Creative musings in bright colors

This is the stamp that enticed me to buy this whole stamping plate. And I love it! I just knew I had to make some gently waving cherry blossoms :-D. Of course, I also had to use the perfect cherry blossom background, the ever-loverly pink shimmer teal polish Pending Perfection. The end result was really, almost perfect :-p

~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Pending Perfection
~ Light pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Pink: Zoya – Sandy
~ Hot pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B017

It has been a while since I posted a real spring manicure (and its almost summer!) so the next two weeks are going to be spring themed. Which mostly means a lot of flowers :-). Hope you enjoyed! 

Wired Hearts

I wanted something neutral and gently valentines/romantic, and somehow this is what I ended up with! I feel like I am leaning a lot on these random draping patterns and adding dots, but I am still enjoying it :-p

~ Nude: OPI – Be There in a Prosecco 
~ Gold: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 156, Born Pretty – Artist L005

That’s all for today! More colorful designs are on their way later this week (assuming I get my act together and actually get them edited, its getting tight with my grant coming due and being on service in the hospital!). Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Gauzy Blue Flowers

I wanted to paint my nails a medium blue, and then I sort of stalled on ideas! So I grabbed one of my go-to stamping plates, picked a fairly random design, and just went with it. The result was slightly bland so I added some blue dots, and voila! Semi-intricate stamping with simple colors, but classy! Sort of.

~ Blue with pink shimmer: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Flakies: Picture Polish – Festival
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra 32 – Nature

Every time I wear Cinderella I am reminded why I hate this polish (it takes like 4 coats to really be opaque and is not particularly fast-drying) but also why I love it so much (seriously it is beautiful, ESPECIALLY for a bargain-basement $2 polish). Anyway, hope you enjoyed! 

Leather Bondage

Way out of my normal comfort range! Lots of 3D charms and something like 50% naked nail! I don’t know what I was thinking. That said, this was a LOT of fun. I used a bunch of random images online to outline what I wanted each nail to look like, and just made up some of them. I wish I had some smaller studs, but I use what I have! The craziest part is that I freehanded the black lines.

~ A England – Fotheringhay Castle
~ Orange shimmer: Ethereal Lacquer – Rainforest
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

Whats nuts is that I think I only had maybe 15 total doughnut studs, so now I am almost out! That said, I think this is the first time I ever used them so it was still worth it 😀 I am still uncomfortable looking at this much naked nail (eep!) but it was still fun! Hope you guys enjoyed! 

Orange Abstraction

When I want to use a needlessly complicated polish and don’t want to cover all of it with a design, I always reach for the same stamping plate. I think this is the most frequently used plate that I have, and I think these two stamps might be the ones I use together more often than not. What can I say, I know what I like! I also only use this one orange polish maybe once or twice a year, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it because I was so HAPPY when I found a true-orange glitter! 

~ Orange glitter: OPI – DS Indulgence 
~ Light orange: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: EdM – 03

In other news, I have somehow ended up desperately grant-writing while being on some of the hardest service blocks of my year, which was poor planning on my part. So, if I miss a post here and there over the next few weeks please excuse me! Anyway, hope you enjoyed this orange sparkly-ness!

Bubbling Brook

According to my autocorrect, bubbling is not a word. IT IS NOW BWHAHAHA. Over black friday I went and purchased almost the entire bubble-like collection from Emily de Molly because I am obsessed with this finish. This was the first polish I used, because it just SCREAMED underwater. I didn’t even have to do anything. I honestly almost wore it without nail art! But I ended up stamping some wavy white lines adding a few dots, and coloring in the already existing dots with some subtle holo sparkle. Voila!

So the color itself is called Already Done, and this was three thin coats. It covered well in two, but I wanted extra dot dimension. Its a beautiful sapphire true blue jelly and, as you can likely tell, I am pretty much obsessed. 10/10 would recommend. It even removed more easily than a standard glitter.

~ Blue with glitter: Emily de Molly – Already Done
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Holo: Different Dimension – Intergalactic Dolphin
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – L28

The design is simply because I didn’t want to cover the base! I do like the bit of added reddish sparkle to the larger dots, but overall it was mostly wavy lines to go with the ingrained white glitters. Anyway, hope you enjoyed! And keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the polishes in this collection (as soon as I can figure out what nail art I want to do with them and actually swatch them, oops!). 

