Creative musings in bright colors

Light Jade

This was a bit of an odd one to make! I used one of Born Pretty’s “blooming” polishes (in green) to make the base color. I expected this to work like a normal jelly polish and I was quite wrong. The blooming polish is very very thin, changes color depending on what you do to it, and apparently eats through white polish!


I started with a white polish base. I added the blooming ink wash polish in little dabs and strokes (you can pretty much see what I did). I then top coated and added a white stamps…which was promptly devoured! So I went back and stamped in gold which did not get eaten by the green. I don’t know why the green ate the white, and I don’t know how I ended up with a blue tone on my pointer finger. These are the mysteries of the blooming polish! Also, the green color, while pretty, really is more of a jade blue-toned-green with a hint of brown than a true green.


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Green jelly: Born Pretty – Blooming, Constant Jade
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Stamps: Lina – Make Your Mark 02, BPX – L020


I do actually really like these inks, but I need to remember they wash off with water and soap, not acetone! My cuticles also stayed green for days as a result of trying acetone first and fixing the color into my nail beds. Oops! Anyway, if you want to play around with any of these polishes, you can find them for $2.99 each at this link. Enjoy!

Glowing Thai Patterns

It has been a while since I posted a glow-in-the-dark manicure! I actually painted this one some time ago, and it has been sitting in my unedited folder, oops! But here we are all the same. Instead of starting with a white base (as I usually would) I started with a glow in the dark polish (that has a yellow base to it, as far as I know Dayglow was the first true glow in the dark polish on the market, at this time there are many different ones including some with white bases but this is all I have!) that I did a stamping gradient over. I couldn’t make up my mind if I wanted to do yellow to red or yellow to blue…so I did both? And then that didn’t seem to be enough so I also added swirls 😀


The glow to this polish has remained incredibly strong despite being >5 years old. Most of my older thermal polishes have lost their color shift, and my solar-reactive polishes don’t shift at all anymore…but this polish still glows! Score 1 for Serum No 5.


~ Glow-in-the-dark: Serum No 5: Dayglow
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: BM – XL158, 314


That’s it for today! I recommended that all nail polish folks have at least one glow in the dark polish – it is a lot of fun to freak my husband out with my glowing nails in bed :-D. Hope you enjoyed!

Shell Swirls

God, every time I wear this polish I am reminded why it is one of my personal favorites. This is, again, Not Your Average Seahorse by Blush Lacquers from one of the earliest Polish Pickup sales. I die. I was going to cover most of it but I just couldn’t bring myself to do so, so we end up with this honestly rather cool stamp! It is from a plate that is supposed to be used for advanced stamping or leadlighting, but I honestly love it over a super complicated polish because it lets the base polish show through (I am, as I type this, wearing it over a different super complicated pretty base).


~ Blue glitter: Blush Lacquers – Not Your Average Seahorse
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: Moyra – 45 I Fill You


I honestly feel like I should venture beyond stamping with black/white/silver/gold because those are the only polishes that I own that are even close to opaque enough to stamp over most other colors…but I see such conflicting recommendations with regards to which stamping polish brands are worth buying! The only set of stamping polish I own that kinda works is two shades of pink from one of the Born Pretty lines…and I really don’t wear that much pink on my nails. What are you guys favorite stamping brands (and any particular staple colors that I need)? Thanks all!

Cosmic Triangles

This was fun. I started with a blue base, and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Then I decided plain blue was boring, and I needed more color…so I did a dry sideways gradient (I just made that up…I basically dry-brushed from the side of one nail with one color and the other side with a different color, focusing more color around the edge of the nail) with teal and purple, to create a teal-blue-purple sideways gradient. You can barely see the teal, but it is pretty anyway!


~ Teal: ILNP – Party Favor
~ Blue: ILNP – Downpour
~ Purple: ILNP – Zoe
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B015


Honestly the end result looks kinda multichrome-y. Without shifting my nails at all I get blue, purple, and hints of teal. I like it! Hope you all enjoyed, and happy Friday!


Simple but pretty! Just a pretty base polish and a white stamp. One of these days I should invest in actual stamping polishes so I can use colors other than white, black, gold, and silver with ease. That day is not today!


