My sister is getting married in a few months, and asked me (months ago) to start coming up with ideas for how to paint her nails. This happened a year in advance. I love my sister but she’s a bit of a control freak :-p. These were my first (and my personal favorite) attempt at “nude and white but elegant and a bit of purple”. Of course, she also wanted me to demo all my nude bases, so my pinky and ring finger are one color, and my middle and pointer finger are another. They are so close you can hardly tell, but I KNOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT (yes, obviously, everyone needs 5 almost identical slightly shimmery nude polishes).
So, what are your guys thoughts on these nails? The other ones that I have tried for her so far were the Pale Purple Lace nails. Which to you guys prefer? Any suggestions for how to due something purple/nude/lace/floral that I should try?
You guys I have no idea where I was going with this. I wanted to make a green gradient, so I did. Then I wanted to add some geometric black lines, so I did. I decided that wasn’t good enough, so I decided to add some complicated flowers, so I did. This is the end result. The black lines did not come out as dark as I wanted so I went over quite a few of them myself (which is why they are a bit irregular) but it also allowed me to make some go on top of and others underneath the flowers! The end result is very strange, but for some reason my husband loved it?
The base beneath all this nonsense is a new-to-me neon green polish called Race Against Slime by KBShimmer. It is a very nice very bright green! This is two coats. It was slightly thick (as one expects from a neon) and dried down semi-matte, so it will need a shiny top coat. Overall though, decent application and excellent saturation!
Colors: ~ Neon green: KBShimmer – Race Against Slime ~ Pastel green: Maybelline – Green with Envy ~ Green: Zoya – Shawn ~ Dark green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance ~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black ~ Light pink: Revlon – Bubbly ~ Dark pink: Zoya – Kelsey ~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – L21
All the flowers are from a stamping plate that I THINK I have shown before, but on the off chance that I have not, here is the link. Lots of leaves and flowers and it picks up quite nicely! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this neon pink/green confusion of a manicure! And happy inauguration day 😀 😀
This is not the first time I have used this stamp, and it will not be the last. Some day I will have enough time to color in each individual tile, but not today! This time I (again) reached for a flakie-filled polish and just stamped over it 😀
Colors: ~ Blue flakie: KBShimmer – Gaia ~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White ~ Stamp: EdM – 01
Very easy but also very pretty! I occasionally feel bad about just stamping over a color with my years of nail art-ing…but with stamps like this I just sit back and enjoy the design 😀 Hope you enjoyed too!
The scrubs at the Children’s Hospital where my husband works (and where I briefly worked on my pediatric neurology block) are a beautiful shade of darkish teal. So, I decided to paint my nails to match! Of course, I could have gone with a creme color, but thats boring. So I went with a metallic! And then I decided that since the “n” in Children’s was shaped like the St Louis arch, that I would grab my most arch-like stamp and play with it. This was the (rather abstract) result!
Colors: ~ Teal metallic: P2 – Lost in Paradise ~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White ~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden ~ Stamps: BP – L050
I had planned to get rid of Lost in Paradise because I never ever wear it. I am glad I still had it on my give-to-a-new-home shelf, its pretty! Although being honest this is the first time I have worn it in at least 3 years, and I have a very similar but more opaque polish that I am keeping. Hopefully it finds a new home soon! All of that being said, I found this manicure a little boring and I am too lazy right now to edit two photos of a boring manicure so you only get one :-p
These nails took FOREVER and if I am honest I don’t love them. I wish I had picked a lighter range of colors rather than the full span of purples. Oops! As it stands about half of them look too much like each other, and the whole design is much darker than I intended it to be. Next time (if there is a next time) I will use a lighter color palette!
Colors: ~ Pastel purple: Zoya – Abby ~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia ~ Purple: OPI – I Manicure for Beads ~ Bright purple: Zoya – Margo ~ Dark purple: Zoya – Landon ~ Darkest purple: Zoya – Lael ~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black ~ Stamps: Whats up Nails – A010
Moral of the story: if you are going to spend >1.5 hours coloring in tiny lines, make sure your colors work well together! Hope you enjoyed despite that.
