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Multiple Multichrome Weave

I love this combination of polishes, and these are fun stamps. So how can I lose? I really just wanted to try this combination of a “pastel” multichrome over a darker pigmented multichrome again. And the result was (as expected) too pretty to cover all the way up. Its a bit hard to tell what is going on in this manicure due to the number of colors at play, but even if it is confusing I love it!

~ Red-gold multichrome: ILNP – Greatness
~ Pink-yellow multichrome: POP Polish – Slick Days of Summer
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Stamps: Lina – @urbannailart collar, Whats Up Nails – A010

I should try combining multichromes more often, just for the fun of watching my nails shift colors in real time. It doesn’t make for the most interesting photos, but it makes me happy! I hope you guys enjoyed it as well.

Elaborate Exchange

This manicure was FUN. Fun to design, fun to paint, and fun to wear. I really like adding 3D gems to my nails just because it gives me something to run my fingers over, even though they fall off all the time! Regardless, I think I have the right pink and blue for this design, and the overall look was excellent. I was inspired by @na_ko91 although her pattern was far more geometric. I decided to go vaguely south-east asian with my pattern, and I am happy!

~ Hot pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: Hit the Bottle – Material World 01

I feel the need to do a neon rainbow manicure gradient, or something else equally vivid, after the BRIGHTNESS of this manicure. So much fun! Hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did.

ShamRock Around

A second St. Patrick’s day manicure? This is unheard of! I think I have bought more green polishes in the past 12 months than any other color, and it shows. Half these polishes are new. I think I can consider my green polish collection complete now. Hopefully.

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Light green: Formula X – Quantum
~ Green holo: A England – Dragon
~ Dark green: Zoya – Hunter
~ Stamps: BP – L049, MoYou Pro – 02

My only real complaint about this manicure is that I messed up my ring finger accent nail. I was trying to double stamp green-over-gold but I didn’t line the stamps up the way I wanted, so I went back and colored in the lines. The end looked cool but messy, since I applied the colors after the stamp and the line work isn’t perfect. Hope you enjoyed anyway!

End of the Rainbow

What, a St. Patrick’s day manicure?! This was a LOT of fun to create, although my stamped design didn’t fully cover so I had to touch it up, which is why there are so many darker green dots on my shamrocks. And I inverted my pots of gold (they were supposed to be right-side up but I painted them facing me, oops! Rookie mistake that I haven’t made in a LONG time). So now you know why my hand position looks funky in these photos!

~ White GITD: Serum No5 – Pure Glow Getter
~ Green GITD: Serum No5 – Glowin’ of Eden
~ Dark green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ Red: Emily de Molly – LE199
~ Orange: Emily de Molly – LE197
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B017

The added bonus: the base colors were glow in the dark! I don’t know why, I just wanted them to be. It was fun to put together although maybe a bit silly, since GITD polish is so much harder to remove! It also turns out that my green GITD polish glows more brightly than my white. I did not know that before.

Hopefully next year neither my stamp nor my actual freehand art (if I try any) gets messed up. It was such a good idea! Oh well. Hope you enjoyed 😀

Heart Array

I never had any idea what to do with this stamp. It looks cool but the size is weird? Why is there a heart? Voila! Lets just use the heart part and of course add some random dots. The background ended up a little busy (and holographic) so the design is a tad harder to see than I wanted. This is the problem with having so many absolutely stunning nail polishes, when I use them with nail art (which is always) the designs tend to disappear!

~ Red/gold holo multichrome: Enchanted – I am the Walrus
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – L084

On the plus side, all the colors went well today, even with the shifty goodness of I am the Walrus. Friday’s post is a bit more….bright. And matches itself less well. Hope you enjoyed!

Oversaturated Golden Hearts

Ooops. Good idea, poor execution! I started with a beautiful base (a holographic metallic, I was reaching high) and decided to chrome stamp with powder over it. I should have used a simpler base…or a more sparse stamp! It’s still pretty, but a bit…much. Even for me.

~ Burgundy holo: A England – Briarwood
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold loose glitter
~ Stamp: BC – 04

I promise next weeks posts will be better than this weeks! And valentine’s-themed. Hope you enjoyed anyway.

Gilded Triangles

Olive green and gold ALWAYS go well together. I felt like wearing olive polish and had no specific plans, so this is where I ended up! I didn’t want to use just one triangle stamp, so I found the two that seemed to match (they are from two completely different brands, I am impressed). With just the stamps it still seemed a bit flat, so I grabbed a gold glitter polish and added some glittery overlay to bits of the design. I’m not convinced that overall helped, but I also don’t think it hurt. Honestly I am mostly impressed with the shape and length of my nails in this manicure, go me!

