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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!

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Colors:
~ 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

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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!

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Colors:
~ 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

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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!

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!

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 😀

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

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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!

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!

Permutated Mutagen

Happy almost-St-Patrick’s Day! I do actually have a lot more and more suitable manicures, but I haven’t had a chance to transfer them onto my computer yes so you get these instead! At least they are green.

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Colors:
~ Green multichrome: ILNP – Mutagen
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink glitter multichrome: POP Polish – Watermelon Bubbleslick
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L078

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I think most places have cancelled any and all St Pattie’s day festivities, and if I’m honest, I am grateful. I am a doctor, and it is low key terrifying the preparations that hospitals have been forced to take in order to prepare for the coming disaster. I am aware that I am likely to lose any and all free time in a manner of weeks (if not days), and there is a chance this blog might go on hiatus if I end up working more than 80 hours a week in the hospital (hopefully that won’t happen, but I think it likely will). So please, enjoy wearing green, be happy…and hang out in small groups.

Cosmic Threads

This manicure is pretty darn awesome. I got this, frankly, fantastic plate to review from the Born Pretty Store, and at the same time they sent me some gold powder. I decided to combine the two. Despite being a very simple manicure it looked awesome (if I do say so myself) although it required two extra layers of various to coats.

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So, I started with a dark blue holographic polish (Downpour by ILNP), top coated it as usual (Seche Vite) and let it dry for the standard time (maybe 15 minutes). I then added matte top coat and let that dry. To make the gold stamping happen, I took my stamper and rubbed the gold glitter into the stamper head using the applicator/eyeshadow brush until there was a thin shiny film over the stamper head. Then I took my usual black polish (Black on Black by Sinful Colors, I didn’t even use a stamping polish not that I have many), applied it to the stamping plate, scraped it off, and picked it up using the stamper (so, business as usual). When I went to transfer the design to my nail the only part that came over was the area that had the black design under it. Clean up was a breeze.

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Of course, I had to top coat with a water-based polish and wait for that to dry so as not to dull the glitter, and THEN another coat of Seche Vite. Needless to say, this mani lasted 7 days without any wear (which is what happens when you functionally use 4 layers of topcoat).

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Prior to all of this, I tested a few stamping techniques with the glitter on my mat. If I stamped as normal and tried to rub glitter in over either a matte background or a normal glossy background it somewhat worked; glossy trapped more random off-target glitters than matte but neither worked very well. When I tried the apply-glitter-to-stamper over matte and glossy, the glitter only stuck exactly where the stamp was on a matte base, but stuck somewhat non-specifically for the glossy base (you could still see the design, but there was a lot more random gold around as well, and the transfer was not as crisp). Ergo, use glitter on the stamper head and apply the stamp over a matte coat of polish!

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I cannot recommend either this plate (which I have already used two additional times in two weeks because the designs are incredible) or this gold glitter highly enough. The plate has since disappeared but I promise is lovely if it ever shows back up, and the glitter is $3.29, here. Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!

Expanding Mauve Blooms

What to do with a mauve base? Use grey? Purple? Gold or silver? I never know! For whatever reason I used a purple topper on this, and the end result is thus a lot more purple than mauve. Not half bad, despite the color shift!

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Colors:
~ Mauve: ILNP – Long Walks
~ Purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Gold glitter: OPI – Ski Slope Sweetie
~ Stamp: BM – XL158

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I actually really like this stamp, which is why I thought it might be able to overcome my dislike of pointed/rounded nails…but I was wrong. I need to get over myself and just cut my nails short when I lose a corner of a nail. This nail shape looks awful! I think this is the last rounded-nail manicure I have, I haven’t broken my nails this badly in a while. Hope you enjoyed despite the nail shape!

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!

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!

Embellished Green

I wanted to use a multichrome that I hadn’t touched in a while, and so re-discovered Mutagen! This polish is so old that it is still in the ILNP round bottle. Anyway, I decided that since mutagen looks variably light or dark depending on if you get the deep green or the pink/silver flash, that it made sense to do a pastel-to-dark stamping gradient. I do honestly love how this came out, it was subtle but depending on the angle of the nail you could see different parts of the design.

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Colors:
~ Green multichrome: ILNP – Mutagen
~ Light green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Dark green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Stamp: BM- XL158

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I wasn’t thinking about this when I made the design, but it almost looks like ornaments on a christmas tree? If you squint? Anyway, hope you all enjoyed! Happy Friday 🙂

Elaborately Twirled

These nails somehow ended up looking like sumptuous velvet. I decided I wanted to mix two shades with different types of glitter, and somehow ended up here! Juliette has shards of rose gold with little holo glitters, and St George is a beautifully pigmented (and ergo good for stamping) scattered holo that typically just looks like it has faint glittery depths. The combination: surprisingly stunning.

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Colors:
~ Rose gold: ILNP – Juliette
~ Teal: A England – Saint George
~ Stamp: MoYou – Pro 02

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I, yet again, don’t have much else to say! I do love how A England seems to consistently create one-coat beautiful polishes that also work very well for stamping; however they don’t have all that many colors (lets be honest there are only so many pigmented red scattered holos that even a girl like me can own) so I have run out of reasons to buy more! Hope you enjoyed!

