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Fun Helix

What is more cool that the DNA helix of life? A helix on an awesome bright gradient background! This was a challenge to double stamp because of all the tiny fine lines that needed to (hah) line up, but I think it worked ok! The base gradient came out great, so I am happy either way.

~ Pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Red shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Hit the Bottle – For the Love of Science

I am really happy that the images on this plate pick up so well, I don’t know what I would do if I bought this really awesome stamping plate only to find out it didn’t work well! Hope you enjoyed science day #2!

Pastel Dyed Eggs

Years ago, before my husband and I were actually married, we would go to his family’s home for Easter and dye eggs (we still go for Easter, there is just less egg dying now). I had always assumed, as a Jew, that eggs were to be intricately and delicately painted with designs. It turns out, you randomly splash on rainbow colors that you create by dissolving a tab that looks like tums in water? And you get 12 colors half of which are nearly-identical shades of pink/red? Anyway. I wanted to create a more dreamy pastel version of those eggs, and decided my nails were the perfect canvas.

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Pink: Zoya – Sandy
~ Yellow: Revlon – Electric
~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Purple: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ White glitter: Emily de Molly – Pale Landscape
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Whats up Nails – B017

I started with a white base, and did a square gradient (if that is a thing) of 4 colors that somehow blended to make a rainbow. I rotated the gradient on each nail for interest, and then added some beautiful white glitter. I had not tried Pale Landscape before, and I am very glad I bought it! Its so delicate. I then added the egg stamp, and voila! Perfect pastel easter eggs. Without odd dissolving tabs and water.

Green Hazy Forest

I wanted to create a magical-appearing forest atmosphere. To do so, I started with a magnetic green base, and then layered on tree stamps in light grey, grey, and black. I think my nails are a tad too long for this design to actually look good, but it was kinda cool and I love the magnets background (even if you can’t tell it is there very well in static pictures)!

~ Green magnetic: Masura – Emerald Cat
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Dark grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ Black: Maybelline – Onyx Rush
~ Stamps: Moyra – Picturesque 106

I don’t want start recording how-to videos, or videos of my fingernails in motion…but for magnetic finishes I am ALMOST tempted to. The real beautiful of this just cannot be captured in a static photo. Then again, I don’t have the editing time or disk space to save lots of videos, so this will have to do! Enjoy!

Red Target

I think these look both cool and creepy. I wanted to make something that looked like a laser sight surrounded by shattered glass or metal, and I think I achieved that! Whenever I do something like this I am tempted to use a complicated base color with glitter and shimmer and shift…and this time I talked myself into a simple holo. I love the end result so I think I did it right!

~ Black holo: ILNP – Black Magic
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Black: Maybelline – Onyx Rush
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Red holo: A England – Rosebower
~ Stamp: BPX Geometry – L020

I day I will actually invest in a full set of stamping polishes, so I can stop guessing blindly as to which of my creme polishes are opaque enough to let me stamp without the base poking through. I got luck with this, seeing the glitter of Black Magic through Dove did not ruin the overall look. Maybe next time.

Rainbow Quilt

I wanted to see what would happen if I created a colorful quilt by laying all my jelly polishes over each other. Voila! It is pink-weighted because I don’t actually have a green or a blue, only a teal (oops, I should work on that), and my yellow is quite weak. But it is very pretty!

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Maybelline – Onyx Rush
~ Holo: China Glaze – Fairy Dust
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Orange jelly: Azade – S220
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katerine
~ Stamp: Hit the Bottle – Material World 01

Of course, to preserve the crisp black lines of the underlying stamp, I started with a layer of clear holo glitter. It worked like a charm! This was easy (if a bit time-consuming) and it makes me very happy to look at! Hope you enjoyed!

Pretty Pattern

High Degree is probably one of my favorite polishes, but it is so complicated that I struggle to come up with nail art designs that feature it without either smothering it or making it hideous. I think this is the second every design where I have used this polish and am actually happy with the result. My last fail was so bad I almost didn’t post it, and changed my nails 24 hours later. But this? Yes. I think I need to stick with black and white with this complex polish, rather than follow my heart and use oranges and pinks :-p

~ Magenta with orange glitter: Emily de Molly – High Degree
~ Black: Maybelline – Onyx Rush
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: EdM – 03

It is also especially difficult to photograph, because of the neon tones in the magenta polish. I love it anyway! Hope you enjoyed.

Paisley Parade

This is just plain cute. I wanted to use a delicate paisley stamp, and since Valentine’s Day was around the corner at the time I painted these, I figured I would use a Valentine’s-appropriate base. The stamping is a little stark in contrast to the pastel base polish, and maybe would have looked better with a dark grey, but overall not bad! Next time, grey, and maybe paint a rim around the nail?

