your nail. That’s all you need. Easy, easy.

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Thanks for reading. Have a good week!

Friday Nail Art Ideas 10/25/13

Creepy crawly manicure from Plump and Polished:

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And….super creepy eyeballs from Flails and Nails.

Halloween-themed patchwork tutorial from The Nailasaurus.

I’m crazy for Paisley, so I just LOVED this look from Will Paint Nails for Food:

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Not only is Chalkboard Nails awesome at nail art, she rocks at eye makeup application! Who knew?

Another fantastic wedding nail look from Kayla Shevonne. I love that she’s letting readers pick what she does on her wedding day.

How beautiful is this look from Paulina’s Passions? I just love the peacock feathers on the white and light blue base. Gorgeous:

Have a good weekend!

Blue & Gray Geometric Nail Design

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I’d never used striping tape before, so I thought I’d give it a whirl, using Zoya Dove and China Glaze Manhunt. Zoya Dove is exactly what it sounds like, a really beautiful light gray. And China Glaze Manhunt has been my go-to dark blue forever. It’s so pigmented and pretty.

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I painted first with Dove, let it dry completely, then marked off random sections of nail with striping tape from Born Pretty and painted those sections with Manhunt. The trick is removing the tape right away so that you get a clean line. Then I waited again for the blue to dry so that I wouldn’t smear the colors together, and I applied my new fast-drying top coat Nubar Diamant Seal and Shine Top Coat

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Happy Thursday!

Definitely on my to-do list! Simple designs are often the best.

Definitely on my to-do list! Simple designs are often the best.

(via nail-time)

Friday Nail Art Ideas 10/18/13

Bold black and white gradient from Love Varnish. I’m tempted to replicate this one. 

Rose gold nail polish? LOVE THIS

Work Play Polish hits it out of the park with this amazing rocker-inspired nail art:

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This "Under the Sea" manicure with slightly ridiculous fish-like decals. Glad The Crumpet has a sense of humor about it, too.

Lots of purple on the blogs this time of year. Check out this Skittle manicure from The Manicurator:

Paws + Pedis, Rimmel Stiletto Red Edition

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Bennie the basset likes to sleep with his head resting on my feet so that he knows when I get up and leave the room. Naturally, I try to give him pretty feet to sleep on. These are Rimmel Stiletto Red.

Perfect Fall Gradient Manicure

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It’s finally fall here in the Midwest! I celebrated with this fall-themed mani, inspired by The Polished Perfectionist’s mani from last year. I applied one coat of a basic dark brown polish on my thumb and ring finger. Then I applied two coats of Cirque French Roast. On my other fingers I applied three coats of Sinful Colors Exotic Green, then dabbed on French Roast using a sponge. This sucker required MANY top coats. I stopped at three but it could have used more for extra shine.

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Green fading to brown—very autumnal, right? Happy Monday!

Purple Nail Polish Gradient

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The reason I first got interested in nail art was this mani from The Nailasaurus. I thought it was so beautiful, and that I’d never be able to do anything like that. I’m finally trying the gradient that has intimidated me so much. Good news is, it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Time consuming, but not difficult.

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I started by painting two thick coats of L’Oreal Violet Vixen. Then I sponged a dense layer of Cult Nails Vicious (sold out, similar color from Zoya here) on the tips of my nails. Then I went back after it had mostly dried, and sponged a combination of both colors right in the middle of the nails so that they blended.

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Pretty, right? Have a good start to your week!

Friday Nail Art Ideas 10/04/13

Awesome and easy idea for making nail polish decals at home from Chit Chat Nails.

Predictable. I’m losing my mind for these red textured roses from Paulina’s Passions:

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Rebecca Likes Nails shares this fun round-up of all the manis she did for the 31 Day Challenge!

Being a blogger is dangerous work. For instance, I saw this post by Chit Chat Nails and convinced myself that I MUST have the loose brown glequins she uses in the second manicure. 

Pretty purple ombre waterfalls with metallic detail from The PolishAholic:

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Precious Polish does it again with this lovely unicorn nail art.

I love blue and white Chinese ceramics, so I’m crazy for this manicure by Flails and Nails:

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Have a fab weekend!

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Finally, a take on the nude nail that I can get behind. LOVE the white, pink, gold, and black!

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Finally, a take on the nude nail that I can get behind. LOVE the white, pink, gold, and black!

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Hello nail art lovers! I'm Beth, a thirty-something Midwesterner who can't go more than a few days without the scent of freshly painted nails. I like to think I was ahead of the nail art trend in high school, when I painted my nails in alternating shades of blue and white and got dirty looks from the girls who wore only pale pink polish. Besides nail polish, I love leggings and tunics, costume jewelry, my two basset hounds Huey and Bennie, reading sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, memoir (okay, reading everything), waffles, and Kate Spade handbags. Welcome to the blog!

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