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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 :-/


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


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!

Wispy Clouds by Moonlight

I have had this mani sitting in my to-try list for literally years. My sister-in-law visited and I asked her to pick a nail polish base color and she goes “dark royal blue, or purple” so I decided to do both and remembered that I had wanted to try this!


It just so happened that of course I ended up painting a moon! Now I know today’s challenge is a galaxy mani, and I actually HAVE  one of those, but I figured I would shake it up a bit and post this instead. You can’t see the galaxies because of the clouds :-D. Also YESTERDAYS challenge was half moon, which again I hate that type of design so I’ve been doing moon-themed manis for a few years and I just needed to get this out!


The design itself was inspired by @sketchpolish, although I ended up leaving my version shiny (both my husband and sister-in-law said they liked it better than matted)!


~ Dark blurple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Dark blue: Zoya  – Sia
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Light blurple: Nails Inc – Regents Place
~ White glitter: Whim – Frosted Cupcake


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! This was a lot of fun to paint, and I will forever be grateful that I finally have stamps with perfect circles that I can use for things like moons. I hate free-handing circles!

Clouds and Stars

Another adventure in thermal polish! I was going to do another hills-and-sky thing, but since the thermal I used goes from grey to black (it is supposed to be clear to black; I really should get over my paranoia and add a single coat rather than two over the base color and see if I can get it to show instead of just grey), but the color scheme ended up different so I made a night sky instead!


The clouds are one thermal polish and the background is a different one. I didn’t think the blue of the clouds stood out enough against the grey, so I added a dark purple boarder. Funnily enough, when the nails are in their coldest state, the purple border on the clouds is actually LIGHTER than the clouds themselves! Triple thermals are awesome.


I did try to make a moon peeking out behind the clouds, but it mostly just looks like a messed up star. That said, the stars came out quite nicely!


I don’t have much else to say about this mani. I feel like I had high hopes and was somewhat disappointed. I should have just gone with my second choice and made a rainy day with raindrops and the clouds! Oh well.


Hope you enjoyed!

Black Hills by Moonlight

As it turns out, thermal polish is only intended to change color for 6-12 months after you buy it! So, I need to get to using my pretty thermal polishes before they are relegated to regular polish!


This is supposed to be hills by daylight and moonlight in warm and cold respectively. Oddly, the blue color looks wonderfully bright in direct light…and rather dingy at all other times. So mostly this just looks like different levels of light pollution at night :-p

color spectrum

I did end up trying to make the sun turn dark and look like a moon…but that REALLY didn’t work, so I just re-painted that part. Whoops!


I didn’t bother listing all the polishes that I used, since there were a few in there. The base color (the one that changes color) is Winds of Change by Bow Polish. I am glad I kept the mani in the periwinkle family at least!


The really cold/dark version of this mani might have been my favorite, but it was warm enough out when I wore this that I seldom saw the dark purple! The light blue was also pretty…but by painting my tips black it made it hard to see any actual gradient!


Regardless, I hope you enjoyed! Do any of you guys have a favorite thermal mani that I should use for inspiration?

Distant Clouds

Initially, this was going to have more teal and less blue-and-white, and look more like shells than clouds. But here we are, and I rather like it!


The base is one of my new Zoyas, a pale green called Tiana. My guess is they named it after the outfit of the newish Disney princess, cause it’s the right shade! Anyway, I love it. Pale green with a hint of mint. This is 2-3 coats (only one nail needed 3). It didn’t self-level as well as I would have liked, but it is a pastel so that isn’t surprising.


Once Tiana was dry, I did a mostly-Zoya gradient from white to dark blue, and then stamped over everything with the darkest blue. I was initially going to use white, but I like the way the dark blue looked in my mind, so I ran with it!


~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Light green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L003


That’s all! Hope you enjoyed 🙂


Lightening Storm

As soon as I put on this stormy blue, I knew I needed to paint on some rainstorms! It helps that I love cumulonimbus clouds. So here we have the transition from sunny to stormy, on nails!


The base here is (yet another) Textured Earth Tone polish by Mentality called Kaolin. It is a grey-blue with a slight hint of shimmer, and dries down to a nice matte. It is one of the more textured polishes from this collection, but all of the texture is in the form of small granules. Two thin coats shown here.


I added clouds with white and grey, and then some golden lightening and a sun. Whee!



~ Blue: Mentality – Kaolin
~ White: Mentality – Spackle
~ Grey: Mentality – Pozzolana
~ Gold: Mentality – Loess


You can purchase the misty blue Kaolin here for $6.75! The rest of the collection can be found here. And don’t forget, free US shipping!

Sunny Day

Sometimes, when the description of a polish is “sky blue” you just want to make it a reality. So, sky! Also, rainbows…because skies should have more rainbows.


I really just had fun with this. It didn’t take much time, but everyone seemed to love it! The mani was inspired by the base polish, Love Those Wildwood Days  by Philly Loves Lacquer.




  • Blue holo: Philly Loves Lacquer – Love Those Wildwood Days
  • White: Zoya – Purity
  • Grey: Maybelline – Bare Escape
  • Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
  • Orange: Zoya – Thandie
  • Yellow: Revlon – Electric
  • Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
  • Blue: Zoya – Rocky
  • Purple: Zoya – Malia
  • Indigo: Station – Happy Wine-y People


The new collection including Love Those Wildwood Days just went on sale (yesterday!) over at Philly Loves Lacquer, if you want to check it out! Enjoy the sunshine!