My sister wants pastel purple nails “with a hint of pink and white and nude but also with lace and flowers” for her wedding? Well, let me try! If I am being honest I don’t love the white over the super pale purple background, but my sister went somewhat gaga for this manicure (she liked the flowers on my ring finger) so there is that! My mother (who hates most nail art and prefers old-fashioned nude manicures) actually liked this one a surprisingly large amount.
Colors: ~ Pale purple shimmer: Ethereal Lacquer – Little Oysters ~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White ~ Light purple: Zoya – Abby ~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented ~ Stamps: BP – L084, MoYou – Frenchy 14, Nicole Diary – L21
Please let me know what you guys think about this manicure, and if I should try and encourage my sister to let me to do something like this for her wedding or something more nude, more lace, or more floral! Hope you enjoyed 🙂
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.
Colors: ~ 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.
I love this! How cute is that snowman? And the reindeer might be *ahem* oversized but its still adorable. Its a reindeer-with-its-face-in-the-camera. Lets go with that. This is probably overall my favorite winter manicure from last year (yes, I post around a full year delayed. I do not have my life enough together to post just after I paint).
Colors: ~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Tart ~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White ~ Brown: Zoya – Flynn ~ Light brown: Zoya – Chantal ~ Dark brown: Zoya – Dea ~ Red glitter: KBShimmer – Ruby ~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black ~ Orange: Essie – Playing Koi ~ Green: Zoya – Tilda ~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold ~ Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI) ~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 120
Lots of colors and designs and I still cannot get over that snowman! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! I am going to finish up with some winter/New Years manicures this week, and spend the early part of next week on my top 10 posts for both polishes and nail art. Hope you enjoyed!
Merry Christmas! My husband just finished making me watch Elf (which is a horrible awkward movie, by the way) so this post is going up late. I figured it was only fair to humor him since his Christmas was so thoroughly downsized (to…just me) for COVID.
Colors: ~ Red glitter: Emily de Molly – LE28 ~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal ~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black ~ Gold: OPI – All Sparkly And Gold ~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White ~ Pink: Zoya – Jordan
Anyway, I painted these cute minimalist santas last year, and I am quite happy with how they turned out! As far as impressive manis go, these are not that, but they get the point across. I am particularly proud of the weird stylized santa hat on my thumb. Hope you all had a great holiday season, whatever you celebrated, and stayed safe!
So, this was a bit of a disaster but I do like the fluid nail art! I basically just grabbed a few colors and made things up as I went along. I think it shows, but honestly I don’t care :-p
Colors: ~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White ~ Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI) ~ Red fluid: Dance Legend – Spot It Red ~ Red glitter: China Glaze – Ruby Red Pumps ~ Green: Zoya – Shawn ~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Halloween L004, Valentines L002, hehe – 028
Today it went from 65 and sunny with lots of wind to 28 and pouring out. I don’t even know what winter thinks its doing at this point? Oh well. One more Christmas-appropriate manicure after this one. Hope you enjoyed!
The name says it all! This was 4 layers of snowflakes (three that got covered with a jelly polish and one left white) it honestly ended up too busy and I wish I had done one less layer! And of course, a cute snowman. I did him off to the side because I had seen something similar on IG, but it looks a bit strange honestly!
Colors: ~ Blue: Zoya – Ling ~ Blue jelly: Zoya – Frida ~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White ~ Silver shimmer: KBShimmer – I Only Have Ice For You ~ Pink: Essie – The Girls are Out ~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie ~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 120
I think I am going to have to try another snowflake pond-style manicure this year, with slightly fewer layers. Maybe fewer flakes per nail, keep it a bit simpler. We shall see! Hope you enjoyed 🙂
This ended up being a surprisingly stunning manicure! I was so excited to use the layers on this scenery plate, and then ended up a bit disappointed when they were not very well etched. I think next time I will have to try darker shades rather than trying to stamp with light shades over a dark background. That said, it came out pretty! Although, to be fair, everything over ILNP Downpour ends up pretty :-p
The stamping plate, Nicole Diary 122, as stated has some stunning designs, but the one I got was just not etched well enough to use with most of my polishes on their own. Yes, I do not use stamping polish. That said, you guys can tell I stamp a LOT and this plate it just too shallow! I almost want to buy another copy from the Born Pretty Store and hope that it is better etched. The designs are lovely. Anyway, hope you enjoyed!
