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Subtle Swirls and Purple Roses

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).

~ Nude holo: Picture Polish – Cherish
~ Nude flakie: Sayuri – Anthos
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Pastel purple: Zoya – Abby
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Light green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Stamp: BM – 314

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? 

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! 

Blue Stained Glass

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 😀

~ 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!

Children’s Arches

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!

~ 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

Elaborate Purple Curls

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!

~ 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. 

Pale Purple Lace Mix

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. 

~ 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 🙂

Wintry Mix

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).

~ 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! 

Red/Green Mix

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

~ 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!

Green/Red Mix

So, it turns out I must have at some point deleted the entry I wrote where I stated which polishes I used for this design an why. I can take a very educated guess, but I am winging it! Regardless, we have entered formally into christmas nail art week, so all this week will be reds, greens, golds, and a santa to cap it off :-p

Colors (my best guess):
~ Red glitter: China Glaze – Ruby Red Pumps
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 120

And thats it for today! I hope you guys have all come up with some fun (socially distanced) way to celebrate the holidays. Enjoy!

Holiday Vines

How about some festive vine designs? Really I just wanted to use this base polish because it is almost perfectly holiday, green with lots of red and gold shimmers and flakes! Of course I just went and covered up 90% of it, but its the though that counts :-p 

~ Green glitter: Rogue Lacquer – Princess of the Underworld
~ Red: Covergirl – Forever Festive
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold 

Hope you enjoyed! Happy end of Hanukkah (even if I didn’t post any super hanukkah nails this year) and start of the ONE WEEK that is christmas (as opposed to my husband who believes that christmas starts the moment thanksgiving ends). Harumph! 

Snow Pond Mani

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! 

~ 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 🙂 


Unfortunately neither this design nor my photos came out exactly how I wanted. I was aiming to make poinsettia leaves/flowers and I think I achieved my goal, but you can hardly tell! Also all my non-sunlight photos you cannot see the design at all due to how closely it matches the red of the background. So you only get one photo today (it wasn’t worth the effort for me to edit any others if they just looked red). Anyway, I started with a red base and dry-sponged on splotches of other red shades including a glitter. Then I stamped with a darker red. So for very little result this actually took a bit of time.

~ Bright red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Brick red: KBShimmer – Chai-huahua
~ Red glitter: Zoya – Aphrodite
~ Red: Revlon – Valentine
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – Texture L002

That’s all I have for today. Fridays post will be better and much more visible, I promise! Maybe I will retry poinsettia flowers this yea brut actually make them visible. We shall see! 


More snowflakes! I don’t know why I got into a winter-things-on-dark-purple vibe last winter but I actually think it was excellent. These nails were painted last January and I am wearing almost the exact same thing today. I was inspired. Gold on dark purple and snowflakes just works! 

~ Purple: Zoya – Isadora
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – 120

It helps that the designs are both easy and eye-catching. The plate I used here was new to me last winter and it makes a world of difference having a plate full of snowflakes of different sizes and designs rather than having to hand-paint everything. Snowflake stamps just make winter life better. Anyway, hope you enjoyed! 

Icicles on Mauve

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. 

~ 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! 

Nude and Grey Randomness

This manicure does not look good. Mostly because I don’t think the base polish pairs well with the stamping color! I like the idea of the randomness on my nails and it is a cool mix of patterns. I particularly like the pattern on my pinky, I will have to use that some more! 

~ Nude with black/red glitter: Cadillacquer – Darling, Red Isn’t Your Color
~ Grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ Stamps: Whats Up Nails – A007

That’s about all I have to say today! The rest of the week is (predictably) more snowflakes. I have saved up all these manicures from last winter and wow did I apparently do a LOT of snowflakes!

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! 

Magnetic Wrap

It has been a while since I last played with a magnetic polish, so I figured it was time! I also acquired a new ring magnet (since those seem to work so well) in the last month and I wanted to play with it! Sadly, it did not work quite as well for me as it has for others, but it was still fun. I think I need more time working with it to figure out how to make the magnetic effect stick around.

~ Copper magnetic: Sally Hansen – Kinetic Copper
~ Gold metallic: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Gold glitter: FUN Lacquer – Million Dollar Dream
~ Stamp: Nicole Diary – 156 

Hope you are all planning a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Personally I am more looking forward to Black Friday shopping since I think we are going to be fully socially distanced. Stay safe, and hope you enjoyed the nail art!

Pink on Green Swirls

This manicure makes me sad. I tried to match the pink shades that I used in the stamping gradient with the pink shimmer in the green polish…only for the pink shimmer to look more orange! I swear its a pink that shifts to orange, but its apparently JUST orange in pictures. Oh well. 

~ Green with pink shimmer: Blush – Nerida Singer
~ Light pink: Born Pretty – Warm Tea Cherry Blossoms
~ Hot pink: Born Pretty – Warm Tea Crimson Cheeks
~ Stamp: Whats Up Nails – A010

It is at least somewhat fall-looking between the dusty green and the orange and the swirls. I do feel bad that I don’t have a single turkey or real thanksgiving-themed manicure to share this year! Sorry guys. Hope you enjoyed anyway! 

Grey Fade Flower

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!

~ 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! 

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