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Art Deco French

My work passed a regulation that french nails were ok but nail art was not. They neglected to mention which COLORS were acceptable, and did not specify how far one had to go before french became art…so in protest (and in acknowledgement that nobody actually cares) I did a fancy blue-and-silver “french” art deco design.

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Colors:
~ Blue holo: ILNP – Downpour
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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As expected, not a single person noticed or commented. I have since gone back to my regularly colorful nails (well, slightly toned down, its been a while since I had the courage to do full-on rainbows). Anyway, hope you enjoyed these not-subtle semi-french nails!

Sienna Drapery

Maybe its because I am a doctor and love microscopy, but I see cells everywhere I look! These, to me, realllllly look like muscle cells. Spindle shaped, clusters of blue nuclei…anyway. They also might look like folds of cloth to more *ahem* normal folks so I decided to title this post after drapery and not immunofloresence staining.

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The base polish her is a new-to-me polish called Sienna by Polished for Days. I have had my eyes on this polish (and others by PfD) for months just waiting for a sale! I maaaay have gone overboard 😀 but I can’t really regret it. PfD does the best flakie polishes! Anyway, Sienna is busy: dark blue base loaded with magenta/gold shimmer, scattered holo, and flakes that shift from a deep vibrant blue to gold. I may be obsessed. It is very pretty.

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Colors:
~ Blue/red/gold shimmer: Polished for Days – Sienna
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Stamp: Lina – @urbannailart collab

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I seem to be using the urban nail art collaboration plate a lot, I had been on the fence about buying it initially but I ended up loving it! Go figure. Anyway, hope you all enjoyed!

Neon Blossoms

Oh wow these nails ended up bright. Fun, very colorful, but eye-searingly bright. Which I suppose is what happens when I reach for one of the brightest corals in my collection! This design was inspired by @nails4cocktails. I wanted something with bright colors and cherry blossoms, and this caught my eye! Hillarously, I actually did both of her cherry blossom manicures without knowing they were by the same person, within a week of each other :-p

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Colors:
~ Blue shimmer: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
~ Pink: L’oreal – Orange You Jealous?
~ Neon pink glitter: Cadillacquer – End of Silence
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – XL158

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Hope you enjoyed the further flowers! Sadly the actual cherry blossoms outside are starting to fall off, although my allergies are pleased by this change (for now, until even more flowers show up to set them off again)!

Vibrant Jelly Net

I just wanted rainbows, so I made rainbows! This is just a bunch of jelly polishes painted in a random pattern over a silver holographic base. I like using holo rather than just plain white because it hides the mistakes and bald patches a bit better…I can pretend they are intentional :-p

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Colors:
~ Silver holo: Darling Diva – Diamond
~ Red jelly: Zoya – Aphrodite
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubble
~ Blue jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Texture L002

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The stamp here is from another new born pretty plate, this one being better etched! It didn’t need any touch-ups and you can clearly see the design even around the rainbows. Honestly the reason the black here doesn’t look great is I had just opened a new bottle of polish, and since i don’t use stamping polish it was too thin (aka…new) to be excellent for stamping! Oops. You can find this stamping plate with all its weird leafy and bubble-like glory here for $3.99.

Dotted Weave

I have NO idea why I decided on this design, and this actually looks really weird (weaved pattern with dots? muscle cells with blue nuclei? who knows!) but it was fun to make.

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The base polish is another new Polished for Days concoction called Fireflies; this is the polish that first caught my eye almost a year ago and drew me to PfD. Fireflies needs three thin coats for coverage….but that just assures that you can see every ounce of the insane glittery madness within. It is a teal polish base with pink/red shimmer that shifts to gold and occasionally green, as well as holo, and large and small flakie shards that shift pink-gold-green. I could almost get away with wearing this without nail art, it is that busy!

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Colors:
~ Teal/pink flakie shimmer: Polished for Days – Fireflies
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Stamp: Lina – @urbannailart collab

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For whatever reason, I have lately been shying away from super-over-the-top-glittery polishes; I have been going back to neutrals/greys with a bit of shimmer or single type of glitter, or creme polishes. I had to grab this polish anyway and I am glad I did! However, I got 4 other glitter polishes at the same time, and I have not felt drawn to use any of them! Silly past Eva. Hope you enjoyed!