Shimmer Leaves

Happy almost Thanksgiving! You guys almost didn’t get a post today because I almost ran out out of to edit my nails! As it stands this is going to be a bit less polished than usual (hah, nail polish puns) because there just wasn’t time! It’s pretty anyway, and hopefully you will all be too distracted by the epic color shift to notice anything else :-p

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Colors:
~ Red/gold multichrome: ILNP – Greatness
~ Red/orange/green glitter: POP Polish – Slick Days of Summer
~ Blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Stamp: BM – XL209

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The colors for this were just perfect for fall! I don’t know why I never thought to stamp in dark blue over red/orange before, but it is one of my new favorite color combinations. Somehow it just contrasts a bit better than black! Anyway. By the time I get out of the hospital it will be tomorrow, and then there will be Friendsgiving time! My husband is abandoning me this year (he gets time off to go home) so I get to eat with all the other wonderful people in my life who want to potluck with me! Hope you guys enjoyed the nails, and have great meals wherever you are!

Windblown Leaves

Yet another fall manicure! Maybe I should start interspersing some random non-fall themed ones at some point. I am still enjoying this, so you all must be too! Of course, it helps that yesterday was the nicest day we have had in weeks. That said, it is forecasted to snow today. The weather is very confused!

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Colors:
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – Halloween L004

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I was a bit sad after I bought The Magician because I had been hoping for a topper with a little more kick. All the photos that I had seen of this polish online made it look like wonderful shifty magic, yet all it ever did for me was add a subtle red scattered shimmer. I have since learned to enjoy the subtleness if i want something slightly more than a cream polish but less than a glitter overload! Anyway, thats all for today. Hope you enjoyed!

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!!

Fanned Leaves

his came out pretty cool in the end? Although my gold glitter on gold multichrome was maybe a miss, you can hardly see the glitter! I just really wanted to use this Catrice polish, and for some reason figured a tone-matched gold glitters was the best way to jazz up the stamps. Clearly it didn’t need much jazzing since it still looks reasonably good even without being able to see the glitter!

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Colors:
~ Gold multichrome: Catrice – Genius in the Bottle
~ Gold glitter: ILNP – Sparks May Fly
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – 090

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The stamp itself is a pretty cool one from the Born Pretty Store. It is full of space, celestial, and nature themes, many of them with dots! I think I have used over half the stamps from the plate since I got it for review, but I can’t remember if I posted the link yet. So, you can get this stamping plate here for $2.99. Hope you enjoyed!

Autumn Canopy

More fall! This was one basically just an excuse to make a whole bunch of dots. And we all know how much I love dots! The design was inspired by Snacks on Rotation although mine are much darker since I don’t have a gradient leaf stamp!

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Colors:
~ Brown holo: Darling Diva – Brown Diamond
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Stamp: EdM – 07

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Hope you enjoyed! Happy fall weather, and pumpkin spice everything if you are into that!

Medusa

This manicure was inspired by a stamping plate. I was sent plate Artist L005 to review from the Born Pretty store, and it is a weird plate! Typically Born Pretty lets me chose my own items to review, but this round they sent plates unprompted. And what they sent me was NOT my typical style! This plate has a lot of odd semi-people (bodies with plants as heads, tears, barbed wire…) honestly, very little that I would chose to wear and almost nothing that I think would be appropriate to wear to the hospital! And then I found Medusa.

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I have been wanting to do a Medusa-inspired manicure for years. I adore Greek mythology, but faces are incredibly difficult! This face works beautifully. The plate is perfectly etched and every detail picked up nicely (I do wish I liked the patterns more!), making it quite easy to make an advanced stamping decal. The other snake patterns came from other plates, and honestly don’t pick up as well! Go figure.

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Colors:
~ Green shimmer: Great Lakes – O R’lyeh?
~ Gold glitter: ILNP – Sparks May Fly
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Nude: CND – Cashmere Wrap
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Artist L005, Whats Up Nails – B025, Moyra – 32 Nature

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I spent longer than I strictly needed to picking what base to use as the background for Medusa’s face. The green was an easy pick, I adore R’lyeh! If you want to challenge yourself to figure out what on earth to do with this stamping plate, you can find it for $3.99 here. Enjoy!

Rainbow Fronds

I have no idea what I was going for here! The Overprint stamping series by Born Pretty has lots of awesome layered stamps, and I wanted to use the one that looked like a frond. It has a version where you can cover either the middle part of the tips of the leaves, and I wanted to fiddle with it!

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I ended up using a bunch of neon polishes (don’t ask me which, I don’t remember) and layering them over each other in sets of pink, orange, yellow, and purple. I decided, somehow, that the end result wasn’t exciting enough, so I added more fronds to the rims of my nails. The end result is interesting? But super weird!

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The base color is Reminisce by ILNP, although with how much I have covered it up,  you can hardly see the shift! The stamping plate is Overprint L002 from the Born Pretty Store.

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I really don’t know you guys. This is a weird one, even for me! Also, sorry. I have completely lost track of days and obviously meant to post this yesterday!

Blossoms on Blue

If I am being completely honest, I do not like this manicure. The blue polish was just a tad too sheer to totally cover the beautiful pink glittery base, which made the whole design look shimmery. I wish the blue had remained creme! Oh well. Its a fun stamp anyway.

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Colors:
~ Pink glitter: ILNP – Rosewater
~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Stamp: MoYou – Porcelain 01

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Only two photos today because by the time the sun came out I had enough tip wear that the photos are not fit for consumption! Oops :-p Hope you enjoyed anyway!

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