Creative musings in bright colors

Posts tagged ‘blue’

Perfect Curliques

I don’t think I have ever had stamps that lined up so nearly perfectly. I used my cleanest and clearest jelly stamper, but still, I am happy with how these turned out! This is a very simple manicure, just a glittery base with a blue polish stamped on top, but with clean lines and complementary colors, it works well I think!

~ Pink/blue shimmer flakie: Polishes for Days – Fireflies
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Stamp: Moyra – 50 Ornaments 3

It bums me out a bit that despite theoretically having more time (being in lab instead of in the hospital) I am voluntarily working nearly as many hours as I was when I was a resident in the hospital! And since I set my own schedule, I am getting to work later and leaving later, so I just don’t have the time I need to paint my nails more than once a week! I am running out of my nail art backlog, a thing which I thought would never happen. Eek! Whats more, even on weekends, I only have time for stamping art! I haven’t done freehand in WEEKS. So, while this may be pretty, it isn’t quite as intricate as I had hoped to be doing at this point in the year. Wish me luck on making some freehand rainbows next week….my birthday is coming up and it IS tradition, but I need to have time to make it happen!

Vaguely Floral Swirls

I am the proud owner of yet ANOTHER blue jelly with pink-to-gold-to-green color shifting shimmer (this time with tiny red flakies)! I need to stop buying polishes like this, but I just can’t help myself! They are so darn pretty! On the nail this one shifts REALLY well, dark pink with red flecks in the middle, through orange and into an emerald green, with dark blue around the edges.

As you may have guessed, the base here is a new glitter polish. Oops. This is Everybody Knows Sh*t’s F*cked by Femme Fatale, which marks the first time I have every purchased a full sized Femme Fatale polish (they are always too expensive to ship) and has an excellent (and unfortunately accurate) name. I am wearing two thin coats of this beauty. It went on easy and cleaned up surprisingly quickly for such a dense micro glitter!

I stamped over it with Good as Gold by Essie using Floral BP – X43 on my ring finger and thumb, and Moyra 50 – Ornaments 3 on my other fingers. I was in a swirly and flowery mood I suppose!

Easy to do, easy to wear, and overall quite pretty. I hope you enjoyed!

Nested Peaks

This manicure honestly ended up a bit more boring than I intended. I was going for sharp peaks that shifted from white to periwinkle…but the gradient within the stamp just didn’t show up well. So I added more periwinkle highlights, and overall it was just meh. Good enough, but not what I was going for. Oh well!

~ Blue metallic: Sally Hansen – Blue my Mind
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature

Despite being mostly of out of the hospital and in the lab now, I still don’t seem to have much time to do anything more than paint my nails and stamp them! The problem with lab time is that you get to set your own hours and objectives…which means that if I fail or don’t do enough work, its totally on me! And that is stressful and ends up meaning that I work longer hours than I probably should. Anyway, sorry for the fairly boring art today!

Punchy Flowers

I knew I wanted to use this base polish, and I had no plans other than that. So what do you do when you are handed a silvery-pink super sparkly shimmer? Add flowers! It is spring time after all.

The base color here is three thin coats of Binky Bunnies by Leesha’s Lacquer. The maker of Leesha’s Lacquer has three rabbits, and when rabbits are very happy they do this adorable vertical jump called a binky. I can see why a bunny might be happy if they have a silvery-white polish swimming with pink glitter, holo glitter, shimmer, and some amount of this newfangled reflective glitter named after them! Honestly, this polish reminds me of a harder-to-remove Rosewater by ILNP. It is stunning, but I don’t really see the reflective glitter even under direct light? It makes it harder to apply the polish, gives it texture, and makes it much harder to remove…but I don’t know that I feel it adds much to the overall depth of the polish. I could just be bitter about glitter removal, but I don’t understand the current furore over reflective glitters.

~ Silver/pink shimmer: Leesha’s Lacquer – Binky Bunnies
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Teal creme: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Lina – Urbannailart collab

I also have a confession: this is not my polish! I bought it from Polish Pickup for a friend of mine, who actually owns a bunny! She is also the source of my random bunny facts, and occasionally lets me pet her super soft fluffy rabbit, although he is an absolute jerk and also likes to eat my shoes. I hope you too learned something about rabbits today, and enjoyed the nail art!

