Creative musings in bright colors

The Ocean is Kooky Dooks

I knew I wanted to make beautiful tropical sea nails just before I left for my honeymoon to Hawaii. I also sweet talked my husband into watching Moana (for like the 20394830th time) in preparation, and somehow these nails came out looking like Moana ocean! I am pleased.

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I love how these nails looked in person, but between the dark blue and the bright teal, in photos I ended up with lobster fingers! I’ve tried to somewhat color adjust for that, but I don’t know how successful I really way.

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The double stamping (silver and white) looked fun, but there is a part of me that wonders if the mani would have looked better with just a single stamp? I will never know!

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Colors:
~ Neon teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Geometry BPX – L020

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That’s all for today! I thought I would throw in a mani that didn’t have a brand new polish in it for the first time in a while :-p Enjoy!

Red-y Dot Pond

I saw this teeny tiny red polish, realized it was a true jelly (aka would not reach opacity by itself for at least 4 coats) and got very excited about doing a pond mani. its been years. I usually mess them up cause i get impatient, but this time i was intermittently catching up on an older tv show so i actually waited between coats! possibly my best pond yet 🙂

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What you see here is two coats of My Wish List is You by OPI, and as you can tell my nail line is still quite visible and the few flecks of staining on my nails are easy to see (my thumb, not pictured, was by far the worst). The photos actually underemphasize the jelly nature, this polish would not have been wearable in two coats…but it was wonderfully squishy!

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The polish ended up being as close to a neon you can get with a red? I thought it was going to be a bit darker (my OPI reds tend to dry dark) and this dried BRIGHT and almost orange. It also stayed glossy, no matte or semi-matte. This also means that my camera FREAKED out with this color, and while the pond aspect was very clear on my nails, in the photos all the red is super blown out! I tried to color adjust (and lower the saturation) and it kinda worked? So sorry. Super bright red!

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In the end, I used 6 total coats of red, and 3 layers of pond-ness. The colors stayed super vibrant! I’m going to count this as a success. It is just hard to tell in the photos.

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Colors:
~ Red jelly: OPI – My Wish List is You
~ White: LA Girl – White On

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Super simple, kinda fun! And yet another use of my pointy nails. Oy! Hope you enjoyed.

Pinky Swirl

I haven’t done water marbling in a while, and I figured it was time! Looking at these photos, I wish I had picked a few different colors, but all said and done this at least isn’t awful (I know, high praise) :-p

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I used another new polish for the base, a shimmer silver called Ornament to Be Together by OPI. Honestly, while I enjoy puns in names as much as the next nerd, OPI is making their names a little too punny and a little too long. Oy. Anyway, it took three coats of Ornament to Be Together to get to this level of coverage, and I honestly still have some visible nail line. That said, in addition to the fine silver glitter that makes up this polish there are actual holo shimmers, which is a first that I’ve seen from OPI! It doesn’t hold a candle to most indie polishes, but still. Not bad in terms of glitter payoff (but still too thin for my nail line).

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Since the silver wasn’t super opaque, and one of my other OPI polishes appeared to be a jelly, I decided to try and make a jelly-based water marble where the silver shined through at least the red. It worked, but the red was so thin that the other colors pushed it out! So the shimmery red is just a red jelly with the silver shimmer shining through.

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Colors:
~ Silver: OPI – Ornament to be Together
~ Coral: L’Oreal – Orange you Jealous?
~ Pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Red: OPI – My Wish List is You
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)

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My strongest takeaway from this is that I totally need to try a full-jelly water marble over glitter at some point. I know my Zoya jellies will marble, but I tried my others and they don’t speed at all, so I would be suck with pink, red, purple, and blue, which is not the best combo. Anyone know of a yellow jelly that marbles?

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Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Navajo Art

How about a bit of a change of pace? Geometric AND pointy nails! I already showed one mani with pointed nails last week, but I think I have a total of 6 or so of them (before my nails got long enough to cut back to at least squoval). Anyway, here is another new polish as well!

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What you see here are three thin coats of Cashmere Wrap by CND. I really like the color, it is a bit of a grey/taupe pastel nude (in a few weeks I’ll do a comparison of similar colors I own, like KBShimmer Caught on Tape). It is basically perfect for a neutral nude base. However, I this is my first CND polish and there are a few things I dislike! Much like OPI, the brush head is too large and barely works on my poor tiny pinky (which is to say polish goes all over my cuticles and skin around my nail despite my best efforts). I also prefer round or square bottles over these elongated ones, but at least the brush handle was easy to hold and work with.

