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    Prompt 28 is Yellow. I recently received a few new polishes and among them was a beautiful dark yellow... and that's what inspired this very easy, happy manicure:

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    This should have been the 12th installment of My polish, your plate but unfortunately Michelle has had to make the tough decision to stop blogging. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's not forever but at this point it's way too early to think about that, so I'm not even going to guess.

    At first I didn't want to post this, but it's been sitting in my Draft folder and I like the manicure too much to just delete it... so here it is:


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    The 27th prompt for the weekly nail challenge is here and it's Stones / Studs. At first I had this idea of doing some sort of nail art that made my nails look like stones, or maybe use a nail polish that had the word Stone in its name but in the end I decided to go with (rhine)stones. And as if that wasn't bad enough, I asked my husband to pick a color for me... and he gave me neon pink! Talking about way, way, WAY out of my comfort zone! Of course there are only two colors that go with neon pink as far as I'm concerned: black and white. And this is the result:

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    The 26th prompt of the 52 week nail art challenge (so that means we're halfway 2020 already 😲) is Fruit and while I have plenty of beautiful polishes that are related to that theme by color or name or both, I kept struggling with this one. I finally decided to just pick an appropriate plate, select some colors to go with it and get it over with. This is the result, a quick and, in my opinion, unfortunately not too stellar manicure:


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    It's the last Friday of the month and for the last three years and a bit that has meant a Triad manicure would be online. Unfortunately both the Triads and the My polish your plate posts have been put on hold for a while until real life decides to slow down and play nice again for all of us, and sometimes polish just has to take a back seat for a while.

    So instead of a Triad manicure I would like to show you a polish that I fell in love with the moment I saw it. To me it's the perfect Spring green and the added holo sparkles and golden shimmer make it even more magical. Take a look:


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    Another week, another prompt for the 52 week nail art challenge. This week it's time for Music. If you know me personally, you know I almost always have some sort of music playing. Before my alarm clock goes off I can already hear my favorite radio station, and one of the things I enjoy most when I'm at home is hearing the same music coming out of the wireless speakers that are in each room in the house and that my tech wizard hubby set up so they all play in sync, no matter what I put on, and I'm always surrounded with the music I selected. So you would think this week's prompt would be easy as pie, right? Wrong! I couldn't focus on a single idea and in the end I didn't have any inspiration at all. So I finally opted for the simple solution: pretty colors and a stamped image that fit the theme. This is the result:


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    It's time for the 24th installment already... can you believe 2020 is almost halfway through already?! *shakes head in disbelief* Anyway, the 24th prompt is Glitter. As you may know, I'm not that much into glitter on my nails (or anywhere else on me for that matter) so I wasn't looking forward to this prompt very much. I looked through my stash but most of the glitter polishes I own are only suitable for small accents as far as I'm concerned (I know, I'm boring 😉). And then I came across a small category of polishes I hadn't thought of... glitter-crellies! After that the manicure was easy: pick a pretty glitter-crelly, find a matching creme, pick a nice stamp, have fun! And fun I had, take a look:


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    For a formal occasion I needed a manicure that wasn't all over the place. On the other hand, I didn't want to go completely office friendly. So after some thinking I settled on pale peach, dusty pink, light coral and a bit of not too obvious stamping:


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    This week it's time for Gold + Black. The moment I picked my gold polish, I knew it was going to be a very simple manicure as this gold is so stunning it doesn't need much. Let me show you what is on my nails right now:


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    Another episode of My polish, your plate where Michelle and I challenge each other to do a manicure with the polish one of us chose and the stamping plate picked by the other. This time Michelle went for OPI Was It All Just a Dream? from the Grease collection of 2018 and I chose the daisy-like image from the fifth row, second column of Lina Feeling Shapely! 05. Let me show you what my version of the combination looks like:


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    A couple of days ago I had some time to spend while waiting for my online meeting to begin and I ended up on a website that allows you to generate color palettes. So I clicked a bit, clicked some more and I ended up with a palette of dark brown, pale peach and coral... and I thought it would look great on my nails. So after the meeting, I went through my stash, selected some pretty colors and here's the result:


