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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

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Colors:
~ 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

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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.

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Colors:
~ Blue holo: ILNP – Downpour
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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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!

Interwoven Cheers

This was another pick a polish and a stamp manicure! I own a lot of polishes (no, really?) some of which are great for nail art (cremes, jellies, neutrals) and some of which are just so darn complicated on their own that all I can really get away with is stamping over them with one color. Cheers to the Holidays is one of the latter types of polishes, but it does make for a pretty manicure in a pinch! That said, this is one of the few polishes I own that I was really disappointed by: it is a holographic multichrome but it isn’t SPECIAL (I have maybe four multichromes that I would consider special for one reason or another) and I thought it would be. The photos on the FUN Lacquer website honestly made it look more spectacular than it is.

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Colors:
~ Purple multichrome: FUN Lacquer – Cheers to the Holidays (H)
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: EdM – 22

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Not much else to say today. I don’t know if others have been misled by polishes in pictures in the past! Its why I love it when brands send to multiple swatters, although there are some people who can literally make anything look good. Regardless, something like 95% of my polish collection is exactly what I expected it to be, and a fair number of the remaining 5% were drugstore polishes that just smell funny but work fine :-p. Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Pressed Leaves on Papaya

This manicure is a combination of many pretty things, that when put together, makes a surprisingly ugly end result. A nice gradient, some pretty glitter, a fun leaf stamp…and it did not work! Anyway, here are the individual pieces.

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The base color is a new-to-me polish, three thin coats of Papaya Don’t Preach by KBShimmer. I wanted a pastel neon orange, and what I ended up with was a light neon orange…which is very pretty, I will absolutely use, and is not what I was going for! Oops. Darn comparison photos, it looked lighter in swatches (lets be honest, that is true of most neons, cameras just cannot handle them). As neons do, this dried semi-gloss, photos here are with top coat. It has a nice even glide to it and is quite a fun color! It is just too dark for what I had in mind.

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Colors:
~ Orange: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ Pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Glitter: China Glaze – Fairy Dust
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BP – Texture L002

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I am also, FINALLY, the proud owner of Fairy Floss by China Glaze. I have wanted this scattered holo top coat for years but never wanted to pay full price for it. Well, I found it on sale for $5 and decided it was coming home with me this time. It makes gradients better, and I needed it! Ahhh, wonderful glitter :-). So, different pieces…odd end result. Hope you can enjoy somewhat!

Tall Grey Trellis

Subtle but fun! With dots, of course. This one looked rather cool when I was wearing it, but really is subtle enough that photos do not do it justice. The grey stood out from the holographic background better IRL :-p

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Colors
~ Grey-blue holo: ILNP – Timeless Vow
~ Grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: MoYou – Steampunk 06

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Hope you enjoyed, and happy Friday! Stay inside. Next week I will bring you more colors to brighten up the indoor time!

Planets in Orbit

Space!! Space is the best. I don’t remember why in retrospect I made all the various space things purple instead of varying the color scheme, but the end result is more uniform than I had remembered! Regardless, this was quite fun to wear 🙂

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Colors:
~ Black holo: Zoya – Storm
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BM – XL213

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Nothing much else to offer today. Hope you are all finding something fun to do (perhaps nail painting?) in this time of staying inside and away from friends. Regardless, I hope you are all staying entertained and good luck avoiding virus exposure!

Magenta Squared

This was a fun manicure. I have no idea where it came from though! I wanted to use one of my new Polish Pickup polishes, High Degree by EdM. I will get to that polish in a second (it is incredible) but I decided to go with black and orange over it for some reason? I was going to do flames but somehow ended up here instead. I have no idea what it is but I like it!

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High Degree is a bright almost neon magenta jelly completed full of small and medium iridescent glitters. This is fantastic for two reasons: the glitters glint between orange-yellow-green and sometimes red from the jelly overlay, AND because they are iridescent rather than intrinsically colored they remove like a charm! This is somehow a glitter polish that removes almost like a creme. I ended up covered in glitter, but it was so worth it. The polish covered well in two coats but I added a thin third coat for added glitter dimension. This polish is utterly incredible (I know I said that already).

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Colors:
~ Purple glitter: Emily de Molly – High Degree
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Orange holo: Emily de Molly – Scorched Earth
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B015

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I then added a black geometric stamp and decided that was too boring, so I went ahead and put thin orange holographic lines inside anything that looked vaguely solid? The end result was cool looking and futuristic! Don’t ask me why I did it though, I was just bored. Hope you enjoyed!

Shifting Berry Swirls

What is better than a multichrome magnetic? How about one stamped with a vibrant berry holo?! Unfortunately, since I stamped with a bright berry purple, you can hardly see the orange-yellow shift of Astral Realm. At angles you can see the swirls in purple over the yellow, but its hard to pick out, sadly!

