Creative musings in bright colors

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!

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

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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!

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

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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!

Vampy Red Fade

Somehow I managed to not get a single perfect picture of this manicure? It looked quite pretty while I was wearing it, but all of the photos do not come close to doing it justice! Oh well. The design was incredibly simple, just black polish, striping tape, and a red metallic gradient.

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Colors:
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Bright red: City color – Masquerade
~ Dark red: Confetti – Masquerade Ball

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Anyway, I am sorry about the poor photos, I did try! Or at least I’m fairly sure I did. It just didn’t pan out this time around. We can’t win them all, and this one at least being red with some gold so it is totally fitting for peri-christmas :-p

Elaborately Twirled

These nails somehow ended up looking like sumptuous velvet. I decided I wanted to mix two shades with different types of glitter, and somehow ended up here! Juliette has shards of rose gold with little holo glitters, and St George is a beautifully pigmented (and ergo good for stamping) scattered holo that typically just looks like it has faint glittery depths. The combination: surprisingly stunning.

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Colors:
~ Rose gold: ILNP – Juliette
~ Teal: A England – Saint George
~ Stamp: MoYou – Pro 02

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I, yet again, don’t have much else to say! I do love how A England seems to consistently create one-coat beautiful polishes that also work very well for stamping; however they don’t have all that many colors (lets be honest there are only so many pigmented red scattered holos that even a girl like me can own) so I have run out of reasons to buy more! Hope you enjoyed!

Dark Geode

I don’t know where I was going with this, but the end result is rather geode-like so that’s what I am going to pretend I was aiming for! This was intended to go up on Friday after Thanksgiving, but I was too tired after only sleeping 3 hours on my call night in the hospital and then hosting thanksgiving dinner! So, sorry guys…but you get to enjoy it today!

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As is true any time I use this polish, Aurora stole the darn show. It is just such a pretty polish! I always use it over black, but looking at this manicure I have to wonder what it would look like over dark red or dark purple. Maybe next time?

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Colors:
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple/green multichrome: Picture Polish – Aurora
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Silver holo glitter: FUN Lacquer – 24 Karat diamond
~ Stamp: Geometry BPX – L020

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I have no idea how I used to post every day, I love sharing my nail designs but editing nail art is exhausting.

Shimmer Leaves

Happy almost Thanksgiving! You guys almost didn’t get a post today because I almost ran out out of to edit my nails! As it stands this is going to be a bit less polished than usual (hah, nail polish puns) because there just wasn’t time! It’s pretty anyway, and hopefully you will all be too distracted by the epic color shift to notice anything else :-p

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Colors:
~ Red/gold multichrome: ILNP – Greatness
~ Red/orange/green glitter: POP Polish – Slick Days of Summer
~ Blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Stamp: BM – XL209

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The colors for this were just perfect for fall! I don’t know why I never thought to stamp in dark blue over red/orange before, but it is one of my new favorite color combinations. Somehow it just contrasts a bit better than black! Anyway. By the time I get out of the hospital it will be tomorrow, and then there will be Friendsgiving time! My husband is abandoning me this year (he gets time off to go home) so I get to eat with all the other wonderful people in my life who want to potluck with me! Hope you guys enjoyed the nails, and have great meals wherever you are!

Rainforest at Dusk

This might be simple stamping, but the end result was really cool looking! That is 90% up to the base color (Nerida Singer is stunning), and 10% the stamp working nicely. This makes me think of someplace humid and swampy as the sun goes down. Don’t ask me why it makes me think of Thanksgiving as well (green/brown/red?) but it does!

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Colors:
~ Green: Blush – Nerida Singer
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – XL204

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I am a litttttle behind on my nail art editing at the moment, but hopefully I catch up and you will see posts later this week as well! If not…then you know why :-p

Large Floral Lace

Random pretty manicure interlude! I realize we are only a week out from Thanksgiving and maybe I should keep posting fall-themed things, but this one was just so pretty, and the lace-like appearance with big flowers makes me think of colder weather for some reason? Probably just me. But here we are!

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Colors:
~ Nude holo: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny talk
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature

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This manicure was embarrassingly simple but I quite like it. The color and designs came together well. Not much more to say I think, hope you enjoyed!

