Creative musings in bright colors

Interwoven

I can’t tell if I love or hate the random disappearing nature of this mani…the silver is there one second and gone the next! You can see what I’m talking about best in the sunlight photos.

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Regardless, this mani came out alright! I didn’t want the lines matching up exactly and I was stuck using different angles from the same not-so-large image, but it works somehow! Even if you can’t see part of the design half the time :-p

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It also gave me an excuse to use Black Satin by OPI again…I don’t think I’ve touched this polish in the last year! Whoops! I would say I use polishes that I won less than polishes that I bought (simply cause I think of the ones I paid for more) but I don’t think that’s universally true…I just don’t wear that much almost-black!

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Colors
~ Dark grey: OPI – Black Satin
~ Light grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ Stamp: BP – L050

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Anyway I hope you guys enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Warm Gradient Flourish

I had no idea what to call this. I do wish I had shifted where the center of the circle was a little more each time (not had the two middle fingers facing each other). That being said, I love how this looks!

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This came about because I wanted to play with purchased jelly polish and home-made jellies. The only home-made one on display here is the orange (which I made by mixing Soap Bubbles Orange by Esmaltes da Kelly, which is barely orange at all, with Siren by Pure Ice). I made  a green as well, which is a stunning grass green when wet but dries to a weird brown! I don’t know what to do about that (I ended up re-making a green using the yellow base, which doesn’t change color as it dries the way the orange does).

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Regardless, to achieve this, I painted my nails black, then added a stamp in white from BC plate 10. I then added two layers of top coat just to make sure I wouldn’t smudge the stamp when I started playing with the jellies, and went to town!

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Colors
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Orange jelly: custom!
~ Yellow jelly: Esmaltes da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles

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The inspiration photo for this was a lot more…pastel. And apparently just used pastel stamping polishes (so I might have to try that too). Don’t get me wrong, I love my vibrant polishes! But it didn’t come out exactly as I expected. Hope you enjoyed!

Golden Lined Earth

I couldn’t help but think that this mani ended up looking like dirt with veins of gold in it. I was hesitant about this mani but I really like how it came out!

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These colors are the same (other than the gold) to those used in an earlier mani, Coffee and Cream Chevrons. I wore these to work, so I needed my hands to look as similar as possible…without requiring me to freehand more chevrons! I settled on a gradient with gold lines.

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The gradient is over a base of Zoya Flynn rather than a white base. It made the whole thing darker, which I like, but meant that the palest brown stood out less. I think if I were to re-do this I would use the lightest brown (Zoya Chantal) as the base color rather than Flynn or a white.

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Colors
~ Lightest brown: Zoya – Chantal
~ Light brown: Zoya – Flynn
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – 316

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Maybe I should have stamped the same pattern on each nail rather than rotating the image, but I always like changing it up just a bit! Oh well. Hope you enjoyed!

Hop On!

It’s the friday before easter! This only matters because it means I have to take a plane tonight :-p. Somehow, I’ve been wearing these nails all week and none of the fellows, residents, attendings, or patients noticed! My fellow med student did, at least!

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The art was inspired by this pin. I just really like the periwinkle color coupled with the egg pattern! Of course, I had to add an easter bunny. The nails on my other hand don’t quite match (and don’t look very easter-y so they’ll be posted at a later point).

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My ACTUAL easter nails are red, like the eggs used to crack each other at a greek easter party. It’s an odd tradition, since there are easily twice as many eggs as people at a given party and no one wants to eat them after they are all smashed up!

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Colors:
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Teal: L’oreal – Not a Cloud in Sight
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Light pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Anyway, happy friday and happy easter if you celebrate! I’ll be busy trying to avoid chametz (bread things) since it is still passover, but hopefully there will be chocolate mousse or truffles for me to eat for dessert and not just cake!

Refreshing Dry Brush

I’m pretty sure these nails are my first ever attempt at a dry-brush mani. I have to say, it was fun, easy, and looks pretty cool! I think I’ll try it again sometime 🙂

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The design was inspired by badgirlnails. I made up the design on my thumb, and it looks cool too. Sadly, my ring finger tape is a bit wonky, but I only realized that AFTER I added top coat, so too late!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Teal: Wet n’ Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented

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This mani reminds me of the time between spring and summer, when the swimming pools open! Its the teal. It has to be. It also works pretty well for Easter 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed!

Poppies on Teal

I just really really wanted to use Pending Perfection again (this polish CALLS me…yes I rewatched Moana last night) and so I grabbed a vaguely floral plate and went to town! It just so happens that I ended up putting together a super Spring-y mani that I am using now leading up to Easter! (Yes, I also know its the first night of Passover, but I don’t wanna make matzoh nails again.)

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I ended up using a poppy stamp with black polish, and then coloring in the poppies with a pink jelly. Once that was done it looked a little boring, so I added a border of yellow jelly polish inside the flowers. It ended up pretty cool!

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If I had to do it over, I think I would have started with the yellow, since the few flowers that have visible yellow are my favorite (rather than mostly pink with a bit of orange), but oh well!

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Colors
~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Pending Perfection
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Zoya – Paloma
~ Yellow: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubble

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Which is better, the rounded nails or the straight edge nails? I think I like the straight better on this (unsurprisingly), but I got better photos of my rounded nails! Whoops. Hope you enjoyed, and happy Seder!

Interlocking

Fun with grey, stamps, and shimmery gold. Honestly, the gold glitter polish ended up looking silver (don’t ask me how…I’m assuming the polish is actually silver glitter in a gold-tinted base?) so it doesn’t quite match the glitter in the grey polish, but oh well!

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Each nail is slightly different! I think the middle finger looks best, but even with my clear stamper these were hard to position. I was going for interlocking chain links, and it kind of worked?

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I don’t really have much else to say about this mani. It ended up being surprisingly subtle, but still fun to look at. The glittery design disappeared in the sun!

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Colors
~ Grey shimmer: Zoya – Yuna
~ Light grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Stamp: BP – L050

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Happy Friday!

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