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Colors:
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple/orange magnetic multichrome: Born Pretty – Astral Realm
~ Purple holo: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Stamp: BM – XL213

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This was double stamped, first in magenta then in black. Of course as mentioned only the black shows, but it still looked cool! Magnetic polishes are so much fun! And they make for easy and pretty art. Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Holographic Grey Splashes

Wintry and appropriate! Next week I start posting lace-themed things for Valentine’s day (no hearts this year) so I figured I should sneak in at least one final winter manicure.

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What is cool about this mani is that I actually both polished with a holo AND stamped with a similar scattered holo. Usually I would stamp with a creme polish but I wanted to see what would happen! The end result it kinda trippy, it almost looks like I top coated with some type of linear-ish holographic? Go figure!

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Colors:
~ Grey holo: Emily de Molly – Crystal Crown
~ Dark grey holo: Darling Diva – Black Diamond
~ Stamp: MoYou – Fairytale 02

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Of course my friend had a birthday, and she has (and loves) guinea pigs, so I had to add them on just for her! The background was just subtle enough that it worked. My nails had grown out 4-5 days at that point which is why I have so much free cuticle space (gross) but they were too cute not to post! So enjoy the bonus extra guinea pig photograph 🙂

Cosmic Triangles

This was fun. I started with a blue base, and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Then I decided plain blue was boring, and I needed more color…so I did a dry sideways gradient (I just made that up…I basically dry-brushed from the side of one nail with one color and the other side with a different color, focusing more color around the edge of the nail) with teal and purple, to create a teal-blue-purple sideways gradient. You can barely see the teal, but it is pretty anyway!

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Colors:
~ Teal: ILNP – Party Favor
~ Blue: ILNP – Downpour
~ Purple: ILNP – Zoe
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B015

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Honestly the end result looks kinda multichrome-y. Without shifting my nails at all I get blue, purple, and hints of teal. I like it! Hope you all enjoyed, and happy Friday!

Swirlygigs

Simple but pretty! Just a pretty base polish and a white stamp. One of these days I should invest in actual stamping polishes so I can use colors other than white, black, gold, and silver with ease. That day is not today!

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Colors:
~ Purple holo: Emily de Molly – State of Mind
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra – Ornaments 3

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Hope you enjoyed despite the simple nature of the post! Friday is another easy manicure but the colors are, if anything, somehow even MORE vibrant :-p

Golden Eye

I feel like this might be the closest thing to a new years manicure that I have done in the past few weeks, it is semi-geometric, evocative of the 1920s (rather than 2020 but who is counting), and glittery. Also, my husband loved this and so it deserves to be the first nail art post of the new year!

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Colors:
~ Gold shards: ILNP – Juliette
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Holo diamond: Sephora by OPI – I Found a Pot of Gold!
~ Stamp: EdM – 09

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Not much else to say today, hope you enjoyed! Hopefully I can get my act together and get designs edited for next week; i go onto a night rotation for two weeks and I doubt I will have time to do the edits I would otherwise like to do!

Top 10 Nail Art of 2019

My other top 10 post: nail art time! Although I did a bunch of designs this year (as I do every year), I did not like nearly as many of them. Honestly that is probably due to my high reliance on stamping, which while quick and easy, does not necessarily make for the most interesting and dramatic of nail art. That said, almost every one of my top 10 for this year has some stamping in it (but not all). Hope you enjoy, and let me know if I left one of your favorites off!

Japanese Ink (yes this is all stamping, yes it is also awesome)
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Rainbow Bubbles (wheeee!)
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Maleficent
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Jupiter in Purple
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Red Roses and Black Lace
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Cutting in with Holo
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Exploding Pastels (probably the most technically difficult of this years top 10)
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Scales of Many Colors
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Bright Teal and Dark Roses (I think this year has a rainbow and floral theme)
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Sea Storm
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Blue Organic Blooms

I had been staring at this design by Urban Nail Art for months now, and finally decided to do my own take on it! Unfortunately I do not actually own much in the way of stamping polish, so I improvised with colors. Mine is a little bolder than hers, but not half bad!

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Colors:
~ Blue holo: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Gold: CbL – Frohe Feiertage!
~ Stamp: BP – L008

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Luckily, she had posted a list of polishes she used, so I knew to start with a blue holo base – my instinct would have been silver and I feel like in retrospect that would have looked quite odd! I also don’t own her stamping plates, and when trying to decide between very thin lines and thicker lines, I ended up going with thicker so you could see the pattern. Voila! Of course I only realized after I took my photos that for all but maybe 5 pictures the camera was on the wrong light setting…so they are unusable. Sorry!

