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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!




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

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Aww, thank you @Titian06! 😃  I probably did my nails a lot more frequently during the Halloween season than I normally would - so many great possibilities for nail art (though that’s true for the entire year). Glad I was able to get this one in this year. 

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Another super cute mani @itsfi ! I love it! Fun and bright, what else could you ask for? 💚💚💚

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There really are some fun nail designs out there for Halloween @Saradestin! I went down quite the rabbit hole 🕳️ looking online for ideas and inspiration. Happy I was able to do a fun one with this bright green shade. 💚🖤🤍

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Just a little post of bits and bobs, odds and ends, random notes


First up, 30% off all stamping stuff at What's Up, no code needed. The email says it ends on Tuesday, Nov 2...but Nov 2 is Wednesday, so maybe shop by tomorrow in case the 2 is the typo 😋


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I almost never write reviews, hate doing it even though I love reading them (well-crafted ones, that is), but I spent a little time a few days ago doing some up for all my ILNP polishes in advance of their BF sale; they give you a few points for each one, so if you plan to shop their sale, and you currently have any of their polishes, go get those points ready! BF is normally 25% off sitewide plus double rewards (and I'm 90% certain rewards are also *worth* double that weekend...I hope I'm not wrong on that as I'm really looking forward to my $21 becoming $42!).



I had another little something I was gonna post, but...I've lost it completely, sigh. I know I had two things to remind or ask, but that was before the WUN sale, so apparently I can only hold two thoughts at once. Maybe I'll remember shortly and update this post? 🙄😅

ETA: oh! Night Owl and brushes! @WinglessOne (and anyone interested)

Night Owl actually sells a replacement paddle brush, but the listing specifically says something like "ha, might be too long, so the bristles will go janky". It looks just like the G&G/KBS brushes in the pic, so I found my G&G brush, and holding it even with the neck as best I can, it does look like it'll be maybe a couple mm too long, leaving the bristles wadded up at the tip and making a mess out of it over time.

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@RGbrown  D'oh, I didn't think to check if Night Owl sells paddle brushes. I'm always surprised when any brand (besides Zoya and G&G, and now KBShimmer) sells them for their own polishes. Cirque Colors hasn't started selling replacement brushes, but apparently they've sold some polishes that use 'em. Anyway, bummer that Nigh Owl's own replacement doesn't fit their bottles well. 


I might take advantage of this What's Up sale to buy a magnifying stamper. Maybe that'll help me overcome my stamping frustration. At the very least, it might give me less reason to blame my worsening eyesight. (Few things are more strangely annoying than having excellent color vision but steadily worsening visual acuity; thanks a lot, presbyopia. I can tell you the difference between 2 similar looking shades of font, but don't ask me what they spell out unless I've got reading glasses handy. 🤣 ) Even with readers, I sometimes have trouble placing stampers exactly where I want 'em on my nails for some reason. Anyway, all this rambling is me convincing myself to try a different stamper. 

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I hear ya on the vision troubles; even with my readers, I'm always a little off with where the stamp lands, or it's a little crooked. I feel like the domed top on my stampers doesn't help much, I have a hard time lining it up with my nail since I'm looking through a curved image. I'm curious if the magnified stamper helps though! 


I can't even begin to imagine doing this in the early days of stamping when stampers were generally opaque 😱 


If I place an order with Night Owl, I may toss in one brush just to have it for comparison to G&G. I'm super curious if all these brushes at the indie brands all come from the same place 🤔

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After seeing your amazing mani, I am tempted to get some stamping tools @RGbrown , but they look quite intimidating to me 😅

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Stamping is definitely tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it goes by sooooo quickly. It's worth considering at some point!


Couple options to start, if you decide to go for it:

go.maniology dot com/select-free-starter-kit

I'm ignoring the brand these days for political reasons, but this is a nice intro to stamping with a low price point, and they make quality products; not sure you can go wrong with this being your first stamping set! I think shipping is $8, and they've got 5 different options to pick from. Each set has a plate, stamper, scraper, and mini polish and smudge-free top coat duo. You'll get a bazillion popups on your way to cart with "But Wait! There's More!" offers, but you can ignore those and get away with just the "free" set for the cost of shipping if that's all you want.


Or over at WUN, they've got some of their house brand stamping starter kits for $20 ($14 after the sale), with a plate, stamper, scraper, and one full size polish. I don't use stamping polish, so I can't speak specifically to how WUN's performs, but I'd say it's probably pretty great, as everything else I've tried from their brand is perfectly lovely. I have several of their plates (fairly sure my current mani used one of theirs) and have never had a problem with any of them!  

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Thank you so much for the encouragement @RGbrown! You and sweet @Titian06 have given me the confidence I needed to just try. I placed an order with WUN and I will be practicing and practicing until I get the hang of it. I won’t feel discouraged by failure, because I count on it, so if the results look decent, I will feel more than happy! 😁

Time to watch some tutorials! 😃

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You are too kind, @Saradestin ! 😘  Not to worry since I'm learning too! 😄

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Oh yay, how exciting! I hope you love it, and can't wait to see your results! 