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    The 22nd installment of the 52 week nail art challenge is Science... and I was totally lost when it came to thinking up an idea for science nail art. So I turned to Google and looked at science-related pictures. After some clicking I ended up with a series of pictures of DNA strands under a very strong microscope. I haven't been able to figure out why but all of them were dark blue with lighter, almost glowing blueish strands (maybe a lighting thing or coloring to help them stand out better). And there it was, the inspiration for my nails:





  • This is my way to remember Aunt Joann
    She was a teacher and a Delft blue painter
    She's at rest now, no more pain



    Fly high, sweet one
    💙
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    As May is coming to an end, here's another installment of the Friday Triad manicures. This month I got to pick a manicure for Juanita, Michelle and myself to use as inspiration for our own nails. I chose this beautiful design by Jeanette from La Dame Nails. I love the mix of designs and the shiny foil so I decided to try and incorporate that in my manicure, but I didn't feel like doing animal print. Instead, I opted for flowers and leaves. So without further ado, here's my version:


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    This week's prompt is Pet. We don't have pets at the moment but ages ago I was the proud servant of the sweetest little cat, and I do mean little as even the vet repeatedly told me she was really tiny, even when she was 18+ years old. I've had to say goodbye to her years ago, but at times I still miss that warm, purring bundle on my lap while I'm working at the computer. But, as my husband has developed an allergy to cats, the only ones that will enter our house are the ones on my nails:


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    I guess the title says it all, even though the water is actually acetone 😉 I had so much fun doing this and it's just about the easiest thing ever. Let me show you what I did:


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    Another week, another manicure for the 52 week nail art challenge. This week's prompt is Gradient and I went just about nuts with all the possibilities. I finally settled on coral to nude polishes and some stamping on top:


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    The second My polish, your plate for this month and again a blue one, but I'm not complaining, I love blue! This time Michelle picked the squiggly lines at the top of Pueen plate 107 as image and I chose Color Club Crystal Baller as polish. Let me show you what I did with the selected items:


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    If you know me personally, you know I'm married to a gamer. Yep, even in 2020 he still loves to play computer games with a group of friends. They don't drag computers over to each other anymore as they can play over the internet, but they're still gaming a lot! So when this week's prompt (Game) came along, I figured I would ask them what kind of game I should try to recreate. What a mistake-a to make-a! They kept coming up with games I'd never heard of, games that were impossible to do, or a combination of both! When I was about ready to go for Tic-Tac-Toe, they suggested Space Invaders... A thorough search of my plates resulted in a plate with the little alien monsters on it, so all I had to do was decide on what colors to use. Apparently the game has existed for ages and ages (Google tells me it's over 40 years old) so I picked a monochrome color palette: a near-black as base and a silver for the aliens, hopefully sort of resembling the old black-n-white game a bit. This is what I created:


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    A quick post of a simple manicure to show off a gorgeous holo:


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    The current theme for the 52 week nail art challenge is Weather. Anyone who has been in the Netherlands knows discussing or rather complaning about the weather is a national Dutch pass time. It's either too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too windy... or just not what was predicted! 😉

    I decided to go with the kind of weather I used to whine about most when I had to ride my bike to school: rain! I have to admit I still don't care much for rain if I have to be outside but I love the way the world smells after a good shower, so I guess I'll just have to get myself a good umbrella if I have to go out. Here's my rainy manicure:


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    It's the first Friday in May (wow... one-third of 2020 is over already?!) so it's time again for My polish, your plate, where Michelle and I take turns in picking a polish or an image of a stamping plate and after that both of us can go wild creating a manicure with the choices. No rules except the polish has to be a prominent color in the resulting nails. This week Michelle picked the polish, shimmery periwinkle OPI Show Me Your Tips! and I selected the swirly image at the bottom of Hello Maniology plate BM-406. Let me show you what I did with them:


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    as you can see the look of the blog has changed.


