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Carrot Gems

I didn’t know what else to title this! It ended up looking somewhat like a gemstone…with tiny carrots? I basically just stamped in black but didn’t like how that looked, so I grabbed a complimentary color to my shifty base which ended up being a dark orange. I overlaid some of the black patterns with orange…and then added black dots. The end result is actually really cool looking but I had no idea where I was going with this and can hardly take credit for it!

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Colors:
~ Orange/green multichrome: Ethereal – Rainforest
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L049

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That’s all I have for today! I spent the 5 days I wore this manicure being constantly distracted by the glitter and the shifting colors, so kudos to Ethereal Lacquer I suppose! Hope you all enjoyed 🙂 (And sorry this is late! I totally forgot to pre-post before my 28 hour shift in the hospital.)

Petrified Leaves

If I am honest, I do not like this manicure at all. I like the new polish I was trying, and the stamp itself isn’t half bad…but why in gods name did I add those red-orange glitter shards? What was past Eva thinking? Bleugh! So, you only get one photo of the art. If it helps, the sun was not cooperating so it would have just been two indoor photos anyway…and the polish alone is wayyyy prettier than the design I chose to put over it. Take it or leave it!

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Colors:
~ Green shimmer: Pahlish – Petrichor
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red glitter: Born Pretty – Raging Fire
~ Stamp: UC – Lovely Leaves 2

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The polish here is two coats of Petrichor by Pahlish, a polish pickup shade. It is a lovely dark green-leaning teal jelly base simply full of pink-gold-green shimmer and silver holo flakie shards. It is a busy polishes but quite pretty, goes on smoothly, and removes easily (despite the glitter load). This is probably the third almost identical shade that I own (clearly I have a type) but it still makes me happy! So, look at the pretty polish and not the ugly nail art :-p

Dividing Roses

Oh how I wish this plate was better etched, the designs are so pretty! This is the companion piece to the pink/periwinkle/purple floral art I posted last week. I liked the stamping plate soo much that I wanted to use it again immediately. Again, it did not work to my satisfaction! Maybe it will work better with more intense dedicated stamping polishes…but I have my doubts.

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Colors:
~ Light purple: Zoya – Abby
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Yellow jelly – Esmalta De Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Flower Tango L002

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Anyway, hope you enjoyed the roses! I have decided it is time to post spring-themed manicures (can you tell?) because it is April and I have a bunch of them sitting in my to-be-edited folder.

Pressed Leaves on Papaya

This manicure is a combination of many pretty things, that when put together, makes a surprisingly ugly end result. A nice gradient, some pretty glitter, a fun leaf stamp…and it did not work! Anyway, here are the individual pieces.

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The base color is a new-to-me polish, three thin coats of Papaya Don’t Preach by KBShimmer. I wanted a pastel neon orange, and what I ended up with was a light neon orange…which is very pretty, I will absolutely use, and is not what I was going for! Oops. Darn comparison photos, it looked lighter in swatches (lets be honest, that is true of most neons, cameras just cannot handle them). As neons do, this dried semi-gloss, photos here are with top coat. It has a nice even glide to it and is quite a fun color! It is just too dark for what I had in mind.

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Colors:
~ Orange: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ Pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Glitter: China Glaze – Fairy Dust
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BP – Texture L002

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I am also, FINALLY, the proud owner of Fairy Floss by China Glaze. I have wanted this scattered holo top coat for years but never wanted to pay full price for it. Well, I found it on sale for $5 and decided it was coming home with me this time. It makes gradients better, and I needed it! Ahhh, wonderful glitter :-). So, different pieces…odd end result. Hope you can enjoy somewhat!

Pastel Geometric Floral

his was full-on inspired by the demo art on this stamping plate’s shopping page. Unfortunately, the plate was just not well etched enough to really pull this off! I do love the images but I could barely make the stamps pick up even with all my tricks and my best stamper head. 😦

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Colors:
~ Pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Purple: Zoya – Abby
~ Periwinkle: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ Green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Glitter: Cult Nails – Center of Attention
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Flower Tango L002

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Regardless, the manicure ended up pretty. The caveat of course is that I went over a fair amount of the black lines by hand, since they did not end up picking up enough to call it a stamp. If you guys want to pick this up for yourselves (and cross your fingers that you get a better etched plate than I did!) you can find it here for $3.99.

Neutral Marble Flowers

I wanted to water marble, but I also needed something subtle for the hospital! This is what I ended up with. If I am being honest I don’t love it, but it is certainly subtle and work-appropriate, and has watermarbling!

