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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).

Colors:
~ 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.

Colors:
~ 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! 

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!

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. 

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. 

Colors:
~ 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! 

Dark Roses on Grey

While I actually rather love how this mani came out, I like the inspiration better and am likely to try again in the future with a different color palette! I saw these nails at @billythebrime_nails and fell in love. Grey. Swirls. Roses. Moody yet awesome. How could I resist? And they fit so well for flower day in the 31 Day Challenge!

If I’m being honest, I liked my own mani better before I added the roses. The variegated grey background with darker grey swirls was elegant and very pretty. However, when I added the roses I realized I had made three mistakes: I used pink-based-reds for the roses (so when I mixed white with red I got pink rather than a deep orange-red…next time I need to aim for orange/red not pink/red), the roses are too small, and my swirls aren’t dark enough! They looked great on their own, but with the roses they just looked a little flat. 

Colors:
~ Light grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Dark grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ White: LA Girl – White On
~ Light red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Stamp: Moyra – 50 Ornaments 3

I ended up going over by hand on some of the swirls nearest the roses, to make them appear bolder. It ended up giving my swirls an almost gradient appearance, which I quite like, but again I like Billy’s version better! Surprisingly, these nails took under an hour to do, so I’ll probably try them again sometime, with a few modifications! Hope you enjoyed! 

Blazing Twirls

Simple gold swirly stamp on a raspberry red semi-holo base! I remember back when I thought that this is what holographic polish looked like. And then I learned what true holo was! That said, this was the first Zoya polish I ever bought, so it continues to hold a special place in my heart.

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Colors:
~ Red holo: Zoya – Blaze
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: Moyra – 50 Ornaments 3

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Its odd, for such a simple design I think this nail art (and these photos) came out beautifully. I think a lot of how much I like a finished design has to do with my nail shape on any given day. I try to keep it consistent, but it is very hard when I keep having to file them down and cut them into funny shapes whenever I break a nail! Either way, when everything comes together shape-wise, even simple nail art is prettier 😀

Controlled Vortex

Well, whatever I wanted to tell you guys about this manicure is lost to the sands of time. I cannot find the post that I made (at this point, some three months ago) so we are just going to have to make it up!

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Colors:
~ Teal holo: KBShimmer – Now & Zen
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple: Zoya – Danielle
~ Stamps: Lina – @urbannailart collab

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This is sad, because of course I tried a new polish when I painted this. This is KBShimmer Now & Zen. I am pretty sure this is three coats, but honestly it could be two. Now and Zen is a medium blue with a lot of teal shimmer and an extra helping of holo shimmer. The end result is almost pastel-multichrome-holo although the color shift is not dramatic enough to earn a true “multichrome” title from me! Anyway, happy Friday!

Swirl Veins

I have no idea what to name this. I started by making squish-veins (I have done this before) using black and light grey, put them over the white grey, and then just stamped a whole bunch of black swirls. I have no idea what I was thinking, but the end result is at least interesting to look at?

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The base here is another new-to-me-but-discontinued Forumla X polish called Delightful. It is a very pale grey creme, and covers well in two thin coats. I had been looking for something to replace my utterly exhausted Bare Escape by Maybelline, and I think I found it!

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Colors:
~ Grey: Forumla X – Delightful
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: Floral BP – X43

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Overall I think I am happy with this? I need to trial the squish-veins method more, I am still not great at getting a consistent squish pattern and that is important to me. Anyway, hope you enjoyed!

Elegant Silver Grey Overlay

This one might not have many colors, but it makes up for that with elegance! There are few monochromatic manicures that I actually enjoy wearing, but this was one of them. The stamp is lovely, and silver-on-grey works (at least sometimes).

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Colors:
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Stamp: BP – L049

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I feel like I seldom wear things that qualify as classy in anyway, but these nails made me feel fancy! They might not be as much fun as my usual style, but sometimes a girl just needs class over pizzaz :-p

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A full 5 days into wearing the manicure I added some rabbits because I have a friend that loves them. I was impressed by how good the mani looked…but also, bunnies! So please enjoy the classing down of the silver grey-ness too 😀

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 🙂

Denuded Swirls

Today begins nude/lace nails for Valentine’s day! I didn’t set up any specific pink or heart nails, so lace will have to suffice. Unfortunately, that makes for two weeks of boring (if work-appropriate and occasionally elegant) nails!

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Colors:
~ Nude: Picture Polish – Cherish
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra – 50 Ornaments 3

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This one (as most of them will be) is very straight forward: nude base with a stamp! Still looks pretty enough. Hope you enjoyed!

Awkward Swirls

You guys, I think I just completely forgot to write down what I did with this manicure. I have no records of having painted it at all…but there are photos and a title attached! So I am going to have to guess at what I did. I am pretty sure I started with a blue base, painted a shimmery flakie polish over that, and then for some very odd reason stamped in a pale teal? That is the weirdest part, why would I stamp in teal?! Awkward indeed.

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Colors (my best guess):
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Shimmer: KBShimmer – Sandy
~ Teal: I have no idea, I own three similar teals, sorry!
~ Stamp: Moyra – 3 Ornaments 50

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I really hope there aren’t a bunch more manicures floating around that don’t have descriptions somewhere in my completed folder! I will accept one, but not more! Hope the awkward of the teal stamping didn’t turn you off this manicure!

