Creative musings in bright colors

Glitter Grip

I was on vacation while I wore these nails, and if I am honest they survived 6 days of archery, boating, more boating, more archery, and a bit of zip lining better than expected! Also they were super glittery 😀


~ Bright teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Dark teal: OPI – Stay Off the Lawn!!
~ Pink glitter: POP Polish – Watermelon Bubbleslick


I think I mentioned a while ago that I was into doing deep V nails. This is one of the designs from that genre (again, not sure why I did a whole bunch of them in the span of a month, but I did do them!). Very easy, but quite pretty! Hope you enjoyed 😀

Lace Tips on Purple

This is a fun color and a fun stamp, so I just went for it. It looked a little bland with just white and purple shimmery, so I added some grey glitter (because those colors go together). I honestly, in retrospect, can’t tell if making silver glittery tips at the end was a good idea or a bad one? Maybe a bad one. I should have gone with a slightly less complicated grey!


~ Purple glitter: Emily de Molly – Traverse the Skies
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Grey holo: Emily de Molly – Shadow on the Moon
~ Stamp: MoYou – French 14


So thats it for today! Straight forward and somewhat pretty. Happy wednesday (maybe) and hope you enjoyed!

Modernized Blue

I keep seeing manicures where people just sort of blob on complimentary colors and drag them down, and provide a minimalist stamp over it. So I decided to try it! Of course, I decided to be so subtle about the color drag idea that it is almost invisible, but the inspiration was there. Also, I do love these stamps.


~ Dark blue metallic: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Neon blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – 145


You can find the stamping plate for yourself for $2.99 here. Hope you enjoyed all the blue, and the semi-modern look! I’ve been seeing it everywhere but if I am honest I don’t love it on myself. Live and learn!

Water Ripples

I have not made a water ripple manicure in literally years, but I saw this design on a plate I was sent to review and I knew I had to play with it! I started with a blue metallic base covered with blue flakies, over which I stamped in white. However, the white was too stark, so I covered it in various densities of a teal jelly to make it look a little more water-like. I am pretty happy with the result!


~ Metallic blue: Zoya – Estelle
~ Blue flakies: Zoya – Maisie
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – L21


You can find the stamp for yourself at the born pretty store here, where it is currently $6.99 (but if you wait a few days I bet it will come down, they have sales almost every week!). Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday!!

Geometric Build

I wanted to create something subtle, so I did! I stamped with a raspberry holo over a slightly pink-red red creme polish. However, I decided that I was wrong and that was too subtle, so I added some silver. I actually really like everything about this manicure except the shape of my nails! I broke two edges and just gave up and filed them to ovals 😦


~ Raspberry creme: OPI – Malaga Wine
~ Raspberry holo: A England – Rosebower
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Stamps: Whats up Nails – B015


Oddly enough the photos of this manicure just did not come out right? Likely because the holo over similarly colored creme just sort of blended together if you couldn’t see the motion and the glitter in the holo. Live an learn!

Softly Grey

I love the muted tones of this manicure. Don’t get me wrong, jewel tones are my favorite type of polish and will always be, but something about a soft grey holo with some matched glitters just makes me happy. Geometric stamping? Little bit of accent? I am sold 😀


~ Grey with white glitter: Cadillacquer – Odette
~ Grey holo: ILNP – Timeless Vow
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra – 54 Matrix


I will try to bring back some of the brighter colors for later this week (summer is, afterall, neon-appropriate). I just wanted something softer today! Hope you enjoyed 😀

Double Teal Braids

You guys. I forgot how messy and time-consuming braided nails were. I thought these would be fast and easy and I was WRONG. Of course I also had to go make it much more complicated for myself. However, the end result was rather cool (if somewhat messy and very time consuming)! And please ignore my pinky, the lines got all skinny at the end :-/


~ Light teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need A Refresh-Mint
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Dark teal: OPI – Stay Off the Lawn!!
~ Light purple: L’Oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Lael


I started with a teal braid. Most of my braids were off-center, some were SEVERELY off-center. So I decided to fix it by adding lines of similarly toned purples. That did add some fun variety, but it also somewhat exacerbated the problem. So on the two most egregious nails (my thumb and ring finger) I went back and added a weave! I made it up as I went, but it looked pretty cool when all was said and done. Then I added more purple to the weave (Oy Vey). Anyway, hope you enjoyed! I think this ended up being more time-consuming than it was pretty, but so be it!