Dark Geode

I don’t know where I was going with this, but the end result is rather geode-like so that’s what I am going to pretend I was aiming for! This was intended to go up on Friday after Thanksgiving, but I was too tired after only sleeping 3 hours on my call night in the hospital and then hosting thanksgiving dinner! So, sorry guys…but you get to enjoy it today!

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As is true any time I use this polish, Aurora stole the darn show. It is just such a pretty polish! I always use it over black, but looking at this manicure I have to wonder what it would look like over dark red or dark purple. Maybe next time?

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Colors:
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple/green multichrome: Picture Polish – Aurora
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Silver holo glitter: FUN Lacquer – 24 Karat diamond
~ Stamp: Geometry BPX – L020

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I have no idea how I used to post every day, I love sharing my nail designs but editing nail art is exhausting.

Slapdash Angles

You guys, I have no idea. I wanted a bright purple holo. And something geometric. And I decided that was boring so I added some green/gold flakies and didn’t like it…so then I added some purple/pink flakie holographic polish? This was really half-assed but I suppose isn’t terrible. Don’t look at me. My planning was clearly not present for this manicure!

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Colors:
~ Purple holo: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Green glitter: Lyn B Designs – Here on Earth
~ Purple glitter: Dreamland Lacquer – You Look Like Seafood
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – B015

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At least its purple and a bit of a change away from the deluge of fall colors and patterns? Although don’t get your hopes up, the fall themes resume on Wednesday :-p

Fall-themed Roses

I went to a wedding where the bridesmaids were all dressed in different fall colors, and it was stunning! My assigned color was red, but the colors ranged from coral and orange through a deep plum. Of course, I painted my nails to match :-). Oddly enough, the only roses in the actual bouquets (which I helped make) were orange! Go figure.

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Colors:
~ Red holo: A England – Rosebower
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Light orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Dark orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Lael
~ Red: OPI – All I want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Stamp: BM – 209

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Hope you enjoyed! It feels like I should be moving on to winter manicures…its been below 40 for the past few days even though Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet!

Red Forest Leaves

Halloween is over…so it is back to standard fall manis! This is one of my recent favorites. I honestly don’t even remember if I showed you guys this polish yet (I don’t think I have…) but I used this crazy glittery multichrome over a dark green and voila, magic! I really should post my nail art in order at some point. Basically it is a green/gold mutlichrome on its own, but over a dark polish it turns into red/gold/green and its fall magic in a bottle 😀

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Colors:
~ Dark green: ILNP – Ski Lodge
~ Red/gold/green shimmer: Ethereal – Rainforest
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: UC – Lovely Leaves 2

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I am not usually brave enough to stamp negative space designs, because I don’t have true stamping polish (i just use mostly dried up bottles of black and white standard polish)…but uber chic plates are just so perfectly etched that they work anyway. That’s it for today, hope you enjoyed!!

Leaf Mesh

Simple but pretty! Although I do wish I had a black that was able to stamp in True Black rather than sometimes-grey! The end result was pretty but I don’t love that the leaf stamp on my ring finger looks more grey than black! Although, I am happy that I managed to make a quasi-fall themed manicure in some color combination that does not involve yellow, orange, or red in any fashion!

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Colors:
~ Black with holo: Zoya – Storm
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Cream with black glitter: Cadillacquer – Darling, Red Isn’t Your Colors
~ Stamp: UC – Lovely Leaves 02

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Hope you all enjoyed! Be prepared to see more fall nail art next week. This might (read: total is) my favorite time of year for nail art!

Exploding Pastels

I have failed, slightly. I managed to make every day of posting line up with the corresponding day of the 31 Day Challenge, except this. The final day, and I have failed! Really, I just did not have time to make a tutorial, so I decided to instead go with the 31st day of the Challenge prompt, honor nails you love.

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This nail art was inspired by @urbannailart and other than not having the best hand at curlicues yet, I actually think I did it justice! I need a grainier black holo, apparently. I adore most things that Urban Nail Art puts together, they are both colorful and innovative!

Colors:
~ Sheer nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: LA Girl – White On
~ Pastel green: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Blue: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue
~ Pastel purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
~ Pastel pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Pastel yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ Black holo: A England – Fated Prince
~ Stamp: BM – 616

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Of course, the sun did not cooperate, so there are not as many photos as I would like, sorry! Overall, I hope you enjoyed my nail art for the 31 Day Challenge as much as I enjoyed creating them! The next few weeks will be not nearly as pretty; all my good art is used up :-p. Phew! Also, apparently yesterday was my 7th blogaversary. 7 years of Flight of Whimsy! I am almost impressed with myself!

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