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Blue Stained Glass

This is not the first time I have used this stamp, and it will not be the last. Some day I will have enough time to color in each individual tile, but not today! This time I (again) reached for a flakie-filled polish and just stamped over it ūüėÄ

~ Blue flakie: KBShimmer – Gaia
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: EdM Р01 

Very easy but also very pretty! I occasionally feel bad about just stamping over a color with my years of nail art-ing‚Ķbut with stamps like this I just sit back and enjoy the design ūüėÄ Hope you enjoyed too!

Golden Veined

Oh god this was SUCH a disaster. I spent almost 2 hours making a super complicated manicure just to cover it up because it looked SO BAD. I started with a pretty purple-with-blue-glitters over a purple creme base, all is well. I then, for some ill-defined reason, decided to make gradient purple scales? Starting with the same shade of dark purple so it blended all the way into the polish? Gradiented to pink? When that looked awful I made an inner lining of the lighter color below for each of the scales and that looked WORSE. It looked like some pink-purple spreading tumor from my nail beds. I decided the problem was the darkest purple blending into the glitter purple base, so I outlined it in chunky gold glitter and somehow that just made everything worse. It was a failure. So I gave up and asked my husband what he would do to salvage it, and his answer was “make up something teal” to pick up the teal glitters in the polish.¬†

~ Purple cream: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Purple with blue glitter: Emily de Molly – Open Season
~ Gold glitter: OPI – All Sparkly and Gold
~ Teal: Color Fever – Fiji
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf

I will never say this on my nail blog again but‚Ķmy husband was right. I covered the purple-pink monstrosity that I spent hours creating with a super opaque teal metallic, leaving a thin golden rim, and it already looked better. I then added gold veins to the teal and it almost looked like an intentional passable manicure. Only I knew what horrors lay beneath. 

Wintry Mix

I love this! How cute is that snowman? And the reindeer might be *ahem* oversized but its still adorable. Its a reindeer-with-its-face-in-the-camera. Lets go with that. This is probably overall my favorite winter manicure from last year (yes, I post around a full year delayed. I do not have my life enough together to post just after I paint).

~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Tart
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Brown: Zoya – Flynn
~ Light brown: Zoya – Chantal
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Red glitter: KBShimmer – Ruby
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary Р120 

Lots of colors and designs and I still cannot get over that snowman! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I am going to finish up with some winter/New Years manicures this week, and spend the early part of next week on my top 10 posts for both polishes and nail art. Hope you enjoyed! 

Snow Pond Mani

The name says it all! This was 4 layers of snowflakes (three that got covered with a jelly polish and one left white) it honestly ended up too busy and I wish I had done one less layer! And of course, a cute snowman. I did him off to the side because I had seen something similar on IG, but it looks a bit strange honestly! 

~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Blue jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Silver shimmer: KBShimmer – I Only Have Ice For You
~ Pink: Essie – The Girls are Out
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 120

I think I am going to have to try another snowflake pond-style manicure this year, with slightly fewer layers. Maybe fewer flakes per nail, keep it a bit simpler. We shall see! Hope you enjoyed ūüôā 

Frozen Forest

This ended up being a surprisingly stunning manicure! I was so excited to use the layers on this scenery plate, and then ended up a bit disappointed when they were not very well etched. I think next time I will have to try darker shades rather than trying to stamp with light shades over a dark background. That said, it came out pretty! Although, to be fair, everything over ILNP Downpour ends up pretty :-p

~ Blue holo: ILNP – Downpour
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blu
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 122

The stamping plate, Nicole Diary 122, as stated has some stunning designs, but the one I got was just not etched well enough to use with most of my polishes on their own. Yes, I do not use stamping polish. That said, you guys can tell I stamp a LOT and this plate it just too shallow! I almost want to buy another copy from the Born Pretty Store and hope that it is better etched. The designs are lovely. Anyway, hope you enjoyed! 

Glacier Lake by Moonlight

There is a LOT going on in this manicure. Water. Mountains. Glaciers. Moon. I wanted to play with this layering plate that I received to review from the born pretty store. While the designs are nothing short of excellent, the etching could use some work! The end result is very cool looking, but I have a hunch that if I hadn’t told my husband what was supposed to be on my nails that he would just have been confused!

~ Blue holo: Zoya – Dream
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blu
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 122

In retrospect, I probably could have done without the glaciers :-p. Anyway, I want to play with this plate some more and see if I can come up with a polish or three that will stamp well despite the mediocre etching. Hopefully if you guys own this plate yours is better etched! It is still on the born pretty store for $2.99 if you want to risk it. Also, I hope you enjoyed this mani!

