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Regional Trails

I have an apology to make: this polish is impossible to photograph. I feel like there usually the most difficulty taking photos of purples (they come out blue) and neons (they come out super washed out) but something about this polish made it super hard! So, that is why the in the sunlight photo looks so different from my indoor lighting photos…and honestly none of them are accurate!


Anyway, I really like this new polish. Its a deep blue-leaning green with a squishy feel and SILVER SHARDS. It looks awesome. I am going to use it as grass. So much grass. Anyway, this is two coats of Region Specific by Emily de Molly. The polish is probably closest in color to the indoor nail art photo; it is less blue than my swatch photo, not quite as green as my sunlight photo, and certainly not that bright! I hope that helps a little? I feel like the swatches I have seen of it online make it look a little too bright and a little too green. That said, it is a beautiful color!


~ Green with silver shards: Emily de Molly – Region Specific
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Stamp: Lina – @urbannailart collab


I ended up covering it with a stamping gradient of pastel mint green to white, just to see what would happen. The gradient is subtle but I like it! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed, and I am sorry about the odd variation in nail polish color, I promise I tried!

Sunset Skittle

This was just me testing out stamping plate designs for nails to wear to a wedding! You will see what I picked (spoiler: I picked the wrong design) in a while :-p Looking back I honestly enjoy what was on my thumb the most, both because the design is elegant and because I really liked the underlying gradient. I picked something more…floral…and regretted it!


~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Dark orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Lael
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps Moyra – 45 I Fill You, BM – S10, Whats Up Nails – B005, B025, UC – Lovely Leaves 2


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! If any of you are looking for some television to watch I strongly recommend the series Firefly! I don’t know why I decided I have the right to give out television recommendations but there you go.

Magenta Squared

This was a fun manicure. I have no idea where it came from though! I wanted to use one of my new Polish Pickup polishes, High Degree by EdM. I will get to that polish in a second (it is incredible) but I decided to go with black and orange over it for some reason? I was going to do flames but somehow ended up here instead. I have no idea what it is but I like it!


High Degree is a bright almost neon magenta jelly completed full of small and medium iridescent glitters. This is fantastic for two reasons: the glitters glint between orange-yellow-green and sometimes red from the jelly overlay, AND because they are iridescent rather than intrinsically colored they remove like a charm! This is somehow a glitter polish that removes almost like a creme. I ended up covered in glitter, but it was so worth it. The polish covered well in two coats but I added a thin third coat for added glitter dimension. This polish is utterly incredible (I know I said that already).


~ Purple glitter: Emily de Molly – High Degree
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Orange holo: Emily de Molly – Scorched Earth
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B015


I then added a black geometric stamp and decided that was too boring, so I went ahead and put thin orange holographic lines inside anything that looked vaguely solid? The end result was cool looking and futuristic! Don’t ask me why I did it though, I was just bored. 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!


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.


~ 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


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?

Abstract Sky

Ok, so this isn’t QUITE a fail, it just isn’t nearly as good as I expected. Of course, I now own the item I wanted to use (gold glitter for stamping) but I didn’t have it when I painted these! Oops.

The base color here is two coats of Gaia by KBShimmer from Jan 2019 PPP. This is a deep blue jelly that appears cobalt due to all the glitters: iridescent shards that shift teal to purple and coarse silver holo glitters. Both are plentiful. This polish takes just a bit of spreading due to the flakie load, but it dries down nicely on the nail! I love it.


The design was inspired by de_briz. So, I started with Gaia, then layered on some MORE flakies (just for fun) and then stamped some dots in black. Sadly, my plate with swirly dots does not stamp well! This is doubly sad because the swirly dot design is literally mine…I had done it years ago and when the “make your own” stamping plate series became a thing I submitted it, and it got in. So this pattern was designed by me…and this plate hardly stamped. So, I started in black (which is not visible at all) and then tried to go over it in gold…and it was patchy and awful. So I top coated and tried to convince myself it was good enough. However, if I am anything in the nail art world, I am the woman who adds too many dots…so I fixed it by going over every dot by hand. With the same gold. I have to say, it looks much better. I also didn’t bother top coating at the end since the gold polish is a quick dry that actually lives up to its name, and I do love vaguely textured nails!

~ Blue glitter: KBShimmer – Gaia
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~Stamp: BM – 607
~Flakies: orange/green from the Born Pretty Store
That’s it for today! I’ll have to try something like this mani without spending an extra hour free handing the dots next time. Live and learn!

Abstract Rainbow Stripes

What to say about this manicure. It is weird. I don’t usually do a gradient from yellow…most gradients go over white! I also don’t usually alternate nails quite as markedly as this. However, since I wanted the whole thing to glow in the dark like crazy, I was stuck using Dayglow as a base which dictated how the rest of the manicure looked!


Dayglow is one of those polishes that I forget I own until I see someone else’s cool glow in the dark manicure. And then I decided that I absolutely need to do one. There was no particular inspiration for this manicure…I just wanted some combination of glow in the dark and rainbows! Honestly, I think it looks pretty cool if rather odd.


