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Pale Turquoise

Hello! You know those days when nothing seems to go right? I had one of those days yesterday. Among other things I struggled with was this rocking manicure inspired by pale turquoise. Apparently, pale-coloured turquoise is considered to be low-grade, but I do love how it looks and was inspired to do a mani based on it. I had to redo the mani three times before I was remotely satisfied.

The base is two coats of the lovely Retro Lovely 2.0 by Shleee Polish on all fingers but the pinky. Much as I love this colour, a soft blue-toned mint with pink shimmer in it, the formula was thick and difficult to work with and the long brush was difficult to maneuver. Now I do my nails a lot, maybe not everyday, but several times a week. I am confident I know how to paint “between the lines”, so to speak. It is rare for me to have to clean up after a simple coat of polish if I’m not doing nail art. So when I get mint polish all over the sides of my nails on multiple nails, the messy finger can duly be pointed at the brush and/or the formula of the polish. I think this polish may be headed to the destash pile, especially if I can find a close enough substitute for this colour that I love.

Over the mint base, I double-stamped using the ever-so-useful Creative Shop plate-131, a plate dedicated entirely to marble/stone patterns. I stamped one of the stone patterns in gold (Maybelline Bold Gold) and then a different one in black (Moyra). On the middle finger, I then painted most of it black over the stamping, and then used a tiny sponge to smudge the line. Over the black portion, I once again stamped in gold. On the pinky, I simply applied two coats of the gorgeous Zoya Levi, a textured pixie dust polish.

Initially, I had the same double-stamped pattern on all the nails. Then, I decided I needed some relief and blocked off the lower part of the middle finger with gold. That was too stark a contrast and made my short nail look even stubbier. Next, I applied the gold Levi to my pinky and decided to keep the remaining fingers the same. I still didn’t like it, so I ended up with this look. Third time lucky? Not so much, I was still a bit disappointed, but I ran out of time.

I’ve really been feeling minimalistic, muted manis recently, so maybe I’ll try my luck with another set of stone nails. I don’t know if I will have time for #fluidfridayfriends tomorrow, but I’ll be back with another post if I manage to squeeze it in. Until then, toodles!

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