Cosmic Geometry

This just came out super pretty. Yes, the stamping is hard to see (this is what I get for putting silver holo over a dense holo blue) but the base color is just so nice, and when I went back and hand-accentuated the silver bits‚ĶI’m happy! Even if you can hardly see it, I promise the stamp is pretty :-p

~ Blue holo: ILNP – Downpour
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 145

The stamping plate I used here, which is full of fun geometric patterns (although lets be honest, the nail art world appears to have moved on from its geometric craze and into a sort of a minimalistic leaves phase) can be found here for $2.99. Hope you enjoyed! 

Haunted Sunset

This is one of the best designs I have made in a while, and it was for Halloween! Oh well, still worth it :-p. I saw these beautiful nails by @nails4cocktails and I just knew I had to recreate them! Sadly, I own none of the stamps that she does so it took me a lot longer to freehand everything, but it was very rewarding! I need to remember to do more freehand…when I have more time. These came out awesome and they only took a few (~2) hours!

~ Yellow: KBShimmer – Orange you Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?|
~ Teal: Zoya – Rocky
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles
~ Holo glitter: Wet n’ Wild – Kaleidoscope¬†

Anyway, happy Halloween! I hope you all have safe and socially distant plans for tomorrow night, and that everyone gets to enjoy both candy AND not catching the plague :-p.

Glacier Cove

Well guys, I forgot to post yesterday like I meant to, but this post fits better with “inspired by nails you love” rather than “tutorial”, also it is the last day of the 31 day challenge. Also it is apparently my 8-year blogaversary (wow). Anyway, on to nails.¬†I adore this manicure. This was fully inspired (read: copied) from Ruth’s Nail Art, only I managed the whole darn thing with polish and she used acrylics. This took hours to create but I do love the end result! It reminds me of the last time I went on an actual vacation (left the country) to visit Iceland almost a year and a half ago.¬†

~ Pastel purple: Zoya – Abby
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Pastel blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

The only thing not free-handed was the circle of the moon, which was ultimately painted over in a mixture of white and pale purple polish. Voila! Happy end of the 31 day challenge, and I hope you all enjoyed! Since this blog is probably only read by nail artists, I hope some of you participated as well! Some of my favorite nail art of the year pops up from other artists during this month :-D.

Neon Bonds

This manicure ended up far exceeding my expectations. I saw a super pretty accent nail (by an artist that I can no longer find, and despite KNOWING that I saved it on either pinterest or IG it is just gone, sorry original artist!) and decided I needed to make it happen. Instead of free-handing lines, I decided to paint a bunch of polish onto one of my larger stampers (although I could have just used my mat), wait for it to try, and then cut it into strips. The strips were imperfectly sized but not hard to work with, and they gave the end design some fascinating depth! I almost wish I had taken photos before top coat. Of course, I then finished it with matte coat because that is what the original artist had done. I do love it, but the depth is lost! I am posting it today because it reminds me of the LGBT flag, and that deserves to be on my blog for the 31 day challenge Flag Day.

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Neon pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Neon orange: Nubar – Hot Orange
~ Neon pastel yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ Neon green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia

I repeated the same basic pattern on my thumb, and then was at a loss. The original design called for a matte black pinky and shiny neon orange pointer and middle fingers, but I am morally opposed to mixing gloss and matte nails. I also don’t like having that many boring empty nails. I ended up playing with adding stripes of color vs black vs a mix to the other nails, but it looked too busy. I settled on this, two simple black stripes of different sizes on one nail. Of course, I matted the whole thing as well. This was a surprisingly quick manicure, mostly because once the nail were ready for the stripes, the polish was already dry, and there was no free-handing at all. Just scissors and some creative cutting! Hope you enjoyed! 

Crinkled Porcelain

This mani was easy in the sense that it is entirely stamped patterns. But coloring them in? Obsessing over my 45 shades of blue? That was more challenging! I am so happy with how it came out ūüôā Although this isn’t really “fashion” the way I think the 31 day challenge intended, porcelain things are certainly fashionable so I am counting it!

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pastel blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Darkest blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Stamps: MoYou – Porcelain 01 

We are almost at the end of the 31 day challenge‚Ķand I have to say I have NO IDEA how I used to post daily! I know I had more time when I was in medical school and graduate school than I do as an actual doctor, but still! Wow. Daily would be really tiring. Anyway, hope you enjoyed! 

Milky Way Over the City

Honestly, this was not inspired by a movie (as it should have been for Movie Day in the 31 day challenge) but there are so many movies with pretty nightscapes of cities (and this was not a particular city) so I figured I could post it today! The design itself was inspired by Urban Nail Art. I loved her milky way idea and the colors, so I went for it! The manicure is free-handed other than the stars (which were stamped), and it came out pretty darn good! 

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Blue holo: Milani – Cyberspace
~ Pink holo: Milani – Digital
~ Hot pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Orange glitter: OPI РDS Indulgence 
~ Gold glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Star stamps: BM – XL213

Making this manicure reminded me how much fun the Cult Nails glitters were; the polish company no longer exists (funny how many polishes I own at this point that the parent company doesn’t create polish anymore) so I somewhat hoard my few Cult polishes. I should honestly use them before they dry out; look at that glitter!!! Hope you enjoyed. 

