Creative musings in bright colors

Fanning Out

Today, I reached for the last of this most recent batch of nail art supplies from the Born Pretty Store, and came out with something awesome! Honestly, the water decals are stunning although the color change on my nail is a bit underwhelming.

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I decided that for these really nifty fan-shapped decals, I needed to do a reciprocal gradient on my nails…white-purple-white. And it looked fairly awesome when I was done! But when I went to add the decals, the middle purple section was mostly covered.

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The decals themselves come as two long strips, and would fit very long nails (even my longest nail only has about 2/3 of the decal on it). Unfortunately, the pointy part of each design is slightly too narrow for one nail, so if I had kept the webbing between each the sides of my nails would have been exposed. I decided to just hollow out alternating pieces of the decal and put them on my nail that way. My thumb has what they actually look like (webbing between each concentric fan pattern).

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The designs removed very easily in the water, but were thick enough to reposition with ease. They were actually really really easy to use, which is often not true with full-nail decals!

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I added silver caviar beads at the end…just for fun. 3D nail art makes me happy! Hope you enjoyed, and you can pick up these decals if you like them from the Born Pretty Store for $0.99. Don’t forget my 10% off code, LY5X31!

Frills and Foofaraw

I don’t know why, but I couldn’t get the line that Zoe (from Firefly) says out of my head  while painting these “Too much foofaraw. If I’m going to wear a dress, I’d want something with some slink.” Hence, Frills and Foofaraw!

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This another of the designs where I used my newest review-haul from the Born Pretty Store. The water decals I used here are stunning, but I was at a loss for what to do under them because they were so complicated! I wanted to use bits from each part of the design (the water decal is one of those long continuous ones) and I kept arguing ‘gradient? ombre? glitter? colors?’ and settled on a subtle holo-shimmer in light grey because contrast is better.

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I finally get off my surgical rotation this friday, so I can start growing my nails out again! It also means I can wear more awesome crazy nails and less subtle sadness (I haven’t posted many of the subtle manis yet because I am putting off editing them). I might even go back to posting daily, we shall see!

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Colors
~ Grey holo: Emily de Molly – Crystal Crown
(no, I don’t know why I made a color list for just one color. Go with it).

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Hope you enjoyed! And if you want to pick up this complicated yet cool water decal for yourself, you can find it at the Born Pretty Store for $0.99. Don’t forget to use my 10% off code, LY5X31!

Lovely Chevrons

YOU GUYS. I had SUCH a hard time completing this manicure but i LOVE it. Go figure!

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I started with the base of another new-to-me ILNP, Ski Lodge. Ever since Mentality went belly-up and nails-down (ohhh my poor nails) I have been looking for a scattered dark green holo to replace one I got from them that I loved. I think I have found it!

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Ski Lodge is a dark heather green (almost a dark olive rather than a dark emerald) with a ridiculous amount of larger holo shards and glitters and maybe some gold shimmer. I can’t even tell, there is so much glitter and depth to this! I am showing 3 coats, although I really could have stopped at two. It makes me happy.

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I then grabbed another new Born Pretty Store stamping plate, BP-X06, and had a really difficult time picking what pattern to use and what color to stamp! I didn’t want to cover the glory that was Ski Lodge, and I always do green+gold so I wanted to change things up. I think I tried 5 different patterns and colors before I realized I could do something more subtle…like a silver-green-blue stamping multichrome over the dark green holo! So I went and grabbed Mutagen by ILNP and added using the chevron stamp.

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Mutagen is not super opaque on its own, so the fact that you can clearly see the pattern (which I was really worried wouldn’t happen) is a testament to how well etched this plate is. Go plate! I added the LOVE stamp too, just for fun. I was going to use a light pink, but as it turns out neither of my two light pink polishes stamp well over dark green. Go figure.

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If you want to pick up this stamping plate with all its fun geometric patterns, head over to the Born Pretty Store where its $1.99! Hope you enjoyed!

Tri Tri Angle

I love how this came out! I had been waiting to use this stamp for months, and here we go😀. Something about all the triangles and tiny lines just called to me.

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Unfortunately, I had a litttttle more trouble picking up the fine lines on the stamp than I anticipated, and I was in just enough of a rush to not have time to go back and redo any nails. Whoops!

