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Stormy Heart

This is it, the final boring mani that I wore to interviews! Although if I am being honest, this one is not all that boring. It is also February  which means I am permitted to start posting hearts (not that I have any other pink manis prepared…I spent the last few weeks wearing subtle pink and so I have been avoiding the color altogether. Can I make a blue Valentine’s mani???). Anyway, have some shimmer and some hearts!


I knew what I wanted to do with this mani, and trialled three different grey/grey combos before settling on this one. I am a little sad because the hearts take up so much space you can barely see the base! This only matters because the base is Crystal Crown, which I have just now realized was discontinued at some point in the past. This is awful because it is easily my most-used grey, and the bottle is half empty! Ooops. I need to keep a better eye on when indie polishes discontinue my favorites!


But anyway, this was basically advanced stamping with grey and white over grey. It looks rather nice for all that, and was suitably almost-subtle and heart-shaped!


~ Grey shimmer: Emily de Molly – Crystal Crown
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BM – 620


Happy Friday! And this ends the run of boring manis. Now all I need to do is actually pick where I want to be next year (and for the next 10 or so years, yikes!) and get started on some actual Valentine’s manis!

Icy Swirls

Continuing with the theme of subtle, snowy, and swirled, we have this post! By this point in the interview season I was giving up on the very bland manis that I sported in the beginning, and was firmly in the realm of mints and golds and a bit more contrast.


That said, I still deemed this subtle enough to wear! It is another of my favorites, and it helped that during this particular interview it definitely snowed! It is always fun when my nail art predicts the weather :-p


I do need to get some more snowflake stamps, on the off chance that I have time to do nail art next winter (this whole residency thing is becoming far more real, I need to put together my actual list and cross my fingers!), since most of the plates I have don’t stamp well!


~ Teal with glitter: Cadillacquer – Memory palace
~ Pastel teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: BM – S108, 319, 323, Born Pretty – L008


Happy Friday! One more week of interview-friendly posts before I jump feet first back into colorful posts!

Simply Swirled

This mani was done super last minute because I had forgotten that I had an interview the next day (I never forget about flights, but if its only a bus ride away…well, that can be a problem). I mostly wanted something fast!


I don’t know that I love the combo of a frosty shimmer with a metallic polish, I think a creme stamp might have worked better. I do love this stamp though, it is pretty much my go-to when I need something fast, swirly, and pretty!


The colors here are Freshwater Pearl by ULTA for the pink base, and Penny Talk for the rose gold stamp. The stamp itself is from Bundle Monster plate 314.


Of course, there was also no sun while I wore this, so you only get to see indoor lighting, sorry!


I promise that the designs going up next week are a tad more colorful! Happy Friday!

Newly Minted

I wanted to be ever-so-slightly daring with this particular mani, and used a pale grey/mint polish instead of pink or nude! It didn’t matter, no one commented on it during the interview :-p


This is probably one of my favorite designs among the work appropriate set that I’ve had to do these past few months. I really just love this base color, and I adore the tone-on-tone stamping with gold highlights. I think this is the third time I’ve done something with this color set (most of the rest were on clinical rotations around a year ago). Go figure!


I am curious, what do you guys think about more adventurous colors for work, but with tone-on-tone for the design? Like a darker grey or a brown shimmer rather than something pastel in the pink range? The ‘art’ would be subtle but I don’t know that it isn’t the color that matters more.


~ Mint holo: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Mint: Zoya – Tiana
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – 17


Tomorrow has another favorite design (see, I can enjoy non-colorful things!) and a new polish! Hope you enjoyed!

Cherished Ties

Remember how the day before Valentine’s Day I said I had this awesome new nude polish? And then I used that polish as my base for the Valentine’s Dotticure without showing you swatches? Well, here are the swatches!


This is three thin coats of Cherish by Picture Polish. Since I am stuck wearing boring colors in the hospital, I figured it was time to amass a collection of nudes and semi-nudes that are moderately interesting and do not require 23482934 coats to be opaque. This definitely fits the bill!


Cherish is a slightly grey nude with copious holo shards scattered in it. It is quite flattering! The holo certainly catches the light, but it isn’t strong enough to be distracting. It also dried quite nicely 🙂


I stamped over Cherish with Penny Talk by Essie, using a Born Pretty stamping plate. I cannot claim credit for this idea…my sister asked me to use this specific stamp on her nails a while back (hers were blue-on-blue) and I liked how it came out so I decided to use the pattern!


So what do you think, tone-on-tone but still pretty? The best part was that the pattern almost disappeared in indirect lighting, and jumped out in sunlight.


Hope you guys enjoyed!

Shimmer Dots on Rose

Yet another super simple mani! I actually did this while ON vacation, so it had to be fast! These are also iPhone photos (though luckily it was moderately sunny outside in Florida at the time so the pictures came out alright).


I started with a pinkish-red creme. Once that was dry, I just grabbed a bobby pin (they live in my purse) and made a series of dots with a color-coordinated metallic pink.


Left to my own devices I would not have grabbed these colors, but one of my friends doing her medical residency was with us and she wanted “work appropriate” colors (which apparently means pinks, reds, and nudes?). Unfortunately, she never sat down for long enough for me to paint her nails! But I was stuck with pinks anyway.


~ Pink: Zoya – Veronica
~ Pink metallic: OPI – Cute Little Vixen


HOpe you enjoyed! Tomorrows mani is at least a bit more complicated…although it was almost a fail. Of note: do not stamp on wet polish, it really really doesn’t work. *head desk*

Berry Striping

I’ve gotten more behind the concept of tone-on-tone designs, so when I got Zoya Veronica I knew I had to pair her up with my much-loved but under-used Zoya Blaze. And being me, I had to use striping tape to do it!


Veronica is one of the newish colors from Zoya’s fall release. She is a deep red-toned pink. Wonderfully self-leveling, opaque in two coats. A nice slightly more feminine alternative to red.


Blaze is almost exactly the same dark-pink-almost-red base as Veronica, but with awesome holographic glitter shards. In some lights it was hard to see the design, but when it came out it was BEAUTIFUL. Glittery pinkness!



Anyway, I hope you enjoy! I have one more red/pink post (that compares all the three almost-identicle colors in one mani)…and quite a few more colors 😀


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