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Rowdy Roses

Technically, I painted these around Valentine’s day. However, roses are good any time, so they are being posted now! In retrospect, I wish I had not made the backgrounds holographic, I think the art would have popped more against a creme background. Live and learn! Besides, I like making my backgrounds more sparkly than would otherwise be indicated :-p

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Colors:
~ White holo: Emily de Molly – Crystal Crown
~ Red creme: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Red holo: A England – Rosebower
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: BP – L067, UC – Lovely Leaves 2

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On a separate topic: things are going sideways in the US. At the moment, the city that I live in has a curfew, and honestly all but one of the 4 cities I have lived in at any point in my life are doing the same. The systemic racism and violence is (finally) being called out, which is (sadly) provoking violence. To all my readers in the USA: stay safe, stay strong, and do what you can to support your community. To my international readers: yes, all of this is exactly as terrible as it looks. If you feel so motivated, please encourage your leadership to sanction the USA; sadly I don’t think Trump listens to anything except his pride and his wallet, so if his income can be hurt we might actually see some change.

Art Deco French

My work passed a regulation that french nails were ok but nail art was not. They neglected to mention which COLORS were acceptable, and did not specify how far one had to go before french became art…so in protest (and in acknowledgement that nobody actually cares) I did a fancy blue-and-silver “french” art deco design.

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Colors:
~ Blue holo: ILNP – Downpour
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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As expected, not a single person noticed or commented. I have since gone back to my regularly colorful nails (well, slightly toned down, its been a while since I had the courage to do full-on rainbows). Anyway, hope you enjoyed these not-subtle semi-french nails!

Fancy Teal Tips

Yet ANOTHER fun manicure with a bright weird base color and a design from the UrbanNailArt collab plate. I am seriously glad I bought it! Sadly, the silver I used on my tips is a tad overwhelming, but you can still see the cool semi-foil below 🙂

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The base here is three thin coats of Near and Far by Emily de Molly. This is a “pastel” multichrome, and honestly it is lighter in shade than most of my multichromes but I would not call this color pastel! I will need to do a comparison with the other similar multichromes I own just to see how much lighter it really is. Regardless, it is a very pretty and very shifty color! I captured the bright teal flash, as well as shifts to blue, indigo, and purple.

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Colors:
~ Teal/purple multichrome: Emily de Molly – Near and Far
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (renaissance)
~ Stamps: Moyra – 32 Nature, Lina – @urbannailart collab

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I honestly especially love how this polish looks in the sunlight, you get an eyeful of the purple flash. Many multichromes have a fun sun feature, but this one really wowed me! Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Elegant Silver Grey Overlay

This one might not have many colors, but it makes up for that with elegance! There are few monochromatic manicures that I actually enjoy wearing, but this was one of them. The stamp is lovely, and silver-on-grey works (at least sometimes).

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Colors:
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: BP – L049

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I feel like I seldom wear things that qualify as classy in anyway, but these nails made me feel fancy! They might not be as much fun as my usual style, but sometimes a girl just needs class over pizzaz :-p

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A full 5 days into wearing the manicure I added some rabbits because I have a friend that loves them. I was impressed by how good the mani looked…but also, bunnies! So please enjoy the classing down of the silver grey-ness too 😀

Tarnished Silver over Shimmer

I am changing it up this week. Last week I had the prediction that I would not have enough time to get my Christmas manis ready for this year (i have worn them but not even gone so far as to transfer the photos to the computer yet) and I was right! Oops. So instead, I am doing a week of Hanukkah-inspired manicures! Some are more obvious than others, but most are just blue and silver :-p

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Colors:
~ Blue with red shimmer: Blush – Not Your Average Seahorse
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Red: A England – Rosebower
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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I honestly think the designs on my ring and middle fingers look like flames, so these are candle-like and that counts! I honestly am not sure where I was going when I made this manicure initially, the whole composition is odd but not terrible. Hope you enjoyed, and happy latke-and-chocolate time!

