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Lazy Drip Marble Tutorial

Welp, this project took me three whole days to complete due to fatigue issues. For the average person it should actually take about a half day or whole day. There’s a bit of waiting time, but if you have the patience this is a really cool design and 100% worth it in the end.

To start off you need:
Scissors
Cuticle pusher or orange stick
Polish; 2 or more (obvious, but worth mentioning)
Acetone (or remover, it’ll just take a bit longer for clean up)
A yogurt lid or similar surface/Silicone mat
Top coat
Base coat
Cleanup Brush
Pen or other poking item (for bubbles)

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Okay, so. This is what you do. Pick a few colors you think would look nice together. Start off by making 2 to 3 rows of 3 of 4 drops of polish, almost touching. Continue to drop each color on top of the last drops you made. When you’re done start rotating the lid/surface. Continue to move the lid around until you have a pattern you like or until the polish starts to dry and is no longer mobile. Pop any bubble that have come to the surface.

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Now, wait. I left mine overnight and then put them into a plastic bag to try to ensure it didn’t over dry. You want the polish decal to be dry, but still flexible. If you wait too long it will start to get crispy around the edges. When I originally tried to move them it had been about 2-3 hours and though 2 of them were dry, I ruined part of one that was a little too thick that it hadn’t dried. Personally, I’d wait overnight or about 8 hours the next time I try this. That way they’ll be dry, but fresh enough that they aren’t flaking.

PS These are the colors I used. Zoya Saint, China Glaze Let’s Jam, China Glaze Eat, Pink, Be Merry, OPI Chiffon My Mind, and Orly Pretty Ugly.

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Once the decals are all dry find the bits you like and cut them out to scale for each of your nails. Make sure to leave a bit of room around the edges. When you have those all situated you can move on to your foundation polish. If you want you can use base coat prior to this step, then move on to either clear nail polish or something like white to help the colors pop if they’re a bit sheer. I meant to use OPI Alpine Snow, but as I do, I misplaced it somewhere in this process because… typical. Instead, I used OPI I Cannoli Use OPI and it worked fine.

I painted the nail and then placed the decal onto the nail, ensuring that it was flat across the nail bed and adhered well. Use a gentle touch to ensure that you don’t smoosh the wet polish under the decal around too much. Using my thumbnail I gently left indents into where I planned to remove the excess polish. Then I moved onto the next finger and repeated the process.

Once all the nails were done they were still a bit wet so it was easy to go around the edges and use my thumbnail and an orange stick to separate the unwanted polish at the edges of the nail. Be very careful at this stage and try not to pull off the excess if it still appears to be connected. If the polish is still wet it can pull the decal off or rip it.

Use nail polish remover or acetone to clean up around the edges and add top coat.

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Ya done. Give yourself a big ol’ back pat. Sorry if this isn’t very cohesive, I’m exhausted. It’s taken me longer than I would have liked to get this up, but here it is. Apologies for any grammatical or spelling errors, as I said, I’m not functioning on high today… Or ever for that matter if you want me to be truthful.

Be well, children. Big love. I’m going to night nap. 3rd nap of the day is the most nutritious!
Jenn

Untried Nail Polish No.15

Two more to go!! We are now on CREME! Which I like to pronounce as crem. This is an older OPI, but is now officially my favorite ted. It’s deep and vampy while still being red enough to tell that it is indeed red. Reds, unfortunately, can go from classy to messy really quick if your application and clean up aren’t on the fleeks. Mine are not on the fleeks. I’ll make a post on how to do right by red polish since I’m obviously and expert.

This is OPI I’ve Got the Blues for Red. The perfect Adeep blue-based red. It goes great with my pale, cool skin. This was two coats with a coat of top coat. The formula is smooth and easy to use.

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Basecoat is a must. I had some major staining, you can see it where I tried to clean up around the cuticles and it stained the actual nail. It took a little bit of scrubbing with remover to get the polish off the skin. I should have gone straight in with acetone, but I didn’t want to get up to wash my hands after I used it. #Lazygrrlproblems. My fingers start to burn a few seconds after I’ve used acetone so I generally try not to use it.

