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Purple Bursting

I am less happy with this one, although it is my own fault. I didn’t like how my nails were shaped, so I didn’t spend much time decorating them. It works, I suppose, but it won’t be winning any awards.

~ Purple holo: LA Girl – Purple Effect
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BM – S108

Not really much more to say about this really. I should get around to posting some slightly more exciting manicures next week, none of this single-color-with-stamp thing that I had this week. Hope you enjoyed despite its simplicity! 

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.

Snowflake Ripples

You guys, I magnetized a stamp! And it kinda sorta worked! How cool is that. Its honestly a bit hard to tell but the darker teal (the snowflakes) are magnetic. It doesn’t help that I actually forgot that I made this manicure, it doesn’t help that I think I used this exact snowflake stamp maybe 5 times last year (I almost don’t want to count in the coming weeks as I post them, but I know that I will).

~ Teal holo: Powder Perfect – There be Mermaids!
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Dark teal magnetic: Nails Inc – Whitehall
~ Stamps: L078, B Loves Plates – 03 Mind Blown, BM – 323

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! It hasn’t snowed yet but it is really beginning to get cold out. I hate scraping the frost off my car, but life is life! Stay safe and warm. 

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! 

Bright Pink Slices

Why? I don’t know. Vacation was starting, I like bright colors, and whenever I use Pending Perfection I have an unavoidable need to pair it with pink. Blame the shimmer! Sadly, the pink gradient I made out of the middle portion of my nail hardly shows up (yes, there is both a light pink and a dark pink), but at least the glitter came through!

~ Teal shimmer: Emily de Molly – Pending Perfection
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Holo topper: China Glaze – Fairy Dust

Hopefully I will be able to get some more fall-appropriate nails lined up for next week. We shall see. Hope you enjoyed! 

Abstract Succulents

Guys I don’t know. I wanted some teal-on-teal action, and for some reason I gravitated towards this stamp. I like what the nails ended up looking like, but I cannot decide if I think they are more succulnet-like or alien-head-like! So I went with the plants :-p

~ Nabi – Ocean Blue
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Stamp: MoYou – Frenchy 14 

Even staring at these again to edit and color correct them, I have no idea what I was thinking here! Oh well, it was fun anyway. Hope you enjoyed! 

Cosmic Geometry

This just came out super pretty. Yes, the stamping is hard to see (this is what I get for putting silver holo over a dense holo blue) but the base color is just so nice, and when I went back and hand-accentuated the silver bits…I’m happy! Even if you can hardly see it, I promise the stamp is pretty :-p

~ Blue holo: ILNP – Downpour
~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp On It
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 145

The stamping plate I used here, which is full of fun geometric patterns (although lets be honest, the nail art world appears to have moved on from its geometric craze and into a sort of a minimalistic leaves phase) can be found here for $2.99. Hope you enjoyed! 

Haunted Sunset

This is one of the best designs I have made in a while, and it was for Halloween! Oh well, still worth it :-p. I saw these beautiful nails by @nails4cocktails and I just knew I had to recreate them! Sadly, I own none of the stamps that she does so it took me a lot longer to freehand everything, but it was very rewarding! I need to remember to do more freehand…when I have more time. These came out awesome and they only took a few (~2) hours!

~ Yellow: KBShimmer – Orange you Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?|
~ Teal: Zoya – Rocky
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles
~ Holo glitter: Wet n’ Wild – Kaleidoscope 

Anyway, happy Halloween! I hope you all have safe and socially distant plans for tomorrow night, and that everyone gets to enjoy both candy AND not catching the plague :-p.

Milky Way Over the City

Honestly, this was not inspired by a movie (as it should have been for Movie Day in the 31 day challenge) but there are so many movies with pretty nightscapes of cities (and this was not a particular city) so I figured I could post it today! The design itself was inspired by Urban Nail Art. I loved her milky way idea and the colors, so I went for it! The manicure is free-handed other than the stars (which were stamped), and it came out pretty darn good! 

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Blue holo: Milani – Cyberspace
~ Pink holo: Milani – Digital
~ Hot pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Orange glitter: OPI – DS Indulgence 
~ Gold glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Star stamps: BM – XL213

Making this manicure reminded me how much fun the Cult Nails glitters were; the polish company no longer exists (funny how many polishes I own at this point that the parent company doesn’t create polish anymore) so I somewhat hoard my few Cult polishes. I should honestly use them before they dry out; look at that glitter!!! 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! 

6 Shades of Grey

I hate how long striping tape takes but I do adore the end result. To be honest this manicure was almost shades of gold/green/teal, but in an odd move I decide to start with a black base instead and the rest was history. Does make it perfect for the black and white day of the 31 day challenge though!

What you see here are two coats of Naughty Newton by Formula X over one coat of a black creme (as always, Sinful Colors Black on Black). I imagine this will be a pain in the butt to remove because the glitter sin Newton are the thicker grittier type. As a result, however, they are unbelievably sparkly! If I didn’t already own both Zoya Storm and Stella Chroma Karavaki I think I would be more excited about this. It is an undeniably pretty polish, and is somewhat interesting. It is a black very sheer jelly with copious silver holo glitters and small black glitters. Obviously you can’t see the black glitters over black, but it does make me wonder how this would look over just about any other color!