Simple Chain

I feel like this week is a simple week (which is also to say that I am getting back into the swing of being in the hospital after two weeks in hawaii and I am Not Enjoying Myself). So, I am posting some easy simple nail art! I actually painted these while on my last vacation (to visit my family for the first time since COVID restrictions), and you can really rather tell. The whole design probably took a total of 20 minutes, and is nothing but dots! Dots are easy 🙂

~ Nude: Zoya – Rue
~ Light nude: KBShimmer – Caught on Tape
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf

I should have somewhat more fantastic nail art to post on Friday (I hope) and should be back to regular awesome and colorful nail art posting next week! Regardless, if you ever need a quick simple manicure, look no further than a simple dot chain.

Simple Dark Sunset

I was feeling lazy and decided to do a simple manicure…I can’t remember the last time I just did a gradient without any stamping or freehand design over the top. That said, it meant I spent more time on the actual smoothness of the gradient. I am pretty happy with the result, surprisingly!

~ Yellow: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Gold glitter: Sephora by OPI – I Found a Pot of

I probably won’t go back to doing simple unadorned gradients anytime soon, but it was fun and soothing to do this one. So maybe one or two more with different glitters :-p who knows! Hope you enjoyed! And welcome back home from vacation to me 😀

Spring Hills

This took hours to make, primarily because all of those tiny dots! I was inspired by @ruthsnailart to put this together. Her version has even tinier dots (omg) and honestly fewer flowers, but she also did hers in acrylic and mine is 100% polish so there are allowed to be differences! These took 4-5 hours to paint and honestly I couldn’t be happier. The shimmer in the sky, the variations of color in the sun and the grass and of course the flowers themselves. It was a LOT of fun wearing these!

The day I painted these my husband and I had just gone to home depot and bought a bunch of flowers to spruce up our garden including snapdragons and a rose bush, so I had to put them on my nails! I do love how this came out even if it took forever. I don’t think I have had as much time as I did the day I painted these in close to a year. Which is a bit sad, but also wow these were intricate! I am not going to list all the colors I used, there were 20+ of them. The green base is Josie by Zoya because I wanted a blue-toned green. There are a total of 4 greens, 5 pink, 4 purples, 3 yellows, 2 browns, 2 blues, and white. I think. If you have a specific question about a color, ask! But its like 80% zoya cremes :-p. 

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I enjoyed painting them! I actually leave for a two week Hawaii vacation on Monday, so I will likely NOT be posting nails for the next two weeks. I may have some spotty time to do so but I doubt it. So, two week blog hiatus! I’ll be back at the end of April, see you guys then! 

Easter Eggs of Blue

This is pretty self-explanatory! I do wish I had either forgone the green or picked a different shade, you can barely see it over the blue base! Oh well. These are actually last years nails that I never got around to posting, which is hilarious because I used the same bunny stamp on the same finger this year. I guess thats what happens when I only have one bunny stamp?

~ Blue: Wet n’ Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Speckled Grey: Cirque Colors – Hatch
~ Pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Purple: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Orange: Wet n’ Wild – Sunny Side Up
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Stamps: BM – 302, Qgirl – 029 

Anyway, hope you enjoyed these! Friday’s nails are some of my favorites of maybe ever. So stay tuned! 

Complementary Corridors

When I first saw this design on @sveta_sanders I was floored. I couldn’t tell which color was meant to be the basis of the design and which were highlights. It was awesome. However, I wanted to use a different color palette. Which means I spent probably 30 minutes on the internet coming up with three-color sets that looked good with black. I ended up deciding to use mostly A England polishes, since they are basically magic and cover anything in one coat. I adore how this came out, even if placing the striping tape took ages!

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Nude: Picture Polish – Cherish 
~ Olive: A England – Fotheringhay Castle
~ Purple: A England – Crown of Thistles  

Once I picked out two of the three colors, both A England, I decided to make the corresponding neutral also have a holo shimmer. The sad-bit-funny part is that the original artist posted a how-to video a few days later…and she freehanded the lines and used gel polish. So the creation of this is actually original :-p. Anyway, hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for some easter themed manicures this week. My husband points out that I am jewish…but honestly I am tired of painting matzoh on my nails and eggs/pastel/bunnies are just cuter! 