Elaborately Twirled

These nails somehow ended up looking like sumptuous velvet. I decided I wanted to mix two shades with different types of glitter, and somehow ended up here! Juliette has shards of rose gold with little holo glitters, and St George is a beautifully pigmented (and ergo good for stamping) scattered holo that typically just looks like it has faint glittery depths. The combination: surprisingly stunning.

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Colors:
~ Rose gold: ILNP – Juliette
~ Teal: A England – Saint George
~ Stamp: MoYou – Pro 02

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I, yet again, don’t have much else to say! I do love how A England seems to consistently create one-coat beautiful polishes that also work very well for stamping; however they don’t have all that many colors (lets be honest there are only so many pigmented red scattered holos that even a girl like me can own) so I have run out of reasons to buy more! Hope you enjoyed!

Fall-themed Roses

I went to a wedding where the bridesmaids were all dressed in different fall colors, and it was stunning! My assigned color was red, but the colors ranged from coral and orange through a deep plum. Of course, I painted my nails to match :-). Oddly enough, the only roses in the actual bouquets (which I helped make) were orange! Go figure.

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Colors:
~ Red holo: A England – Rosebower
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Light orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Dark orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Lael
~ Red: OPI – All I want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Stamp: BM – 209

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Hope you enjoyed! It feels like I should be moving on to winter manicures…its been below 40 for the past few days even though Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet!

Optical Halloween Illusion

Happy almost-Halloween! I actually have a better halloween manicure than this…but I didn’t get a chance to transfer the photos to my computer so you guys will just have to wait till next year :-p. Meanwhile, enjoy orange glitter and adorable zombies! At least it finally gave me a chance to use the darn zombie stamp.

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Colors:
~ Orange glitter: A England – Gloriana
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: Lina – Make Your Mark 2, B Loves Plates – 03 Mind Blown, BP – Halloween L004

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Of course, there is a funky dripping skull on my thumb, but none of the photos which included my thumb were in focus! So you’ll just have to trust me. Bwhahaha! Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Sharp and Soft in Red

I have no idea what else to call this manicure, it was kinda off-the-cuff make-it-up-as-you-go but people LOVED it. I am talking people stopping me to comment on how cool my nails look. Given how often I paint my nails, that happens surprisingly rarely, so this was a pleasant surprise!

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What you see here are two coats of Ragnarok You Like a Hurricane by Chirality from Polish Pickup Jan 2019 over black creme. I feel like I haven’t posted a new polish swatch in so long! Although to be fair what with my in-hospital time picking up, I havent had as much time to devote to picking over polish to buy! Anyway, Ragnarok is a black crelly with fine green/silver glitter and and a mix of tiny, small, medium, and large (yes, 4 sizes or so) of red glitter. Its really striking! I also love the name.

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Colors:
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Black with red glitter: Chirality – Ragnarok You Like a Hurricane
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamp: BM – S107

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That is all for today! Let me know what you guys think about this randomness. Was it worth as many comments as it received? Is it just ok (my personal opinion)? Should I be doing this random mix of stamping and freehand swoops more often?

Yellow and Purple Meshwork

This was just a simple yellow-orange-red-purple gradient, with a dark purple holo stamped over it! I have been waiting for the right time to use this particular image, and I quite like how it came out. It also is suitably fall-themed so I have saved it for now 😀

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Colors:
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Purple: Zoya – Lael
~ Purple holo: A England – Let Me In
~ Gold: Zoya – Faye
~ Stamp: Moyra – 54 Matrix

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Ugh I miss gradients. Although, I always hate when my nails are curved! Square (or squoval I suppose) or bust. None of this oval nonsense! Hope you enjoyed, stay tuned for MORE autumn nail art this Friday! Although it isn’t orange/red because I can, occasionally, vary my pallet :-p

Exploding Pastels

I have failed, slightly. I managed to make every day of posting line up with the corresponding day of the 31 Day Challenge, except this. The final day, and I have failed! Really, I just did not have time to make a tutorial, so I decided to instead go with the 31st day of the Challenge prompt, honor nails you love.

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This nail art was inspired by @urbannailart and other than not having the best hand at curlicues yet, I actually think I did it justice! I need a grainier black holo, apparently. I adore most things that Urban Nail Art puts together, they are both colorful and innovative!