~ Purple holo: Emily de Molly – State of Mind
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra – Ornaments 3


Hope you enjoyed despite the simple nature of the post! Friday is another easy manicure but the colors are, if anything, somehow even MORE vibrant :-p

Japanese Vista

Alternately titled “Eva has fun with multi-color lead lighting vaguely asian patterns”. I wanted to color the stamps in, but when I tried that from the beginning, the design was barely visible and the color differences were not apparent. Ergo, I just grabbed a teal and purple jelly and colored in the designs! Of course, teal and purple on blue is not particularly vivid, but I like the watercolor-like appearance of the hues.


~ Blue holo: Nabi – Sky Blue
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Stamps: MoYou – Porcelain 01


In retrospect, a lot of the design would have been more apparent without the holographic finish. I should invest in a greyed out robins egg color that is not holographic (and does not take 4 coats, I do have one I just refuse to use it). Live and learn! Hope you enjoyed :-p

Golden Eye

I feel like this might be the closest thing to a new years manicure that I have done in the past few weeks, it is semi-geometric, evocative of the 1920s (rather than 2020 but who is counting), and glittery. Also, my husband loved this and so it deserves to be the first nail art post of the new year!


~ Gold shards: ILNP – Juliette
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Holo diamond: Sephora by OPI – I Found a Pot of Gold!
~ Stamp: EdM – 09


Not much else to say today, hope you enjoyed! Hopefully I can get my act together and get designs edited for next week; i go onto a night rotation for two weeks and I doubt I will have time to do the edits I would otherwise like to do!

Top 10 Nail Art of 2019

My other top 10 post: nail art time! Although I did a bunch of designs this year (as I do every year), I did not like nearly as many of them. Honestly that is probably due to my high reliance on stamping, which while quick and easy, does not necessarily make for the most interesting and dramatic of nail art. That said, almost every one of my top 10 for this year has some stamping in it (but not all). Hope you enjoy, and let me know if I left one of your favorites off!

Japanese Ink (yes this is all stamping, yes it is also awesome)

Rainbow Bubbles (wheeee!)


Jupiter in Purple

Red Roses and Black Lace

Cutting in with Holo

Exploding Pastels (probably the most technically difficult of this years top 10)

Scales of Many Colors

Bright Teal and Dark Roses (I think this year has a rainbow and floral theme)

Sea Storm

Top 5 Polish of 2019

I totally forgot to post on Friday! Mostly because I was on vacation, but still. Thats embarrassing. Anyway, today begins my first of two “top” posts. I counted it up, and I only bought/received 31 new polishes in 2019! Which means it is unfair to do a top 10 because that was almost 1/3 of all my new polishes. Ergo, I will do a top 5 (+1 extra). Without further ado:

#5 polish: POP Polish – Watermelon Bubbleslick
This is one of the few polishes that I bought this year that was not limited edition (it is still available as far as I know). This is one of the polishes that started the whole pastel multichrome fad, and honestly, it is still one of my favorites. I like the color shift, the shimmer, the pastel nature, all that. I have been using it more as an accent over other colors (since it takes 3-4 coats to be opaque on its own).

#4 polish: Chirality – Ragnarok You Like a Hurricane
Ok, so first off, I adore the name of this polish. It is epic. Second, I am a sap for the red and black combo, and this does it perfectly. Sadly, this polish works well only over black (it barely ends up opaque at 4 coats and has so much glitter at that point that it is a pain to remove). So, two coats over black and you get red/black magic! It almost ended up in 2 of my top 10 nail art posts from this year (I ended up dropping one of them) but that tells you something about my palette 😀

#3 polish: Quixotic – It Rubbed Off From Friction
Every time I wear this polish people go nuts. I have not yet found a color combination for this that I love (white? black? grey?) but the polish itself is stunning and has that perfect amount of shimmer to glow-from-within. It manages to be both subtle and bold, I love it. Also helps that it covers well on its own (2-3 coats) and removes easily.

#2 polish: Painted Polish – Just One Look
Ummmm so this polish was actually also on my top 10 from last year, this is embarrassing! Whoops. Its still a beautiful purple and I think it says a LOT that I accidentally left this in my unused section and picked it AGAIN. Yikes.

#1 polish: Illyrian – Narrow Sea
This polish is amazing. It is one of my all-time favorite polishes, not just of this year. I cannot count how many times I have worn it, and I am sad that it is limited (yet another polish pickup) because I want a backup bottle. The deep blue and the red shimmer that glints green and the scattered holo…I die. It is also a two coater and removes like a dream. I wish all polishes were like this polish!