    I have been working on this theme for quite some time (I actually started before the whole kitchen nightmare back in 2019) and I figured it was time to show it to the world 😊

    If you find anything that doesn't work or acts differently than you expected, please let me know.
    Thanks!
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    the year steadily progresses and so does the weekly nail art challenge. We're at theme 17 already and this week's prompt is Holo. I had about as many ideas as I have holo polishes, but in the end I settled on a simple manicure with the color I always associate with holo: silver. This is what happened next:



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    April is coming to an end and so another installment of the Friday Triad series is here for your reading pleasure. I know, it isn't Friday but unfortunately work interfered for one of us so we're a bit later than usual.

    This time Juanita picked a lovely manicure by Kathy from @kt_tk1, and here's what I did with that inspiration:


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    This time the theme is Mythical creature and my first thought was... dragon! I didn't want to do a full dragon though, I don't have the necessary freehand skills or a plate with a dragon that I like, so I opted for dragon scales, regal green to gold ones:


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    It's the eighth time Michelle and I challenge each other to do a manicure with a polish one of us chose and a plate chosen by the other. This time I picked ILNP Paige and Michelle settled on the flower image from Pueen plate 112. I'm not sure if my nails are 100% compliant with the rule that the chosen polish should be a prominent part of the manicure but there is no way I could have used that polish and that image in any other way. Here is what I did:


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    Of course the 52 week nail art challenge prompt for this week couldn't be anything but Easter. I'm pretty sure lots of bunnies, chicks and eggs will pop up in our feeds but I didn't really feel like doing that. When I think of Easter, I think of the midnight mass my parents used to take us kids to, the silence in the dark church where only a few lamps were turned on, the lighting of the candle, the feeling that something big was going to happen (and staying up late and walking outside in the middle of the night made it even more special). Another thing that I associate with Easter (and Spring in general) is pastel colors, so I combined this in my Easter manicure:


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    A day later than usual but I couldn't wait until another Friday to show this off... a new post about a new to me technique! I have seen many pictures of beautiful drip marbles so when my husband finished a tub of cottage cheese, I immediately snagged the plastic lid to finally try it myself. I have to say I'm pretty excited about the results :)


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    The 14th episode of the 52 week nail art challenge... we're at 25% already! This week the theme is Scrollwork and this is my version that sort of happened accidentally when I was playing with my newest pretties:


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    Another post in the My polish, your plate series. This week Michelle picked the polish and the plate was my choice. Michelle picked a glitter... I'll let that sink in for a while... a glitter! And of course the chosen polish has to be really present in the manicure we do with it so I had to step way out of my comfort zone and finally managed to create this:


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    This week the challenge is Purple + Gray. I kept my manicure very simple as inspiration is in very short supply lately. Since you can hardly ever go wrong with a dotticure, that's what I did:


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    The last Friday of March has arrived so it's time for another Friday Triad manicure. This time Michelle was the lucky one to pick an inspirational manicure and she chose this floral pond manicure by Tal from @nail_art_by_tal.

    If you're wondering what a pond manicure is, let me explain. It's where an image/design (dots, a stamped image, anything really) is sandwiched between layers of sheer polish. Repeat that recipe a couple of times and if you do it right it looks a bit like your design is floating over and under each other like leaves in a pond of (colored) water. A jelly sandwich is sort of the same when you do it with glitter. I actually like the look a lot, but I've never found a good sheer polish to use so I've never done one myself... until now:



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    This week's theme is Half Moon. Apparently this type of manicure became popular in the 1920s. It's almost 100 years later but it still hasn't become popular with me, so I wasn't looking forward to this prompt. That is until I saw a gorgeous manicure by @helenepiuk and within an hour, this was the result of that blast of inspiration:


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    It's time for the sixth manicure in the ongoing My Polish, Your Plate series. It was my turn to pick a polish and I went for brick red OPI I Love You Just Be-Cusco (ILYJBC). Michelle picked the image on the right side of Pueen stamping plate 104. And this is the result of me combining the two:


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    This week's theme couldn't have come at a better time. The prompt is 'Unused polish' and my husband spoiled me rotten with a huge box of Masura polishes so the biggest problem was what polish to use :) I settled on some pretty holographic polishes that reminded me of Spring and ice cream:

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    I've been feeling a bit under the weather and I wanted to cheer myself up, so I chose some pretty colors and had some fun. This is the result:


