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ncu – red & black

when i decided to do this playing card mani for the black and red challenge i didn’t realize i would struggle so much with the little stems on the spade and club. tricky little buggars!

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i think they ended up looking okay, maybe a little out of proportion, but i can deal with that! i do really like this mani, if for nothing else, because of the combo of matte and shiny. that was unintentional, just the polishes i ended up using. i didn’t do a top coat because i really liked the contrast.

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colors used: sinful colors snow me white, style me up! black, wet n wild red red.

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ncu – anti-valentine

he loves me… he loves me not…

that’s the theme of my “anti-valentine’s” prompt today. i don’t love valentine’s day, but i also don’t hate it. like most other holidays in my life i’m indifferent to it (holidays really only get my approval if i get the day off of work and/or get to dress up!). so when thinking of what to paint i did some google searching. there’s a lot of valentine’s day hate out there! dang. a lot of it is broken hearts and taking-back-the-day-from-corporate-greed-mongers-who-are-guilting-people-into-sales-based-on-chocolatey-professions-of-love-all-while-alienating-single-people.

valentine’s day is doing the most!

so i thought of something that is still cute but could potentially be anti: the hope of true love through divine intervention and plucking of flower petals. so each of my fingers is less one flower petal. and just like when doing this in real life the outcome is based on where you start and where you end. is first plucked petal a “he loves me” or a “he loves me not”? so this could either be a manicure in favor of valentines day or against. ;)

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for the mani itself i started with one of my favorite sparkly holo’s as a base coat and on my silcone mat did a gradient from yellow to orange. when that dried i cut it up (above pic) and glued them on to my nails. i should have tried to alternate the colors more, but i thought the layering would make each petal stand out more than it did.

colors used: kbshimmer pt. young thing, wet n wild french white crème, sally hansen mellow yellow, pop ablaze.

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26gnai – black and white valentines

there have been so many just color prompts lately that i misread this as one of those. so this mani has nothing to do with valentines. just the black and white part.

i’ve seen a lot of drip mani’s lately and it looks SO easy and SO pretty that i couldn’t resist. i debated doing this for the red and pink prompt (as you can see in the photo below), but i decided i liked the contrast in the black and white more (and it looks more like geodes – which is cool!).

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you can see that i used a bunch of cut up plastic lids (from panera broccoli cheddar soup -my fave!!) as my art palettes. i tried doing this initially on some plastic plates, but i quickly realized that a) you can’t do more designs until the first one is dry and b) that for some reason the polish did not want to come off of these plates. so i dug through my recycling and found two lids that cut up into nice sizes.

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i only made eight of these but a few were large enough to cut up and use for multiple smaller nails. a few i flipped over and used the underside to break up the patterns too.

i really love how these turned out! it was fun experimenting with this – the order that i dropped the colors on the palette, the amount i used of each, how much i tilted and rotated the whole thing. some that i wasn’t too excited for on the palette are some of my favorites once i put them on my nails.

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colors used: wet n wild black crème, spoiled black mamba, sally hansen celeb city, sinful colors snow me white.