~ White with glitters: Emily de Molly – Sakura
~ Black: Maybelline – Onyx Rush
~ Stamp: Hit the Bottle – Material World 01

I am so excited that flowers are starting to bloom; it means the baby ducklings in the park are soon to come! Every spring I wait with bated breath for the first eggs to appear, and then the tiny fluffy yellow ducklings. Soon! Hope you enjoyed these pastel nails.

Stained Glass Cardinals

Stained glass nails! I love this stamping plate but I am afraid to over-use it because I don’t want it to get boring or old. But anyway here are some stained glass birds. I didn’t want to go overboard with the shades of red and pink, so I stuck with two of each. I probably could have gotten away with adding a bit more color.

~ Sheer nude: Formula X – Marvelous
~ Flakies: Emily de Molly – Cohesion
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on black
~ Red: Zoya – Sookie
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Light pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Pink: Zoya – Tobey
~ Stamp: EDK – Mosaic

I am stuck on using Cohesion as a base for stained glass manicures, and I am not upset about that. It really does look like iridescent glass (and since making stained glass windows has become my father’s primary hobby in retirement, I have some idea what I am talking about). Maybe I should acquire a few more sheer/iridescent polishes if I am going to use this whole stamping plate… Hope you enjoyed!

Daffodil in Orange

I get tired of seeing yellow daffodils everywhere, but my neighbor has some fancy ones with ruffly centers that are orange-on-white. So this is dedicated to my adventurous neighbor and her pretty colored flowers!

~ Orange: Emily de Molly – LE 197
~ Grey/blue glitter: Different Dimension – Come One, Come All
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Green: Zoya – Hunter
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 145, BP – L067

I forgot while I was painting this that I have not actually used this neon orange polish before. It was an LE from Emily de Molly numbered 197. I just really wanted a neon orange that went on smooth and didn’t lean red (the only neon orange I had before was a mini polish that is almost red and takes 4 coats). This covered well in two, although it dried with the typical semi-rubbery neon finish. I love it! It paired really well with the grey-blue flakie glitter polish that I used on my accent nails. Overall, absolutely a good manicure. Hope you enjoyed as much as I did!

Vivid Flowers

This was FUN. I was inspired by @len4ik_nails to create some brightly colored orange and pink flowers on a green base. My only regret at the end is that I didn’t use more of the neon shimmery green leaves! Talk about a bright manicure… I am also glad that the inspiration post stopped me from putting the flowers on ALL my nails, that would have been overwhelming. I like my lines instead.

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Orange: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ Bright orange: Emily de Molly – LE197
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Bright pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Neon green shimmer: JReine – Radioactive Nom Nom
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Stamp: BM – Xl158

I do think this looked better on her slightly shorter nails, especially with the two nails being plain (I can never let myself do that…). Hope you enjoyed! Happy late February/almost spring!

Coral Blooms

This is maybe not the best color combination for this? The end result is very pretty and dainty, but putting it on a coral/salmon background just seems odd in retrospect. I am, however, glad that I remembered the very sheer black jelly that I made, since without those highlights this whole manicure would have fallen apart! I just purchased a very cheap (Wet n’ Wild) clear polish and added a few drops of black polish to it. Years ago. Voila!

~ Coral shimmer: BKL – Not Such a Fungi
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – XL158

I have also decided to start posting spring manicures early. I have so many flowers and florals and I have been hoarding them in my unposted folder for months! So here, enjoy a huge number of them over the coming weeks :-p

Falling Dark Hearts

My attempt at an anti-Valentine’s Valentines manicure? I wanted to use black and red and have it be all dark. But also hearts. I love how this came out, other than that I added an extra layer of shimmer over the black that only complicated the picture! Next time, no extra shimmer :-p. So this was black polish, black jelly with red glitters, red shimmer, then stamp, then color in a single heart.

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Black with red glitter: Chirality – Ragnarok you like a Hurricane
~ Red shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Red neon: Emily de Molly – LE 199
~ Dark red: KBShimmer – Chai-huahua
~ Stamp: BM – 620

From here until next week it will be all hearts/love/mushy things. As I ignored Valentine’s day last year, I felt that it was only right to actually have a few intentional posts this year. Enjoy!

Oversaturated Golden Hearts

Ooops. Good idea, poor execution! I started with a beautiful base (a holographic metallic, I was reaching high) and decided to chrome stamp with powder over it. I should have used a simpler base…or a more sparse stamp! It’s still pretty, but a bit…much. Even for me.

~ Burgundy holo: A England – Briarwood
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold loose glitter
~ Stamp: BC – 04

I promise next weeks posts will be better than this weeks! And valentine’s-themed. Hope you enjoyed anyway.

