Witching Hour

I had a stamping mani in mind for today but I wasn’t really feeling it, honestly – stamping often takes me more than one try to look decent and I just wanted something easy, which is how I came up with this simple witchy look.
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This is two coats coat of WnW’s Black Creme, my go-to black that has unfortunately become goopy. I then added a drop of regular top coat and gently placed my Hex nail charm.
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This is my first time trying out Hex and I’m really pleased! I was bummed when the star/moon charm I originally wanted was out of stock because it was a little bigger, but although this guy looks a smidge too small for my monster nails I still like it a lot. I’m going to take it off after a day to make sure I don’t lose it (these charms usually don’t stay long on me since I put my hands through the ringer every day).
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On my pinkie I used Pure Ice’s Gold (great name) to make an angled tip. I debated added a little something else but I think sometimes less is more, despite my inner magpie that always wants to throw on additional color/glitter/shiny!
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The movie I’m discussing today is not a Halloween movie, but it’s got that spooky feel that I love so I’m including it: Coraline. This movie is weird but awesome; based on the Neil Gaiman book, it tells the story if a blue-haired little girl who has two flighty/scatterbrained parents who’ve moved her to an odd apartment building in the middle of nowhere.

Bored now. via

Bored now.
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Coraline feels neglected by her parents and bored, so she starts exploring and eventually finds a secret little door that’s got a brick wall behind it. Later that night, Coraline follows a mouse through that same door, which now leads to the Other world, where her Other Mother and Other Father are warm and attentive, and give her everything she wants. She keeps going back despite warnings from the other tenants in the apartment building, but eventually the Other Mother reveals her true colors.
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Coraline vs. her puppeteer via

Coraline vs. her puppeteer
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Thanks for reading! I’ve got a mani based on one of my all-time favorite movies coming up next. See you then – A x

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