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Darkly Golden Gone

I have achieved the pinnacle of nail art…which is to say that a design I found in 2016 and was never able to paint (missing the correct color and could not do the striping tape needed due to time constraints and a desire to keep my sanity) has finally been completed! I have this file with all of my dream manicures (at least those that I might some day do…there are many freehand artists out there that I simply cannot hope to compete with) and this was one of the older ones in that file. Victory is so pretty!

So, this design came from @natalia_engineer, only her version was much much simpler: she used a magnetic polish to create her gradient, and her black pattern was made from water decals. I ended up using 5 polishes to create a similar gradient, and a stamping plate for the chevrons! I still count it as a win. Also now I want that magnetic polish.

~ Dark gold holo: ILNP – Sparks May Fly
~ Gold glitter: Zoya – Ziv
~ Dark brown with glitter: Spa Ritual – Starry Night
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: MoYou – Pro 02 

I started with my darkest gold glitter, Sparks May Fly by ILNP. Its a nice honey-gold that actually looks terrible on me by itself. I then tried to do a gold-to-brown gradient using glittery polishes (Zoya Ziv, ILNP Sparks May Fly, Spa Ritual Starry Night) but all I got was glitter, and the brown from Starry Night didn’t transfer at all. So I decided to do a creme gradient with Zoya Dea and Louise to get the brown tones, and then just dry marble over them with a bit more of Sparks May Fly and Starry Night. Success! Although Ziv left a MESS at my cuticles (pretty polish, pain in the butt to clean up). When all of that was done I got to the stamping part, and voila! Awesome manicure :-D, and HAPPY NEW YEAR. We have a vaccine and a new president, so 2021 will absolutely be better than 2020.

Green/Red Mix

So, it turns out I must have at some point deleted the entry I wrote where I stated which polishes I used for this design an why. I can take a very educated guess, but I am winging it! Regardless, we have entered formally into christmas nail art week, so all this week will be reds, greens, golds, and a santa to cap it off :-p

Colors (my best guess):
~ Red glitter: China Glaze – Ruby Red Pumps
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 120

And thats it for today! I hope you guys have all come up with some fun (socially distanced) way to celebrate the holidays. Enjoy!


Unfortunately neither this design nor my photos came out exactly how I wanted. I was aiming to make poinsettia leaves/flowers and I think I achieved my goal, but you can hardly tell! Also all my non-sunlight photos you cannot see the design at all due to how closely it matches the red of the background. So you only get one photo today (it wasn’t worth the effort for me to edit any others if they just looked red). Anyway, I started with a red base and dry-sponged on splotches of other red shades including a glitter. Then I stamped with a darker red. So for very little result this actually took a bit of time.

~ Bright red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Brick red: KBShimmer – Chai-huahua
~ Red glitter: Zoya – Aphrodite
~ Red: Revlon – Valentine
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – Texture L002

That’s all I have for today. Fridays post will be better and much more visible, I promise! Maybe I will retry poinsettia flowers this yea brut actually make them visible. We shall see! 

Neutral Snowflakes

Winter time manis! I painted SO MANY snowflake manicures last year that it is going to be a struggle to not lump them one after the other after the other. So, I will try to space them out. At least they aren’t all silver and blue, some, like this, are nude and grey! I have to say this is likely the oddest one I made, but I kinda like it anyway. It busy without being ugly.

~ Nude glitter: Cadillacquer – Darling Red Isn’t Your Color
~ Grey holo: Darling Diva – Black Diamond
~ Black holo: A England – Fated Prince
~ Stamp: JQ – L20 

I remember hating the black thin holo tip when I painted these, but now looking at the nail art I actually rather like it. You can see more of the holo rainbow goodness due to the thicker heavier line. Anyway, hope you enjoyed! 

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!

Tarnished Locks

I don’t know why exactly, but for some reason this pattern reminds me of fancy engraved padlocks? The end result was pretty cool looking! And it was an almost perfect internally slightly skewed double stamp 😀 In the sunlight it almost looks like the silver is glowing through the black, which is one of the cooler accidental effects I have ever achieved!

