Creative musings in bright colors

Zig Up Zag Down

I realized that I had three different zig-zag patterns, of all of which were slightly different. I wanted to use them all in one mani! Ergo, pattern mani🙂

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Long ago, I decided that grey pairs well with pink, and I have stuck with that decision. This mani looks a bit odd as a result (a slightly darker grey…aka black…would probably have looked better) but so be it! Also, I don’t actually own a true black holo.

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Regardless, zig zags! So many of them. I think I like the fine ones better than the thick ones, but they all look cool.

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Colors
~ Grey holo: Darling Diva – Black Diamond
~ Light pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Stamps: BM – 201, BP – X06

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Simple, but I hope you enjoyed!

Laced In

A corset is totally fashion! So this counts as the “fashion” day in the 31 Day Challenge. I am so glad we are almost done, painting this much has been difficult!

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These nails went great…until I put down the striping tape. Which left a reside which would not come off. So when I top-coated, the whole thing got super bubbly!😦 Hopefully you can’t really see it (I tried to pick pictures that didn’t focus on the bubbles!).

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Colors
~ Red: Zoya – Isla
~ Black matte: Mentality – Rascal
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur

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I have missed using shiny + matte in one mani, so you will be seeing it again soon :-p

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Hope you enjoyed!

I wanted to ask you guys to guess what book this was from, but I put it in the title instead. In the past I have done any number of nerdy books (Dune and Enders Game come to mind first) and last year I did a children’s book (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). This year I wanted something nerdy but different…and I realized that one of the only books I had as a .pdf on my computer was War of the Worlds.

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To be fair, this was first a radio broadcast (which, awesome), but I was introduced to it as a book. I also wanted something that no one had done before (that is very very rare…I think I was the first to do BB-8 nail art on one nail, and maybe C3P0 as a full mani or something…but usually someone else already had an idea for me to modify when I google anything). No one, as far as I can tell, has done this type of world-destructing giant robots before!

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In terms of nail polish, the base color here (the orange) is new. When I was at ULTA picking up new makeup sponges for gradients (I finally ran out) I saw this orange on the clearance wrack and decided to try it! I’ll need to do a full comparison with my other medium orange (Thandie by Zoya…which is technically a shimmer but not really) at some point. Regardless, this is two easy coats of Sun of a Gun by ULTA, and it is quite pretty! A nice medium-dark orange creme.

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Colors
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Gold: Petites Color Fever – 24kt Gold

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The actual inspiration for the design came from art that I found elsewhere on wordpress. I can’t imagine painting a whole canvas with something that intricate!

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This only took 30 minutes once the orange base was dry, which is really really fast! It wasn’t difficult, but it was fun, and its satisfying to know that I am the first to try this particular bit of weirdness! Also, sorry for posting this late…my week has been a mess and I just finished editing it! So, technically it is a day late. But that just means I’m posting twice in one day I suppose!

Stitch!

Have some animated-film nail art! I don’t actually know why I thought I’d be able to do Stitch’s face well…I am really really bad at drawing faces even on PAPER much less on NAILS. Oh well! Even if he looks like a little monster, it is still cute.

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This was inspired by tinas_polish, and her Stitch is ADORABLE. Unlike my demon-spawn (which is technically l accurate, but I was trying to go for cute).

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I think I have 1-2 more animated film manis ready to post after this Challenge is over! Soooo cloooose…lets see if I can make it through!

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Colors
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Dark blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

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Hope you enjoyed! O’hana😀

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

So, I know this is more of a movie than a song, but it was actually the song I had playing when trying to decide what to do for the “song” prompt for the 31 day challenge!

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I went ahead any grabbed the closest thing I have to “For Audrey” from China Glaze, which happens to be I Need A Refresh-Mint by Wet n’ Wild. Every time I use this teal, I am reminded why I never use this teal. The brush is too fat, mine has messed up bristles, and the polish NEVER DRIES. Like, NEVER. I need to get For Audrey.

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Regardless of my polish woes, this didn’t come out too badly! The color combo is pretty, and it is certainly song-inspired.

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Colors
~ Teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need A Refresh-Mint
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Silver: Sally Hansen – Sterling Silver
~ Silver glitter: Revlon – Metallic
~ Stamps: JQ – L020, MoYou Back to the Future

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Hope you enjoyed! My surgical shelf exam is tomorrow and I am freaking out, so this post (and tomorrow’s) are very short!

Teal Pinwheels

I have a lot of nail art in my backlog that is purple…mostly due to attempts to find wedding nail art! I didn’t want to use purple. However, I also found this…which was something I did while I was on my surgical rotation in July. Ergo, my nails were tiny and short but on the weekends I was able to rebel and wear something colorful and shiny and awesome (just for two days). This is inspired by teal.

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It was a bit hard to figure out how to do a gradient on little tiny nails! I wanted to have even more colors (usually I can do 4-5) but I settled on 3 in the blue-teal range. Then I added a stamp with the always wonderful A England holos (they stamp like a dream), and put on a 3D rhinestone for extra “I’m not at work I can wear fun things” effect😀

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So here we are, with blue and teal for the inspired by a color day of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge!

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Colors
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blue
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Dark teal: A England – Saint George
~ Stamp: BC – 04

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I almost want to repeat this on my nails when they are longer again! Right now they are back to being short (I am on my anesthesia block) but still. Long nails + color = awesome. Sorry these are so short!

Water Wood Grain

For water marble day, I decided to do something a bit different! I wanted to see if I could water marble wood grain. It somewhat worked?

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I started with a new polish that I picked up earlier this month from the clearance rack at ULTA. I’ve been on the hunt for a slightly nude off-white. This is more nude/peachy than I wanted it, but is not quite a light pink! I also think it is indeed a bit lighter than my lightest nude (Chantal by Zoya) but I’ll need to do a direct comparison since I am currently out of swatching sticks!

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This polish is called I Nude It by Essense. It is my second essence polish and I had forgotten how much I love them. I used three thin coats but I could have gotten away with two. The polish self-leveled nicely, and the color is a beautiful pale peachy-nude with barely-there golden shimmer (you can see it in the bottle but not really on the nail). I like it!

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I then went and marbled with three other shades of brown/nude and my clear water marbling polish…which totally overwhelmed the browns. Whoops! So I added a little bit of free-hand brown at the end. I don’t know that I would have said these looked like wood without knowing what I was aiming for, but the definitely count as water marble so it works for the Day 20 of the 31 Day Challenge prompt!

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Colors
~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ Dark nude: Wet n’ Wild – Private Viewing
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Clear marbling: Pipe Dream Polish – Clearwater

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Hope you enjoyed! We are finally just about 2/3 of the way done with this challenge. Lets see if I can make it to the end!

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