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When I went hunting on the internet for nail designs that look good with “stiletto” nails, I kept coming across geometric patterns! One in particular caught my eye, this one on pinterest from an artist called “manicured” which unfortunately makes her impossible to find!

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As you guys have probably figured out, I love geometric nail art. I know it got really big in 2017 and everyone has moved on but me, but I am still stuck in straight line and triangle wonderland. I love this mani! Also, the color combo reminds me of Native American jewelry that I found in Santa Fe a few years ago, with nude, black, gold, and turquoise.

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Colors:
~ Nude: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Stamp: BP – L054

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That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed! And lets cross our fingers (if you are also on the East Coast) that spring hits eventually. It is cold out!!

I wanted to title this “ILNP Rainbow” but I figured that those unfamiliar with the brand would be hopelessly confused. Anyway, I made a rainbow out of some of my ILNP collection! Mostly because I couldn’t come up with anything else super fun to do with the teal that I swatched today and I am tired of stamping everything.

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The base color here is, as you might have guessed, a new ILNP polish. This is three thin coats of Party Favor, a vibrant teal blue metallic with silver holo shards and a teal flash. Like all ILNP polishes, this was very easy to control and self-leveled nicely. It also didn’t stain with removal!

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When trying to decide which ILNP polishes to use in the pseudo-rainbow, I basically just grabbed the Holiday collection. The dark green is the only exception, and this is also why there is no red! Hilariously, despite being a holiday collection, there was no green and no red. So, I grabbed an older green that I love! It is a tad dark for the rest of the colors, but oh well :-p

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Colors:
~ Gold: ILNP – Sparks May Fly
~ Green: ILNP – Ski Lodge
~ Teal: ILNP – Party Favor
~ Blue: ILNP – Downpour
~ Purple: ILNP – Zoe
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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A friend of mine pointed out that I had done an almost identical design to this, with the same basic colors, a while ago. I am honestly super impressed that she remembered since I had forgotten! But yah, this is a much darker and vampier version of Ocean Swirl from 2014! Although Ocean Swirl was pre-planned and this was not so the 2014 version is unsurprisingly prettier. Oops.

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I figured dark and brooding blues was fitting for this freezing weather…I don’t know what is going on, but it was in the 80’s outside on Saturday but by Saturday night and certainly on Sunday it was in the low 40’s! Yikes.

Intricate Floral

I don’t know what to sat about this, other than that it came out better than expected given that the base color is not my cup of tea!

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The base here is three thin coat of The Color that Keeps on Giving by OPI, which is wayy too long of a name. The polish is a baby pink frosty shimmer. I love shimmer polishes but I hate frosts. Everyone hates frosts. Why is OPI still making frosts!? And it took three coats. So again, just not really up my alley.

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I decided to put a very intricate stamp over it, and then color in the stamp with a purple jelly. I really need to invest in more jelly polishes, they are quite fun!

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Colors:
~ Pink: OPI – The Color that Keeps on Giving
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple: Zoya – Katherine
~ Stamp: BM – XL158

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I must say, given that my right hand is stuck with pointy nails, I like this particular stamp! It goes well with the nail shape.

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Hope you maybe enjoyed a little? Anyway, happy Friday!

Strands and Bubbles

This is a pretty simple mani, but I am still quite proud of it! I am pleased, not because it is in and of itself impressive, but because I painted it while on my honeymoon!

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I needed something quick, easy, and somewhat tropical. I thought these looked like bubbles, so I went with it! I also had only really brought teal and blue polishes with me, so I had a rather limited set of options :-p

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All said and done I think I painted my nails twice while on my honeymoon? The other design is even simpler! But never let it be said that my nails chip.

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Colors:
~ Teal holo: Powder Perfect – There Be Mermaids!
~ Pastel teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ Blue: OPI – Holidazed Over You

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That’s all for today! I just felt like I should throw in some non-stamped manis every now and then. I’ve been so busy recently that I feel like all I have time for is stamps, and gradients under them if I’m lucky!

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