Simple easy work-friendly mani today!
Unfortunately, the sun did not cooperate, so you can’t see how peachy this looks in the light, with its contrasting bright pink flash. You can see a hint of it in the direct light photos, but still!
~ Pink: Femme Fatale – Mr. Pinchy
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BC – 10
I did so many lace nails in a row back in September that I am completely done with them for the time being. That being said, there are a few more waiting in the wings.
This officially begins a week (honestly, probably one of many!) of completely work-appropriate manis. Which is to say this is a week of short nails painted in various shades of pale pink. Sad, but it works!
While I was on surgery, I needed to make sure the team absolutely did not notice my nails! Now, the team was mostly guys, but if they had noticed I’m sure they would have told me to take the polish off and my nails were a disaster back in July. Ergo, girly, pink, and subtle nails.
I also don’t really like ikat patterns, but I saw this on one of my stamping plates and I figured it was something between an ikat and a tribal pattern, and thus couldn’t be too terrible. Honestly, it isn’t half bad! And the stamp worked perfectly.
Hope you enjoyed…maybe! I apologize in advance for all the upcoming pink.
Oh dear, what even to say about this mani. It is subtle and muted, so it worked well in the hospital when I wore it. It is also ugly.
It isn’t that this design is poorly done…mostly just that I don’t tend to wear grey-toned colors and this whole mani just makes me think of crushed spirits :-p
Currently, I am on my pediatric rotation…so I need to figure out if I can wear bright colors (or better yet, Disney-themed) manicures while I am looking after the kids and babies! I am a bit afraid to try, but if I never try then I’ll never know.
~ Light purple: Zoya – Rue
~ Dark purple: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Stamp: BC – 06
So, boring but serviceable. Non-purple manis begin next week 😀
Do you want to know what is the most embarrassing part of this mani? I don’t actually know what color I used! It was either Green with Envy by Maybelline or Tiana by Zoya…but I don’t know which! Probably the Maybelline since it is just a TAD more teal (and the Zoya is a tad more green) but that could just be my screen.
I usually write down which colors (and stamps) I used when I put together a mani. I write the posts days to weeks later (only rarely do I write the post the day I actually paint the manicure), but at least I have the colors written down! Whoops.
This was a manicure I did when I was on my surgical rotation…which is why my nails are so short. I got away with having teal nails because the scrubs we wear at the site where I was were actually a beautiful mint color! Most scrubs are some shade of blue. I prefer the mint. One of the floor nurses noticed that my nails were not some demure shade…and that was it. Score for an all-male team I suppose!
Right now I am actually working in the emergency room, but they seem to care much less about being 100% presentable! Which is great for nail art. That’s all for today…I don’t have any sunlight photos of this mani because when it wasn’t raining I was in the operating room!
This I love. I actually love this so much I’m considering duplicating it for my wedding (but in purple. Maybe use the same grey base? I don’t know). Its just elegant but twirly and so pretty!
The base is another new-to-me Emily de Molly polish. I am buying them in DROVES. Its ridiculous. This one is Crystal Crown (hence the title of this post), and its a pretty soft grey with golden-green shimmer and a linear holo flare in direct light. The holo is not in-your-face, and neither is the shimmer, but both are visible. It is, if anything, a bit darker than I was expecting (I was going for almost-white) but it is pretty! And maybe work appropriate? I did take 3 coats for good coverage, but dried fast.
I added top coat and double stamped. The first stamp, which I am including one picture of because it was so pretty even if it was really subtle, was just a bunch of curlicues from Bundle Monster plate 607. I stamped with tone-on-tone grey, using WOW #333. You really can barely see it but it is stunning!
I added a second curly stamp using Bundle Monster 314 (probably my favorite stamp among everything I own. I’ve used it at least 5 times) and a dark blue polish Midnight Swim by Maybelline. I rotated which part of the (admittedly small) stamp area I picked up, and rotated where it went on the nail.
I was debating stamping with either a dark pink or black, and I am so glad I picked the blue. It’s such a cool look!
Hope you enjoyed 😀
Sometimes, something sounds great in theory and is a total flop in practice. I wanted to do a pastel water marble, and ended up with something so subtle that even I could barely see it, and I knew it was there!
To escape the fate of having almost-white nails, I grabbed a geometric stamp that I hadn’t used before for fear of messed up lines (clear stampers really have made everything better) and added some thick black designs over my marble.
In retrospect, I don’t remember why I wanted the stripe pattern for each nail to be different. Luckily my nails were short enough that I could get away with rotating the stamp, and it did come out looking alright! But…I have a clear stamper. I could have made them all identical. I don’t quite know what past-me was thinking!
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Light pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Light green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 604
Happy Friday! I have the last of three weddings in a row this weekend (yikes) and then my engagement photo shoot! Noooo idea what I am doing on my nails for that. Eeps!