Bonus extra a-still-love-this polish: Dreamland – You Look Like Seafood
I adore this blurple flakie glitter polish. Whenever I wear it I get a ton of compliments, however, it is SO glitter and SO bright that I don’t wear it as often as the others on this list. Still deserves to be here!


Fireworks? Snowflakes? Who knows! Why not both. This is the design I was actually WEARING on New Years last year, and I love it. I don’t know how I got away with a black glittery polish in the hospital, but I am so happy I did! To be fair the polish is actually a dark blue but I layered it over black so the background looks like black with blue shimmer AND flakies 😀


~ Black creme: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Black with flakies: Ever After – Playing with Fire
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature


And in that vein, happy New Years! I hope you all were doing fun things last night (I was playing board games and roasting s’mores), and of course wearing suitably glittery polish. Hope you enjoyed!

Dots on Vacation

These nails were painted on vacation! Which is why they are so darn simple (and also why I didn’t write down the names of the polish I used…they were the tiny sample sized ones that I have, oops). I love traveling with my dotting tools because they make things easy and pretty at the same time! But yah, these manicures-on-the-go took a grand total of 30 minutes, and most of that was waiting for the base polish to dry before I added dots.


Of course, my nails can never match exactly, so I tried two different dotting styles. I like the cuticle dots on teal better than the smattered circle dots! What are your thoughts?


Hope you enjoyed! This week is likely to be a mash of odd posts since I am on vacation and am looking to clean out my weird old stash of posts!

Frozen Leaves

The last of my Hanukkah-not-Christmas nails! Aka lots of blue :-). Really, the theme of this particular manicure was icy leaves and I think I hit it on the nose! Also, it was fun to do some intentional double stamping. Even if I didn’t line things up perfectly.


~ Blue shimmer: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Stamp: UC – Lovely Leaves 2


Happy Friday! You guys, I get my first vacation of this year’s residency starting on Sunday. I am SO EXCITED. Today is also the last day of the Mandalorian and I am excited to see what baby Yoda does…

Menorah and Circles

I wore these for Hanukkah LAST year because I never manage to get my nails together in a timely fashion! Anyway, I was testing some new blue polish (which is to say I was playing with polishes I bought on black friday) and decided that dark blue would be a perfect base for a menorah. Unfortunately, none of the swatch photos of my background polish came out in focus! In fact, I only had maybe two in focus pictures out of the whole set. Silly camera!

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The background of this manicure was two thin coats of Ryan by Zoya, a beautiful deep dark blue. It was almost a one-coater. What makes this better is that the polish stayed on without cracking and with minimal tip wear for 5 days! I think at this point I am just hooked on Zoya blues…I own almost all of them. Since the whole point of the timing of this manicure was Hanukkah, I freehanded some menorahs. However, once I painted my menorahs, I was at a loss. I didn’t have the time (or the patience) to paint a menorah on every nail…and then I decided to just go with weird sketchy circles. Don’t ask me why. But honestly, it came out pretty cool looking! I had been wondering why these circles even existed on that stamping plate, and now I know 😀

~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Gold holo: Sparkly Vernis – Gilded Lemon Drops
~ Stamps: Lina – Make Your Mark 02


So, happy Hanukkah even if it is a bit (a lot) delayed to the point of being the following year! Hope you enjoyed, and have fun not setting things other than candles on fire :-p Also Merry Christmas because, yes, I decided to be different and post Hanukkah nails on Christmas Day 😀

Tarnished Silver over Shimmer

I am changing it up this week. Last week I had the prediction that I would not have enough time to get my Christmas manis ready for this year (i have worn them but not even gone so far as to transfer the photos to the computer yet) and I was right! Oops. So instead, I am doing a week of Hanukkah-inspired manicures! Some are more obvious than others, but most are just blue and silver :-p


~ Blue with red shimmer: Blush – Not Your Average Seahorse
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Red: A England – Rosebower
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06


I honestly think the designs on my ring and middle fingers look like flames, so these are candle-like and that counts! I honestly am not sure where I was going when I made this manicure initially, the whole composition is odd but not terrible. Hope you enjoyed, and happy latke-and-chocolate time!