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Colors:
~ Nude glitter: Sayuri – Anthos
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BP – L067

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The oddest thing about working from home while being a doctor is how staffing is working at the moment. To try and keep the minimum people getting sick at once we are truly working in shifts: so I am working from home 3/4 days and only going into the hospital on day 4. This is a deeply weird time and I don’t know how I feel about it. St Louis is preparing for the storm of COVID patients, although we aren’t there quite yet. Stay tuned! And hope you maybe somewhat enjoyed these odd nails :-p

Permutated Mutagen

Happy almost-St-Patrick’s Day! I do actually have a lot more and more suitable manicures, but I haven’t had a chance to transfer them onto my computer yes so you get these instead! At least they are green.

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Colors:
~ Green multichrome: ILNP – Mutagen
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink glitter multichrome: POP Polish – Watermelon Bubbleslick
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L078

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I think most places have cancelled any and all St Pattie’s day festivities, and if I’m honest, I am grateful. I am a doctor, and it is low key terrifying the preparations that hospitals have been forced to take in order to prepare for the coming disaster. I am aware that I am likely to lose any and all free time in a manner of weeks (if not days), and there is a chance this blog might go on hiatus if I end up working more than 80 hours a week in the hospital (hopefully that won’t happen, but I think it likely will). So please, enjoy wearing green, be happy…and hang out in small groups.

Neutral Vibrations

I don’t know why exactly, but for some reason this manicure makes me think of the ripples of sound waves. Vibrational nails! Of course, these are also super neutral for the hospital, but I like them more than I thought I would! Each finger has a minimum of three stamps, which is a lot even for me :-p

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Colors:
~ Nude: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ Blush: Zoya – Rue
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – L005

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Even though these are neutral-toned, and I have had a LOT of neural toned negative feelings after my Valentines nude-and-lace boring montage, I still don’t mind these! If you have to go neutral, at least make it interesting 😀 Hope you enjoyed!

Elegant Silver Grey Overlay

This one might not have many colors, but it makes up for that with elegance! There are few monochromatic manicures that I actually enjoy wearing, but this was one of them. The stamp is lovely, and silver-on-grey works (at least sometimes).

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Colors:
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: BP – L049

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I feel like I seldom wear things that qualify as classy in anyway, but these nails made me feel fancy! They might not be as much fun as my usual style, but sometimes a girl just needs class over pizzaz :-p

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A full 5 days into wearing the manicure I added some rabbits because I have a friend that loves them. I was impressed by how good the mani looked…but also, bunnies! So please enjoy the classing down of the silver grey-ness too 😀

Underworld Arrival

I lied. I said no more curved nails (and to be fair I reshaped my nails since the last post)…although these remain curved. Despite that, this manicure actually looks cool! I finally FINALLY picked the right stamp to compliment an oval shaped nail! It helps that this is one of my favorite polish bases. Overall, decent job with a bad substrate!

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Colors:
~ Green: Rogue Lacquer – Princess of the Underworld
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L052

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! Friday’s post is one of my favorites in a while. I tried a new technique (which to be fair was the first time I tried it but I have shown some later manicures with the same technique before the original). That was confusing, so stay tuned!

Shifting Berry Swirls

What is better than a multichrome magnetic? How about one stamped with a vibrant berry holo?! Unfortunately, since I stamped with a bright berry purple, you can hardly see the orange-yellow shift of Astral Realm. At angles you can see the swirls in purple over the yellow, but its hard to pick out, sadly!

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Colors:
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple/orange magnetic multichrome: Born Pretty – Astral Realm
~ Purple holo: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Stamp: BM – XL213

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This was double stamped, first in magenta then in black. Of course as mentioned only the black shows, but it still looked cool! Magnetic polishes are so much fun! And they make for easy and pretty art. Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Simple Mauve Lace

I wanted to see if one of the larger stamps I own could be made to stretch prettily across all my fingers. Success! Of course, nude lace stamping is never complete without some jelly accents, so this ended up a little more purple than I initially intended.

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Colors:
~ Pastel mauve: KBShimmer – Caught on Tape
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Stamp: BP – L084

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The purple jelly had somehow migrated to the purples in my polish collection rather than the jellies (a few finishes get side aside from their color pool in my organizational setup, jellies are one of them). Luckily, I tend to remember the name of particular polishes so Katherine was easy to find! Hope you enjoyed, happy (belated) Valentine’s Day, and I hope you are all excited as I am that next week we move back to COLORS!