~ Olive metallic: Cult Nails – In A Trance
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Gold glitter – OPI – All Sparkly and Gold
~ Stamps: Whats Up Nails – B015, BM – XL205

On the plus side, it is going to be a few days of normal nail art, since I think I have run out of snowflakes and snow-themed manicures for the time being. And then, hearts galore! Oy. Hope you enjoyed!

Multichrome Tie Dye

This was not intended as a tie dye manicure. I just wanted to use a bunch of multichromes for fun. But when I was done and briefly posted these to a facebook group, one of the commenters pointed out that it looks like multichrome tie dye and now I can’t get that out of my head! Regardless, it was fun to create and looks rather stunning. The stamp itself was a purple-to-black gradient but you pretty much cannot tell over the teal/purple and the gold.

~ Teal-purple multichrome: Emily de Molly – Near and Far
~ Purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Emily de Molly – Goddess of Rays
~ Gold flakies: Emily de Molly – Chasing Gold
~ Stamp: BC – 10

I ended up taking two outdoor photos of this manicure, because when I got my hand into semi-shade, the colors really popped!

Hope you enjoyed this very colorful and shifty weird nail art!

Fading Pink Plaid

Is this really plaid? It is interlocking lines with two colors, so maybe? But I could not think of a better title so here we are. Much like the title, the manicure is a bit boring. It was so sad that I ended up adding a gold tip just to spice it up, and honestly that helped quite a bit. However, it does look a little bit like a scarf so I figured it was winter-appropriate.

~ Pink holo: A England – Let Me In
~ Pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: Zoya – Faye
~ Stamp: Hit the Bottle – Material World

Please pardon the tip wear in the second photo, it wasn’t sunny for days, and so I was unable to get a good picture in the sunlight until after the nail polish had started to show its age! Hope you like it anyway. Enjoy!

Gold Snowflakes on Brown

Basically what the title says. I wanted something fast but dramatic. Voila! I may have gotten carried away adding tiny snowflakes around the bigger ones, but even if it is a bit busy its still cute.

~ Brown: Spa Ritual – Starry Night
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 120

I use this brown polish only once or twice a year (it dries matte), but each time I am reminded of how shimmery it is. I should probably stop buying so much polish and focus on using what I have, which is a lot! Hope you enjoyed.

Countdown to New Years

I saw this manicure by @nailart_bygracie and I just HAD to try and recreate it! Going back to find it again on IG, it looks like she recreates it every year? So props to her! I have to say, I am quite pleased with myself. The end result is glittery, New Years appropriate, and fun! It helps that white, black, and gold go so well together. I suppose it also helps that I have far too many gold nail polishes!

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold glitter: Zoya – Ziv
~ Gold holo glitter: FUN Lacquer – Million Dollar Dream

Also, sorry that I haven’t otherwise posted this week. I tend to prep my nail art posts on the weekend, and so when I have busy weekends (for example, with the in-laws for Christmas) I don’t get around to prepping and posting my nail art for the week! But this one is so good and so appropriate, that I am posting it today. It was supposed to go up yesterday :-p. Enjoy!

Ornaments in Branches

This came out looking pretty cool! I wanted to use my new glitter polish, and I thought it looked like lights nestled in christmas tree branches, so here we are! I hand-painted the tree branches and then stamped the ornaments in gold, and covered them with little hand-done designs. I should have probably used creme polishes for the ornaments (in retrospect) but oh well. Glitter!

The base here is three thin coats of Green Light by Emily de Molly. There were SO MANY white glitters in this one omg. It was a bit of a pain in the butt to remove as a result, but the polish is so pretty it is hard to argue with wearing it!

~ Green with white glitter: Emily de Molly – Green Light
~ Light green: KBShimmer – Lime All Right
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Red: A England – Rosebower
~ Purple: A England – Crown of Thistles
~ Blue: KBShimmer – Now & Zen
~ Stamp: EdM – 03

It has been a while since I have posted a nail design that I liked as much as this. Somehow, mixing stamping and freehand on the same nail has been working for me. Yay! Hope you enjoyed, happy almost-Christmas, and happy end-of-Hanukkah (well, on Monday).

Christmas Curls

I wanted to create an abstract christmas tree design, and this is what I ended up with! I think it looks rather cool, but then again I am biased. The swirls were made by mixing three shades of green, although you can hardly tell. Oh well!

~ Light green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Dark green: Zoya – Hunter
~ Darkest green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Nude: OPI – Be There in a Prosecco
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Neon red: Emily de Molly – LE – 199
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Stamps: Moyra – Ornaments 3

Looking back on this design (which I made last year) I love it even more. I don’t know why, it just somehow came out both elegant and fun, and quite holiday-appropriate without being in anyone’s face about it. Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!