~ Black glitter: Forumla X – Naughty Newton
~ Pastel grey: Forumla X – Delightful
~ Light grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Dark grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

The medium-dark grey shade is a 50/50 mix of 333 and Evvie, I just don’t have a good medium-dark grey that doesn’t have shimmers in it. Also, Evvie is green-tinged and I wanted to make sure that didn’t stand out. The end result is boring in terms of colors but quite pretty in terms of presentation! Hope you enjoyed! 

Aliens over NYC

This was such a fail. I wanted to create a black silhouette against silver and I did not succeed. I started with my most holographic base and tried to stamp over it in black. Only, the stamp was not that deeply etched and my black polish is fresh (rather than somewhat dry and thick) and thus not good for stamping…and the end result was a see-through grey! I went ahead with my initial plan of adding yellow jelly over the buildings to make the windows look like they were lit…and the whole buildings ended up looking yellow.


~ Silver holo: Color Club – Harp on It
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red jelly: Zoya – Aphrodite
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Yellow jelly: Esmalta da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubble
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Stamps: BM – XL213, Maniology – M035


So I said forget it, and made the statute of liberty teal, and then added a teal base to all the nails (along with a line of black). And then it looked really sad so I picked up a different plate and started adding weird planets and a spaceship. The end result is pink and red planets appearing over the rather sad NYC skyline? I do not like this manicure!

Muted Mint Acutely

holographic grey-mint polish that perfectly matches another polish I own, but voila! And I am very happy with my choice :-D. I will show a swatch at some point, I actually haven’t even worn this as a full manicure yet! I also couldn’t do this the easy way. I painted the pastel color, then stamped. Then decided it was too boring to hand-painted the darker color after I had stamped (which is Not How This is Done). Still looked surprisingly ok!


~ Pastel mint: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Dark mint: Forumla X – Athena
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra 54 Matrix


Hope you enjoyed my overwhelmingly mint manicure, with all its glittery holo glory! And…happy Wednesday? As happy as it can be expected to be I suppose :-p

Lace Tips on Purple

This is a fun color and a fun stamp, so I just went for it. It looked a little bland with just white and purple shimmery, so I added some grey glitter (because those colors go together). I honestly, in retrospect, can’t tell if making silver glittery tips at the end was a good idea or a bad one? Maybe a bad one. I should have gone with a slightly less complicated grey!


~ Purple glitter: Emily de Molly – Traverse the Skies
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Grey holo: Emily de Molly – Shadow on the Moon
~ Stamp: MoYou – French 14


So thats it for today! Straight forward and somewhat pretty. Happy wednesday (maybe) and hope you enjoyed!

Geometric Build

I wanted to create something subtle, so I did! I stamped with a raspberry holo over a slightly pink-red red creme polish. However, I decided that I was wrong and that was too subtle, so I added some silver. I actually really like everything about this manicure except the shape of my nails! I broke two edges and just gave up and filed them to ovals 😦


~ Raspberry creme: OPI – Malaga Wine
~ Raspberry holo: A England – Rosebower
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Stamps: Whats up Nails – B015


Oddly enough the photos of this manicure just did not come out right? Likely because the holo over similarly colored creme just sort of blended together if you couldn’t see the motion and the glitter in the holo. Live an learn!

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 😀

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!

Bright Rainbow Arabesques

You guys. THIS MANICURE. It took FOREVER. I want to do it AGAIN. It took me two days to make all the decals that I ended up using on my nails and they are so colorful I almost died. I made these for my birthday last year, and they were absolutely appropriate! It was of course only fitting that I post them in honor of my birthday this year.


I intended to make a mock design of each of three patterns and pick one to use for all my nails, but coloring them in took ages so I just used all three patterns! The one on my pinky I liked least, which is why I kept the smallest piece of it. The one on my middle and pointer I thought went well together, so I used that design as the basis for my thumb and ring finger, which were done the day I actually completed the mani rather than the afternoon before. Phew!

~ Pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Red: Zoya – Sookie
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Indigo: Zoya – Danielle
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Silver holo: ILNP – Fired Up
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: Moyra – 45 I Fill You


Moral of the story: advanced stamping rainbow swirls of happiness that use 10 colors take a LONG TIME. :-D. Hope you enjoyed, and happy almost-birthday to me!

Rowdy Roses

Technically, I painted these around Valentine’s day. However, roses are good any time, so they are being posted now! In retrospect, I wish I had not made the backgrounds holographic, I think the art would have popped more against a creme background. Live and learn! Besides, I like making my backgrounds more sparkly than would otherwise be indicated :-p


~ White holo: Emily de Molly – Crystal Crown
~ Red creme: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Red holo: A England – Rosebower
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: BP – L067, UC – Lovely Leaves 2


On a separate topic: things are going sideways in the US. At the moment, the city that I live in has a curfew, and honestly all but one of the 4 cities I have lived in at any point in my life are doing the same. The systemic racism and violence is (finally) being called out, which is (sadly) provoking violence. To all my readers in the USA: stay safe, stay strong, and do what you can to support your community. To my international readers: yes, all of this is exactly as terrible as it looks. If you feel so motivated, please encourage your leadership to sanction the USA; sadly I don’t think Trump listens to anything except his pride and his wallet, so if his income can be hurt we might actually see some change.

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!

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