Moonlight Lattice

Very simple but quite pretty! Primarily because both this polish and this stamp are stunning. I think I have used this stamp at least 5 times, which is impressive seeing as how I have literally hundreds of stamps :-p. Can’t help picking favorites!


~ Grey glitter: Emily de Molly – Shadow on the Moon
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Stamp: MoYou – Porcelain 01


Anyway, hope you all enjoyed! I didn’t mean to do two purples in a row, but to be fair Monday’s post was supposed to go up on friday (oops)!

Shimmering Purple Leaves

I feel like IG has been full of pretty leaf manicures. I don’t know why and to be honest I didn’t get it at first, but the simple delicacy eventually won me over and I had to make my own. Of course, green is boring and pink is (oddly) overdone, so I went for purple! Ta-da. I do love the way the glitter fits with the shimmery pink highlights in the base color. Ok lets be honest I just really love shimmer polishes :-p


~ Pastel purple shimmer: Ethereal Lacquer – Little Oysters
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Silver/pink holo glitter: ILNP – Rosewater
~ Grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ Stamp: UC – Lovely Leaves 2


The surprise with this manicure was using a grey stamping polish rather than a black one. I almost always reach for black/white or silver/gold (they stamp well); I didn’t want this to be super bold (especially since this plate works so well) so I actually used a grey! Surprise! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Neon Topography

This started as a random swirl of colors on the nail, and ended up looking like a neon-tone heat map or topography map. It is super weird and very 1970s? But I kinda like it!


~ Pink: Essie – Sunday
~ Orange: Formula X – Incandescent
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda


I think I warned in a advance that this week would be neon themed, at least a little! St Louis in the middle of its typical summer activity, and is alternating between 100 degrees with 99% humidity and sunny, and then these sudden monsoons. Do not recommend! Also sorry for the extra delayed post, this week has been a lesson in running around like a headless chicken and things like the poor blog fell by the wayside! Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Triangular Creamsicle

How about a neon? I wanted something ridiculously bright and here we are! This ended up rather odder looking than I intended. The creamsicle gradient was pretty so I added glitter? and white? triangles? I don’t know where my brain was at! Other than “I want bright things”.


~ Orange: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Orange holo: ILNP – Fired Up
~ Stamp: BP – L054


For some reason this manicure (yes, this one in particular) sparked a series of triangular glitter manicures. I think I did 6 in the next two months with a whole bunch of different colors. I will try to spread them out in terms of posting so you all don’t get too bored! Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Halfway Circled

This was an idea I had bouncing in my head for a while: what if I took a metallic and a creme of the same shade and painted half of my nail with each? And then added stamps to the creme side? And maybe a dividing line? Well, I finally did it. And the end result was that you cannot tell I used two similar shades of nude/pink. That said, this looks like a slightly weird french design and it isn’t half bad!


~ Nude creme: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ Nude metallic: ULTA – Freshwater Pearl
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BP – L003


This week has been a bit of a mix, but it was fun to post at least :-). I hope you enjoyed something between the dark and stormy, the bright and sunny, and todays pink mix! Now I just need some freehand in there somewhere…

Summer Sky

This is simple but I really love it! Hot air balloons and birds 🙂 I figure if I am stuck in the absolutely frigid hospital I should at least be able to enjoy the warmth on my nails! The birds, clouds, and hot air balloons are all stamps, so this was also pretty easy as far as nail art goes :-p


~ Blue shimmer: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Bright pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 122, EDM – 07


Just looking at these nails makes me feel calm. Which, to be fair, is nice right now since at the moment I am on a 24 hour shift in the hospital (again…). Anyway, summer! Enjoy :-p

Endless Dark Staircase

This was fun because the stamp is just one diamond shape image…so i rotated the darn thing 4 times to get one on each of my non-thumb nails! I quite like the result although I admit it is odd! Also, I totally forgot that I owned this base polish…oops!