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    The tenth installment of the 52 week nail art challenge 2020 is Beach. I grew up close to the North Sea and when I was a kid, we visited the beach quite often (it was only a 10-minute bike ride). The water wasn't turquoise but a murky greenish, grayish blue, and the sand wasn't pearly white but... well, sandy. That's the picture that pops into my mind when I think of the beach so that's what I tried to create on my nails, a wintery North Sea beach:


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    It's time for My Polish, Your Plate again! In case you're wondering what that's about: Michelle from Ordinary Misfit and I pick a polish and an image from a stamping plate, and we send our choices to each other. After that it's anybody's guess, as long as the polish and the plate are prominently featured in the manicure we create with it. If the polish that is picked isn't available with the other, we find an alternative that looks as close as possible to the original choice.

    This time Michelle picked OPI Never a Dulles Moment (NaDM), a dusty yellow, almost mustard creme that gives me all sorts of Fall feelings (which is appropriate, I guess, as it's slowly but surely going towards Fall on the Southern hemisphere) and I picked the woven (for lack of a better word) image on the right side of Born Pretty plate BP-13.

    This is what I did with the choices:


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    The ninth prompt for the 52 week nail art challenge... the tenth week of the year... what happened to the first nine? 2020 has only just started and now it's almost 20% over already!

    Oh well, this week we had to create something with neon. As you can tell by the overwhelming amount of neon manicures on the blog, I don't really like neon on my nails. I can appreciate it on others and when it's sweltering hot I may venture into the sunglasses-needed-territory but that hardly ever happens. And as it's cold and gray and rainy outside at the moment, I don't feel like anything bright at all... but the challenge says neon so I did neon, with a bit of a wintery twist:


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    It's the last Friday of February so that means it's time for another Friday Triad, where Michelle, Juanita and I take turns in picking a manicure that serves as inspiration for a manicure we do ourselves. We chose to name it an inspiration as sometimes the result doesn't even look like the original but that's fine as long as it was inspired by it. This month was my turn to choose and I picked this black-n-white minimalist beauty by Tatiana from @gert_nails. The catch is that the original was done using sliders, so I decided to try and recreate the manicure with stamping. Here's the result:


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    This week's prompt is foil... and since I don't own any of the foil you have to glue to your nails, my choices were either a foil polish or do foil stamping. I chose the latter, and this is the result:



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    It's time for another round of My polish, your plate. This time I picked the polish (China Glaze DV8) and Michelle picked the leaves-with-wallpaper from plate (MoYou Trend Hunter 12). This is my manicure with the two:


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    the seventh prompt of the 52 week nail art challenge is Nude. Add to that the fact that I've been wanting to do a plaid for some time now, and this is what you get:



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    The sixth week of the 52 week nail art challenge is... hearts! (of course it had to be something related to Valentine ;)
    I decided to fully immerse myself into the upcoming holiday and picked all reds and pinks to do my manicure with. This is the result:


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    It's the third time Michelle and I challenge each other with a polish one of us picks and an image of a stamping plate to use with it is chosen by the other. This time Michelle picked China Glaze Glittering Garland as polish and the plate I selected is Hello Maniology (formerly Bundle Monster) BM-412, the top image with the interlocking dots.

    This is what I created with them:



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    2020 steadily moves on, so this is the fifth installment of the Nail Art Challenge already: Blue + Gold. This one was a bit of a struggle but after seeing a gorgeous blue that I couldn't put out of my mind, here's is what happened when I started playing with it:



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    The last Friday (and actually the last day) of January so the fourth year of Triads has begun. Can you believe Juanita, Michelle and I have been doing this for three years already? Juanita picked the inspiration for this month: marble and rose gold by Marta from manicure.d. And after some (read: a lot!!) struggling this is what I came up with:


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    Week 4 of the 52 week nail art challenge has arrived. That means January is almost over... who pushed the fast forward button?! But the show must go on, and this week the prompt is zigzag. Let me show you what I did with it:


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    No weekly, bi-weekly or monthly challenge this time, just pretty polishes :)

    I can't look anywhere without seeing Frozen. No matter how I try, even the ads on websites show this hugely popular Disney movie and so I decided to try my hand at a Frozen-themed manicure. Here's the result: