Creative musings in bright colors

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Emerald Vines

After last week, when I posted the magnetic lace art, I realized that I had never posted my new magnetic polishes all on their own! So here is one of the two (since you guys have seen the other one already)!

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The two polishes I bought are both by Masura, because they seem to be both colored AND gold, as opposed to most of the other magnetic polishes that I have seen (which tend to run to a single color, or that color and black). The Masura’s also seemed to have more distinction between the magneted part and the base color. And glitter within them! Basically, I was intrigued.

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This is two coats of Emerald Cat by Masura. The polish goes on a bright metallic green, but when the magnet is applied the whole look changes! The metallic bright green is dragged toward the magnet and turns almost golden-green, while the revealed polish is a dark forest emerald with copious glitter in it. Basically, it’s beautiful.

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Once the design was on, I realized it sort of looked like a swirled forest, so I grabbed a spirally vine stamp and did a green-gold-green gradient and tried to overlay the vines on the brighter green-gold part of the base. It totally worked! I think back on when I had to use regular stampers (as opposed to the ubiquitous clear ones) and shudder.

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Colors:
~ Green magnetic: Masura – Emerald Cat
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Stamp: BPX – L018

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That’s it for today! I am glad to be done with both the holiday season (which lets be honest, goes through Valentine’s day) and my boring interview nails! The rest of this week, and the foreseeable future, are a random mix of fun nails!

Starlight

It turns out that thermal polishes are only intended to be good for 6 months‚Ķso all of my beautiful thermals are becoming less shift-y! Which clearly means I just need to use them more. It also means I wish my favorite brands would stop releasing thermals because I don’t want to buy things that stop working ūüė¶

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This was my trial with my shiftiest thermal, a clear-to-black with scattered holo shards, that used to have a darn impressive color range. The base here is actually a holographic blue-grey, but once I put the thermal top coat over it most of the color just went grey. This top coat used to be almost entirely see-through, and I am sad about this change! However, the shift is still VERY prominent so I am ok with it.

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I think I want to try stamping with this polish at some point? I don’t know if it is quite opaque enough even in cold/black form but I am curious! Now I just need to plan up things to do with the other‚Ķ6 or so‚Ķthermal polishes that I own. Two others are already shift-less ūüė¶ (but luckily for both I liked the cold color better, which is where they stayed).

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Colors:
~ Blue: Milani – Cyberspace
~ Grey/Black shift: Bow Polish – Black Thermo Top Coat
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BPX – L020, BM – 206, 607

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Happy Friday! Next week is one of my last required classes for medical school, and our “rank list” goes in for where we want to go for residency. Mine has been in for about two weeks already, but I will certainly be double-checking! And I will be fleeing to Hawaii on my much-delayed honeymoon for two weeks after that, so I will be pre-posting. ūüėÄ

Festooned Hearts

Another new polish and another Valentine’s themed mani! I actually struggled with this one, because it turns out that¬†despite red being a key color for Valentine’s Day art, most of the things I ran into used it as a accent color not the base color! Regardless, I am happy with how this came out (even if the stamp was¬†shallowly etched and so I had to double stamp each nail‚Ķyikes)!

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I still have nightmares from the last time I used the gold glitter polish that I¬†gradiented¬†onto my tips, so I am not looking forward to removing this mani! But glitter makes everything better, so I don’t regret using it (‚Ķ.yet).

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The base here is yet another of the new polishes that I¬†received¬†from Nail Polish Canada, this time from Essie. The polish is called Ring in the Bling‚Ķwhich is a bit of an odd name for a non-blingy polish. It covered well in two thin coats (I do love how pigmented most Essie polishes are!) and is a blue-leaning red metallic. It has a little bit of an inner glow finish that somehow leans orange. I don’t know how blue and orange combine to get a red polish, but here we are! I like it, but I have many similar colors and I¬†personally¬†tend to prefer¬†deeper¬†more jewel-toned metallic polishes.