Dark Indian Corn

I made two styles of indian corn, this is the darker version! You saw the lighter version a week ago. I started with a yellow base and dry-brushed on a lighter shade of yellow. Then I stamped with white, and vaguely colored in some corn bits with grey and red. Then I stamped again in brown. Sadly my brown stamp was not nearly as opaque as I would have liked!

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Colors:
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Momen
~ Light yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red: OPI – Vision of Love
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Brown: Zoya – Flynn
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature

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The husk is hand-painted, but it doesn’t make up for the fact that neither the white nor the brown were dark enough to work. Maybe if I had actually colored in the corn kernels on the stamper this would have worked better, but as it stands it just looks messy. Oh well, other corn for the win! What are your thoughts?

Slapdash Angles

You guys, I have no idea. I wanted a bright purple holo. And something geometric. And I decided that was boring so I added some green/gold flakies and didn’t like it…so then I added some purple/pink flakie holographic polish? This was really half-assed but I suppose isn’t terrible. Don’t look at me. My planning was clearly not present for this manicure!

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Colors:
~ Purple holo: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Green glitter: Lyn B Designs – Here on Earth
~ Purple glitter: Dreamland Lacquer – You Look Like Seafood
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B015

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At least its purple and a bit of a change away from the deluge of fall colors and patterns? Although don’t get your hopes up, the fall themes resume on Wednesday :-p

Crackled Orange

Orange and glittery! Totally fall-appropriate. Other than that, not really :-p. This was easy to create and attention-grabbing (100% due to glitter content). Putting manicures like this together also always makes me glad that I have a large collection of stamping plates. It makes things neater and quicker!

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Colors:
~ Orange glitter: OPI – DS Indulgence
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: Moyra – Ornaments 3, Lina – Make Your Mark 02

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Not much else to say about this one. I wanted some glitter, so voila, glitter! I also only use this polish maybe once a year, sometimes around the Halloween/Thanksgiving time period. I should probably stop buying strangely colored glitter polish if I am only going to wear it once a year! Hope you all enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Light Indian Corn

I made two styles of indian corn and this is the lighter one! The other one will likely be posted in the next two weeks. This one was made using a light brown base, over which I stamped the corn image in white. When that was dry, I then smushed a bunch of colors (yellow, light yellow, red, and grey) onto the stamping plate and stamped over the white with the colors. The end result is less identifiably corn, but still cool! However, it looked too pastel, so I used a yellow jelly polish over the top to deepen the colors.

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Colors:
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Momen
~ Light yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red: OPI – Vision of Love
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Brown: Zoya – Flynn
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Pale nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubble
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature

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Of course, one cannot just have kernels, so I added some hand-painted husks. Overall this was quite fun to make and wear, and I enjoyed comparing the two manicures! You guys will have to let me know (after you see the other one) which one you prefer! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Windblown Leaves

Yet another fall manicure! Maybe I should start interspersing some random non-fall themed ones at some point. I am still enjoying this, so you all must be too! Of course, it helps that yesterday was the nicest day we have had in weeks. That said, it is forecasted to snow today. The weather is very confused!

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Colors:
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – Halloween L004

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I was a bit sad after I bought The Magician because I had been hoping for a topper with a little more kick. All the photos that I had seen of this polish online made it look like wonderful shifty magic, yet all it ever did for me was add a subtle red scattered shimmer. I have since learned to enjoy the subtleness if i want something slightly more than a cream polish but less than a glitter overload! Anyway, thats all for today. Hope you enjoyed!

Fall-themed Roses

I went to a wedding where the bridesmaids were all dressed in different fall colors, and it was stunning! My assigned color was red, but the colors ranged from coral and orange through a deep plum. Of course, I painted my nails to match :-). Oddly enough, the only roses in the actual bouquets (which I helped make) were orange! Go figure.

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Colors:
~ Red holo: A England – Rosebower
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Light orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Dark orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Lael
~ Red: OPI – All I want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Stamp: BM – 209

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Hope you enjoyed! It feels like I should be moving on to winter manicures…its been below 40 for the past few days even though Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet!