Simple Mixed Lace

Very simple manicure, but elegant! Sadly two of my nails broke so the edge is rounded (I don’t like my nails rounded) but this ended up looking ok despite that, somehow. This ended up being one of my favorite lace designs from the last year…maybe because the base is just slightly more interesting, but really I think it is the stamp! Anyway, these aren’t half bad :-p

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Colors:
~ Nude shimmer: Sayuri – Anthos
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BP – BC 06

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Almost to valentine’s day, which means i am almost done with the boring lace nail marathon! Oh, I cannot wait to bring back colors to the blog. But I suppose if anyone is getting married and needs to pick between a bunch of similar nude and white/gold manicure this is a good little patch to come to…

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 🙂

Blue Organic Blooms

I had been staring at this design by Urban Nail Art for months now, and finally decided to do my own take on it! Unfortunately I do not actually own much in the way of stamping polish, so I improvised with colors. Mine is a little bolder than hers, but not half bad!

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Colors:
~ Blue holo: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Gold: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
~ Stamp: BP – L008

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Luckily, she had posted a list of polishes she used, so I knew to start with a blue holo base – my instinct would have been silver and I feel like in retrospect that would have looked quite odd! I also don’t own her stamping plates, and when trying to decide between very thin lines and thicker lines, I ended up going with thicker so you could see the pattern. Voila! Of course I only realized after I took my photos that for all but maybe 5 pictures the camera was on the wrong light setting…so they are unusable. Sorry!

Golden Aurora

You guys! This was very easy and looked so darn awesome. Although at least a part of that might have to do with my aurora obsession. Anyway. As mentioned on Wednesday this is another glitter stamping design using a new plate from the Born Pretty Store, Nicole Diary – 090. I again started with a normal polish base (Ibiza by Zoya), matted it, put gold glitter on the stamper head, and then stamped as normal with black polish. The design (including the tiny little dots) transferred remarkably well!

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In terms of the design, the etchings on the plate are fun, if oddly sized. Of course, it doesn’t help that I accidentally placed the aurora design upside-down (oops)! I’ll have to use the same stamp at some point but with a gradient background or something. I am looking forward to it!

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Honestly I mostly wanted this plate for that aurora image, I have been obsessed with the aurora since seeing it in Iceland in March! I should try a winter-colored one instead of just blue (lets see how long it takes me to actually make this happen…). Regardless, I hope you guys enjoyed! You can find the stamping plate here for $2.29 and the gold powder here for $1.79 (it has gone up in price since Wednesday?).

Negating the Flowers

I never do negative space. NEVER. But I saw these nails by UrbanNailArt and I knew that I had to recreate them. Unfortunately, I don’t have even close to the same stamps for either the flowers or the gold, so I winged it! I wish the lines of my flowers were a little thicker and those of my vines were a bit thinner, but overall I’m pretty happy! The gold is Born Pretty Store gold powder (serious I am obsessed with stamping with this stuff) over black, but you can’t see the black! I think in the end the flowers looked like poinsettias, and red and gold are seasonally-appropriate; regardless these were fun to do and fun to wear!

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Colors:
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: UC – Lovely Leaves 2, BP – L067, BP – 19

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Hope you enjoyed! Be prepared to see a LOT more stamps involving this gold powder (which can be found here for $1.47 for a 0.1g pot) including this Friday’s post. I may be a tiny bit obsessed with it 😀

Windblown Leaves

Yet another fall manicure! Maybe I should start interspersing some random non-fall themed ones at some point. I am still enjoying this, so you all must be too! Of course, it helps that yesterday was the nicest day we have had in weeks. That said, it is forecasted to snow today. The weather is very confused!

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Colors:
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – Halloween L004

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I was a bit sad after I bought The Magician because I had been hoping for a topper with a little more kick. All the photos that I had seen of this polish online made it look like wonderful shifty magic, yet all it ever did for me was add a subtle red scattered shimmer. I have since learned to enjoy the subtleness if i want something slightly more than a cream polish but less than a glitter overload! Anyway, thats all for today. Hope you enjoyed!

Twisted Red Mesh

This was inspired by @nailsandtowel. However, I used see-through flakes, and the original nail artist used more opaque flakes. In retrospect, I wish I had done the same! I own a few, I just felt like using loose flakes and that was a mistake.

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Colors:
~ Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Glitter: Born Pretty – Aqua Flakies
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Lina – Make Your Mark 02

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In the end I was less happy with this than I expected to be, and it is all down to flakie choice! The art was otherwise fun and my nails were actually long enough to try and mimic the inspiration. Oh well, next time! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Webs on Brown

Happy almost-Halloween (again)! I guess this was the closest I got to a halloween manicure this year, so here we go! Simple though it is. This did highlight for me how rarely I use brown glitter base polish for my nails…this is a 5 year old bottle of polish and it is basically unused!

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Colors:
~ Brown: Spa Ritual – Starry Night
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: BP – Halloween L004

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I am stuck in the hospital tonight and did not have a plan for a costume involving scrubs, so I won’t be wearing anything special (in the hospital) tomorrow. But we will be having a Hocus Pocus night, so I have something to look forward too! Also chocolate 😀

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