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Tonic Polish I Had the Times Square of My Life

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 This week's light polish (that theme has worked for a whole 3 weeks haha!) is a super bright silver. indoor, bright CF lighting Tonic released I Had the Times Square of My Life way back in 2017 as a store exclusive for Color 4 Nails, and I'd originally passed on it because it was sold as a duo with a red polish that wasn't my jam.  I managed to snag a bottle when Tonic cleared out the vault and it is indeed super sparkly! outdoor, shaded daylight Times Square is a sheer, light silver base filled with both holo dust and holo glitter, and a bunch of metallic multichrome flakies.   outdoor, bright afternoon sunlight Turns out it also has a surprise flame of metallic contrast shimmer that shifts a bit from pale gold to warm copper, which catches and reflects any bright light shining on it. indoor, bright CF lighting Though I can see a bit of VNL in some of these photos, that wasn't the case IRL - Times Square was nicely visually opaque in just 2 smooth easy coats.   outdoo

Cirque Raven

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 Time to bounce back to a dark shade... but apparently I'm stuck on green right now. indoor, bright CF lighting Cirque Colors released Raven back in 2016 as part of a collection celebrating the Manus x Machina exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I have two of these polishes, and love them both! window-filtered shady daylight Raven is a somewhat sheer black jelly that is filled with a subtly duochromatic shimmer that gives a ghostly green shine in most all lighting.  I'm showing 2 coats here, which was enough for visual opacity. indoor, angled CF lighting At very steep angles, this shimmer flips over to a murky eggplant purple, but this wasn't immediately evident without acrobatic poses to specifically elicit the flip - in other words, not the sort of duochrome where different colors peek over the curve of the nail. window-filtered shady daylight In very bright light, this does indeed appear to be green more than black, as shown in most of my pics.  The low-

Bee's Knees Mora

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 A couple of years ago, in order to reach into my stash more, I went for a few months alternating a bright/nontraditional polish color with a neutral one.  I think this year (at least for a while) I'm going to try something similar, alternating between a dark polish and a light one. indoor, CF lighting After my black NYE mani, first up in the lighter side is this glowy and soft confection from Bee's Knees Lacquer. outdoor, late afternoon daylight Mora was originally a prototype for Indie Expo Canada, then became a gift with purchase during a sale event.  When a free polish arrives at your house that's both green and aurora-shifty, you are winning at life! outdoor, shady daylight Mora is a very sheer jade green jelly that is packed with a very fine-milled aurora shimmer that appears as a glowy shine in low light, a bright sparkly ruddy gold in brighter light, and shifts to minty green at angles. outdoor, angled afternoon daylight Mora is quite sheer - I'm showing 3 coats

Cuticula Dragon Glass

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Wanting something a little more low-key for this New Year's Eve, skipping out on a look stamped with celebration, I picked something that would have the fireworks embedded within. indoor, bright CF lighting Dragon Glass was Cuticula's offering in the August '21 "elements" PPU.  It's a black jelly packed with iridescent jewel-toned flakies, giving a very 'black opal' look. bright daylight To let those flakies shine brightly out of such a darkly colored base, this polish is sheer - much more so than I was expecting, in fact.  I have plenty of other flakie polishes with richly saturated bases, so it didn't occur to me that using it as a topper was the way to go, and I'm showing 3 and a half coats here. indoor, bright CF lighting In bright lighting indoors or out, the sheerness overlying my skin tone meant that this polish looked charcoal-grey or a warm-leaning off-black rather than true deep dark BLACK black. outdoor, shaded daylight In low light,

Baroness X Glam Christmas Trees

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 One last holiday nail art look to close out the year! indoor, CF lighting for both Baroness X has been releasing tons of seriously amazing fluid polishes for at least a year now, things that make beautiful marbled designs with a little extra oomph.  Fancy Gloss is known for their soft sheer crelly line (less so than for their thermals, but Got Milk is a frequently recommended fave white polish for a lot of folks).  Put 'em together and we get this! I started my Christmas tree look with 2 coats of Fancy Gloss Got Milk, a soft (not stark) white that's flawlessly leveling on each coat and gave me zero issues with application.  Then I made a sheet of fluid art marble with OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, Sinful Colors Under 18, and Baroness X Glam - a bright metallic gold flake/foil that also happens to crate this cool effect.  When the marble sheet was dry, I peeled it off my silicone mat, snipped it into tall narrow triangles, and applied with a touch of sticky basecoat.  Voilà, trees!

Holiday Nails '21

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 It's a short week at work, with a few little fun things going on - ugly sweater contest, door decorating contest - and while this year doesn't have many folks really in a festive mood, I was ready for a little holiday nail art.  The contrast between my colors makes the green look much darker than it was IRL, but this is OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, a nice deep (but nowhere near this dark) pine green, stamped in white using a Christmas tree design from the Powder Perfect Woodland Creatures plate.  The white nails are Bee's Knees A Mantis Shrimp's Favorite color, with the ring finger wrapped in thin red lines from the workhorse Maniology M053 basic shapes plate topped with a bow from Curali 011, and the pinky finger an ornament from Curali 011 Happy Holidays! ~Michelle 

Book Club Nails - Harry's Trees

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Sometimes when I do themed nails for book club, the design is inspired by the text, while other times the simple graphic design of the cover demands to be re-created - this month's book was firmly in the latter category. indoor, bright CF lighting for all The cover of Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen features a barely turquoise blue background graced with a golden leaf, and little gold coins (gold coins being a plot point in this Hallmark movie of a book): An old dead thermal with just a hint of shimmer was just ideal for the base color here.  The gold leaf is from KADS Nature 036, using El Corazon Fragrant Mimosa for that bright metallic gold flash.  Pahlish Goldsmith - a topper version of their fantastic crushed gold flake polishes - provided the perfect dusting of little gold coins in just one light coat.   While I wasn't a real fan of the book, I did love this nail art look and wore it happily all week.  Goldsmith is a real winner, and should probably be in heavier rotation!