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I’m really pleased with this polish. I’m sure if I had been sitting up to paint my nails on a flat surface things would have gone smoother. Yet, once again, despite knowing better I chose to paint them while laying in bed in the dark. We can’t always win them all.

Next up we have our final polish, “The Gift”. Technically all of my nail polishes are gifts besides my older ones so I can choose whatever I want!

May your manis be on the fleek with minimal clean up!
Jenn

Untried Polish Challenge No.13

I’m almost done. I’m honestly so surprised I stuck with something like this for so long that I’m actually almost done. If you know me you know I mean well, but I have zero attention span… Then I realize I dun goofed and never finish anything because of anxiety and shame. Is there a word for that? Shaxiety? Shamxiety? Doesn’t really work.

I’m on the 13th one, which is In Season. I wanted to choose something that had come out recently, but was also appropriate for the time period and weather. When I wore this manicure it was early March in that pre-Spring area where it’s still cold, rainy, and gross. Essie Gel Couture line is among my favorite polish formulas so Closing Night was a no brainer. This came out for Essie Gel Couture’s Ballet Nudes Collection for Spring 2017. The whole collection is full of great neutral pallet cleansers.

Closing Night is a really great mid dusty blue with a fine, vibrant blue shimmer throughout. I’m getting major OPI I Can Never Hut Up vibes from this polish, but we’ll chat more about that in a moment.

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Closing night was easy in two coats. I did find this formula to be a bit runnier than I’m used to and I had some minor pooling around the edges. Nothing crazy. The pictures also seem to pull out ridges and nail line, both of which were not visible to the naked eye. If I were to do raw macro swatches again I’d do 3 coats, but I am far too lazy for that and honestly, why!? The polish is great. The color is great. I recommend giving these a try if you haven’t yet. Transdesign tends to have them for really great prices if you’re interested.

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So this comes down to Essie Gel Couture Closing Night vs OPI I Can Never Hut Up. Both polishes are great, they are both lovely, BUT do you need both?!?! I’d say yes, but I am a glutton. 1heffer <=== ME. Rocko’s Modern Life when Heffer goes to heck for being a glutton, but still asks for snacks. Back on track. I Can Never is more green and gray toned and may suit warmer skin tones more so than Closing Night. Closing Night has more blue to it and I’d say more cool toned. It all comes down to preference at this point. They are both good formulas that take two coats to opacity.

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My top hand is OPI I Can Never Hut Up and the hand on the bottom is Essie Gel Couture Closing Night.

I hope this was somewhat helpful for anyone who was curious about these two polishes. By the time this is posted there will probably be a lot of comparisons up, but for anyone who stumbles on this blog I hope this helps!

I had to recruit my partner to take the bottom picture… I forgot that I can’t take a picture of both of my hands at one time. Only after I asked him to help did I realize that I could have used the timer. My poor brain is borked. Take me out back and put me down like Ol’ Yeller. Time to put this old cow out to pasture.

Try not to bork your brains!
Jenn

Untried Polish Challenge No. 11

Why you so uggos, tho, bb? JK, you are precious and I want to give you squeezins. My little orange juice babbin. Oh, shit!! I forgot! I received 500 combined likes on my posts. That’s really freaking cool and makes me feel like I made an accomplishment. Thank. Thank kindly. Thank big. Thank far. All THANK.EVERYWHERE THANK!!!!

This one was hard. I originally put on a color from Misa and then because of the issues I talked about in No. 8 Cheapest, I ended up messing up the manicure. Someday I will figure out the secrets of Misa, but today is not that day. The color also turned out to be really pretty before I slobbed it up big time. I ended up finding a mini from OPI’s Winter/Holiday 2015 Starlight collection that I had yet to experiment with.

I ended up finding a mini from OPI’s Winter/Holiday 2015 Starlight collection. I’d like to inform you that minis are the worst. Due to spasticity (possible spinal cord injury) and good old tremors, I have a bit of a handicap when it comes to applying nail polish. Some days are better than others, but minis are always an exercise in not wishing everything else in the universe would die.

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Anywho, this is Is This Star Taken? It’s a silvered metallic base with holographic bar glitter. It’s beautiful in the bottle, but as the coats build up it buries the glitter which leads to an unattractive lumpy mess. I’m not a fan of under glitter at all. The idea is nice, the execution… Should never have been released (I’m so sorry if you liked it, I mean no offense!).