~ Silvery-black: OPI – Black Satin
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – 090


Hope you enjoyed! I am now COMPLETELY out of old nail art to post, so I had better get things from the last 6 months transferred onto this computer, or I won’t have anything to post! Whoopsie. Bad Eva!

Controlled Vortex

Well, whatever I wanted to tell you guys about this manicure is lost to the sands of time. I cannot find the post that I made (at this point, some three months ago) so we are just going to have to make it up!


~ Teal holo: KBShimmer – Now & Zen
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Stamps: Lina – @urbannailart collab


This is sad, because of course I tried a new polish when I painted this. This is KBShimmer Now & Zen. I am pretty sure this is three coats, but honestly it could be two. Now and Zen is a medium blue with a lot of teal shimmer and an extra helping of holo shimmer. The end result is almost pastel-multichrome-holo although the color shift is not dramatic enough to earn a true “multichrome” title from me! Anyway, happy Friday!

Neutral Water

Just a simple shimmery nude polish, white stamp, and teal dots. Why teal? I dunno. Wanted them to match my other hand at the time :-p. The other hand, in my (currently, boring) defense was a bit cooler! Oh well. One week of semi-fails, and hopefully next week I will finally transfer all the backlog of nail art from March and get working on them! So yes, this week is the dregs of nail art that I just hadn’t posted yet.


~ Teal: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Nude shimmer: ULTA – Freshwater Pearl
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BP – L003


Dreg is such a cool word, honestly! Ok, hope you all enjoyed, and if we are lucky and I get my act together, next week will have prettier nails!

Tribal Red

Ok, I really do not like this manicure. What I had in mind was something cool…and what resulted after I messed it up and got frustrated was something decidedly less cool. At least the colors are ok? It is hard to go wrong with red and gold, but this was certainly not my best work!


~ Red glitter: Zoya – India
~ Red creme: Zoya – Sookie
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Pro 02


Anyway, hope you enjoyed! This week is going to be a bit…slow in terms of nail art. I am just throwing random older bits together 😀

American Pennant

Fourth of July nails! Of course, these are from last year but whose counting? I am actually quite pleased with these. I ended up using a nail guide (aka funny shaped tape) to delineate the white part, and then stamps to make the red. The dots are, as always, freehanded.


~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Stamp: BP – L020


Other than frankly painting flags, I think these are the most pro-American-flag nails I have ever done? Even if they aren’t a flag at all. They also make me think of a barber shop. Anyway. Enjoy the fireworks this weekend, and hopefully America thinks back on its past and starts to recover from the myriad of stupid mistakes it is currently making!

Star Spangled Swirl

Ok, so this was a fun one. I made a drip marble out of red, white, blue, and silver, and then added star stamping! The silver had separated a bit in the bottle and also made a few cells (!!!). I finally, as of last month, own a bottle of white cell polish, but somehow I haven’t gotten around to using it yet! Bad Eva. Of course, these are what I wore last year (as well as the design you will see on Friday) so maybe I will actually get my act together and use real white cell-making polish this year!


~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Tart
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ Stamp: Lina – Make Your Mark 02


Hope you enjoyed! I am not proud of what America has become at the moment on multiple fronts (response to the pandemic, response to racism, response to people just being asked to show courtesy and wear a mask…to name a few) but I am glad that we are no longer under British rule, so 4th of July it is! Also, fireworks.

Cyanotype Leaves

I got this idea into my head and I just could not get it out until I tried it! I love the concept, but I don’t adore the execution. I wanted to do a grey creme on a grey glittery base for subtle contrast, and then white leaves in a cyanotype-print style. It kinda worked? In retrospect, I think I needed better leave stamps! **which I now have so oh well, I guess I’ll just have to repeat this mani from last winter all over again, poor me**


~ Grey flakie glitter: Polished for Days – Grey Opal
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BM – 208, XL472, UC – Lovely Leaves 2


I have so many stamping plates, but I never seem to have quite enough of exactly what I want! So once I complete a manicure missing the correct and perfect designs, I go out and buy a plate that would have made the manicure excellent. Only, I’ve already done the manicure, so what do I do with the plate at this point? I should likely start repeating manicures using proper plates that I have selected, but there is always more completely novel nail art to do instead!

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