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After Dinner Mint-icure

September celebrations are over, but it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet. Oh wait, it never will, the choices for seasons in Belize: “wet” or “dry”.  Well, I decided to squeeze in one more “summery” manicure, before I get all excited for Halloween manicures! I’ve been having an obsession with the colour “mint” lately.

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So I had to go with mint for my theme, but not just any mint,

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After Dinner Mints!

aka Minty Moos (so named by my grandmother).  I have also named my Mint robot floor cleaner “Minty Moo”.  He’s just so amazing.  I think he’s almost alive (after watching Wall-E), and he deserved a name for all the dog hair and dead spiders he picks up.

OK, back to the subject.

Always base coat first! I don’t like to show this step because my nails are grossly stained from never-ending nail polishings.  Base coats claim to prevent staining, but I have yet to find one that does.  I use it mainly for adhesion of the nail polish, to make it last as long as possible.

Then 2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Mint Sorbet”

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Then accent nail of Sally Hansen Gem Crush in “Big Money”, which is a pale (maybe 10K shade) gold glitter with bigger lavender flecks in it. 2 coats.

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Then I used these different sized nail art rhinestones that come in a wheel, and these crystal stickers that I think are really meant for scrap-booking. They come on a clear glue-like sticker, so just dig them off of the glue backing to use them. (not the jumbo sized ones obviously)

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While the glitter polish is still wet, place the stones randomly on the accent nail. I used different sizes of light pink, light green, baby blue, and lavender.

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Top coat of Seche Vite

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Mint anyone?

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