Picture Not Perfect

I was going to show you a swatch of Sally Hansen Blue Me Away, but the nail polish in the pictures comes out too light. I have tried all types of lighting and it has not turned out correctly. The color is actually a glossy medium blue, the consistency on the thick side.

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So instead I made some nail art. I used some rhinestones I found on three fingers. They have a sticky bottom, so I stuck them on, then added a topcoat. On the other two nails I used striping tape to create a gathered line pattern, painted over with Zoya Ibiza then removed the tape.
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Here is the finished result.

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Yes, that is a cat tail.

The rhinestones stood the test: they have been on for more than 24 hours of rough use. I thought they added some fun sparkle!

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Gradient Circle

I’ve seen quite a few nail designs using straws, I experimented, but with a small coffee straw.

Start with a base coat.
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Then, cut the straw down for accuracy, and blob some nail polish onto a piece of paper.
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Dip the straw into the nail polish, then touch the straw to your nail, dipping your straw every couple circles. Do not worry if you do not have a complete circle. (I do not know why this picture ended up so purple, sorry.)
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When the first layer of circles have dried, add another layer, this time start around halfway and continue to the end of your nail.
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Add a third and final layer at the tip of the nail, let it dry, clean up, and add a topcoat!
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I used Siren by Revlon and Hit the Brakes By Spoiled (by Wet n Wild).
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Striped

I thought of this design after looking at the illustrations by Brett Helquist in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Specifically, The Ersatz Elevator. The crosshatch shading on, well, everything inspired this design.
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First, apply your base coat. Then, use a striper (preferably white) and make two lines crossing each other at a 90 degree angle. This step is optional, as the white lines will only be guidelines.
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Fill in each of the four quadrants with four colors. I opted for a slight pastel theme, using two coats for each color.
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Next, using a white striper, create three diagonal lines on one corner of my your nail, and then three more lines on the opposite side.
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Then, make three horizontal lines in between the diagonal lines, and repeat: diagonal, diagonal, horizontal until you reach the base of your nail. Finally, clean up, add a top coat and finish!
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The colors I used from left to right are: Wet n Wild On a Trip, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, Kiss Nail Art Paint white striper, NYC In a Minute High Line Green, and Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint. My base coat is Zoya Anchor, and My top coat is Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield base coat and topcoat.
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How to…painted bobby pins

This is a relatively simple way to paint bobby pins. Sorry about the picture quality.

First, slide the bobby pins onto a piece of paper. If you are going to tape them to create a design, do it now.

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Next, coat the bobby pins with nail polish as many times as needed until the color is opaque. If there is tape on the bobby pin, remove it after you place your last coat while the nail polish is still wet. Wait about ten minutes for the nail polish to dry, then slide the bobby pins off the paper. The nail polish will be dry, but it will not have set yet, so be careful, as you could leave thumbprints on it.

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Leave the bobby pins somewhere where the nail polish can set for about 24 hours.

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Painted Bobby-Pins

I love to match my hair accessories to my clothes, and one way to do it is to use colored bobby pins. There is no need to buy colored ones, when you have bottles and bottles of nail polish. I will forever be color coordinated! Buying black bobby pins and painting them with nail polish is cheaper and more fun than buying pre-colored bobby pins, saving you from an extreme case of boredom. I always keep an extra pin or two in my ponytail just in case of a hair emergency.

Use one or two bobby pins to hold your hair back in a emergency.

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Adding a simple twist can dress up your hair.

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This is only a fraction of my colored bobby pins.

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