Fanciful Abstractions

This is the plate I reach for when I don’t want to cover up too much of the underlying beautiful polish…and Turbulence really is a beautiful polish. At this point, my (nearly 10 year old bottle) is getting a bit dry and empty, so I layered it over a similar deep blue metallic, and it worked quite well! I love how this manicure came out, and I am glad I embellished a bit with silver holographic highlights.

~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Blue glitter: Emily de Molly – Turbulence
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp on It
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: EdM – 03

At this point in my nail polish journey, I have more or less stopped buying chunky glitter polishes like this one, because they just take so darn long to remove. As a result, despite having a full rainbow set (plus extras) of beautiful chunky glitters, I almost never wear them. It is a bit of a shame, as these types of polish are what got me in to the indy world in the first place! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!

Queen Charlotte Regal Garb

This was another manicure designed after some of the outrageously beautiful dresses in season 1 of the show Bridgerton. This one is modeled after the epic red and blue gown worn by the actress playing Queen Charlotte. I tried to capture the shiftiness of the blue using a multichrome but it only somewhat worked. Regardless, I like the end result! The inspiration is dramatic!

Much like Monday’s post, I decided to post this now since season 2 was just released, and I will be starting to watch it this week because I am behind. I hope the gowns are just as beautiful! And of course, the queens hairstyles just as magnificent.


~ Red metallic: OPI – Cute Little Vixen
~ Blue multichrome: ILNP – Birefringence
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ Stamp: BC – 06

The whole design for this manicure is freehand, other than the background gold embroidery pattern on the red section; I hand-added the flowers in silver though! Unfortunately, although the very fine gold pattern is true to what gold embroidery looks like, you almost cannot make it out against the metallic burgundy of the base. Oh well, it was still fun to wear! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Pink Jewish Stars

I also painted these for Hannukah, so they had to be both jewish and weird! And as a result I am also using them for passover :-p. I don’t know how I ended up with this color combination, and honestly I wish I had used a white stamping base not a silver one, but the end result was kinda cool! I don’t think I had noticed before that this particular stamp contained a jewish star, but now I have a hunch that at least once a year I will be doing a similar design to this but with different color combinations.

~ Light blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Blurple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Stamp: EdM 17

Anyway, hope you enjoyed! And sorry for only two posts this week, I just got back from Greece and jet lag is real. As is me playing catch-up on Facebook and IG and posting all the blog posts from the past two weeks to my other sites since I definitely did not do that while I was on vacation!

Jewish Geometry

I don’t even know. I painted these a few months ago over hanukkah, I wanted blue and silver and a jewish star, and I just sort of ran with the design and freehanded some geometric patterns. It is far from perfect but the whole thing took 30 minutes so I am counting it as a win! Since I don’t otherwise have jew-leaning nails to post during passover, these are now passover nails! Voila.

~ Blue metallic: Sally Hansen – Blue my Mind
~ Silver: Darling Diva – Diamond
~ Blue glitter: KBShimmer – Gaia

Very simple but they do get the job done! And will serve as a reminder while I (sadly) consume matzah for the next few days (yuck). This week is going to be a sad food week in my house, with my husband trying to do orthodox lent and not eat meat, and me off most carbs until saturday!

Tie Dye Eggs

Guys, I am PROUD of this one! I had this negative space stamp for easter eggs. And I had seen other people with the idea of tie dye (aka water marble) negative space eggs. But I decided to do them over a GLOW IN THE DARK white base and decorate a few of the eggs on each nail with the same color! The end result (since the base was white) is pretty tie dye eggs, some with designs, where the eggs themselves glow faintly in the dark and the designs glow brightly! The white I used as the stamp is not GITD and so it blocks out the light. I am happy 😀

~ White GITD: Serum No5 – Pure Glow Getter
~ Pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Orange: Forumla X – Incandescent
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Green: KBShimmer – Lime All Right
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: Zoya – Abby
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B017

Here again I ran into the issue of the glow is not super bright, but it worked for my purposes! You can kinda tell with the GITD photo. Then again, I only charged using indoor light not daylight. I also am not sure why I wanted both my easter manicures to be GITD? I guess if I am using it on one hand I should just go to both :-p Enjoy!

Elaborate Eggs

Time for an easter themed manicure! I bought this stamping plate months ago and have been saving it for use in early spring…and despite that, I almost missed it! But here we have it, a very elaborate easter egg manicure. It took a full hour to hand-paint all the colors on the eggs, but I think it was worth it. The bunny is from a different plate, but it just isn’t easter without a bunny!