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I am so excited as well @RGbrown  😃 When I “master” it, I will share, for sure! 😊

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Last week, I sat down and pulled out a bunch of fallish colors and grouped them into sets of "shades I think will look good together", but had no concrete plans for art or anything like that; these three made up one of those sets. I had no real plans for another Halloween manicure at the time either; I was so in love with my cat eyes and blood spatter that I figured I'd never top it, so I wasn't even thinking about trying lol. Then, over the weekend, I watched a Kelli Marissa video on various gradient/sponging techniques, and became enchanted with the "radial gradient", and a plan started forming 🕸🦇


End result first!




I am loving how the gradient turned out, making this look like it's backlit 💚🦇


More deets on the polishes and process in the spoiler!


A radial gradient is almost exactly like doing the more common horizontal or vertical gradient; lay down a base coat and one layer of color (or more, but one is usually enough, it doesn't have to be perfect) on your nails, put down a barrier (usually latex, though PVA based stuff will work too, or even scotch or painter's tape), load polishes on a cosmetic sponge, then gently bounce that up and down on your nail, repeating 3-4 times or until you've built up the coverage you want. The only difference is that you load the polishes in a circle for a radial gradient, instead of stripes. 

First up, the practice/swatch hand. I have a terrible time visualizing how a design or color combo will look without actually seeing the final product, so I went ahead and did the gradient two different ways: light in the middle, and dark in the middle. Light in the middle was the clear winner in my flowed so much better than the one with the dark shade in the middle, and that one looks more like an oopsie than anything else to me. Perhaps if the dark spot had been bigger, it might have looked a little better, but eh, I really really like light in the middle, so it doesn't matter much.


swatch and practice hand

Colors used:
Orly Elysian Fields (pinky): murky baby poop olive. I ordered this one mostly because I needed a filler to hit free shipping and did not feel like browsing for anything else (I was already buying another Orly polish from the same collection, so it was my easy way to hurry up lol) but it's incredibly unique to my collection, and I don't dislike it like I thought I would (ringing endorsement, yes? 😅) It's actually quite lovely, moreso than I anticipated, and I'm happy to have it. Crelly formula, the first coat was quite sheer and I just knew I'd need three coats, but nope, got it down in two with no issues.

Essie My Happy Bass (index): another murky green, much lighter this time and with a strong yellow base. Easy two coater.

China Glaze Autumn's Up (thumb): fairly classic mustard yellow, honey leaning, not much brown in the mix. This was a three coater, a bit streaky, but it's a yellow, so no big surprise there.

Once I'd figured out which way I wanted to place the colors, I started my fancy hand. If you've never tried to draw a bullseye on a sponge with polish, you're in for a wild ride 😅 But the end result is pretty fabulous, even without stamping! While I probably would have been perfectly happy with a standard horizontal gradient with the light shade by my cuticles, the extra effort adds a little something that really makes this overall design pop IMHO.


I also used my UberChic Nail Art Barrier for the first time on my practice hand, and I have to's terrible. It's similar-ish to watered down school glue, but it's too thin. I knew I'd have to put it on thick to be able to peel it back up, and I tried to do so, but apparently I didn't get it anywhere near thick enough. I had what I thought were massive blobs, and it took foreeeeeeever to dry, but it just flaked up in little bits when I tried to remove it, and I wound up scraping some off with a cuticle stick, then finally taking the rest off with my clean up brush and acetone. Sigh. 

But! Peel off masks are made with polyvinyl alcohol, just like school glue, so I dug through my stash of samples and found a Formula 10.0.6 mask and figured I've got nothing to lose...can't be any worse than the UC barrier, and if it's better, then yay! I did one finger first, just see how it went, and it was fabulously easy, peeled up in one piece. The mask I used was black, and I did wind up with a couple of tiny black spots of thin bits wedged down in my sidewalls, but they aren't noticeable, especially after adding the black stamping. Overall, it was a massive upgrade, and I think I've got another sample from the brand that's a lighter/sheer color that I can use in the future with lighter manis to avoid any obvious leftovers I can't get out. Considering how infrequently I use any sort of barrier, I hate to spring for a new bottle of latex knowing it'll probably dry out long before I finish it (like my last one), so I'm cool with this hack as long as samples keep flowing from Ulta 😂

I went to What's Up to double check the ingredient list on the UC barrier (I seem to recall it didn't have any PVA in it to begin with, but if it came in a box, I've long since tossed it, and the ingredients aren't on the bottle), and maybe leave a scathing review, but they don't even carry it anymore. Yay! 😅 


Oh, and I did add a little stamping to my practice hand too, to give it some Halloween oomph 🕸


All stamping done with MT Little Black Dress


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@RGbrown  I also had radial gradients in mind for Halloween, but I got too frustrated with one of the polishes (more on that whenever I post my kinda sorta Halloween mani) and scrapped the whole idea for a much simpler look. Yours turned out amazingly well! 

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Ugh, no, I hate it when a PITA polish ruins plans 😡😣 Can't wait to see your final result though! 

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@RGbrown  Omg these turned out so good. I love that you shared the process! These are the best! 

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Thanks so much! Always happy to share deets on anything I do!

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@RGbrown  Oh wow, these turned out amazing! I love it!

I've really enjoyed watching Kelli Marissa - she's who got me turned on to gradients and stamping. In one of her videos she did a gradient stamp technique I really want to try.

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Thanks so much! And ooohhh, gradient stamping, yes, I keep meaning to try that too; it looks cool!

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@RGbrown oh my gosh, I LOVE that!!!!  The stamping turned out absolutely fantastic!!!

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Thanks so much! They were a blast to make! 🦇🕸

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