Tall Grey Trellis

Subtle but fun! With dots, of course. This one looked rather cool when I was wearing it, but really is subtle enough that photos do not do it justice. The grey stood out from the holographic background better IRL :-p

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Colors
~ Grey-blue holo: ILNP – Timeless Vow
~ Grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday! Stay inside. Next week I will bring you more colors to brighten up the indoor time!

In Blue Gear

Ok, so this one is weird. I keep trying to come up with a good manicure for Zoya Crystal, and I keep failing. If I am being honest, I think I just don’t like this polish that much? It is too sparkly and has too much going on to mesh well with well, literally anything I try to do. I keep buying new polish, and I have promised myself that I will not exceed the capacity of my current storage (aka 20 ikea spice racks) so I am going to need to get rid of some…likely including Crystal. This was a last ditch effort to make myself enjoy wearing this polish and I have failed.

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Colors:
~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Crystal
~ Pastel blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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So, sorry, you probably will not in fact enjoy this manicure (I sure don’t) and I am not sure I have enjoyed anything I have ever made with Crystal! Womp womp. Sometimes polishes just don’t come out the way you think they will when looking at online swatches! Its rare but it happens.

Dangling Sky

I just saw this one stamp and knew I needed to use it. I do not regret that decision. This whole design was based around being able to use the stamp that you can see on my ring finger and thumb. With that in mind I REALLY should have chose a photo that shows my full thumb! Oops :-/

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Colors:
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Blake
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 090, BM – XL213

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I was still (as mentioned on Wednesday) in a purple phase at this point. But honestly its such a cool color! And it pairs well with just about everything! Also, stars and moons…and just general awesomeness in the sky 🙂 Hope you all enjoyed!

Cosmic Threads

This manicure is pretty darn awesome. I got this, frankly, fantastic plate to review from the Born Pretty Store, and at the same time they sent me some gold powder. I decided to combine the two. Despite being a very simple manicure it looked awesome (if I do say so myself) although it required two extra layers of various to coats.

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So, I started with a dark blue holographic polish (Downpour by ILNP), top coated it as usual (Seche Vite) and let it dry for the standard time (maybe 15 minutes). I then added matte top coat and let that dry. To make the gold stamping happen, I took my stamper and rubbed the gold glitter into the stamper head using the applicator/eyeshadow brush until there was a thin shiny film over the stamper head. Then I took my usual black polish (Black on Black by Sinful Colors, I didn’t even use a stamping polish not that I have many), applied it to the stamping plate, scraped it off, and picked it up using the stamper (so, business as usual). When I went to transfer the design to my nail the only part that came over was the area that had the black design under it. Clean up was a breeze.

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Of course, I had to top coat with a water-based polish and wait for that to dry so as not to dull the glitter, and THEN another coat of Seche Vite. Needless to say, this mani lasted 7 days without any wear (which is what happens when you functionally use 4 layers of topcoat).

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Prior to all of this, I tested a few stamping techniques with the glitter on my mat. If I stamped as normal and tried to rub glitter in over either a matte background or a normal glossy background it somewhat worked; glossy trapped more random off-target glitters than matte but neither worked very well. When I tried the apply-glitter-to-stamper over matte and glossy, the glitter only stuck exactly where the stamp was on a matte base, but stuck somewhat non-specifically for the glossy base (you could still see the design, but there was a lot more random gold around as well, and the transfer was not as crisp). Ergo, use glitter on the stamper head and apply the stamp over a matte coat of polish!

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I cannot recommend either this plate (which I have already used two additional times in two weeks because the designs are incredible) or this gold glitter highly enough. The plate has since disappeared but I promise is lovely if it ever shows back up, and the glitter is $3.29, here. Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!

Triangulated Pastel Gradients

Colors! Colors galore! Oh my goodness so many colors. I made a light-to-dark gradient of each shade, and then tried to find a tone-matching holo that I could lightly paint over top. Voila! Honestly the nails looked awesome even before I added the stamp.

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Colors:
~ Light mint: Zoya – Tiana
~ Mint: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Mint holo: ORLY – Sparking Garbage
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Blue holo: Milani – Cyberspace
~ Light purple: Zoya – Abby
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Purple holo: Milani – Hi-Res
~ Light pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Pink holo: Milani – Digital
~ Light orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Orange holo: Nabi – Brone
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BC – 04

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That said, geometric stamps only make things better, so I went and played with triangles! I never use this particular design because for some reason it strikes me as awkward, but my nails were short enough that I could get away with not using the whole stamp design. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this return to full color! 😀

Childish Twirls

This is a very simple manicure, but shimmery and shifty! Just what we needed after two straight weeks of boring nude lace themed nails. Of course, when I painted these my nails were an awful rounded shape, but you can’t win everything :-p

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Colors:
~ Teal multichrome: Enchanted Polish – Kids
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: MoYou – Frenchy 14

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I don’t quite know why I reach for really complicated multichromes or glitter mixes when I don’t have anything in particular in mind, but it ends up looking pretty! I just need to make sure my creme polishes also get love sometimes 😀 Hope you enjoyed!

Feathered Outward

Oh happy Wednesday! This morning I went to the dentist, fully expecting to have a crown placed…and left with just a filling! As a celebration of this wonderful change in plans, enjoy some nail art with my favorite nail polish :-p

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Colors:
~ Blue: Illyrian – Narrow Sea
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – 181

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Yes, this is very simple, and yes I enjoy it! Hope you did too 🙂

Awkward Swirls

You guys, I think I just completely forgot to write down what I did with this manicure. I have no records of having painted it at all…but there are photos and a title attached! So I am going to have to guess at what I did. I am pretty sure I started with a blue base, painted a shimmery flakie polish over that, and then for some very odd reason stamped in a pale teal? That is the weirdest part, why would I stamp in teal?! Awkward indeed.

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Colors (my best guess):
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Shimmer: KBShimmer – Sandy
~ Teal: I have no idea, I own three similar teals, sorry!
~ Stamp: Moyra – 3 Ornaments 50

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I really hope there aren’t a bunch more manicures floating around that don’t have descriptions somewhere in my completed folder! I will accept one, but not more! Hope the awkward of the teal stamping didn’t turn you off this manicure!

Glowing Thai Patterns

It has been a while since I posted a glow-in-the-dark manicure! I actually painted this one some time ago, and it has been sitting in my unedited folder, oops! But here we are all the same. Instead of starting with a white base (as I usually would) I started with a glow in the dark polish (that has a yellow base to it, as far as I know Dayglow was the first true glow in the dark polish on the market, at this time there are many different ones including some with white bases but this is all I have!) that I did a stamping gradient over. I couldn’t make up my mind if I wanted to do yellow to red or yellow to blue…so I did both? And then that didn’t seem to be enough so I also added swirls 😀

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The glow to this polish has remained incredibly strong despite being >5 years old. Most of my older thermal polishes have lost their color shift, and my solar-reactive polishes don’t shift at all anymore…but this polish still glows! Score 1 for Serum No 5.

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Colors:
~ 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: BM – XL158, 314

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That’s it for today! I recommended that all nail polish folks have at least one glow in the dark polish – it is a lot of fun to freak my husband out with my glowing nails in bed :-D. Hope you enjoyed!

Shell Swirls

God, every time I wear this polish I am reminded why it is one of my personal favorites. This is, again, Not Your Average Seahorse by Blush Lacquers from one of the earliest Polish Pickup sales. I die. I was going to cover most of it but I just couldn’t bring myself to do so, so we end up with this honestly rather cool stamp! It is from a plate that is supposed to be used for advanced stamping or leadlighting, but I honestly love it over a super complicated polish because it lets the base polish show through (I am, as I type this, wearing it over a different super complicated pretty base).

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Colors:
~ Blue glitter: Blush Lacquers – Not Your Average Seahorse
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamp: Moyra – 45 I Fill You

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I honestly feel like I should venture beyond stamping with black/white/silver/gold because those are the only polishes that I own that are even close to opaque enough to stamp over most other colors…but I see such conflicting recommendations with regards to which stamping polish brands are worth buying! The only set of stamping polish I own that kinda works is two shades of pink from one of the Born Pretty lines…and I really don’t wear that much pink on my nails. What are you guys favorite stamping brands (and any particular staple colors that I need)? Thanks all!