I also had the brilliant idea to make my base using a green glow in the dark polish, so that when it was dark out the eggs and rabbit would be outlined. It worked! And it looks pretty darn cool. The polish is Glowin’ of Eden by Serum No 5, and this is three gloopy coats. GITD polishes are always harder to use than regular polish, and honestly this was the easiest of the 4 that I have (mostly because I went with thin coats instead of just trying to do two thicker ones). It does glow, but the glow is not easily identifiable as green. Oh well!

~ Green GITD: Serum No5: Glowin’ of Eden
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Pink: Zoya – Sandy
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Stamps: Whats Up Nails – B017, BM – 302

Overall a very cute manicure (if I do say so myself) but a mediocre GITD polish. I have worn it again since, and, when charged directly by the sun, it is glow-y. But otherwise it is not that impressive. Then again, I compare all GITD polishes to Dayglow and nothing matches up to that insane brightness!

Hope you enjoyed anyway 🙂

Perpetual Sky

This ended up pretty cool looking, and was quite fun to do! It was inspired by @nailsandtowel, but honestly also by one of the pixar SparkShorts. If you’ve seen if you’ll know what I am talking about, if not go watch Day & Night, and enjoy it! It is decidedly cute, and I had just shown it to my husband for the first time when I remembered saving this design on IG, and went back and painted it 🙂

~ Light blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Dark blue: A England – Tristam
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

Cute and accomplished! I really can’t ask more from nail art. Even if I didn’t actually do any art on two of the fingers, hah! Hope you enjoyed!

Shattered Lace

As part of an IG challenge, there was a prompt of “double applied stamps”. I figured that just meant two stamps…but NO it turns out you can PICK UP A DESIGN INSIDE ANOTHER DESIGN. My mind was blown. I had to try it. Of course, it was also close to valentines day so I went with hot pink and lace? I don’t know. The end result is actually pretty ugly, but I am going to try this again (not near a holiday) with a better set of stamps and colors. Basically, you apply your first stamp (black lace in my case) and then using the same stamper with the design on it, you use a different color over an almost negative-space stamp. What is then left of the stamper is the first designs superimposed over the second design but only where the second design is! So cool.

~ Hot pink: Atomic – Silicate
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Stamps: BP – L084, BM – 208

I feel like it is getting rarer and rarer that I learn an honestly new nail art technique…mild variations, sure. But this? This is cool. Now I need to find more negative-space style designs to try it out on! Hope you enjoyed the idea, even if the execution could use some work!

Holo Rainbow Bubble Warp

I don’t have ANY IDEA what I did here. Or why. I wanted to go with some of my old swoopy color change nails, but I forgot how I did them (the next one I do will be better, and I will be doing this again!) so I made all the lines mostly vertical. But uneven. The end result was a very messy rainbow. So I added a black warped grid…that was almost invisible. And then added black dots. And white dots. And for once, the dots actually saved the manicure! It still looks crazy, but it looks INTENTIONALLY crazy. Down the rainbow rabbit hole! Or into Willy Wonka’s canal I suppose.

I wanted to test a new-to-me polish, a yellow linear holo called Funshine Smoothie by ILNP. I almost never wear yellow as a base color, but it pops really well in gradients and other designs, so I am actually running out of my core yellow polishes! Anyway, this is three thin coats of Funshine Smoothie. It wasn’t quite opaque in 2 coats, but it went on perfectly (and removed perfectly a few days later) so three coats was just fine! It is a very pretty bright linear holo…for a yellow :-p

~ Purple holo: A England – Crown of Thistles
~ Pink holo: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Orange holo: Emily de Molly – Scorched Earth
~ Yellow holo: ILNP – Funshine Smoothie
~ Green holo: A England – Dragon
~ Teal holo: Powder Perfect – There be Mermaids!
~ Blue holo: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – L28

I remember Berry Good Looking being a bright purple with magenta undertones that somehow leaned vibrant blue. The polish I have now is a bright magenta-pink. It is still insanely intense and pretty, but is not the same color as the polish I remember buying? How weird!

