Creative musings in bright colors

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Subtle Patina

This ended up looking like a pretty pattern with a patina over it! Like, copper underneath (hence the flecks of gold) and then rusted. I don’t know, maybe thats too poetic?

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Although this was painted for and worn to the hospital, I think it is pretty enough (and not pink!) to count as just a regular mani. Despite how subtle it is, I actually really like it! For once, adding dots was actually the right move :-p

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I need to remember to use the random full-design square plates I have more often when I am low on time, enjoy the randomness of the pattern that ends up on my nails.

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I also need to keep reminding myself that pastel of just about any color should be acceptable in the hospital, no need to limit myself to pink! Or purple. Mint is a current favorite nail color of mine so I’ll keep trying to work it in 😀

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Colors
~ Grey: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – S101

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That’s all for today…but the later part of this week is another Disney heroes and villains set-up!

Roses on Red

Not infrequently, I get my inspiration for my manicure from the name of the polish I decide to wear. This is one of those times!

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I knew I wanted to wear red, so I grabbed an elegant looking shimmery red from my collection, and went with it. The polish just happened to be called Rosebower, so when I was stumped as to what to do with the mani, I just went ahead and added golden roses!

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Of course, random blobs of gold polish do not much resemble roses, so I added black borders, and then some black background pattern (leaves? brambles? who knows!). The end result was a bit elegant and a bit wonky, but I like it!

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Colors:
~ Red: A England – Rosebower
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold

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I have so many fun glittery polishes that I’ve only worn once or twice…I wish I could make myself stop buying polish and just have fun wearing the ones I already own! Hope you enjoyed.

Undeniably Reaching

More fun with multi chromes! Even if I don’t do a great job showing the shift in this one…unfortunately all the pictures with lots of shift in them came out blurry! Sorry.

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I basically just wanted to do another mani with Undenied and some gold. Not super exciting, but it was fun to put together and the shifty color is pretty!

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I really do need to find a way to put all my multichromes in one mani and still show their awesome shifty-ness. It would be epic 😀

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Colors
~ Purple multichrome: ILNP – Undenied
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – L052

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Hope you enjoyed! One last boring pink-and-white mani on Wednesday and then we get to the COLORS!

Delicate French Lace

Another hospital manicure! At least this one came out how I wanted it to 😀

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These are pretty darn simple! Two colors, one stamp. The design was inspired by Pink and Polished Nails and for once I actually had the EXACT colors AND the stamp! So this is just about ideal.

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Despite how simple these were, I actually enjoyed wearing them. They were fairly classy while still looking elegant! Although if I ever do this again I will use some other color besides boring pink as a base. Maybe red? Purple? Anything!

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Colors:

~ Pink: Essie – Eternal Optimist
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BM – 323

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In other news, I was hit by a car while riding my bike yesterday. I’m alright (some bruises and scrapes and injured muscles but nothing that needed me to go to the hospital…but if you bike ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET) but it’s a bit hard to edit photos with my left arm mostly out of commission! I’ll try to get stuff done so I can post next week, but this is the last pre-planned post I have so if I don’t post monday blame my left arm and cars that don’t signal or look before they turn. That’s all for this week, hope you enjoyed!

Purple Hatches

This did not come out as nice as I intended. Oops! At least my husband talked me out of adding golden studs at ever vertex. I started with that and it looked soo tacky that I took them off (and if I say it looks tacky, you know its bad!).

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Anyway, this was another of my appropriate-for-the-hospital manis. Those should be becoming less and less frequent…I have a few more to get through but I am finally out of the hospital for a decent stretch of time and so am free to do some crazy bright colors and things like green *gasp*!

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Colors
~ Purple-grey: ILNP – Long Walks
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Stamp: BM – L020

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I’m also trying to decide if its time to re-vamp the blog. I finally ran out of space this weekend (wordpress only gives 3GB of space…which for a blog with photos really just isn’t that much). So almost 6 years…but still. That did make me question if I wanted the blog to be a bit less rainbow-y? But every skin I tried other than the one I currently have just didn’t look right. Thoughts? Does this blog look too juvenile, or are you guys ok with all the rainbows? 😀

Touching Tips

This mani was risky…because I wore it to the hospital! I was tired of not wearing colors, and this untried multichrome was just starting at me. Begging to be used. So use it I did!

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The base here is three thin coat sod Undenied by ILNP. Seriously, I NEED to stop buying ILNP multichromes! I think I own a whole rainbow at this point. Undenied is a tiny bit thinner than some of the other multichromes I’ve used, I could have gotten away with two thicker coats but I wanted to make sure there would be no bubbles!

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Regardless, the main color is a vibrant purple with red undertones, which shifts through magenta, pink, and orange-gold at sharp angles. Primarily you get the purple, pink, and a hint of reddish-orange. I don’t own any other purple multichromes, I really like this!

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Once that was dry (and you know, I took something like 40 photos), I added the nail art. I ended up putting down a bit of a stamp from an EdM plate, and then deciding it didn’t look exiting enough so adding some dots. Which in retrospect I wish I hadn’t…it looked better without them! Oh well.

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Colors
~ Purple multichrome: ILNP – Undenied
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 17

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That’s it for this week! Now I just need to figure out if next week should be another Disney week…mwhahaha (that’s my evil laugh). Enjoy!

Vines Through the Swamp

Don’t ask me about the title. I thought that as lovely as the base is, it looks like a swamp. And then I got stuck into thinking about Shrek and now “I’m a Believer” is stuck in my head on repeat.

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Anyway. This is one of the A England polishes that I picked up a few months ago during the color4nails sale (because I couldn’t resist) and it is LOVELY. Now, at least part of that is because I simply love this type of murky green-brown, but a lot of it has to do with the polish itself! (Actually, I have a post that I’m working on that compares the three green-brown polishes I own. Yes, I own three of them. Because this color is magnificent).

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Shown here is two thin coats of Fotheringhay Castle by A England. I almost could have gotten away with one! Adina’s version of this particular color is a deep murky green-gold with scattered fine holo shimmer. The holo is less noticeable than most other A England holos, but the finish is stunning and you can certainly see the shimmer! I’m quite happy with this 😀

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Colors:
~ Green: A England – Fotheringhay Castle
~ Gold shimmer: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Gold metallic: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Light pink: ULTA – Babydoll
~ Pink: Essie – Eternal Optimist

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I ended up triple stamping with two Bundle Monster plates: once with a gold shimmer that ended up very faint because the plate was not etched well, once with gold metallic swirls, and then over that using black polish and the same swirls. It came out pretty well for all that stamping madness!

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Hope you enjoyed!

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