Night-Swirling Snowflakes

I do love gold on purple, and for some reason it just screams “winter” to me when I use darker purples…so here we are! The base is a beautiful purple/gold multichrome magnetic, so the wavy background shifted when I tilted my nails. The rest was just stamping :-D. I also decided to mix it up a bit and use a dark blue base instead of a black one…you can’t tell. I was going to save this to post it next winter, but the Whats Up Nails challenge is ongoing, and today’s theme was magnetic. I figured if I have some pretty magnetic nail art I might as well post it! So, off-season but fun anyway :-p

~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Purple magnetic: Born Pretty – Astral Realm
~ Gold: Sparkly Vernis – Gilded Lemon Drops
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – 120

Next week I will be taking a dramatic swing and posting what I have that passes for Easter nails. I am wearing some now, but I will in no way have time to transfer them to the computer and edit them before the holiday itself, so you will just have to see some (occasionally epic) nails from last year! 

Flaming Spirals

I adore the combination of blurple and orange/flame colors. I really wanted to use shades of orange again a dark blurple, and this is what I came up with. The advanced stamping of the yellow-orange flames took longer than I expected, but the end result was pretty cool! I only intended to do 3 nails (not 4) which is why they look a bit stretched out, and in retrospect I wish I had stuck to my original plan and had one plain nail or nail with dots! That said, I do love my pinky too 😀

~ Blurple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Yellow: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?
~ Light orange: Formula X – Incandescent 
~ Orange: Ulta – Sun of a Gun
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Moyra 50 – Ornaments 3 

Manicures like this take a bunch of time because of the whole coloring-in-the-lines and waiting for polish to dry before transferring it, but I can’t help but love them! If I had more time I think most of my nails would either be some nuts color combination advanced stamping, or pure freehand. Anyway, hope you enjoyed! 

So I realize that is more of a description in the title than I typically give, but I don’t know what else to call this and I am PROUD of myself! I got Spot It Red and finally used it in a color combination that I WANTED to transfer to my nails! I had been playing around with it every week or so and the colors never came out how I wanted (of note: this was a year ago :-p). Then I just grabbed an entire set of complimentary colors and tried…voila! I guess the key is go as far from the other colors you pick as possible? Otherwise you just don’t get contrast. Also, I wish I had the white version not red, I bet that would add to contrast-ness!

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White (base coat)
~ Yellow: Spoiled – Mind Your Own Beeswax
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Red: Dance Legend – Spot It Red

All I did for this was drip a bunch of polish onto the heads of three different stampers and then tilt them until I was happy. I let the decal dry and cut it into pieces. The ones on my pinky and middle finger come from one decal, my ring and pointer are a second decal, and my thumb got its own. I dripped the polish with yellow at the bottom, then blue, grey, and finally the red spotting polish. I used a LOT of the yellow polish, so I picked a polish I never use for actual nail art (in this case because it is just not opaque enough…and also I dislike yellow); honestly the fact that I picked a shimmer polish for the base ended up looking pretty cool! I now have two more dotted polishes (a nude and a blue) and this just reminds me I need to fiddle with them more. Hope you enjoyed!

Golden Highlights

I wanted something fun, minimalist, and geometric. Ta-da! I know everyone else in the nail art world likes to paint their fingers a mix of colors but if I am being honest I always default to one color and then I figure out what I want to do with it. Designs like this, where the nails really are different colors, take advanced planning and I am too tired to do that usually! That said, the effect is pretty when I can think long enough to make it work :-p

~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ Rose gold: ILNP – Juliette
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – Valentines Day L002 

I’ve also defaulted back to geometric manicures. I know that ship has sailed and everyone is into these weird minimalist designs with blobbed on backgrounds, but I have tried it and that just isn’t my style! Geometric, lace, and florals forever :-D. Hope you enjoyed!