Pastel Cell Swipe

I saw this on IG, which is one of the ways I make actual acrylic paintings (!!!) but had never thought to apply the technique to polish. It was stunned. I turned around the same day and made decals on my mat using three colors I thought would go well together (before attempting a rainbow like what I saw in the IG video). Voila! I waited 3 days to apply these (oops) so they got dried out and cracked a little, but overall I am SO IMPRESSED! This is my new favorite way to use cell-making polish. Look at all that yellow-in-pink-in-yellow action!

~ Blue cells: Baroness X – Atlantis
~ Pink: Zoya – Tobey
~ Yellow: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I didn’t say Banana?

For something so simple this came out fantastically, even if it did over-dry. I will show the rainbow one sometime soon, it was excellent :-D. Hope you enjoyed!

Fan Flowers

There was no overall plan with this manicure, I just had a color pallet to use and went for it! I don’t know if I like the overall scheme over blue (rather than nude or light orange) but it is what it is! I love the yellow/orange/pink/purple pallet, but looking back at this I wish I had done it over a more neutral color. Maybe next time!

~ Pastel blue: Zoya – Blue
~ Blue shimmer: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
~ Yellow: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Magenta: Zoya – Margo
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Moyra – 45 I Fill You

I want to say it is getting close to spring (we are most of the way to March and its been in the 60s the past two days) but honestly it is supposed to snow and then freezing rain later this week (oh joy) so I can’t say that. I just like flowers? Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Purple Points

I am very proud of this, because the entire design is freehand! It is rare that I am able to (or have the patience to) freehand lines so precisely. Especially using my non-dominant hand. I have no idea why I did this actually, but I like it!

~ Purple with blue: Emily de Molly – Open Season
~ Nude: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

If I had to go back and do this again, instead of using a nude-colored polish I would just leave that part of my nail naked, however, I had no idea what end design I was going for here, so adding more polish it was! Hope you enjoyed!

Freehand Swirls

This could have been better executed. I don’t know why, but curlicues just were not working out for me the day I painted these! Everything is freehand, and in retrospect I wish I had stamped. Oh well. Maybe next time? On the plus side, I forgot how absolutely stunning Birefringence is!

~ Blue/purple/green multichrome: ILNP – Birefringence
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur

I also need to get over my fear of showing my naked nails at some point. I think this would have looked better if I hadn’t used Chantal and just used my plain nail in the middle. I will try this again, and next time I will be brave! And stamp.

Here, have a bonus picture showing off all the shifting colors. Enjoy!

Ripples in the Dark

This is the second example this week of wanting to use a particular color (in this case the ultra-dark metallic chrome blue Sapphire) and having no idea where to go once the polish was on all of my nails. So I grabbed a stamp I typically love, and just…stamped. Ta-da, quick manicure, and pretty!

~ Dark blue: KBShimmer – Sapphire
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: EdM – 06

Sadly the sun did not cooperate and I was left without sunlight photos. Enjoy anyway!

Blue Descending Dots

This was intended as a hannukah manicure last month, but I forgot to add anything that made it holiday-specific, so it just ended up being blue, white, and silver! Still cute. And decidedly VERY blue. I haven’t made a dotticure of this variety in well over a year. I forgot how easy and satisfying they are!

~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic

And this is the end of blue week. Hopefully you guys were not too bored, stay tuned for a bit more variety next week (although I think they are mostly stamps? I am out of really pretty themed manicures after the holidays). Hope you enjoyed!

Silver Lace with Blue

I don’t know what I was going for here. Silver and blue with a lace-like pattern? I was loosely inspired by a negative space manicure I had seen but I didn’t want to show my scraped up nails, so I used silver instead. And then just kept going and adding design elements? I rather wish I had not put the lines in on my pointer finger and used smaller black rhinestones for my middle finger! Oh well.

~ Silver: OPI – Ornament to be Together
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: BP – L084, Hit the Bottle – For the Love of Science

I don’t know why but I have decided to post an entirely blue-themed set of nail art this week. I guess I’ve been leaning into blue a lot for the past few months, I don’t know! So I hope you like the color blue (or want to extrapolate and pretend I used purple or green or something). Anyway, enjoy!

a london year

[or more accurately: the london years]

Break rules, not nails

It's all about nail polish, colour and art.

Elektra Deluxe

Viennese nail polish chronicles

K's NailArt

Art is everywhere, even on your fingertips!

Le blog

Nail art

More Nail Polish

Creative musings in bright colors

les ongles de Lucie

de la couleur, un petit peu d'idée, et hop!


NPA en herbe, collectionne les couleurs en flacons.