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Teal Snowflake Echoes

I have NO idea where I was going with this. Pale snowflake with a darker central snowflake? What if snowflakes made ripples? Who knows! I do, as always, love the base color though. Gets me every time.

Colors:
~ Teal with pink shimmer: Emily de Molly – Pending Perfection
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Dark teal: A England – St George
~ Stamps: EdM – 09, BM – 323

In retrospect I wish I had managed to center these a little better, but the end result was actually pretty cool! I don’t usually try to line up my contrasting double stamps and this is why. But I do like it! Happy MORE snowflake  mani :-p

Neutral Snowflakes

Winter time manis! I painted SO MANY snowflake manicures last year that it is going to be a struggle to not lump them one after the other after the other. So, I will try to space them out. At least they aren’t all silver and blue, some, like this, are nude and grey! I have to say this is likely the oddest one I made, but I kinda like it anyway. It busy without being ugly.

Colors:
~ Nude glitter: Cadillacquer – Darling Red Isn’t Your Color
~ Grey holo: Darling Diva – Black Diamond
~ Black holo: A England – Fated Prince
~ Stamp: JQ – L20 

I remember hating the black thin holo tip when I painted these, but now looking at the nail art I actually rather like it. You can see more of the holo rainbow goodness due to the thicker heavier line. Anyway, hope you enjoyed! 

Tarnished Locks

I don’t know why exactly, but for some reason this pattern reminds me of fancy engraved padlocks? The end result was pretty cool looking! And it was an almost perfect internally slightly skewed double stamp 😀 In the sunlight it almost looks like the silver is glowing through the black, which is one of the cooler accidental effects I have ever achieved!

Colors:
~ Purple with pink shimmer: Quixotic Polish – It Rubbed Off From Friction
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L049

I have a whole collection of stamped manicures on backlog, which I need to get through before I can start posting a lot of the newer stuff, which is a whole bunch of freehand! We shall see how long this takes :-p. Hope you all enjoyed! 

Modernized Blue

I keep seeing manicures where people just sort of blob on complimentary colors and drag them down, and provide a minimalist stamp over it. So I decided to try it! Of course, I decided to be so subtle about the color drag idea that it is almost invisible, but the inspiration was there. Also, I do love these stamps.

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Colors:
~ Dark blue metallic: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Neon blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – 145

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You can find the stamping plate for yourself for $2.99 here. Hope you enjoyed all the blue, and the semi-modern look! I’ve been seeing it everywhere but if I am honest I don’t love it on myself. Live and learn!

Geometric Build

I wanted to create something subtle, so I did! I stamped with a raspberry holo over a slightly pink-red red creme polish. However, I decided that I was wrong and that was too subtle, so I added some silver. I actually really like everything about this manicure except the shape of my nails! I broke two edges and just gave up and filed them to ovals 😦

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Colors:
~ Raspberry creme: OPI – Malaga Wine
~ Raspberry holo: A England – Rosebower
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Stamps: Whats up Nails – B015

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Oddly enough the photos of this manicure just did not come out right? Likely because the holo over similarly colored creme just sort of blended together if you couldn’t see the motion and the glitter in the holo. Live an learn!

Hidden Shift

A swing and a miss on this one. I wanted to make a subtle multichrome-to-black gradient and stamp with a reverse silver-to-black but sadly while the gradient worked, the colors were altogether too similar and silver and black do not make a good stamping gradient! Oh well.

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Colors:
~ Dark purple multichrome: Essie – For the Twill of it
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Stamp: BM – XL158

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Happy Friday, and even if this came out rather more muted then I intended I hope you still enjoyed! At least a little.

Angled Hatches

This ended up a bit more dramatic than I intended, and I love it. On the examples page for this stamping plate, they show someone using gold, black, and a blue textured polish over this particular design. I didn’t love the way they used it, but it directly inspired what I went for with this! And this was a lot of fun, making it up as I went 🙂

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The base here is a polish I have been lemming after for years: Cirque Hatch. This polish has been out for a while, and if I am honest it hardly counts as a lemming because it is still in stock all over the place. I just hadn’t wanted to pay the full price for it. So, when I found it on sale…voila! This is three thin coats (I was done in two coats but I wanted a third to try and keep my nails from breaking. For what its worth I wore this for and entire week without even tip wear, I am very impressed). Hatch is a very pale grey with tiny darker grey glitters and very small black shards. The overall appearance is a subtle birds egg shell. I adore it.

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Colors:
~ Grey: Cirque – Hatch
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Teal textured: Julie G – Rock Candy
~ Stamp: Moyra – 54 Matrix

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That’s it for today, other than to apologize that this was supposed to go up yesterday! I ended up liking this manicure enough that I did a bunch more geometric manicures shortly thereafter, you will likely see them in the next few weeks :-p. Hope you enjoyed!

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!

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