Colors:
~ Sheer nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: LA Girl – White On
~ Pastel green: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Blue: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue
~ Pastel purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
~ Pastel pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Pastel yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ Black holo: A England – Fated Prince
~ Stamp: BM – 616

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Of course, the sun did not cooperate, so there are not as many photos as I would like, sorry! Overall, I hope you enjoyed my nail art for the 31 Day Challenge as much as I enjoyed creating them! The next few weeks will be not nearly as pretty; all my good art is used up :-p. Phew! Also, apparently yesterday was my 7th blogaversary. 7 years of Flight of Whimsy! I am almost impressed with myself!

Resist in Teal

I really think these look like resistor bands! Of course the colors are all wrong, but I don’t care either way :-D. They are also wonderfully lines and therefor works for Geometry day in the 31 Day Challenge.

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The design was inspired by Marine Loves Polish. I even used the same colors for the most part because A England is the best at opaque polishes!

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Colors:
~ Silver: Darling Diva – Diamond
~ Teal: A England – St George
~ Green: A England – Dragon
~ Moss: A England – Fotheringhay Castle

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Hope you enjoyed! The rest of the posts this week are not quite as awesome but next weeks are fantastic, I promise 😀

Green Glaciers

This was a multi-step process. I wanted to make glaciers because I was traveling to Iceland. So, I decided to start with a greyed shimmery base…but used Memory Palace which is really a teal. I put away my grey gradient, and grabbed a teal gradient instead to make the glaciers. The end result was rather cool…but very teal-green. I asked my husband what I should add and he goes “northern lights”. Now, the northern lights are usually teal/green, and obviously that wouldn’t work, so I coarse-sponged on a tiny purple/red/yellow gradient. That looked surprisingly cool (thanks husband!) but it needed more oomph…so I added some rainbow flakies using Festival. Voila!

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I did end up using one of the new items from the Born Pretty Store to make the mountains (the darkest green thin line). I wasn’t sure these would stamp because the lines are so darn thin, but it worked just fine! The plate has a whole bunch of awesome mountain/waterfall/water full nail images that I used in a different mani that you’ll see soon.

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Colors:
~ Pastel teal holo: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Dark teal: A England – Saint George
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Light teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Lightest teal: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Purple: Zoya – Margo
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Orange: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Flakies: piCture pOlish – Festival
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – Chinese Style – L003

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So thats today, Green Day in the 31 Day Challenge! And also glaciers to honor my trip to Iceland (which btw is beautiful). Hope you enjoyed!

Double geometry

This manicure is just really…blue? (I’m blue badee abadi) I decided that the correct thing to do for this manicure was start with a medium blue, and just keep layering on darker blues. I could have started with a lighter blue, or even used a light blue as a stamp! But no. So this is quite dark.
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In direct sunlight this mani was actually quite pretty, but for the most part I was, as usual, in the hospital where the quality of light is frankly abysmal. As a result, this mani was just not a pretty as I wanted it to be on my nails.

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Colors:

~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Stamps: BM – XL205, BP – L054, BP – L070
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I hate to think that I have to wear manicures that will look good under awful hospital lights, but I suppose I should at least think about it before creating something this intentionally dark again! I feel like each mani this week has taught me a lesson (that I will likely promptly forget). Next week, the fun begins!

Wild Ripples

Super straightforward but still pretty! Mostly because putting awesome teal flakies over slightly darker teal-blue polish is a recipe for nail happiness 🙂

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Unfortunately I broke a nail prior to painting these, so my free edge is curved. I briefly thought about cutting my nails shorter but flat…but to cut them flat would have been to make them VERY short and I didn’t relish that thought! So, here we are.

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Colors:
~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Estelle
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Teal flakies: Zoya – Masie
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature

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That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed 🙂 stay tuned for more nature-themed art on Wednesday!

