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Show Me Your Nails 2.0

Due to some technical glitches with the original Show Me Your Nails Thread, I am starting a new thread with @vegchililover78's blessing (She says "hello," by the way!).

 

Please share your nail looks, nail art and manicures!

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...And don't forget to check out @Beadshopgirl's Nail Stamping Thread for stamping inspiration! ❤️  

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Nailed-It/The-Nail-Stamping-Thread/m-p/3328865

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@Mellmars1185 

Eh, nails are dead and don't need to breathe. If you're comfortable leaving them nekkid, by all means, feel free, lots of folks go through life never or rarely wearing polish, but I know for me personally, it's a terrible decision...my nails need the protection from water that polish provides in order to be able to grow any sort of length, and when my nails have nothing on them, I have nothing but stubs that peel and break continually.

 

Honestly, on polish remover, grab a bottle of plain acetone...you can get 16oz for $4-5 most anywhere. If you want to soften it up with some glycerin, the recipe I found is 10 parts acetone + 1 part glycerin + 1.2 parts water (this is just enough water to mix the glycerin into the acetone...I just eyeball it, adding a little water at a time until I see that all the glycerin has been mixed in). I actually find that to be a bit too much glycerin, it leaves my fingers kinda slick, borderline slimy, so I throw in a little extra acetone to tone that down a bit. 

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@RGbrown that's a good tip on the glycerin!

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@CookieGirl1 It has been a fantastic money saver! I was loyal to Zoya Remove+ before, but at $28/quart (and a complete lack of sales on anything other than polish on their site for over a year), it adds up pretty quickly. Sally's has a gallon of acetone for $22, and glycerin is cheap, so that's 4 times as much product for about the same money!

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@RGbrown After removin my nail polish yesterday , 2 nails broke! They were long while wearing polish but as soon as i removed it they broke! I never put that together! Thats i will tey out the acetone amd glycerin and see how that goes!

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@Mellmars1185 

Ah yup, if I leave mine bare for any amount of time, I tend to lose one pretty quickly too. I "never go naked" anymore...even if for whatever reason I don't have time for a full mani after a polish removal, at a bare minimum I put on a coat or two of base coat, maybe slap a layer of topcoat over it, and wear that until I have time for a full polish job.

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I've been feeling a bit restless and overwhelmed with my current quantity of unused polishes (perhaps noticeable with me changing it nearly every day lately? 😋). I've got many I tend to skip over, ignoring them for newer stuff, some that have sat here for months, if not a year or more, passed over for no good reason other than I just have too many, so last night I pulled out 27 polishes to use over the next four manis, many of which are perfectly lovely shades that I've just never gotten around to using. The first batch is a bit of a rainbow skittles mix 🌈

 

From pinky to thumb

 

CND Vinylux Hot Chilis

I have no idea how long I've had this one, 3+ years maybe? I don't really even remember when or where I last picked up any Vinylux; I know I grabbed at least a few from Ulta clearance many moons ago, so perhaps it came from there. In any case, this wound up being more interesting than I realized it would be...it's a shimmery red that looks kinda sorta pink-leaning inside, but out in the sun, it's also got a warm, almost coppery leaning undertone. Lovely color, easy two coater.

 

Morgan Taylor Keepin' It Cool

A lovely sky blue if you like this shade...it borders too close to the powder/french/country blue that was ever so popular in awful 80's decor, so I'm not a huge fan. It was an easy two coater, and the silver shimmer almost saves it for me, but not quite 😅

 

OPI Rated Pea-G

A lovely primary green cream, easy two coater. Extremely close to Revlon Posh.

 

OPI OPI Nails The Runway

A clear base with silver shimmer, and just a pinch of red, blue, and pink shimmers are apparent in the bottle, though sadly, I can't really catch any of the colors on the nail. This took 4 coats to build up to full coverage, but I believe it would make a lovely topper as well.

 

OPI Vesper

The first coat applies as a gorgeous deep royal purple (and I was so excited), but the second coat turns it to a much darker and muddy brown-leaning plum, moving it into almost-black territory for me, which I don't find exciting. Pretty shade, if that's your jam, but perhaps not for me. It's also one of their Liquid Sand formulas, which I normally love, but many of them have glitter for more interest, where as this one doesn't. 

 

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@RGbrown, the green in this mani jumps out at me, very pretty. 💚 OPI OPI Nails the Runway sounds like it would make a beautiful topper - silver, red, blue and pink shimmers? Oh yes!! I wonder how it would look atop the polishes in this mani. I could see it being an excellent complement to these shades. 

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@itsfi 

Thanks so much! I'll have to try to remember to use it as a topper at some point soon 

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These are nice, @RGbrown , 💖💖💖 though I'm not crazy about OPI Vesper.

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@Titian06 

Vesper is definitely my least favorite as well, especially considering it swatched like this (lone one on the bottom right):

 

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I know one coat on paper isn't a perfect representation of a color, but I test combos this way pretty frequently and I've never had one change so drastically with a second coat before. There was no hint of muddy brown at all 🤨

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@RGbrown - Thanks for sharing your swatch!  That is a gorgeous color!  How disappointing...😞

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@RGbrown I'm laughing because I get a weird sort of joy from swatching my polishes on paper and just admiring them 😂.

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@CookieGirl1 

I love looking at them this way too 😅 I have swatch sticks for all of my polishes, but still enjoy testing them out this way before a mani...weirdly, I feel like it usually helps me get a better idea (not always though, apparently lol)

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@RGbrown Beautiful rainbow!

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@Mellmars1185 

Thanks so much! 🌈

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More Cupcake? Yes? How about a selection of shifty shades today? Yes, I thought so 😅

 

The shifts on most these are surprisingly difficult to pick up on film...one is subtle IRL, but the rest are quite vivid, so I collaged a bunch of pics together for this one to show off multiple angles and light sources. I figured 7 pics in one post is a bit much, even for me 😅

 

Three coats for all, none were fussy, I just don't like visible nail lines and wanted full coverage. 

 

Right hand:

Keratoconus Awareness (pinky, middle, index) is a red jelly base with green to gold shifting shimmer, and at just the right angle, I can even see a touch of purple. 

 

LA Lluvia (ring, thumb) is a lavender jelly base with pink/gold/green shifting shimmer

 

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Left hand:

Moongate (thumb, ring) is an aqua jelly with pink to gold shimmer. Three coats, though I swear I must have missed a coat on my ring, as it's still super sheer/visible nail line-y, way moreso than my thumb.

 

All Tide Up is a dusty lavender/grape, more creamy in texture than the rest, with a subtle teal shimmer. 

 

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@RGbrown - All the colors are great! 💖💖💖  Color combination-wise, I love the aqua and purple on your left hand! 💙💜

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@Titian06 

Thank you! It's hard to go wrong with purple and aqua 💖

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Oooooh, the base colors and the shift on your right hand is gorgeous @RGbrown! I need to check if I have those in my reds and purples. 🤔 And how can you not love the mermaid vibes from the mani on your left hand?!

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@itsfi 

Thanks so much! Cupcake has some lovely shifters! 💖

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@RGbrown These shades are so beautiful! I need these!

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