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Magnetic Wrap

It has been a while since I last played with a magnetic polish, so I figured it was time! I also acquired a new ring magnet (since those seem to work so well) in the last month and I wanted to play with it! Sadly, it did not work quite as well for me as it has for others, but it was still fun. I think I need more time working with it to figure out how to make the magnetic effect stick around.

~ Copper magnetic: Sally Hansen – Kinetic Copper
~ Gold metallic: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Gold glitter: FUN Lacquer – Million Dollar Dream
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – 156 

Hope you are all planning a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Personally I am more looking forward to Black Friday shopping since I think we are going to be fully socially distanced. Stay safe, and hope you enjoyed the nail art!

Purple Dividing Flowers

I was feeling very very lazy with this one. So I grabbed some stickers and drew a random line down a diagonal on my nails. And added some gold dots. Thats really it, that’s the manicure. Of course, in my laziness, I totally forgot that it takes like 10 minutes a piece to remove each darn sticker, so I ended up spending more time with removal than I would have spent just free-handing the flowers!

I used a purple base that I was given as a gift just to test it out, called I Manicure for Beads by OPI. Its a pretty enough medium-dark pink-toned purple creme, covered well in two coats. Not much more to say about it!

~ Purple creme: OPI – I Manicure for Beads
~ Purple holo: ILNP – Zoe
~ Gold: Zoya – Solange

Anyway, hope you enjoyed today’s easy-to-make and hard-to-remove manicure, for all that it is quite simple! Stay tuned for more purple this week :-p 

Brown n’ Gold Mix

This was inspired by @falguni_nails, but her IG appears to no longer exist! Oops. Regardless, I would seldom use different shades of brown for anything other than tree branches without outside inspiration, so this was fun! I also need to remember that carmel brown might be a stunning color but not with my skin tone. I have lobster hands 😦 but I love the design so whatever. Thats also why these images are darker than usual, no matter how I tried to color correct either my hands or the polish looked wrong, so here we are!

~ Brown: Zoya – Flynn
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Rose gold metallic: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Gold metallic: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Gold glitter: ILNP – Juliette

Every bit of this mani is freehanded (this is what I do with my days off…especially when I had a cold last year and didn’t feel like exposing my germ-filled self to the outside world)! Anyway, hope you enjoyed! 

Bright Patches

I wanted to test out the orange jelly polish from Born Pretty. The color ended up being a little more brown-toned than I wanted, but since I picked it out myself I can hardly complain! It is a nice normal jelly so I am overall quite happy 😀

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red jelly: Zoya – Aphrodite
~ Orange jelly: Born Pretty – Arcadia
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Pink creme: Zoya – Kelsey 
~ Orange creme: Formula X – Incandescent 
~ Yellow creme: WOW – #301
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – L28

I should probably use this by itself at some point to give a better view of the polish, but I just enjoy mixing jellies with other jellies! Oh well. The tone is the brown-orange you can see by itself on most nails. To pick up this polish, you can find it here for $3.99. Enjoy!

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 “multichrome”. I did one better…multichrome 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 😀

~ 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…and 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! 

Purple and Grey Tips

Very simple, very easy, and surprisingly pretty! Life hardly ever works out like that :-p This is also the last post before the overwhelming wonder that is *dun dun dunnnnnn* the 31 day challenge!


~ Purple shimmer: Painted Polish – Just One Look
~ Light grey: Formula X – Delightful
~ Dark grey: WOW – #333


I should probably try and do more nail art that is as simple as this. It works, it takes very little time, and because the nail tips are somewhat thicker, it lasts for a while without chipping off or cracking. Voila, happy purple and grey day 😀

White Petals

I don’t know what the aim was with this one? I wanted to do sort of a purple-and-white wallpaper look with leaves? But they ended up looking more like flower petals? and I decided it was too one-dimensional so I added some shimmery purple-grey dots in the smaller leaf buds? Again, I made this up as I went and the end result is a bit odd. If I am being truly honest on review of this: I hate the design and this may be my least favorite nail art I’ve done in the last year. Yuck. So you only get one (ugly) picture today).