~ Purple with pink shimmer: Quixotic Polish – It Rubbed Off From Friction
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L049

I have a whole collection of stamped manicures on backlog, which I need to get through before I can start posting a lot of the newer stuff, which is a whole bunch of freehand! We shall see how long this takes :-p. Hope you all enjoyed! 

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! 

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! 

Glitter Grip

I was on vacation while I wore these nails, and if I am honest they survived 6 days of archery, boating, more boating, more archery, and a bit of zip lining better than expected! Also they were super glittery 😀


~ Bright teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden
~ Dark teal: OPI – Stay Off the Lawn!!
~ Pink glitter: POP Polish – Watermelon Bubbleslick


I think I mentioned a while ago that I was into doing deep V nails. This is one of the designs from that genre (again, not sure why I did a whole bunch of them in the span of a month, but I did do them!). Very easy, but quite pretty! Hope you enjoyed 😀

Softly Grey

I love the muted tones of this manicure. Don’t get me wrong, jewel tones are my favorite type of polish and will always be, but something about a soft grey holo with some matched glitters just makes me happy. Geometric stamping? Little bit of accent? I am sold 😀


~ Grey with white glitter: Cadillacquer – Odette
~ Grey holo: ILNP – Timeless Vow
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra – 54 Matrix


I will try to bring back some of the brighter colors for later this week (summer is, afterall, neon-appropriate). I just wanted something softer today! Hope you enjoyed 😀

Moonlight Lattice

Very simple but quite pretty! Primarily because both this polish and this stamp are stunning. I think I have used this stamp at least 5 times, which is impressive seeing as how I have literally hundreds of stamps :-p. Can’t help picking favorites!


~ Grey glitter: Emily de Molly – Shadow on the Moon
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Stamp: MoYou – Porcelain 01


Anyway, hope you all enjoyed! I didn’t mean to do two purples in a row, but to be fair Monday’s post was supposed to go up on friday (oops)!

Triangular Creamsicle

How about a neon? I wanted something ridiculously bright and here we are! This ended up rather odder looking than I intended. The creamsicle gradient was pretty so I added glitter? and white? triangles? I don’t know where my brain was at! Other than “I want bright things”.


~ Orange: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Orange holo: ILNP – Fired Up
~ Stamp: BP – L054


For some reason this manicure (yes, this one in particular) sparked a series of triangular glitter manicures. I think I did 6 in the next two months with a whole bunch of different colors. I will try to spread them out in terms of posting so you all don’t get too bored! Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Cyanotype Leaves

I got this idea into my head and I just could not get it out until I tried it! I love the concept, but I don’t adore the execution. I wanted to do a grey creme on a grey glittery base for subtle contrast, and then white leaves in a cyanotype-print style. It kinda worked? In retrospect, I think I needed better leave stamps! **which I now have so oh well, I guess I’ll just have to repeat this mani from last winter all over again, poor me**


~ Grey flakie glitter: Polished for Days – Grey Opal
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BM – 208, XL472, UC – Lovely Leaves 2


I have so many stamping plates, but I never seem to have quite enough of exactly what I want! So once I complete a manicure missing the correct and perfect designs, I go out and buy a plate that would have made the manicure excellent. Only, I’ve already done the manicure, so what do I do with the plate at this point? I should likely start repeating manicures using proper plates that I have selected, but there is always more completely novel nail art to do instead!

Glittery Half Moons

You guys i have no idea where I was going with this manicure. I (for once) wanted to do a half moon design, and then decided on glittery pinks? Honestly the base color and the glitter color do not go together at all, and current me is doubting past me’s sanity. But so be it!


~ Gold: Jade – Irresistivel
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink glitter: Cult – Center of Attention
~ Stamp: BP – L008


I think I should just give up on half moons as a category. The make great minimalist designs, but if we are being honest I am not so much a minimalist design kind of girl, so my half moons end up overly ornate and just a mess. Example A! Anyway, enjoy rolling your eyes at my nails today :-p

Failed Quartz

I was trying to make a pseudo-marble manicure (since everyone else seems to e making marble nails) and I wanted something pretty and subtle…so I went with a light grey and pale pink. And then I added another shade of pink. And a blush. And then it was too pink and the grey looked blue so I added white. And then some rose gold glitter…and the whole thing just took a life of its own!