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Glow-in-the-dark: Serum No 5: Dayglow
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: Lina – Make Your Mark 02


That’s all for today! I feel like a bright rainbow is suitably summer-like for todays 100 degree and 99% humidity, but then again I wore this back in the winter *shrug*. Hope you enjoyed!

Abstract Rainbow Decal – 31DC2014

So…close…to…done… Anyway. Today’s challenge was “tutorial.” I wasn’t sure if this meant follow a tutorial or make one. So I made one. It is rather absurdly complicated and takes at least two days and three steps. Rainbow decals made from abstract patterns!


First, the pretty nail photos. Ooh, ahhh. I am not going to post the names of all the polishes used, but its almost entirely cremes, with one (orange) shimmer. The most important thing is to use an opaque black for the initial stamp!



I do not recommend storing any stamping decals for more than a week or so…they dry out even more and become stiff and breakable. The one on my middle finger was actually stored for 3 months (yes, the initial decal was made in the spring and I just never used it), and it started separating from the grey base after about a day. The other three stayed on just fine until I removed the mani 3 days later.


And now, onto the tutorial! The wording will be brief-ish.


Abstract Rainbow Decal Tutorial
Part 1: Making the Decal
1) Pick the stamp you want to use. I went with a Bundle Monster stamp with lots of open space for rainbows!
2) Paint black stamping polish onto your stamp, and scrape off as usual
3) Pick up the stamp, wait a minute for the black polish to dry on the rubber
4) Start painting in the stamp with the colors of your choice. Add enough color for it to be opaque, but do not make it very thick or it will bubble when you apply the decal
5) Finish painting as you desire, let dry for a few minutes
6) Add a thick coat of top coat over the decal. Make it thick enough that you can later remove the decal, but not so thick that it will not be malleable. I have found that ONE thick coat is enough, not two.
7) Wait. No really, wait. At least 30 minutes. I usually wait >1 hour. Remove decal with tweezers, and flip it inside out (so that the side with the complete stamp is convex.
8) Repeat until you have as many decals as you need. Let them dry overnight

Part 2: Prepping, Accent Nail
1) Paint on your base colors. I chose grey so that the color would still show but the black would appear opaque. My accent nail was black.
2) On your accent nail, add concentric rings of lines and dots
3) On your accent nail, fill in the lines and dots with the same colors you used in the decal. Wait for this to dry a bit before proceeding (so you don’t smudge it)

Part 3: Applying the decal
1) Take the decals you made and figure out the orientation you want, as well as which nail each decal will go on. Using sharp scissors, cut the decal to size (trim the corners to be angled, trim the sides to fit)
2) Over your base coat of color, add a thin coat of clear top coat and quickly apply the decal. Press down, from the middle towards the outside of your nail. Make sure the decal is firmly pressed and sticking. **note: make SURE your base color is COMPLETELY DRY before attaching the decal, or it will ooze out and be very nasty. The THIN coat of top coat will help the decal adhere, if the base is wet it will get destroyed**
3) Using 100% acetone, clean up around the decals, so none of the decal hangs over the edges of your nails.
4) Add top coat to the accent nail and decals. I have found that two coats is good to hold the decal in place and smooth it down. Don’t forget to wrap the free edge of your nail!

Glittery Abstractions – 31DC2014

Sometimes you just grab a polish and go with it. I grabbed one of my underused (but still loved) dark blue glitter bombs and just tried to come up with something to do. Like stamping over it with a random pattern. And then more glitter…because glitter!


Really, this was just a strange design. And I wanted more holographic-ness so I added some glitter that I pulled out of I Snow You Love Me from last year’s OPI winter release.



– Blue glitter bomb: KBShimmer – Will Yule Marry Me?
– White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
– Holo glitter: OPI – I Snow You Love Me
– Stamp: Bundle Monster – 201


That’s all! Odd glittery bits. Enjoy!

Winter Dotty Trees

The last of the OPI polishes I played with was a simple grey creme, Break A Leg-Warmer!, which must have been from some ballet-themed release. Ahh ballet, how I miss thee! I turned the grey into some monochromatic winterish nail art.


Break A Leg-Warmer is a simple grey creme. It went on smooth and was just quite…well, plain. I have an issue with greys. I know they are useful, but I never buy them! Shown in the leaves of the trees are actually ALL of my grey polishes. In one place.



– Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
– Dark grey: WOW – #333
– Grey: OPI – Break A Leg-Warmer!
– Light grey: Maybelline – Bare Escape
– White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
– White/teal glitter: WOW – #317


The concept for this came from a bit of winter art by Kerruticles. I actually like her idea of keeping the surrounding nails plain…adding the teal/white glitter made the mani too busy! Oops.


Hope you enjoy!

Abstractions in Silver

I seem to be on a monochrome kick! I found this beautiful design on Prettyfulz and decided to try and replicate it. I have neither the right stamp no silver caviar beads, but I gave it my best shot!


Regardless of the fact that the beads fell off in <24 hours (hence the ‘sunlight’ photos are bead-less), I really liked this! It was sharp, contrasty, and matched anything I wanted to wear the next day. I might have to try this again!




  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Silver: A England – Excalibur
  • Stamp: Bundle Monster – 203


I don’t quite know if this counts as abstract, but I’m going to pretend it does 🙂

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