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Zoya Gretchen and Femme Fatale Heart’s Desires

Zoya Gretchen is a nude-ish brownish dusty rose kind of colour that I applied here in two coats (plus top coat). The accent nail is two coats of Femme Fatale Heart’s Desires, a very unique mauve-ish dusty rose base filled with red-gold-green flakies and tiny red holo microglitter sparks. Photos with flash. 

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The next day I added two coats of Heart’s Desires overtop of Gretchen and stamped on the accent nail using Kleancolor Metallic Green and an image from Hehe-024. The combo of Heart’s Desires plus green made the accent nail look kind of orange overall!

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Here’s the reason I bought Zoya Gretchen – former feral kitty Gretchen! She’s a torbie (brown tabby with some orange tabby patches), although it doesn’t really show in these photos.   

  

Gretchen actually doesn’t really get along very well with a lot of the cats, but there are a few she likes. Here she is cuddled up and spooning with Tex! <3<3<3

  

 

Black Cat Lacquer The Emperor

The Emperor by Black Cat Lacquer is from their Tarot collection. The name is also one of the (many, many) nicknames of one of my cats – SP, aka Emperor Spee. 😀

The Emperor is a dark brown creme-based holo with additional irregular-shaped micro holo shards. I had seen them described as both ‘flakes’ and ‘shreds’ so I wasn’t sure if they were flakes of true holo particles (smooth) or if they were more like glitter shards (slight texture that needs a topcoat to smooth), so I wanted to mention that it’s the latter, in case anyone is uncertain like I was. Here is the Emperor under Ottlite:

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I used two coats plus top coat. The accent nail has a base of Zoya Codie with a half moon in Zoya Nina. Under halogen light:

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With flash:

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Love this deep brown combo, even if in most lighting the contrast between the two colours on the accent nail wasn’t as strong as I’d thought it would be. 

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And here are some pics of my feline Emperor Spee; he’s a little black cat and with the bright sunlight bringing out the brown highlights in his fur, The Emperor polish matches him well! ❤  

Zoya Mason and Colour Alike 547

Zoya Mason is a gorgeous red-toned purple shimmer with red pigment sparks. I paired it with Colour Alike 547, which has a brown-plum base with holo and duochrome that shifts blue-purple-plum-fuchsia-orange. I used two coats plus top coat for each of these polishes.

First photo in overcast natural light:
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Flash photos:
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Various states of partial sun/shade:
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Badger Mushroom Snake!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here. You may now either thank me or curse me. 🙂

While there are many great images on Vivid Lacquer plate VL-004, it’s three particular images that made it so that I *needed* to get this plate as soon as I saw it. 

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Here is the badger, mushroom, snake mani that I did. 

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The base is two coats of Milani White On The Spot (plus top coat). 

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I stamped using Kleancolor polishes in Black, Blood and Dark Brown (together on the plate for the mushroom image), and Military Green. 

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I added white dots to the mushroom with a dotting tool, and some colour details on the snake’s hood (with Kleancolor Neon Yellow) and tongue (with Kleancolor Blood) using a straightened-out paper clip (didn’t have any thin nail art brushes at the time, though I’ve since ordered some). 

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I had a bit of trouble with the badger image; I’m wondering if Kleancolor Metallic Black might have been a better choice since I’ve found that sometimes metallics work better than cremes for stamping images I’ve had trouble getting crisp/full. I used HK Girl topcoat by Glisten & Glow overtop, which I’m really liking since it dries quickly and stands up to its claims of not smudging nail art. 

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Anyway, my life feels a little more complete having done this mani, haha.  Thank you Vivid Lacquer for putting these images together on a plate! 😀

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Smitten Polish A Parliament Of Owls and stamping

This gorgeous apricot-toned gold holo is A Parliament of Owls by Smitten Polish. Three coats with an easy to work with and fast-drying holo formula. In the sun:

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With flash:

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In shade:

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 I stamped it using Smitten Polish Seasonal Lattes and a design from Messy Mansion plate MM-13. Under halogen light:

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With flash:

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In shade:

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Picture Polish Cherish and chevron nail art

I’ve got some nail art to show you today! I was kind of ridiculously proud of the result of this first time using nail vinyls, haha. 😀

I started with Picture Polish Cherish, a light beige creme-based scattered holo. I used three coats plus topcoat for this swatch (although two coats would probably be fine for non-ridgey nails).

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I added chevron nail vinyls (the ones I used were from nailvinyls.com although I received them as a sample in a Cult Nails purchase quite a long time ago!) and then applied two other Picture Polish scattered holos, Forget Me Not on the cuticle side and Demeter on the free edge side, before removing the vinyls and applying a final topcoat. Unfortunately my camera refused to capture the true colour of Forget Me Not, but I have a phone pic at the end that shows its rich, deep blue much better.

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I was so happy with how these turned out! Here is the more colour-accurate photo of Forget Me Not – my camera shows it much too light in the above pics!

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Maya Cosmetics Hex and Pretty Serious Martian Sea

I have some swatches and manis from last year that I still haven’t posted; here is one of them! Shown under Ott Lite:

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The olive green is Hex from the now-defunct Maya Cosmetics, and the orangey-brown brick colour is Pretty Serious Martian Sea. Two coats each. Sunlight:

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Shade:

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They both have great colour-shifting shimmer, especially Martian Sea which shifts from gold through to blue at an extreme angle. Ott lite:

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Sunlight:

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I thought these two went together really well!