Green and Gold Undulation

There are so many awesome things about this manicure, where to start. New base polish, fun stamp, rhinestone (its been so long!), general shiftiness. Basically, all the things. Now, don’t get me wrong, the overall effect was odd looking but I do love it anyway :-p

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The base polish here is one of the June PPU polishes, Rainforest by Ethereal Lacquer (it occurred to be last Friday that I was showing you a manicure where I used this polish for layering without showing you a swatch first!). This polish is insane. It is more or less a pastel multichrome, blue-green base with yellow-orange flash. In direct light it appears a bright golden orange with green at the edges, and in indirect light it is a green with teal and orange. Unfortunately, in order to be this absurdly shifty, it is not particularly opaque. This is four medium coats and in direct light or backlight of any intensity there is very visible nail line. I usually hate that, but I was less bothered than usual because I was too busy staring at the shifts!

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Then, of course, I stamped, dotted, and added a rhinestone. I got a weirdly high number of compliments on this manicure (random cashiers, my chief in the hospital, multiple nurses) so I was quite pleased! It was darn busy and very odd looking, but the shiftiness and the wavy/sharp background sealed it.

Colors:
~ Green/gold: Ethereal Lacquer – Rainforest
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Mint: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Stamp: L078 from Born Pretty

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Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed! This was a fun one to wear and fun(ish) to edit. I am trying to keep with the fall color scheme this week at least, lets see how long I can keep it going for! I also cannot remember if I ever showed off this plate before, but is a new favorite of mine (it has so many swoopy awesome things!) and you can find it here for $3.59.

Twisted Red Mesh

This was inspired by @nailsandtowel. However, I used see-through flakes, and the original nail artist used more opaque flakes. In retrospect, I wish I had done the same! I own a few, I just felt like using loose flakes and that was a mistake.

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Colors:
~ Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Glitter: Born Pretty – Aqua Flakies
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Lina – Make Your Mark 02

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In the end I was less happy with this than I expected to be, and it is all down to flakie choice! The art was otherwise fun and my nails were actually long enough to try and mimic the inspiration. Oh well, next time! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Red Forest Leaves

Halloween is over…so it is back to standard fall manis! This is one of my recent favorites. I honestly don’t even remember if I showed you guys this polish yet (I don’t think I have…) but I used this crazy glittery multichrome over a dark green and voila, magic! I really should post my nail art in order at some point. Basically it is a green/gold mutlichrome on its own, but over a dark polish it turns into red/gold/green and its fall magic in a bottle 😀

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Colors:
~ Dark green: ILNP – Ski Lodge
~ Red/gold/green shimmer: Ethereal – Rainforest
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: UC – Lovely Leaves 2

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I am not usually brave enough to stamp negative space designs, because I don’t have true stamping polish (i just use mostly dried up bottles of black and white standard polish)…but uber chic plates are just so perfectly etched that they work anyway. That’s it for today, hope you enjoyed!!

Webs on Brown

Happy almost-Halloween (again)! I guess this was the closest I got to a halloween manicure this year, so here we go! Simple though it is. This did highlight for me how rarely I use brown glitter base polish for my nails…this is a 5 year old bottle of polish and it is basically unused!

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Colors:
~ Brown: Spa Ritual – Starry Night
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: BP – Halloween L004

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I am stuck in the hospital tonight and did not have a plan for a costume involving scrubs, so I won’t be wearing anything special (in the hospital) tomorrow. But we will be having a Hocus Pocus night, so I have something to look forward too! Also chocolate 😀

Optical Halloween Illusion

Happy almost-Halloween! I actually have a better halloween manicure than this…but I didn’t get a chance to transfer the photos to my computer so you guys will just have to wait till next year :-p. Meanwhile, enjoy orange glitter and adorable zombies! At least it finally gave me a chance to use the darn zombie stamp.

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Colors:
~ Orange glitter: A England – Gloriana
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: Lina – Make Your Mark 2, B Loves Plates – 03 Mind Blown, BP – Halloween L004

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Of course, there is a funky dripping skull on my thumb, but none of the photos which included my thumb were in focus! So you’ll just have to trust me. Bwhahaha! Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Fall Bloom

There isn’t much better than fall-themed flowers! This was chosen after I modeled a few other possible designs over this pretty gradient. In retrospect, although I like the end product, I wish I had picked a different stamp that let through more of the underlying colors! Because fall gradients are the best gradients 🙂

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Colors:
~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Dark orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Lael
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B005

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I feel like I probably overuse floral stamping, but I can’t really find it in myself to be upset about this. Flowers are pretty! Gradients are awesome! Combining them is fun! Anyway, that’s all for today, hope you enjoyed and happy Friday!

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