Snow Much Fun

The best part of this manicure? I didn’t have to paint on the snowflakes! I love snowflakes, but they take so long to paint. So, when they come in the polish…bingo! I wanted to make something cloudy and snowy, and after seeing one of the prettiest cloud manis from Top Coat It I decided to just go with it.


Snow Much Fun by KBShimmer is from their recent blogger collaboration line. This polish is genius. I stored it upside down overnight, so all of the larger glitters made it to the top of the bottle. I just want to say up front, that I hate it when bloggers say they had to “dig” for glitter. To me, that means “I spent a long time finding just the right piece and you who want to paint your nails in under two hours will NEVER FIND IT MWHAHAHAH”. So, when I review polish I try not to dig. For this polish, I did not dig.


If anything, there were almost too many snowflakes and large white circles! They kept coming off on the brush and I had to wipe them away because I wanted to see more of the smaller glitters :-). Shown here is 3 thin (yes, thin) coats of Snow Much Fun, with one coat of top coat. I didn’t think this polish would become opaque, it was really thin at one and two coats (it really is a jelly), but by three I was happy! I had 0 problem getting glitter out, and I was actually surprised by how quickly this dried. I applied all three coats in under 20 minutes, and didn’t have to deal with glitter dragging. This really is a remarkable polish.


I then added clouds in blue (Zoya – Yummy) and white (Zoya – Purity). This is the closest blue creme I have to the base blue! This is my second time trying a cloud mani, and I think it worked. The first time was a complete fail.


My nails are snowing! 😀 Fitting, since there is STILL snow outside and it hasn’t risen above 20 degrees in about two weeks. Yikes.



I don’t like ‘speciality’ glitter. I try to avoid things like hearts and stars. But even I have to admit that these snowflakes are adorable. They don’t quite sit flat on my nails (except my thumb), but they haven’t caught on anything and I really like how interesting they look half buried in blue polish. If you want to get some blue snowflake polish for yourself, head over to KBShimmer (no, this was not sent for review. I just really really like this polish).

Lilac Storms

*Provided for review

I’m loving the trend of color-changing polishes! I own a few solar active lacquers, but none that were temperature-dependent…until today. May I present, for your viewing pleasure, Lilac Dreams by Gothic Gala Lacquers. Warning: there are a lot of photos. This polish is awesome and changes color!


This polish took two coats to be opaque, and dried (very quickly) to a matte finish. I was not expecting the matte, but I liked it! I decided to finish my design BEFORE adding top coat. My apartment is freezing, so the polish started out this beautiful deep purple with subtle pink and blue shimmer. It is decidedly not a creme polish and I love it!


I ran my pinky and middle finger under hot water, to illicit the color shift. They turned a pretty light purple-grey! I may or may not have spent 20+ minutes playing with hot and cold water… I think I like the dark purple color a tiny bit better with my skin. But still. Awesome.


The color shift was not at all affected by top coat. Below I am showing the color shift from cold (dark purple), to warm (light purple) with top coat. IT WAS SO COOL!




Unfortunately, my nails were just not long enough to get a strong shift normally. If I was warm, they were light purple. If cold, they were dark. Every now and then I would notice a gradient and get really excited.


The glitter in the polish really came to life in the sun!



  • Purple color shift: Gothic Gala – Lilac Dreams
  • Light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
  • Stamp: Bundle Monster – 312



Hope you enjoyed! Lilac Dreams can be found here for $8.50. Be sure to check out Gothic Gala Lacquers facebook page!

Day 17: Glitter (Stormclouds)

Today is glitter day, although my mani is only mildly glittery. In my foraray though my sister’s polish collection (to of course try polishes I don’t own) I ran into My Big Break by OPI. I hadn’t yet swatched my newest Zoya, so I decided to pair them! In retrospect, a pale blue would have been better than the purple/red of the OPI, but I’m somewhat happy with out this came out, and it is nice and sparkly!


This is my second experience with a Zoya Pixiedust, and I have to say this one went much better! It turns out letting the polish dry (almost completely) in between thin coats is the key. This is two thin coats of Zoya London, a stormy sky grey with beautiful silver glitter!


My biggest problem with this mani is my base coat. I have been using OPI Nail Envy for a few months, and its helped my nails a huge amount. However, I am now at the end of the bottle and the polish has become thick and stringy….and BUBBLES. What you see here beneath the purple polish is the bubbling remains of Nail Envy. The purple almost looks textured!


Thus, I think it might be time to bid Nail Envy (at least this bottle) farewell. I should try and get another bottle, unless one of you lovely ladies who reads this blog has a (cheaper) suggestion!


Back to the nail art. Since London (the city) is always overcast, I decided to turn my accent nails into textured clouds! I actually really like the idea…but it would have made more sense to do it over blue than purple. Hindsight: 20/20.



  • Purple: OPI – My Big Break
  • Grey: Zoya – London


I really love textured polishes! I don’t love the ridiculous removal, but I love the almost-gritty feel. I hope some more pixiedust polishes go on sale soon!

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