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This polish took me three coats, but I feel like that had something to do with the bottle being a mini. A full-size bottle would be easier to manage and I’m pretty confident you could get the job done in two coats. Another negative here was that even with top coat this chipped within 12 hours of wear. After I did this mani I took a nap, then I got up, cleaned a knife, ate dinner, and went to take pictures. As you can see, I have a small chip. Which is honestly just rude. After everything this polish put me through it had the audacity to chip before I was able to take pics?! SHAME.

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Welp, sorry this one has been so negative. The next post won’t be since it’s Prettiest and we all like Prettiest. Plus, the polish is reeeeal nice. Spicy. Delicious. Yum.

Now, go forth and beat it, ya creep.
<3Jenn

Untried Polish Challenge No. 8

We’re halfway done!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, I’ve gotten a lot farther than I thought I would. I am so awful at sticking to anything, it’s embarrassing and it’s something I really have to work on. Yay for accomplishments, big and small. Give yourself a pat on the back for my job done. I didn’t feel comfortable saying it was a job well done since that would have been a lie. I did a thing and that is what matters! E-archeologists will some day dig this blog up and be ashamed for their ancestors. As they should be.

New time! So excited for this one, he’s a purty lil guy. This is one of my new favorite polishes and I will be wearing it throughout the Late-Winter and Spring. Come on down, OPI I Can Never Hut Up and meet the readers!! The polish is from our dearest Opi’s Spring/Summer 2017 Fiji Collection. He’s a mid-toned gray with the most gorgeous green iridescence.

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Two easy coats to perfection, as they say. My pinky fingernail shows a bit of ridge, but that is probably more my nail then the polish. My pinky ridges tend to show more easily than the others, but it’s nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a ridge filling base coat. I don’t even know if anyone would be able to tell in person as these macros tend to show things that aren’t visible to the naked eye. It can be mildly infuriating and if I had the energy to redo some of them I’d do it. No… of course, I wouldn’t blame my chronic fatigue to get away with my inherent laziness~ How dare!!  Great offense! Shame 2 u, buddy boi!

I wholeheartedly stand by the fact that the shimmer in this polish is to die for. If you pick up nothing from this collection, at least give this one a look. The polish seems to work okay with my skin tone since it comes off a bit blue. I was skeptical, but I’m excited about our future together and I’m glad I picked her up. Yes, her, she changes her mind sometimes and that’s okay. I for one, enjoy being kept on my toes.

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Honestly, I’m drooling looking back at these photos. I’d put it back on right now if I wasn’t still doing this challenge and I know myself better than to let myself have a day off. The chances of me remembering to do the rest of the challenge would be very slim. My boyfriend calls me goldfish brain… When he’s not calling me heifer… or “stupid dog” in Japanese. We have a very loving and healthy relationship because he’d probably be right if I could remember what we were talking about. Oooo, boi. I am a spicy dad meme with all my dad level jokes.

TL;DR: Great polish, do recommend!!!

May your dreams be that of munchkins and sprinkled pancakes<3
JP

 

 

Dupes?! China Glaze Snow Way vs OPI Oh My Majesty

 

It goes China Glaze Snow Way then OPI Oh My Majesty then CG then OPI. I can tell the difference, my fiance couldn’t. The CG has a bit more of a gray tone. The OPI is a bit brighter and whiter. The gold shimmer in the OPI seems to pop a little bit more. These are not dupes in my opinion. I expect dupes to be exact duplicates because the smallest differences can make the product look completely different on someone else.

IMG_0826Interchanging order – China Glaze Snow Way then OPI Oh My Majesty

These pictures were infuriatingly difficult to capture for some reason. I had to redo the shoot because almost all of them were very slightly blurry.

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When it comes down to it, do you need both? I’d say yes, but as I’ve said before, I’m a glutton. Deep down inside, I know that you don’t need both of these polishes. They are ridiculously similar and a little bit difficult to tell apart when on the nail.