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

Beglittered Swirl Vines

I really like how this one came out! It helps that I used a very pretty polish as the base, but somehow the red/gold with the blue and gold metallic just work! I also love vines (I am wearing this particular stamp right now, with a different manicure).

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Colors:
~ Red/Gold multichrome holo: Enchanted – I am the Walrus
~ Blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Stamp: BPX Floral – L018

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I have a whole bunch of actual holiday nail art…lets hope I get a chance to transfer them onto my computer and get them edited up by next week! Honestly I have my doubts, I have to many outside obligations at the moment. :-p Hope you all enjoyed!

Teal and Purple to Swirl

I did a simple dry-swipe to make the background pattern, and stamped over it. The colors are maybe too similar, but I overall like the mix of sharp angles and flowing swirls! Next time I will stay away from similarly toned colors! Of course the stamp also happens to be one of my overall favorites so it would be hard not to personally like this manicure regardless!

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Colors:
~ Light purple: Zoya – Abby
~ Purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: Moyra – 45 I Fill You

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I think the next few weeks are going to be a mix of winter (blue, grey, icy) and quasi-christmas (red, gold, green). I don’t yet have anything set up for Wednesday so let’s see what ends up next!

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!

Half Moon Lace

In general, I despite half moon nail art. I just don’t get it. At least make the design pointed or something fun! But just a half moon? Blegh. That said, after stalking the internet for an ungodly amount of time, I found a concept I didn’t hate to recreate for the 31 Day Challenge.

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For this, I stamped the white curlicue design first, then stamped the half-moon in pink. The pink I chose was not nearly opaque enough to stamp that way, but it was just dark enough to provide a framework to freehand the actual half moon. Then it was just a bunch of dots-in-dots (as always, my favorite) and voila!

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Colors:
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Stamps: Moyra – 50 Ornaments 3, 60 Cuts

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Hope you enjoyed! As stated, this isn’t my favorite but at least it is colorful, and combines a few different techniques.

Thick Vampy Curls

This was designed to match an outfit, which was a shimmery purple shirt with thick black velvet swirls over it. The nails matched perfectly! Of course, because the nails were matted, they also fell apart faster than I would have liked :-/

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Regardless, they are suitably purple/violet for Day 6 of the Challenge! They also reminded me that I need to wear more matte nails…at some point in the future when I am not wearing gloves all the time or squirting cleaning solution on my hands in the hospital.

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Colors:
~ Purple: Zoya – Valerie
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Matte: KBShimmer – Oh Matte!
~ Stamp: Moyra – 50 Ornaments 3

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Hope you enjoyed! Things get more fun next week…I think the entire week ended up being a collection of some of my favorite recent manicures!

Abstract Sky

Ok, so this isn’t QUITE a fail, it just isn’t nearly as good as I expected. Of course, I now own the item I wanted to use (gold glitter for stamping) but I didn’t have it when I painted these! Oops.
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The base color here is two coats of Gaia by KBShimmer from Jan 2019 PPP. This is a deep blue jelly that appears cobalt due to all the glitters: iridescent shards that shift teal to purple and coarse silver holo glitters. Both are plentiful. This polish takes just a bit of spreading due to the flakie load, but it dries down nicely on the nail! I love it.

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The design was inspired by de_briz. So, I started with Gaia, then layered on some MORE flakies (just for fun) and then stamped some dots in black. Sadly, my plate with swirly dots does not stamp well! This is doubly sad because the swirly dot design is literally mine…I had done it years ago and when the “make your own” stamping plate series became a thing I submitted it, and it got in. So this pattern was designed by me…and this plate hardly stamped. So, I started in black (which is not visible at all) and then tried to go over it in gold…and it was patchy and awful. So I top coated and tried to convince myself it was good enough. However, if I am anything in the nail art world, I am the woman who adds too many dots…so I fixed it by going over every dot by hand. With the same gold. I have to say, it looks much better. I also didn’t bother top coating at the end since the gold polish is a quick dry that actually lives up to its name, and I do love vaguely textured nails!

Colors:
~ Blue glitter: KBShimmer – Gaia
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold glitter: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~Stamp: BM – 607
~Flakies: orange/green from the Born Pretty Store
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That’s it for today! I’ll have to try something like this mani without spending an extra hour free handing the dots next time. Live and learn!

Copperized Patterns

A post! Sorry its so late. Today was my day off and I still barely got everything done! Also the Blues won the Stanley Cup and now the whole city is honking and cheering. I suppose I should be posting blue nail art but I have nothing prepared at the moment! The stadium (well, both hockey and baseball) are about a mile from my house and there are helicopters circling overhead at the moment.

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Anyway, this was a very fast manicure. Beautiful multichrome holo polish and a matching stamp. Ta-da! It helps that this stamp is both playful and elegant :-p

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Colors:
~ Red-gold holo multichrome: Enchanted Polish – I Am the Walrus
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Stamp: EdM – 06

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Hope you guys enjoy, despite the late-ness! I am already dreading my shift in the emergency room tomorrow morning, I assume it will be full of people who over-indulged following the hockey win!

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