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Random strangers seemed to really like this particular design, I think because the glitter caught their eye! Nothing like blingly gold on red to get people staring at your fingertips :-p

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Colors:
~ Red: Essie – Ring in the Bling
~ Gold: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BM – 317

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That’s all for today! Happy Friday! I’ll have two more Valentine’s Day posts next week (Monday and Wednesday) before getting back to normal nail art. I am mostly just doing these posts because I can finally use the heart stamps that I otherwise find tacky the rest of the year! Hope you enjoyed!

Subtle Pink Overlay

Of all the designs I did during my residency interviews, this is probably the most subtle. I figured if I was going to wear a pink that was blatantly glittery, then I needed a design which would not stand out!

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I used a pink glittery base that claims to be holographic and almost is, and then stamped over it with a scale pattern using a gradient of light pink to normal pink. I almost wish I had used white and not light pink, this design was almost invisible!

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I think this is also the only time I didn’t just cut both my hands back when one nail broke‚Ķwhich is why I have one hand with nice square nails and one hand that is rounded. I dislike rounded nails!!

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Colors:
~ Pink holo: Milani – Digital
~ Pink: Clinique – Pinkini
~ Light pink: OPI – Be There In a Prosecco
~ Stamp: BC – 04

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This was work-appropriate mani #2, out of maybe 10? I have two interviews left at this point so probably out of 11 total manis. We shall see. I hope these are giving those of you with jobs that require boring nails some ideas! :-p

Purple Waves

Sorry this post is going up late, I didn’t bring my laptop on my¬†vacation last week so I only got around to editing this¬†today! Oops ūüėÄ

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That said, this really is not my best work! I had a decent idea of what I wanted going in, but I was impatient and the whole thing fell apart a bit. The design was created using stickers from the Born Pretty Store that I was sent to review. They work well, but there was a bit of a learning curve! Also I need a holo top coat. Trying to use this odd flakie one I have is just sad.

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Colors:
~ Light purple: Essie – Full Steam Ahead
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Shimmer: Sally Hansen – Diamond

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If you want to pick up these particular stickers  (or any of the rest in the set, and there are a LOT of designs), you can find them at the Born Pretty Store on sale for $1.99. Enjoy!

Turkeys and Chevrons

You guys. I have a guilty and sad secret. These were my thanksgiving nails from 2016.¬†Yes, 2016. I just didn’t get around to editing them until December so I didn’t want to post them at that point‚ĶI wouldn’t make any sense! So, I just waited a year.

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ANYWAY. Thanksgiving nails! I actually wore¬†these while on my pediatrics rotation, and the parents and kids LOVED them.¬†Hilariously¬† not a single doctor noticed (so I didn’t get into any¬†type of trouble)!

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I did end up using a whole bunch of colors, between the turkeys and tail feathers and coarse chevron gradient. It does look pretty cool though.

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Colors:
~ Yellow holo: SV – Gilded Lemon Drops
~ Light yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ Yellow-orange: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas is OPI
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Dark brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French Tip White

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So anyway, Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll try not to go a WHOLE YEAR without posting seasonal nail art again. Although it was funny.

Proud

You were promised colors, and here they are! It has been farrrr too long since I did a rainbow manicure. Moreover, I miss them‚Ķsince I am currently on the interview trail for residency, my nails for the past two weeks have been incredibly boring! I am going to do a few weeks worth of “work-appropriate” nail art posts at some point, that are basically what I am forcing myself to wear during November and December as I fly all over the country.

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Anyway, this mani serves many purposes: I painted it for my birthday (ergo rainbows), and to celebrate being done with my hardest medical rotation (ergo not subtle mani). Also, I went to San Francisco (ergo bright colored mani), and attended the Pride parade while I was there (ergo more rainbows)!

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What that actually means‚Ķyes, I painted this back in June. I just never got around to posting them for whatever reason! So rainbows it is ūüôā

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Colors:
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Purple: Sephora X – Ignition
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colos – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP РL050

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I had to modify the gradient for my pinky nail, because it was just too short for all the colors as I had them arraigned. Hopefully it doesn’t look too bad! Hope you enjoyed ūüôā

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