Prismatic Bubbles

I was in the hospital and it turns out the woman in charge of the service I was on ALSO does nail art! So, of course, I asked her before changing my nails what she would like to see, and her answer was ‚Äúmultichrome‚ÄĚ. I did one better‚Ķmultichrome AND holo! This mani was a lot of fun to put together, although I have to admit I probably spent 20 minutes just looking through all my stamping plates to find the right design. Of course it also worked really well for dot day in the 31 day challenge ūüėÄ

~ Blue/purple multichrome: ILNP – Birefringence
~ Large silver holo glitter: OPI – I Snow You Love Me
~ Small silver holo glitter: FUN Lacquer – 24 Karat Diamond
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BM – XL209

I think I sorted through almost 80 photos to pick these two out. Anytime I use a multichrome polish I feel like I have to go hunting for the best light and the best way to show off the color shift‚Ķand at some point I just need to acknowledge that my lighting setup is just not ideal for multichrome shifts! Oh well. Hope you enjoyed the shift-y holo-y goodness anyway! 

Fishing at Sunrise

Rainbow day is my favorite day in the 31 day challenge! This time I pulled some nail art from the vault and went with a weird combination of stamping gradient and advanced stamping (kinda). This particular design was¬†inspired by Sylvia Lopic Nails. By far the hardest part of this mani was getting my yellow polish to gradient. It just isn’t pigmented enough!

~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Hot pink: WOW – 371
~ Pink: Zoya РKelsey 
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Green: Zoya РJosie 
~ Stamp: BM – XL204

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed! This was fun to make and fun to wear. I want to play with this plate again sometime soon; I do love easy panoramas! 

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.


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


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!

Water Ripples

I have not made a water ripple manicure in literally years, but I saw this design on a plate I was sent to review and I knew I had to play with it! I started with a blue metallic base covered with blue flakies, over which I stamped in white. However, the white was too stark, so I covered it in various densities of a teal jelly to make it look a little more water-like. I am pretty happy with the result!


~ Metallic blue: Zoya – Estelle
~ Blue flakies: Zoya – Maisie
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – L21


You can find the stamp for yourself at the born pretty store here, where it is currently $6.99 (but if you wait a few days I bet it will come down, they have sales almost every week!). Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday!!

Summer Sky

This is simple but I really love it! Hot air balloons and birds ūüôā I figure if I am stuck in the absolutely frigid hospital I should at least be able to enjoy the warmth on my nails!¬†The birds, clouds, and hot air balloons are all stamps, so this was also pretty easy as far as nail art goes :-p


~ Blue shimmer: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Bright pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 122, EDM – 07


Just looking at these nails makes me feel calm. Which, to be fair, is nice right now since at the moment I am on a 24 hour shift in the hospital (again…). Anyway, summer! Enjoy :-p

Controlled Vortex

Well, whatever I wanted to tell you guys about this manicure is lost to the sands of time. I cannot find the post that I made (at this point, some three months ago) so we are just going to have to make it up!


~ Teal holo: KBShimmer – Now & Zen
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Stamps: Lina Р@urbannailart collab


This is sad, because of course I tried a new polish when I painted this. This is KBShimmer Now & Zen. I am pretty sure this is three coats, but honestly it could be two. Now and Zen is a medium blue with a lot of teal shimmer and an extra helping of holo shimmer. The end result is almost pastel-multichrome-holo although the color shift is not dramatic enough to earn a true “multichrome” title from me! Anyway, happy Friday!

American Pennant

Fourth of July nails! Of course, these are from last year but whose counting? I am actually quite pleased with these. I ended up using a nail guide (aka funny shaped tape) to delineate the white part, and then stamps to make the red. The dots are, as always, freehanded.


~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Zoya РSia
~ Stamp: BP – L020


Other than frankly painting flags, I think these are the most pro-American-flag nails I have ever done? Even if they aren’t a flag at all. They also make me think of a barber shop. Anyway. Enjoy the fireworks this weekend, and hopefully America thinks back on its past and starts to recover from the myriad of stupid mistakes it is currently making!

Star Spangled Swirl

Ok, so this was a fun one. I made a drip marble out of red, white, blue, and silver, and then added star stamping! The silver had separated a bit in the bottle and also made a few cells (!!!). I finally, as of last month, own a bottle of white cell polish, but somehow I haven’t gotten around to using it yet! Bad Eva. Of course, these are what I wore last year (as well as the design you will see on Friday) so maybe I will actually get my act together and use real white cell-making polish this year!


~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Tart
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic
~ Stamp: Lina – Make Your Mark 02


Hope you enjoyed! I am not proud of what America has become at the moment on multiple fronts (response to the pandemic, response to racism, response to people just being asked to show courtesy and wear a mask…to name a few) but I am glad that we are no longer under British rule, so 4th of July it is! Also, fireworks.

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