Embellished Green

I wanted to use a multichrome that I hadn’t touched in a while, and so re-discovered Mutagen! This polish is so old that it is still in the ILNP round bottle. Anyway, I decided that since mutagen looks variably light or dark depending on if you get the deep green or the pink/silver flash, that it made sense to do a pastel-to-dark stamping gradient. I do honestly love how this came out, it was subtle but depending on the angle of the nail you could see different parts of the design.


~ Green multichrome: ILNP – Mutagen
~ Light green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Dark green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Stamp: BM- XL158


I wasn’t thinking about this when I made the design, but it almost looks like ornaments on a christmas tree? If you squint? Anyway, hope you all enjoyed! Happy Friday 🙂

Blue Organic Blooms

I had been staring at this design by Urban Nail Art for months now, and finally decided to do my own take on it! Unfortunately I do not actually own much in the way of stamping polish, so I improvised with colors. Mine is a little bolder than hers, but not half bad!


~ Blue holo: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Gold: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
~ Stamp: BP – L008


Luckily, she had posted a list of polishes she used, so I knew to start with a blue holo base – my instinct would have been silver and I feel like in retrospect that would have looked quite odd! I also don’t own her stamping plates, and when trying to decide between very thin lines and thicker lines, I ended up going with thicker so you could see the pattern. Voila! Of course I only realized after I took my photos that for all but maybe 5 pictures the camera was on the wrong light setting…so they are unusable. Sorry!

Beglittered Swirl Vines

I really like how this one came out! It helps that I used a very pretty polish as the base, but somehow the red/gold with the blue and gold metallic just work! I also love vines (I am wearing this particular stamp right now, with a different manicure).


~ Red/Gold multichrome holo: Enchanted – I am the Walrus
~ Blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Stamp: BPX Floral – L018


I have a whole bunch of actual holiday nail art…lets hope I get a chance to transfer them onto my computer and get them edited up by next week! Honestly I have my doubts, I have to many outside obligations at the moment. :-p Hope you all enjoyed!

Golden Aurora

You guys! This was very easy and looked so darn awesome. Although at least a part of that might have to do with my aurora obsession. Anyway. As mentioned on Wednesday this is another glitter stamping design using a new plate from the Born Pretty Store, Nicole Diary – 090. I again started with a normal polish base (Ibiza by Zoya), matted it, put gold glitter on the stamper head, and then stamped as normal with black polish. The design (including the tiny little dots) transferred remarkably well!


In terms of the design, the etchings on the plate are fun, if oddly sized. Of course, it doesn’t help that I accidentally placed the aurora design upside-down (oops)! I’ll have to use the same stamp at some point but with a gradient background or something. I am looking forward to it!


Honestly I mostly wanted this plate for that aurora image, I have been obsessed with the aurora since seeing it in Iceland in March! I should try a winter-colored one instead of just blue (lets see how long it takes me to actually make this happen…). Regardless, I hope you guys enjoyed! You can find the stamping plate here for $2.29 and the gold powder here for $1.79 (it has gone up in price since Wednesday?).

Negating the Flowers

I never do negative space. NEVER. But I saw these nails by UrbanNailArt and I knew that I had to recreate them. Unfortunately, I don’t have even close to the same stamps for either the flowers or the gold, so I winged it! I wish the lines of my flowers were a little thicker and those of my vines were a bit thinner, but overall I’m pretty happy! The gold is Born Pretty Store gold powder (serious I am obsessed with stamping with this stuff) over black, but you can’t see the black! I think in the end the flowers looked like poinsettias, and red and gold are seasonally-appropriate; regardless these were fun to do and fun to wear!


~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: UC – Lovely Leaves 2, BP – L067, BP – 19


Hope you enjoyed! Be prepared to see a LOT more stamps involving this gold powder (which can be found here for $1.47 for a 0.1g pot) including this Friday’s post. I may be a tiny bit obsessed with it 😀

Teal and Purple to Swirl

I did a simple dry-swipe to make the background pattern, and stamped over it. The colors are maybe too similar, but I overall like the mix of sharp angles and flowing swirls! Next time I will stay away from similarly toned colors! Of course the stamp also happens to be one of my overall favorites so it would be hard not to personally like this manicure regardless!


~ Light purple: Zoya – Abby
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra – 45 I Fill You


I think the next few weeks are going to be a mix of winter (blue, grey, icy) and quasi-christmas (red, gold, green). I don’t yet have anything set up for Wednesday so let’s see what ends up next!

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