Creative musings in bright colors

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Lace Negative Space

This mani is a bit odd…it looked awesome in person, but the photos all came out weird! I’ve posted the ones that look best, but it still doesn’t capture how cool these actually looked.

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The art itself was inspired by Baroquen Nails, as all the best negative space manis are 🙂

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To make this, I started with two coats of a sheer nude, then two coats of a frankened sheer black jelly (making the right tone of jelly took forever!). Next, I stamped the lacy pattern, and then freehanded the red. Finally, I added the 3D bits!

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Colors
~ Nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red: Confetti – Maquerade Ball
~ Stamp: BC – 10

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Hope you enjoyed! I doubt you’ll be seeing much negative space in the near future, as of right now my nails are a blotchy odd mix of yellow and bright pink. Silly staining polish!

Doily Flowers

Simple easy work-friendly mani today!

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Unfortunately, the sun did not cooperate, so you can’t see how peachy this looks in the light, with its contrasting bright pink flash. You can see a hint of it in the direct light photos, but still!

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Colors
~ Pink: Femme Fatale – Mr. Pinchy
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BC – 10

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I did so many lace nails in a row back in September that I am completely done with them for the time being. That being said, there are a few more waiting in the wings.

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Enjoy!

Dangles and Lace

This did not come out how I planned…mostly because I can’t make curved dotted lines on my non-dominant hand! This was initially supposed to be a slightly modified version of @twi_star@twi_star. I like that I added extra draped beads (and the silver) but I wish I had been able to make the delineating dots consistent! Also water decals >> stamps. I just don’t have the right water decals. Whoops!

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In other news, I really hate the names of Nails Inc polishes. I know they are named after places in England…but they are impossible to remember. Give me SOMETHING more creative!

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Colors
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Stamp: BC – 10

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That’s all for today. My current rotation is kicking my butt and I didn’t get a chance to edit my nail art this past weekend cause of Thanksgiving!

Gradients of Purple Skittle

This is a complicated mani. In my head this was basically “is there ANYTHING else I can do that I like better than the elegant dark purple baroque nails” so I did a full-on skittle mani!

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Basically, I wanted to try and figure out if I liked any of these better. I was going to hold a vote before the wedding but I (clearly) ran out of time! I didn’t prefer any of these over my favorite that I posted last Monday, so I went with that one.

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Oddly, I usually like things more BEFORE I top coat them…although top coat makes things smooth, it also makes them less distinct. That is true here as well, except on my pointer! I like the dark purple stamp much better when it really fades into the top of the nail. Go figure!

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My ring finger stands apart as the only nail with any type of glitter on it. I used a base of Lacy Lilac by Sally Hansen (as I did for all 5 nails), and added Lavender by Nabi, Hi-Res by Milani, Vallis Sanguine by Gothic Gala Lacquers, and Valerie by Zoya in between the stripes going up my nail. I really like how it came out, but I didn’t think it was elegant enough for a wedding mani! Also…I dreaded the idea of adding 10+ bits of striping tape to EVERY SINGLE NAIL. Kill me now.

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The other 3 fingers have a gradient of French White by Wet n’ Wild, Lacy Lilac by Sally Hansen, Ignition by Sephora X, and Monica by Zoya. Once that was dry, I added various stamps! Ring finger has BM-315 with Monica, middle has BM-616 with French White, and my pinky has BC-10 with White Opaque (which looks somewhat silvery).

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Although I could get behind my pinky, I actually think my middle finger is my favorite combo of colorful + elegant. One last wedding-related purple mani tomorrow, and then we are done with wedding!

Blooms and Bars

Thus begins my somewhat Halloween-themed mani time! This one was actually painted months ago, but I think the colors lend themselves well to this season 😀

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This is a skittlette! I don’t do them very often, but a mani by badgirlnails caught my eye, and I knew I needed to make my own version! Maybe I should do them more frequently…getting to do three color-coordinated designs was actually quite fun!

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I do wish I hadn’t put the smattering of gold glitter beneath the flower on my accent nails, but I didn’t know that ahead of time. I thought simply coloring in a bit of the flower wouldn’t be glittery enough! Silly me.

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Colors
~ Black: Mentality – Rascal
~ Black stamping: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: ILNP – Fame
~ Nude: Zoya – Rue
~ Stamps: BP – L020, BC – 06

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Hope you enjoyed! Today is my last day on emergency medicine…I have an exam this Friday and then I am off for a week to finish wedding preparations and get married! YIKEEEES

Teal Pinwheels

I have a lot of nail art in my backlog that is purple…mostly due to attempts to find wedding nail art! I didn’t want to use purple. However, I also found this…which was something I did while I was on my surgical rotation in July. Ergo, my nails were tiny and short but on the weekends I was able to rebel and wear something colorful and shiny and awesome (just for two days). This is inspired by teal.

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It was a bit hard to figure out how to do a gradient on little tiny nails! I wanted to have even more colors (usually I can do 4-5) but I settled on 3 in the blue-teal range. Then I added a stamp with the always wonderful A England holos (they stamp like a dream), and put on a 3D rhinestone for extra “I’m not at work I can wear fun things” effect 😀

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So here we are, with blue and teal for the inspired by a color day of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge!

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Colors
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blue
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Dark teal: A England – Saint George
~ Stamp: BC – 04

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I almost want to repeat this on my nails when they are longer again! Right now they are back to being short (I am on my anesthesia block) but still. Long nails + color = awesome. Sorry these are so short!

Opening Flourish

I don’t really know what design I was going for here, but I do love the end result! I tried to do a metallic purple and blue stamp, but they blended in too well with the base polish (I left the stamp on my pinky and you really can’t even see it). I then did a light blue + light purple feathery stamp, and that was also subtle. So, being me, I added a slightly curved geometric stamp with the lightest blue I own, and voila! It looks awesome. It also works for “geometric day”.

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I started with a base of another of my new Emily de Molly polishes, a really complicated color called Open Season. Open Season took three coats, but it was alright at two, I just wanted more glitter! From what I can tell, this polish has a dark redish-purple jelly base, is packed with small pink glitters, blue micro-shimmer, medium teal glitters, and largish bright blue metallic hexes. Its like a magic potion in a polish! I LOVE it. I want to try it over black and just pick out the shimmer and glitter next time!

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Seriously. I had been trying to figure out which blue glitter EdM polish I wanted most, and then Haley came out with this one…and I just DIED. When it went on sale at color4nails I went straight for it! Given how much glitter is in this, I am glad I used a peel-off base, but I in no way regret my purchase 😀

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That being said, Open Season is definitively a purple polish, it just has so much blue glitter in it that it can be hard to tell. Unfortunately, purples are impossible to photograph so yes, it looks blue. But it is a berry purple in real life, I promise!

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Colors
~ Purple blue glitter: Emily de Molly – Open Season
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Stamps: EdM – 03, BC – 10

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I know the color is a bit wonky with this post…the truth is the only way to get the polish to show up as purple and not blue was to permit my poor fingers to go ally strange and red! And I preferred (this time) for the polish to be true-to-color in most of the photos. Hence, red fingers. Sorry!

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