Creative musings in bright colors

Twilight Zone

Do-do-DO-do….*cue creepy music*. This was a super fun mani to put together! My nails are unfortunately short, but I wanted to do something twisty and strange (and purple). Voila!


I’ve been doing quite a bit of double-stamping or two-design-on-one-mani stamping recently. I don’t know why…its almost like a single design isn’t challenging enough? Which is unfortunate since I don’t have much time to paint my nails anymore!


I know some people don’t consider purple a halloween color, but I totally do.


~ Purple holo: LA Girl – Purple Effect
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: B Loves Plates – Mind Blown, Bundle Monster – 415


Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Blooms and Bars

Thus begins my somewhat Halloween-themed mani time! This one was actually painted months ago, but I think the colors lend themselves well to this season😀


This is a skittlette! I don’t do them very often, but a mani by badgirlnails caught my eye, and I knew I needed to make my own version! Maybe I should do them more frequently…getting to do three color-coordinated designs was actually quite fun!


I do wish I hadn’t put the smattering of gold glitter beneath the flower on my accent nails, but I didn’t know that ahead of time. I thought simply coloring in a bit of the flower wouldn’t be glittery enough! Silly me.


~ Black: Mentality – Rascal
~ Black stamping: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: ILNP – Fame
~ Nude: Zoya – Rue
~ Stamps: BP – L020, BC – 06


Hope you enjoyed! Today is my last day on emergency medicine…I have an exam this Friday and then I am off for a week to finish wedding preparations and get married! YIKEEEES

Gold and Nude

I figured these were subtle enough to wear while on my clinical rotations, and I appear to have been correct! No one noticed them, despite the glitter🙂


I really just wanted something nude and gold, and I realized I hadn’t used the Dear Rus polish more than maybe once (twice??) since I bought it. It is a pain in the butt to remove because of all the glitters…but I figured if I painted it OVER a nude base it would be easier to remove! So this is one coat of Sparkle Milk 21 over I Nude It by Essence.


I also wanted to use the awesome geometric patterned section from BP stamp 43…it looks so cool! I still have grandiose plans to make a stamping decal out of this. We shall see!


~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ Glitter: Dear Rus – Sparkle Milk 21
~ Gold: Revlon – Hypnotize
~ Stamp: BP – 43


Hope you enjoyed!


Do you want to know what is the most embarrassing part of this mani? I don’t actually know what color I used! It was either Green with Envy by Maybelline or Tiana by Zoya…but I don’t know which! Probably the Maybelline since it is just a TAD more teal (and the Zoya is a tad more green) but that could just be my screen.


I usually write down which colors (and stamps) I used when I put together a mani. I write the posts days to weeks later (only rarely do I write the post the day I actually paint the manicure), but at least I have the colors written down! Whoops.


This was a manicure I did when I was on my surgical rotation…which is why my nails are so short. I got away with having teal nails because the scrubs we wear at the site where I was were actually a beautiful mint color! Most scrubs are some shade of blue. I prefer the mint. One of the floor nurses noticed that my nails were not some demure shade…and that was it. Score for an all-male team I suppose!


Right now I am actually working in the emergency room, but they seem to care much less about being 100% presentable! Which is great for nail art. That’s all for today…I don’t have any sunlight photos of this mani because when it wasn’t raining I was in the operating room!

Organelles of the Cell

So, this bit of nail art is…weird. For my thesis defense, I decided to paint organelles on my nails with their color corresponding to the color I used on the graphs to depict them. Basically, my nails have colored dots of different sizes.


My lysosome graphs were purple, so my pinky has small purple lysosomes. The mitochondria graphs were pink, so thats why the weird folded jellybeans on my ring finger are pink.


Autophagosomes were green, so there are large green circles on my middle finger. Signaling endosomes were coral, so I went with shades of orange on my pointer (I still don’t have a dark orange, so I defaulted to brown for the membrane).


Since I only looked at 4 color-specfic cargo (the others were mixed teal and blue and purple, so that wasn’t going to happen), I just put them altogether in a light blue cell on my thumb!


So right, have some organelles. I know it’s strange, but it was cathartic! Friday’s post ends the week of odd nerdy things, but I promise it is a bit more main-stream than organelles!

Lace Down

I saw a gradient with light lace stamping on it, and thought “oh, fun!” so here we are!


Really, the colors (again) got darker than I expected more quickly than I expected…I apparently am lacking in medium-dark pink cremes. Who knew? I don’t even like pink that much (mostly because everyone else does…yes, I am a hipster nail polish person), but maybe I should invest in a medium dark pink at some point!


Unfortunately, the stamping plate I was using has rounded edges…not just corners, the whole side is beveled down! The stamp I used was on this beveled section, and so part of it wouldn’t transfer no matter what I tried (it wouldn’t pick up at all, since the etching was much more shallow over the beveled section), so I had to add white lines by hand to the tips of my nails. Oops! And this is why I buy un-beveled plates. I can’t be too upset, this was free for me to review months ago!


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Light pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L008


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! And happy Friday!

Rose Golden Hills

I was trying to do a black/rose gold alternating pattern, and I think it worked almost too well! You can barely tell that one side of each nail was gold while the other was black.


I had hoped this mani would be super optical-illusion-y (look at all those dashes), but instead it just looks boring. Ah well, live and learn!


This is also why I enjoy using more than two colors in my manicures :-p


~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: B Loves Plates – 03 Mind Blown


Sorry for the boring design today, tune back in on Friday for something prettier and sparklier!


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