Multichrome Tie Dye

This was not intended as a tie dye manicure. I just wanted to use a bunch of multichromes for fun. But when I was done and briefly posted these to a facebook group, one of the commenters pointed out that it looks like multichrome tie dye and now I can’t get that out of my head! Regardless, it was fun to create and looks rather stunning. The stamp itself was a purple-to-black gradient but you pretty much cannot tell over the teal/purple and the gold.

~ Teal-purple multichrome: Emily de Molly – Near and Far
~ Purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Emily de Molly – Goddess of Rays
~ Gold flakies: Emily de Molly – Chasing Gold
~ Stamp: BC – 10

I ended up taking two outdoor photos of this manicure, because when I got my hand into semi-shade, the colors really popped!

Hope you enjoyed this very colorful and shifty weird nail art!

Fading Pink Plaid

Is this really plaid? It is interlocking lines with two colors, so maybe? But I could not think of a better title so here we are. Much like the title, the manicure is a bit boring. It was so sad that I ended up adding a gold tip just to spice it up, and honestly that helped quite a bit. However, it does look a little bit like a scarf so I figured it was winter-appropriate.

~ Pink holo: A England – Let Me In
~ Pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: Zoya – Faye
~ Stamp: Hit the Bottle – Material World

Please pardon the tip wear in the second photo, it wasn’t sunny for days, and so I was unable to get a good picture in the sunlight until after the nail polish had started to show its age! Hope you like it anyway. Enjoy!

Snowy Pinecones

This is entirely freehand. I started with a medium brown, did a loose gradient to darker brown down the middle of the nail for depth (hah, you can’t even tell), and then free-handed on white scales followed by black scales. As a result of all of the above, these nails took hours. I still love them! If I have to have a nail shape I dislike, I might as well do something cool with it.

~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Light green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn

Maybe at some point I should paint some snowy gumballs…..we have a gumball tree in our front yard, and while I HATE cleaning up the fallen spiky balls (or when my dog eats them), they are pretty with a thin layer of snow over them! Hope you enjoyed.

Countdown to New Years

I saw this manicure by @nailart_bygracie and I just HAD to try and recreate it! Going back to find it again on IG, it looks like she recreates it every year? So props to her! I have to say, I am quite pleased with myself. The end result is glittery, New Years appropriate, and fun! It helps that white, black, and gold go so well together. I suppose it also helps that I have far too many gold nail polishes!

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold glitter: Zoya – Ziv
~ Gold holo glitter: FUN Lacquer – Million Dollar Dream

Also, sorry that I haven’t otherwise posted this week. I tend to prep my nail art posts on the weekend, and so when I have busy weekends (for example, with the in-laws for Christmas) I don’t get around to prepping and posting my nail art for the week! But this one is so good and so appropriate, that I am posting it today. It was supposed to go up yesterday :-p. Enjoy!

Reindeer Games

My nails broke, so I had to change my nail shape. I don’t like curved nails on myself, but sometimes when life gives you curved nails you have to turn them into reindeer noses! I don’t adore the end result (I probably shouldn’t have added the brown nose outlines) but they are cute!

~ Grey glitter: Cadillacquer – Odette
~ Light brown: Zoya – Flynn
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Red glitter: China Glaze – Ruby Red Pumps
~ Green: Zoya – Hunter
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

I actually really love the smaller details with the holly and the double dotted eyes (to make them EXTRA cute) even if I think the nose outline was a bit of a faux-pas. I actually love pretty much all the nail art I will be posting this week leading up to Christmas, so enjoy! I also failed to make any Haunkkah nails, so its nothing but trees and reindeer :-p

Fancy Chocolate

I was disappointed in this manicure when I finished, and showed it to my husband. He is a wonderful person, and so pointed out that the end result looked like a fancy white chocolate (like the ones from Debrand in Indianapolis, which we both love and may have been eating at the time…) and that I should not feel bad. Although this did not completely make me feel better (I know what I wanted to accomplish and this is not it), it did make me smile. So have some fancy white chocolate creation nails!

~ Pale nude with glitter: Cadillacquer – Darling, Red Isn’t Your Color
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Decorations L005

The stamping plate that I used here was sent to me for review from the Born Pretty Store. It is quite pretty and stamped ok, although was not as deeply etched as some of their other plates. I do still like it! You can find it for $4.99 on their website here. Hope you enjoyed!

Santa Mints

This combines some cute santa art with peppermint and candy canes! Wins all around. I really enjoyed wearing this one, and somehow managed to pick a red shimmery base that really looked like velvet!

~ Red holo: Nabi – Red
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Gold: Zoya – Tomoko

These are from last year, maybe I should do some cute santas again this year? Who knows! This nail art did not take nearly as long as it looks like it should have, so maybe I will. Hope you enjoyed!

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