Threads of Fate

Simple but still so pretty! I had been previously disappointed by the overall lack of shiftiness in one of my most expensive multichromes, so this time I decided to paint a dark blue base under it and only use one coat (instead of 3 coats on its own) and honestly, that fixed a lot of my complaints! The shift was more visible against the dark background, and a vibrant glowing blue came out (in addition to the purple, red, and orange that this polish is supposed to shift to). Ta-da! It is still a bit disappointing that this polish cannot produce maximal shiftiness on its own (especially as it was one of the more expensive polishes that I own) but this is a suitable use :-p

~ Dark blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Purple holo multichrome: FUN Lacquer – Cheers to the Holidays (H)
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – L2

I have started judging myself for “simply” stamping over a base color. I have been doing nail art for almost a decade and I feel like I should be better/more intricate/more freehand than that. However, sometimes the design just looks beautiful despite being so simple, and I feel like this was one of those times. Either way, hope you enjoyed!

Unicorn Holo Twilight

This was a fun somewhat whimsical manicure! I had been staring at this stamping design for some time, but was unsure how to make it work between negative space and positive space. So I went full glitter. I didn’t think the white would stand out perfectly against the glitter background that I chose (because I don’t own stamping polish, and although I do love my white polish it isn’t THAT pigmented), so I stamped in orange first and used that as sort of a shadow and stamping base. Not going to lie, I do love how it came out! I tried to add a yellow jelly moon into the moon area on my pointer, but its soo faint against the glitter that you can hardly see it. Oops!

~ Holo: ILNP – Fired Up
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Yellow jelly: Orange Soap Bubble
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: M035

At some point I will do this design again with a tad more color, but this was a decent start I think! I should probably have gone for slightly less of a glittery background if I wanted the stamp to stand out! Hope you enjoyed 🙂 

More Pi Please!

PI PI PI PI ok so I love numbers that never end. Last time I did a pi manicure (here) I had to do the whole thing by hand and it took HOURS. This was so much faster! I managed to get various floating pi’s and the numbers! So great :-D. I am posting this today because pie day is this weekend! 3.14. And my friends love me so much that we are getting together tohave both sweet and savory pies! That I don’t have to bake!

~ Purple-teal holo: KBShimmer – Now & Zen
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: Hit the Bottle – For the Love of Science

This is also my first contribution to STEAM Nail Art Collab on IG (which I embarrassing jointed MONTHS ago and just have’t made science nails in a while)! Anyway, happy pi/pie day this weekend and I hope you (like me, hopefully) get some tasty pie! 

Golden Dot Explosion

I has been SO LONG since I have done a pure dotticure, and I felt the need! These were actually quite fast to do, since I had to cut my nails way down due to peeling a potato and peeling off part of my pointer fingernail in the process. I suppose it did its job (and protected my finger from the peeler) but it was still a sad sacrifice! So I decorated my shorter nails with LOTS OF DOTS.

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

This actually inspired me to do a series of three MORE dotticures, but I haven’t transferred them onto my computer yet! So you guys get to see this one. I am also co-posting it for the dotticure challenge from Whats Up Nails; hopefully it can serve as some inspiration! Enjoy 🙂 

Rainbow Branches

I just kept going and going with this one. Initially I wanted to make neurites (the outgrowth from neuron cell bodies) but then I decided that it looked more like tree branches. THEN I decided my tree branches should be rainbows, but I didn’t trust my polishes to stamp over the silver holo…so I added a white base and tried to double stamp over it with the rainbow gradient. It worked surprisingly well on some nails…and not so much on others. Also, the yellow was eaten up by neighboring colors. So I decided to add rainbow buds to really reinforce the whole rainbow tree thing…and really just ended up with rainbows on rainbows on holo. Pretty but ultimately confusing!

~ Holo: Emily de Molly – Stockpile
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Coral: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BC – 06 

For how long this manicure ended up taking it was not overall that impressive, but it did succeed in being maximally colorful. It also stands as I think the first time I have triple stamped the same design over itself (white base, rainbow gradient x2 to get more solid color). At this point, my best clear jelly stamper is not quite glass-clear anymore, so I had to use my second best stamper which, while crystal clear, does not pick up as well! But there was no way I was going to be able to triple stamp with a partially opacified stamper. How on earth did any of us function before clear stampers?! 

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