~ Grey: Formula X – Delightful
~ Pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Nude: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ Blush: KBShimmer – Caught on Tape
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Rose gold: ILNP – Juliette


In the end although I do think these nails look cool, they look nothing like I intended. I will have to re-try the marble theme at some point! And maybe they will actually end up marble-like by the time I am done :-p. Hope you enjoyed!

Perfectly Pinked

Ok, I really like this one. I don’t know how the colors work together or why this design caught my eye, but here we are! Honestly I think a real gold rather than a rose gold would have gone better with all the pinks…but you can hardly tell. Girly and glittery to the rescue!


~ Rose gold: ILNP – Juliette
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Light pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark coral: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Stamp: MoYou – Frenchy 14


Really the moral of this manicure is if you add enough glitter and colorful distraction, everything looks good. Again, this manicure should not work. I like it anyway :-D. Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Elegant Grey Floral

Apparently I have a thing for thinking that grey with silver or white is elegant? I don’t know. I do think these are pretty despite the boring color palette! I actually was surprised to find these in my things I have painted folder, I forgot I ever made them! Oops 😀


~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Shimmer white: Revlon – Calla Lily
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Orange silver glitter: ILNP – Fired Up
~ Stamp: MoYou – Porcelain 01


I am really glad I started adding tiny bits of glitter in certain nail designs. I don’t remember who I saw using that idea on IG recently, but it has gotten me back into the habit (especially since I really cannot wear 3D pieces like rhinestones to the hospital at the current moment) and i love it! Anyway, hope you all enjoyed!

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.


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.


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


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!

Summer Flower Gradient

I painted these in January. It was cold, there was a sleeting icy mess outside, and I decided it was time for some bright sunny colors. If the outside world would not cooperate, I would just have to make them happen myself! And that is how this manicure was born. Of course, its more fitting to post them in spring so here we are!


~ Bright orange-yellow: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Hot pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Golden shimmer: Ethereal – Rainforest
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – XL158


I have been on a kick of adding highlights with my few not-quite-opaque pastel multichromes, and it makes me very happy. This time I added some Rainforest over the center of the flowers just for a bit of variety! You can’t really see it in the sunlight (for example, the second photo) but indoors it was glittery and added just a little kick that I think helped overall. Hope you enjoyed 😀

Shimmer Flowers

This ended up being oddly delicate? I didn’t mean it to be but its actually rather pretty! Between the pastel grey-green base, the thin black lines, and the scattered gold glitter, I’ll take it!


This mani (by which I mean this base polish) exists because a coworker tipped me off that a local St Louis tchotchke (turns out I’ve never had to spell tchotchke before!) store was selling old Formula X polishes for $1 each. These used to be something like $12 each at Sephora (and I think I bought 4 of them when they were on some kind of sale) and this random odds and ends store had HUNDREDS of these polishes in boxes! So, of course, I pawed through them and ended up buying 12 polishes. For $12. Now, one was a top coat and one was a base coat (I had to test them…) but still. I am so happy!


Anyway. I doubt this polish is really available to purchase anywhere but I am going to review it regardless because it is new to me. This is two thin coats of Quantum by Forumula X. It is a pretty, subtle, pale grey-green and I quite like it! It is a bit more neutral than I usually reach for, but I don’t own anything quite like it and it was easy to wear and to match to things. I have already worn it again and I only bought the polish 3 months ago.

~ Grey-green: Factor X – Quantum
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Gold shimmer: Sephora by OPI – I Found a Pot of Gold
~ Stamp: Lina – Urbannailart


Hope you enjoyed this delicate art! I promise we are coming to the end of flower power posts. I just figured I would dump all my flower manicures online while it was still spring time! 😀

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