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Fishbowl Friday *023*

So, last night when I picked my prompt... I mixed it up a little bit and drew PINTEREST. There are prompts for every different social media site I'm on in the Fishbowl, and this is the first one I've drawn! I have a Nailspiration Board filled with all sorts of nail art looks I love, but I've been really bad at making them happen. You know, like all those recipes and DIY projects? I pinned this one 10 weeks ago...

c/o amour beauty lounge

The inspiration mani is from Amour Beauty Lounge... a salon in British Columbia. This happens to be a gel mani, but I recreated the look with regular nail polish. Also... for some reason, I didn't realize that the glitter was more coppery/gold until after-the-fact viewing on a desktop monitor. Whoops! I totally blame stress, but I can't really say I was tired or anything. And I definitely have an unopened bottle of Essie Summit of Style in my stash, sooo... O.o

Gold and Purple Manicure

Purple and Gold Manicure

Gold and Purple Nails

Purple and Gold Manicure

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
Sephora by OPI The Golden Age (accent) 
3 Coats SinfulColors Tempest
3 Coats SinfulColors Enchanted
Spoiled Champagne Siren (accent)
Spoiled I Have No Reception (accent)
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Essie Good to Go

Can we talk about how much I'm loving this manicure? I know that I didn't match the darker purple exactly, and my lighter purple is a little too blue-leaning, and then there's my glitter... silvery gold instead of coppery rose gold. But I'm loving this. Part of me wants to expand on it tonight and add some stripes or chevrons. Aaaaaand then there's the part of me that just wants to leave it intact and give my poor cuticles a good drenching in lemon butter.

I'm loving The Golden Age in this mani. Not really surprising considering that it's glitter and happens to house an excellent mix of gold and silver! It's seriously my favorite glitter topper and it was such a random purchase at Big Lots. I don't even think I realized at the time that it had gold and silver glitter mixed together. I use it so much, especially for glitter accent nails! So, the other day, when I found the OPI dupe on clearance at Sally for $3, (also very randomly, I might add) I had to pick it up! Now, if only I could find another 2 or 3 bottles!

In other news... tomorrow, I have an appointment for my first hair coloring and highlights since 2011! I'm thinking babylights and ombre at the moment. Aaaaaand considering my hair is practically black...... I'm kind of digging going lighter for spring. Like a lot lighter. Not blonde. Never blonde. But I could get on board with a nice chestnut and caramel combo...

Other than that, I'm hoping for a really quiet, relaxing weekend. I definitely need a little time to de-stress after this week. Thankfully....... there's an avobath for that, and I'm totally planning on marinating and staying a while! Happy Weekend!!!



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