I feel like people do drip manicures all the time but I do not often see icicle manicures! So I made one :-D. I also really love the base color that I used here, then again I am currently obsessed with super shimmers so that isn’t overly surprising.
Colors: ~ Grey/pink glitter: Quixotic Polish – It Rubbed Off From Friction ~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White ~ Stamp: L008
I think I will try something like this again this year. It was easy to make and is pretty! Hopefully we start getting some snow soon! I want to play outside in what little free time I have. Hope you enjoyed!
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).
Colors: ~ 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.
There is a LOT going on in this manicure. Water. Mountains. Glaciers. Moon. I wanted to play with this layering plate that I received to review from the born pretty store. While the designs are nothing short of excellent, the etching could use some work! The end result is very cool looking, but I have a hunch that if I hadn’t told my husband what was supposed to be on my nails that he would just have been confused!
In retrospect, I probably could have done without the glaciers :-p. Anyway, I want to play with this plate some more and see if I can come up with a polish or three that will stamp well despite the mediocre etching. Hopefully if you guys own this plate yours is better etched! It is still on the born pretty store for $2.99 if you want to risk it. Also, I hope you enjoyed this mani!
I was too lazy to actually sponge on a gradient, so I somewhat freehanded the gradient? It was much less messy to clean up but also a lot less smooth. I added some glitter over the top to hide just how step-wise the gradient was! Oops. That said I still like the design a lot 🙂 it helps that it is one of my favorite stamps!
Colors: ~ Light grey: Formula X – Delightful ~ Grey: Zoya – Dove ~ Dark grey: WOW – #333 ~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black ~ Glitter: Different Dimension – Intergalactic Dolphin ~ Stamp: Whats up Nails – B005
I am finishing up posting a combination of cold-feeling and fall-feeling manicures (in preparation for Thanksgiving) before moving into winter. I have SO MANY backlogged snowflake manicures. Be prepared!
I don’t know why exactly, but for some reason this pattern reminds me of fancy engraved padlocks? The end result was pretty cool looking! And it was an almost perfect internally slightly skewed double stamp 😀 In the sunlight it almost looks like the silver is glowing through the black, which is one of the cooler accidental effects I have ever achieved!
Colors: ~ Purple with pink shimmer: Quixotic Polish – It Rubbed Off From Friction ~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance) ~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black ~ Stamp: BP – L049
I have a whole collection of stamped manicures on backlog, which I need to get through before I can start posting a lot of the newer stuff, which is a whole bunch of freehand! We shall see how long this takes :-p. Hope you all enjoyed!
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
Colors: ~ 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!
These nails are intended to honor the adorable doves that built a nest on the windowsill in my bedroom and had to baby birds! It was great, as the babies learned to fly they stuck around the house for almost a week. They finally flew away near the beginning of fall but I will not forget them 😀
Colors: ~ Grey speckled: Cirque – Hatch ~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black ~ Stamps: Whats up Nails – B017
The nails also ended up being almost-spooky, so I figured they were appropriate for immediately after Halloween! Even if the inspiration was sweet instead. Hope you enjoyed!
I had to freehand the black because for some darn reason all of my fire stamps require me to stamp the FLAMES rather than the space around the flames! Which is unfortunate because none of my polishes are pigmented enough that I can stamp a gradient over black (other than metallics but that hardly counts). So, freehand black around a spooky flame. They came out quite well if I do say so myself! This begins the real lead-in to Halloween 😀
Colors: ~ Yellow: KBShimmer – Orange you Glad I Didn’t Say Banana? ~ Teal: Emily de Molly – Glee Ridden ~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle ~ Blue: Zoya – Ryan ~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
I do wish I managed to get my timing right…I have done at least 4 more manicures this year, but I haven’t had time to edit them. I guess you will see them next year! That said, this year’s actual Halloween manicures is probably one of my favorites from the entirety of 2019! Hope you enjoyed!