~ Light purple: Zoya – Abby
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Dark grey: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Grey-purple shimmer: Essie – For the Twill of it
~ Stamp: Lina – @urbannailart collab

Sorry it was awful! Friday’s is also bad although at least I tried? This ended up being rather a fail week…in preparation to start the 31 day challenge and all the upcoming pretties associated with that next week!

Halfway Circled

This was an idea I had bouncing in my head for a while: what if I took a metallic and a creme of the same shade and painted half of my nail with each? And then added stamps to the creme side? And maybe a dividing line? Well, I finally did it. And the end result was that you cannot tell I used two similar shades of nude/pink. That said, this looks like a slightly weird french design and it isn’t half bad!


~ Nude creme: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ Nude metallic: ULTA – Freshwater Pearl
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BP – L003


This week has been a bit of a mix, but it was fun to post at least :-). I hope you enjoyed something between the dark and stormy, the bright and sunny, and todays pink mix! Now I just need some freehand in there somewhere…

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 – @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!

Neutral Water

Just a simple shimmery nude polish, white stamp, and teal dots. Why teal? I dunno. Wanted them to match my other hand at the time :-p. The other hand, in my (currently, boring) defense was a bit cooler! Oh well. One week of semi-fails, and hopefully next week I will finally transfer all the backlog of nail art from March and get working on them! So yes, this week is the dregs of nail art that I just hadn’t posted yet.


~ Teal: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Nude shimmer: ULTA – Freshwater Pearl
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BP – L003


Dreg is such a cool word, honestly! Ok, hope you all enjoyed, and if we are lucky and I get my act together, next week will have prettier nails!

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 – Sia
~ 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!

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.


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


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!

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!


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


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.)

Dot Floral Lace

Could this be any more boring? I don’t think so. The nude polish has the faintest hint of gold shimmer…but it doesn’t translate to the nail at all. Soooo boring.


~ Nude: Essence – I Nude It
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Frenchy 14


I feel like maybe next year I should focus on more…interesting…nail designs around valentines day! Oh well, boring nude nails this year it is :-p

Beglittered Swirl Vines

I really like how this one came out! It helps that I used a very pretty polish as the base, but somehow the red/gold with the blue and gold metallic just work! I also love vines (I am wearing this particular stamp right now, with a different manicure).


~ Red/Gold multichrome holo: Enchanted – I am the Walrus
~ Blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Stamp: BPX Floral – L018


I have a whole bunch of actual holiday nail art…lets hope I get a chance to transfer them onto my computer and get them edited up by next week! Honestly I have my doubts, I have to many outside obligations at the moment. :-p Hope you all enjoyed!

Large Floral Lace

Random pretty manicure interlude! I realize we are only a week out from Thanksgiving and maybe I should keep posting fall-themed things, but this one was just so pretty, and the lace-like appearance with big flowers makes me think of colder weather for some reason? Probably just me. But here we are!


~ Nude holo: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Rose gold: Essie – Penny talk
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature


This manicure was embarrassingly simple but I quite like it. The color and designs came together well. Not much more to say I think, hope you enjoyed!

Sunfire Squish Marble

I don’t know you guys. This entire manicure is only two colors (yellow and red) but it was SO PAINFUL. Long story short, do not try to apply decals that you made on a mat using a stamper!! The decals ended up so bent (particularly my pointer and middle finger where I applied using the stamper) that I had to add dots! I do like the dots, but I kinda wish I ended up with the pure stamping marble. To translate: if you create a flat stamping decal on a mat, do not then try to bend it onto a stamping head, and then try to bend it in the opposite direction onto your nails. None of that will work and you will be left with a broken mess!