Dotted Presents

I don’t think I have ever (successfully) made gift nails, and I wanted to! Of course the end result was a bit boring, so being my usual self I went and added dots to everything, so now we have a collection of holiday-appropriate dotted metallic/shimmer gift wrapped nails :-p I am still very proud of myself for those freehand bows.

~ Purple glitter: Zoya – Valerie
~ Purple: Formula X – Ignition
~ Green glitter: Zoya – Ivanaka
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Red glitter: Zoya – India
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Grey glitter: Zoya – Yuna
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Teal glitter: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold

Maybe next time I should try stamping some wrapping paper-eque designs and just using that (plus a bow, of course). We shall see! It is a little ironic since I don’t even know that I currently own any bows. No one uses them anymore!

Santa Mints

This combines some cute santa art with peppermint and candy canes! Wins all around. I really enjoyed wearing this one, and somehow managed to pick a red shimmery base that really looked like velvet!

~ Red holo: Nabi – Red
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Zoya – Jordan
~ Gold: Zoya – Tomoko

These are from last year, maybe I should do some cute santas again this year? Who knows! This nail art did not take nearly as long as it looks like it should have, so maybe I will. Hope you enjoyed!

Christmas Star

These nails were done at my in-laws, so they are a bit simple and very Christmas-y! I tried to use some of the 3D nail stickers that I was given as a mini holiday gift…but as usual with these types of stickers, they mostly just stuck out of my nail in funny directions. That said, I got to play with creating a loose gold glitter christmas tree, and that was quite fun!

~ Red: KBShimmer – Chia-huahua
~ Green metallic: Zoya – Holly
~ Gold glitter: Emily de Molly – Chasing Gold
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Gold Leaf

I don’t know why I have been so darn bad at editing photos, it does not take that long (I do minimal editing) but for some reason I am struggling to motivate myself. Assuming I don’t miss any more posting days, I should be able to get all my Christmas things up before the actual holiday. I already posted my Hanukkah nails spread throughout the year though! Sorry for the gap in posting, enjoy!

Cozy Sweater

I had never tried my hand at sweater nails before, mostly because it appears you need to use some type of builder gel and I steer clear of gel polish! But I figured I might as well make use of my textured polish collection and give it a shot. It worked surprisingly well!

~ Nude: Zoya – Charlotte
~ Gold textured: Zoya – Tomoko

Other than the length of time it took to hand-layer each line of textured polish (twice, for added texture) this was a pretty easy manicure. Only two colors, and no pre-set design. I think I may have to do this again, and just resign myself to a longer than usual cleanup thanks to the the difficulty associated with removing textured polish. Hope you enjoyed!

Autumn Dotticure

I wanted something easy and fall-colored, so I used my fall back (hah!) of dots. Dotticures always take longer than I predict they will, but they are fun and easy! And these colors ending up complimenting each other surprisingly well. Don’t get me wrong, I chose them for that purpose, but I am still surprised. I am also happy with how pigmented they ended up being overtop the dark green!

~ Green: Zoya – Hunter
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I didn’t say Banana?
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold

Honestly other than this manicure, it has been quite a while since I last posted a pure dotticure, and I am feeling deficient! It is one of my trademark styles and I really have been neglecting to take the time to add 100 dots to my nails for fun. Hope you enjoyed! And happy nearly-Thanksgiving!

Tarnished Crown

This is an example of going nuts with dots that WORKED. To start, this base polish remains one of my favorites. The stamp is stunning, as always. And the dots contrast so nicely! I didn’t know where I was going with this, but the end result almost looks like black gems on tarnished gold, and I am intrigued. I do think I could have made some of the dots a bit smaller, but since I was making it up as I went, I didn’t realize that until the end.

~ Olive glitter: Butter London – Wallis
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: MoYou – Porcelain 01

I think I want to repeat this manicure with a different set of colors and do something more intentionally crown-looking. Who knows if I will ever remember saying that though. Hope you enjoyed!

Golden Pumpkin

I have no idea what I was going for here. I had seen a lot of pretty nails with a gold and white pumpkin on a darker colored base, so I decided I wanted to make one for myself. Instead of doing an accent pumpkin nail, or a few vines, I somewhat went crazy and made ALL THE VINES with one very gold pumpkin. It took me far longer to make these vines than it did to paint the darn pumpkin!

~ Green holo: ILNP – Ski Lodge
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf

In the end I think it came out quite pretty and was a lot of fun to wear…but likely too time consuming for how ultimately simple it was! I need to get some type of brush that lets me make curlicue vines easily. Or maybe some day I should experiment with using acrylic instead of polish in my manicures :-p. Hope you enjoyed!

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