Cosmic Triangles

This was fun. I started with a blue base, and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Then I decided plain blue was boring, and I needed more color…so I did a dry sideways gradient (I just made that up…I basically dry-brushed from the side of one nail with one color and the other side with a different color, focusing more color around the edge of the nail) with teal and purple, to create a teal-blue-purple sideways gradient. You can barely see the teal, but it is pretty anyway!

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Colors:
~ Teal: ILNP – Party Favor
~ Blue: ILNP – Downpour
~ Purple: ILNP – Zoe
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B015

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Honestly the end result looks kinda multichrome-y. Without shifting my nails at all I get blue, purple, and hints of teal. I like it! Hope you all enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Japanese Vista

Alternately titled “Eva has fun with multi-color lead lighting vaguely asian patterns”. I wanted to color the stamps in, but when I tried that from the beginning, the design was barely visible and the color differences were not apparent. Ergo, I just grabbed a teal and purple jelly and colored in the designs! Of course, teal and purple on blue is not particularly vivid, but I like the watercolor-like appearance of the hues.

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Colors:
~ Blue holo: Nabi – Sky Blue
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Stamps: MoYou – Porcelain 01

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In retrospect, a lot of the design would have been more apparent without the holographic finish. I should invest in a greyed out robins egg color that is not holographic (and does not take 4 coats, I do have one I just refuse to use it). Live and learn! Hope you enjoyed :-p

Dots on Vacation

These nails were painted on vacation! Which is why they are so darn simple (and also why I didn’t write down the names of the polish I used…they were the tiny sample sized ones that I have, oops). I love traveling with my dotting tools because they make things easy and pretty at the same time! But yah, these manicures-on-the-go took a grand total of 30 minutes, and most of that was waiting for the base polish to dry before I added dots.

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Of course, my nails can never match exactly, so I tried two different dotting styles. I like the cuticle dots on teal better than the smattered circle dots! What are your thoughts?

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Hope you enjoyed! This week is likely to be a mash of odd posts since I am on vacation and am looking to clean out my weird old stash of posts!

Frozen Leaves

The last of my Hanukkah-not-Christmas nails! Aka lots of blue :-). Really, the theme of this particular manicure was icy leaves and I think I hit it on the nose! Also, it was fun to do some intentional double stamping. Even if I didn’t line things up perfectly.

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Colors:
~ Blue shimmer: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Stamp: UC – Lovely Leaves 2

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Happy Friday! You guys, I get my first vacation of this year’s residency starting on Sunday. I am SO EXCITED. Today is also the last day of the Mandalorian and I am excited to see what baby Yoda does…

Menorah and Circles

I wore these for Hanukkah LAST year because I never manage to get my nails together in a timely fashion! Anyway, I was testing some new blue polish (which is to say I was playing with polishes I bought on black friday) and decided that dark blue would be a perfect base for a menorah. Unfortunately, none of the swatch photos of my background polish came out in focus! In fact, I only had maybe two in focus pictures out of the whole set. Silly camera!

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The background of this manicure was two thin coats of Ryan by Zoya, a beautiful deep dark blue. It was almost a one-coater. What makes this better is that the polish stayed on without cracking and with minimal tip wear for 5 days! I think at this point I am just hooked on Zoya blues…I own almost all of them. Since the whole point of the timing of this manicure was Hanukkah, I freehanded some menorahs. However, once I painted my menorahs, I was at a loss. I didn’t have the time (or the patience) to paint a menorah on every nail…and then I decided to just go with weird sketchy circles. Don’t ask me why. But honestly, it came out pretty cool looking! I had been wondering why these circles even existed on that stamping plate, and now I know 😀

Colors:
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Gold holo: Sparkly Vernis – Gilded Lemon Drops
~ Stamps: Lina – Make Your Mark 02

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So, happy Hanukkah even if it is a bit (a lot) delayed to the point of being the following year! Hope you enjoyed, and have fun not setting things other than candles on fire :-p Also Merry Christmas because, yes, I decided to be different and post Hanukkah nails on Christmas Day 😀

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