So it comes down to which you like better. The CG dried a bit quicker, I accidently dented the OPI even though I thought it was ready to go. The formulas are a little different, but similar. The OPI has a thicker formula in comparison to the CG polish and I could see you running into Streaky Trouble-Town if you play with it too much. In the light, you can see that the gold shimmer in this one pops a bit more.The CG is a bit thinner and was a bit runny, but easy to control. They both level out really nicely, but I think if you weren’t careful about your strokes or played with the polishes too long they could possibly become streaky or ridged.

I haven’t been feeling great, but luckily have a bunch of the nail polish challenge posts backlogged and ready to post. Hopefully, there is joy to be had in extra posts. If not, I’m sorry. You should go find some joy because I say so, that’s why. If I disappear for a bit it’s because I got a new game and have turned into a vidiot for the unseen future and have forgotten about my nails. Don’t worry, it won’t last long because I have a bunch of glitter and other fun stuff on the way to make my own polishes.

Have a great rest of your weekend!!
Jenn

PS- Ignore any typos, I am running on zero fuel and my brain is borked. I’m in hella smard territory and haven’t been sleeping the best.

PPS – Borked is a word!? What. It’s definitely my word and I’m going to sue the dictionary.

bork
bôrk/
verb

USinformal
past tense: borked; past participle: borked; past tense: Borked; past participle: Borked
  1. obstruct (someone, especially a candidate for public office) through systematic defamation or vilification.
    ““We’re going to bork him,” said an opponent”

 

 

Untried Polish Challenge No. 3

Wuddup.

We gots some Opi coming up. I prefer to say Opi instead of OPI. My imagination has led me to believe Opi exists (Suzi’s real name is Opi) just like Essie or Orly. This is very important for me to believe, some may even say it’s an alternative fact. You heard it here first.

I’m a relatively new collector. About a year or so ago I started finding wholesale sites geared towards nail techs and it’s been a sloppy whirlwind of late night purchases since. OPI polishes make up a pretty substantial chunk of my polishes and overall I tend to really like them. Today I have THREE bottles for you. I didn’t have to think much about what kind of manicure I wanted to do and just went straight in with my favorite the matte, skittle mani. MATTE MATTE MATTE MATTE!!! Gimme all dat matte booty.

Side note: I tend to do a layer of topcoat under my matte coat for longevity as matte nails don’t have the best wear time. The first picture is the mani with a shiny top coat. Please excuse my picture quality I’m still trying to find out how to take the best swatch photos. You’ll see some progression and changes as this challenge goes along.

Here we have OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, You’re Such a Budapest, and The I’s Have It. That is the order the appear in the picture as well.

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Lucky Lucky Lavender was from OPI’s Hong Kong Collection way back in the 2010. If I had done more research and realized how old this lil feller was it would have probably won the spot of ‘Oldest Polish’. Looks like I’ve already goofed this challenge way up, we’ll just pretend I did it on purpose. He’s a slightly dusty medium pink with a splooch of purple. I prefer this in three coats since you can see ridges and streaks up until the third coat.  It looks like I forgot the third coat on my pinky which is really annoying, but this way you can see my ridges and how streaky the formula was with just two coats.

You’re Such a Budapest was from OPI’s Euro Central Collection in the Spring of 2013. This little cutie does not have the best formula but is easy to work with if you don’t mind three coats for the color. The color is right between a medium purple and a more pastel purple. Sorry, I’m not the best at describing colors, but I’m giving it a whirl.

The I’s Have It was from the more recent Alice Through the Looking Glass, brights collection in 2016. This is two coats of a perfect, buttery formula. The polish is a gorgeous light blue that has a tiny drop of purple in it that almost makes it border on a periwinkle.

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Cool picture of your knuckles there, friend! Have I mentioned I can’t see? My excuses are annoying to me too, but facts is facts… Well, I don’t even know about that anymore. I think I may have just had a stroke along with an existential crisis after that statement. My mind traveled down the rabbit hole. That happens a lot recently, don’t mind me.

These look great matte. They’re all in that group of colors between pastel and medium toned that I personally really like when done matte. Although, if I’m honest I like all rich colors like this done matte these days.

 

I’m trying to churn a few of these posts out, but I’m really not feeling my best. Please excuse any gaps in posting. I do plan on maintaining a more regular posting schedule since I badly need something in my life that makes me feel like I am being somewhat productive and I don’t have a lot of options.

See ya never, suckers!
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