~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki


Also, this rather looks like funky bacterial agar? Which is cute if you are really into plasmids or some such, but also looks creepy once you think of it! Oh science, you have changed my perspective, sometimes for the creepy :-P. This is only going up now because I figured red and yellow are fall colors, and if I didn’t post it soon I was going to lose my nerve! These nails are a disaster.

Half Moon Lace

In general, I despite half moon nail art. I just don’t get it. At least make the design pointed or something fun! But just a half moon? Blegh. That said, after stalking the internet for an ungodly amount of time, I found a concept I didn’t hate to recreate for the 31 Day Challenge.


For this, I stamped the white curlicue design first, then stamped the half-moon in pink. The pink I chose was not nearly opaque enough to stamp that way, but it was just dark enough to provide a framework to freehand the actual half moon. Then it was just a bunch of dots-in-dots (as always, my favorite) and voila!


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Stamps: Moyra – 50 Ornaments 3, 60 Cuts


Hope you enjoyed! As stated, this isn’t my favorite but at least it is colorful, and combines a few different techniques.

Dots and Roses on Teal

This caused me soooo many headaches. You can’t tell, but I repainted my pinky 4 times. I started with it teal (because I wasn’t paying attention and I usually start with all my nails the same color). I dinged that, so I painted over it in white. That took 20 minutes to dry so I seriously dinged it and removed the whole mess. Then I just painted it white…and while finishing my other hand accidentally hit the drying white polish against TAPE so it was all over. I finally cleaned it fully (instead of just wiping off the polish), added base coat and painted it white, carefully. And then moved very very slowly for about 20 minutes until it was dry.


Other than my pinky, this was not a very difficulty manicure! The lines are a stamp, and everything else, while freehanded, was pretty easy. The hardest part was keeping the dots straight on my ring finger and thumb. I do wish I had made the roses larger on my middle finger, but I was having fun with tiny roses! And I am proud of my ring finger. The roses almost look respectable 😀

The design is lifted directly from Paulina’s Passions. It turns out this is from 2014, which tells you a bit about how long it was sitting in my untried ideas! Yikes


~ Teal holo: Powder Perfect – There be Mermaids
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Light pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Light green: Zoya – Josie
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – Halloween L004


I realize that Monday’s post was also a bunch of circles and dots, but this one had MORE dots, so I am posting it for Dot Day! Hope you enjoyed!

Abstract Sky

Ok, so this isn’t QUITE a fail, it just isn’t nearly as good as I expected. Of course, I now own the item I wanted to use (gold glitter for stamping) but I didn’t have it when I painted these! Oops.

The base color here is two coats of Gaia by KBShimmer from Jan 2019 PPP. This is a deep blue jelly that appears cobalt due to all the glitters: iridescent shards that shift teal to purple and coarse silver holo glitters. Both are plentiful. This polish takes just a bit of spreading due to the flakie load, but it dries down nicely on the nail! I love it.


The design was inspired by de_briz. So, I started with Gaia, then layered on some MORE flakies (just for fun) and then stamped some dots in black. Sadly, my plate with swirly dots does not stamp well! This is doubly sad because the swirly dot design is literally mine…I had done it years ago and when the “make your own” stamping plate series became a thing I submitted it, and it got in. So this pattern was designed by me…and this plate hardly stamped. So, I started in black (which is not visible at all) and then tried to go over it in gold…and it was patchy and awful. So I top coated and tried to convince myself it was good enough. However, if I am anything in the nail art world, I am the woman who adds too many dots…so I fixed it by going over every dot by hand. With the same gold. I have to say, it looks much better. I also didn’t bother top coating at the end since the gold polish is a quick dry that actually lives up to its name, and I do love vaguely textured nails!

~ Blue glitter: KBShimmer – Gaia
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~Stamp: BM – 607
~Flakies: orange/green from the Born Pretty Store
That’s it for today! I’ll have to try something like this mani without spending an extra hour free handing the dots next time. Live and learn!
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