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It still came out looking pretty awesome. Shifty and triangle-y and edgy. Mutlichromes are the best chromes!

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Colors
~ Magenta gold multichrome: ILNP – Masquerade
~ Magenta gold flakies: Lyn B – Here on Earth
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BC – 04

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Hope you enjoyed! I haven’t picked which “theme week” I am posting yet next week…Disney? Work-appropriate? Flowery? Let’s see where my mental magic 8-ball takes me!

Coral, Pink, and Gold

I had been missing water marbles…so I went ahead and did one! I have been seeing a lot of pink + coral + gold, so I used that color theme.

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Ever since I got Clearwater by Pipe Dream Polish, I have taken great glee out of water marbling over a metallic polish that would NEVER otherwise be usable…like Good as Gold by essie. Metallics do not marble!

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This was fast and dirty…I just did a fun looking pattern in the marbled polish and dipped my whole darn hand in at once. I usually don’t do that, but I didn’t feel like wasting a whole bunch of polish and I was getting impatient with myself. Despite my rush, the whole thing came out looking alright!

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Colors
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Light pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Light mauve: Essie – Eternal Optimist
~ Pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Coral: L’oreal – Orange you Jealous
~ Clear: Pipe Dream Polish – Clearwater

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Hope you enjoyed! For Friday of this chrome week we AGAIN have a multichrome polish, so enjoy in advance!

Dizzying Descent

Another week of chrome-based manis. Today’s is the simplest, but also rather cute! My nails were still short from being in the hospital, but I picked up a new glitter topper polish and I wanted to play with it!

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Frosted Cupcake by whim (which I got at ULTA) is a mix of variously sized white matte glitters and holo glitters. It is somewhat sparse, but easy to work with. The bottle is smaller than usual, and usually costs wayyyy too much money (by my standards) but I got this for $2 so I consider it worth it! The clearance section at ULTA is my best friend.

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I thought Frosted Cupcake would make a decent star-base for a galaxy mani, and somehow turned that into going through a warp zone? At least, that is what I was going for. The awesomely dizzying nested squares from a stamp on B Loves Plates 03 caught my eye and I just had to try it! I maybe should have added a bit more of a galaxy-like feel rather than just using a blue metallic polish as my base, but it was late at night and I wanted to see how much glitter Frosted Cupcake had. Voila!

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Colors
~ Blue: Zoya – Estelle
~ White glitter: whim – Frosted Cupcake
~ White: Mentality – White Opaque
~ Stamp: B Loves Plates – 03 Mind Blown

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Despite how quick and easy this mani was (polish, glitter topper, stamp, done!), I still think it looks pretty cool! I tried to center the stamps on each nail around a central empty spot or glitter piece in particular, I don’t know why. It worked out in the end!

Skittles in Gold

Well, this was fun! I just picked up a new gold glittery polish from ILNP and got some stamping plates to review from the Born Pretty Store…and they arrived on the same day! Which means I just need to use them together.

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My inspiration for this manicure came from BankAnita, which is apparently a protected account but the pinterest pin is here. I don’t actually understand why someone would make their nail art blog not accessible to the wider community, oh well! But regardless, I used her concept as a launching point and ran with it.

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The new polish here is a delightful nude gold holographic with gold flakies called Clockwork by ILNP. It covered nicely in two coats, and dries smooth despite the ridiculous amount of glitter in it. ILNP lists it as a bronze and a beige, but it really is a nude-gold (I know, odd description). At some point soon I am going to need to do a comparison between my three ILNP UltraMetallics, but not for this mani! I love them all🙂

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The stamps are all from the Born Pretty Store, although there are two plates represented here. The water marble designs (middle and thumb) are from L005 while the lines on my pinky are from BP-X06. Everything picked up nicely and stamped well! I do wish there were a few more whole-nail designs on the water marble plate, because the few big ones are very widely spaced lines, and I personally prefer tighter ones. Oh well!

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The dots on my ring finger and the small pattern on my pointer were hand-painted…I actually have the water marble design that BankAnita used for her ring finger, but it is a true gold not a nude gold, and so when I went to grab mine I realized it wouldn’t match! I like the hand-dotted ones just as well though.

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If you want to pick up either of the two stamping plates I used here, head over to the Born Pretty Store and look around! The water marble plate (which for me is the new one) is on sale for $2.99. Have fun shopping😀

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