Pastel 4th of July

Since I was in the cardiac intensive care unit over the fourth of July last year, I needed nails that celebrated the holiday without being super blingy! I decided to make some pastel toned flags…and then to use grey-out holo polish so it was a bit more subtle indoors (it helped that OUTDOORS my nails were super glittery) 🙂

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This mani, predictably, took quite some time since I had to use an infinite number of strips of striping tape! That said, I think the end result was worth it. These came out pretty darn cool! Even if they were far more subtle than my typical 4th of July art!

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Colors:
~ Silver holo: Nabi – Silver
~ Pink: Milani – Digital
~ Blue: Nabi – Sky Blue
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur

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I hope all of my American readers get to enjoy the fireworks tomorrow! I am off tomorrow night, so if I am lucky and we don’t get a deluge of rain, I will hopefully see some colorful explosions myself!

Risen on Wine

This manicure was SO straight-forward that…I kinda forgot to take photos of it. 80% of the photos that I have are oddly out of focus and 15% are badly framed. Oops! At least it is a simple one I suppose!

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Colors:
~ Dark red: Confetti – Masquerade Ball
~ Red holo: A England – Rosebower
~ Stamp: EdM – 06

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So…that’s all for today. Not much to say! Friday’s manicure is a bit more exciting I promise :-p

Subtle Purple Engraving

Super simple and super tiny nails today! After the Christmas holidays my nails broke down to tiny nubbins. Which means I was too lazy to do any real nail art on them, and just went ahead and stamped! And for some reason I was in a tone-on-tone mood (I think I wore these at the same time as Monday’s nails). Voila!

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Colors:
~ Dark purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Purple holo: A England – Let Me In
~ Stamp: EdM – 06

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So, not the most exciting manicure in the world, but cute enough! Hope you enjoyed. I remain incredibly jet lagged but quite happy (well, not to be back in the hospital, but certainly to be sleeping in my own bed)!

Green Crossing

Super simple and super fast. This is one of the quasi-Christmas themed manicures I actually did over the holiday break. I more or less only took reds and greens with me, with a few stamping plates. I decided to do a tone-on-tone manicure using the wonderful opacity of every A England polish, and one of my favorite (if underused) dark green holos, Ski Lodge.

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This whole manicure took less than an hour, and it was mostly waiting for Ski Lodge to dry before I could stamp. The design ended up being somewhat subtle, but since the nails were a vibrant shade of forest green, they were themselves far from subtle!

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Colors:
~ Dark green holo: ILNP – Ski Lodge
~ Green holo: A England – Dragon
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B015

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Anyway, that’s all for today! I returned from my trip to Iceland (!!!) yesterday evening (assuming the flight wasn’t somehow messed up), and normal posting should resume Wednesday.

Magical Pegasus

This was was fun. I decided that Apricity looked like magical sparkles (all the little purple glitters and the larger purple squares and the greyed-out background) and so I went with something magical over it. In retrospect I wish I had used a darker stamping polish, but I do kinda love this manicure!

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Apricity by Cadillacquer was one of my Thanksgiving weekend buys, and it is super pretty. It is a greyed out teal, think rainy day, but filled with tiny and small glitters of purple plus larger purple squares. I love square glitter. Other than circle glitter it is my absolute favorite. This polish is very jelly-like, so it took 4 coats. This would not generally be something I was pleased by, but due to how thin it was you could see SO MUCH GLITTER DEPTH. It was actually stunning and I will wear it again despite its 4 coat requirement.

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I decided that something which looked like magical glitter sparkles (I was having a 12-year-old-girl moment) deserved mythical creatures. So I grabbed a Fairytale plate from MoYou London and went to town with pegasus! Little known fact: pegasus is one of my favorite mythical creatures because it is a standard pretty creature (horse) but with WINGS. Everyone else is always into unicorns. I like things that fly 🙂

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Colors:
~ Blue with purple glitter: Cadillacquer – Apricity
~ Purple holo: A England – Crown of Thistles
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Margo
~ Stamp: MoYou London – Fairytale 02

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In the end I didn’t adore this manicure, mostly because the stamping did not stand out as sharply as I would have liked. That said, I love the polish and it was overall a fun idea! Hope you enjoyed!

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