Creative musings in bright colors

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!

Cold Winds

I wanted to do some bare trees in the winter…with a sunset-like color changing background. Ta-da! I just need to remind myself never to paint trees again. It takes too darn long!

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The base color is a triple-color thermal polish called Winds of Change by Bow Polish. Winds of Change is a complicated polish: it is a light blue-grey when warm, a magenta when medium-cold, and a dark purple when cold. It has a nice smattering of holo shards in it as well. The polish takes 3 coats to be opaque in its lightest color (the warm blue-grey), and dries matte without top coat. All my images are with top coat. I really like all three of the colors it turns to…although it is warm enough in my apartment that I had to keep dunking my fingers in cold water to show the shift!

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I ended up taking a LOT of photos. I’ve tried to include ones that show the full range of colors…either with all three on the nail, or at least the darker two (since the blue is visible in almost every photo). Sometimes my warming-up nails after I dunked them in cold water looked really goofy (they warmed in a radial pattern from the middle of my nail…so the trees looked like they were growing into a vortex).

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I do wish I had left more of Winds of Change showing…I certainly will next time! I like the trees, but they ended a bit denser than I planned. Also, in retrospect, I should have posted these before the snow passed, since it is now spring time and these are snowy trees!

Colors
~ Blue/Purple thermal: Bow – Winds of Change
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme

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Hope you enjoyed! Friday’s mani is much simpler, I promise!

Grey Marble

A somewhat simple mani (made by smushing colors on with saran wrap), and then some striping tape! It ended up looking far more elegant than I intended it to 🙂

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The base here is a pale grey creme called Dove, by Zoya. I’ve been in the market for a light grey for a while, since my last one ran out….around 2 years ago. Whoops. Dove covered perfectly in two thin coats, and reminded me why I love buying cremes from Zoya! This isn’t a shocking color, but it is pretty. Not that many brands have a grey creme in stock at all times, so I’m glad Zoya does!

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The art itself was my (successful?) attempt to make my nails look like marbled granite. I know most people start with a white base (and if I ever do this again, I am likely to as well) when they try to create a white/grey/silver granite look but I wanted to see what it looked like all grey! And I needed to use Dove in a way that would look cool but be subtle enough for work.

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I actually took a whole bunch of photos before adding the striping tape, because I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I really did though, so there are no photos here of the silver-less manicure!

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Light grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Dark grey: WOW – #333
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur

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Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for another swatch on Wednesday.

Pretty Purple Floral

Finally, a post suitable for spring! I usually go towards either dark saturated colors, or very pale nude colors (for the hospital). This mani is just dark enough that I didn’t know if I’d be able to wear it in the hospital, but not so dark that I felt transgressive wearing it on the weekends! Especially with those rhinestones. However, I was safe! No one even noticed :-p

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The art was inspired by @lifeisbetterpolished, because I would never think of something with hand-outlined flowers. For good reason as it turns out…I am never hand-outlining flowers again. That took forever! The results were really satisfying, however.

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Painting these onto my right hand was incredibly challenging, but worked out ok as well! I really enjoyed wearing this mani, despite the lack of bold colors 🙂

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Colors
~ Light purple shimmer: Essie – Full Steam Ahead
~ Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Light green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme

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Thus ends my week of awesome manis! Back to regular things next week…a mix of good and meh. But no more required classes and ridiculous exams for me! Happy Friday!

Swirled Chevrons

Another of my recent favorites! This was something I never would have thought of myself (and I actually had to do a lot of touch-ups to the middle layer to make it look how I wanted) but was really fun to do!

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The design was inspired by @mymaynails although honestly I do like her colors better! I tried to color match but I don’t have a neon enough teal-blue, so I changed it up and did pale teal/hot pink/dark purple. I really need to get on a set of neons or bleached neons.

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Unfortunately, this was the first time I’ve tried dry-marbling using a stamper and my results did not look a stood as hers! I ended up re-smushing some more purple and blue tones, since the pink really wanted to dominate. It ended up pretty good though!

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Colors
~ Teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Purple: Zoya – Monica

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Hope you enjoyed!

Fashioned Darkly

This is going to be a week of my recent favorite manis (stemming back to around January) to celebrate that I am done with clerkships! For the rest of medical school, I do not have to take any class I don’t want to. I also don’t have to take another multiple choice exam (other than the boards, but oh well) until I graduate. This is amazing. So, pretty nail art!

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Today’s post is probably my favorite overall out of my recent works. The design was inspired by @i_annylook, who I just discovered and has some really awesome nail art! I need to go try all of it 🙂

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I actually really like the concept behind this too…a gradient and then a gradient stamp using one of the same colors from the underlying gradient, but with the stamp interrupted. I don’t have many stamping designs that I think would work well for this, but I’m going to have to go find some!

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Colors
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Matte: KBShimmer – Oh Matte!
~ Stamp: JQ – L20

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Also, matting things just makes them better. I think I’d matte approximately 50% of everything I do…except that the design doesn’t last as long with matte top coat! Especially on surgical things where we are required to wash our hands with really harsh chemicals before doing anything. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for more awesome stuff this week 😀

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