Creative musings in bright colors

Gilded Carapace

As you saw over the weekend, I recently joined “the cult” (aka purchased some polish from Cult Nails). If you want to see swatches of my 5 acquisitions, head over to this post. The rest of this week will just feature nail art with the polishes! And today’s polish is….In A Trance.


Apparently, military green was a thing a few months ago, and I just missed it. Which is sad, because this color is spectacular! Deep greenish-brown with hidden gold shimmer. It is elegant and deep without being gaudy. And it did not give me lobster hands! However, I could not decide what to do with it, until I stumbled on Miss Candy Nails.


I modified her version slightly to stretch out the middle gold loops. But overall, I really like this! Simple, elegant, and a really cool color.



  • Green: Cult Nails – In A Trance
  • Gold: Maybelline – Bold Gold
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


If you don’t have anything in military green, I can without hesitation recommend In A Trance…if you can find it! It was a limited edition polish, and I got it for $3 rather than $12 on sale. But good luck!

Comments on: "Gilded Carapace" (12)

  1. That is some kickass freehand work right there!

  2. I love the art! Not sure that the green is my sort of colour, but it looks lovely with the gold 🙂

  3. Beautifully done!

  4. This is such an awesome nail art design!

  5. LaraLeaf said:

    Never thought I would like that color but it looks great! Might have to check into seeing about getting it! Love your artwork.

    • Thanks! And yah, i got it on a whim…I like greens, but it looked so muddy! That being said, I really REALLY like it at this point. Its unique and somehow looks classy in a way that most green polishes don’t!

  6. Absolutely beautiful!

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