Creative musings in bright colors

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Subtle Patina

This ended up looking like a pretty pattern with a patina over it! Like, copper underneath (hence the flecks of gold) and then rusted. I don’t know, maybe thats too poetic?

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Although this was painted for and worn to the hospital, I think it is pretty enough (and not pink!) to count as just a regular mani. Despite how subtle it is, I actually really like it! For once, adding dots was actually the right move :-p

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I need to remember to use the random full-design square plates I have more often when I am low on time, enjoy the randomness of the pattern that ends up on my nails.

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I also need to keep reminding myself that pastel of just about any color should be acceptable in the hospital, no need to limit myself to pink! Or purple. Mint is a current favorite nail color of mine so I’ll keep trying to work it in 😀

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Colors
~ Grey: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Teal: Zoya – Tiana
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – S101

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That’s all for today…but the later part of this week is another Disney heroes and villains set-up!

Grey Trimmed Lace

Ok, so this is super boring. Like really really painfully boring. That said, it came out nicely and no one noticed any of the art in the hospital so I’ll cal it a win. It also gave me a chance to use that darn stamp…its been staring at me for years and I never figured out why someone would need some angled lace pattern!

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I don’t have much to say about this. Pink. White. Grey. Some lace. I sound like a broken record…I really hope my current stint in the outpatient clinics is more forgiving of manis! I think it will be (I am barely getting graded for this, it is for my own edification).

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Colors:
~ Pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BM – 323

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I hate posing for bottle photos with anything but Zoya or rectangular bottles. I don’t know why, but the shape fits well in my hand. This awkward straight-edged bottle? Not so much. So, thank you brands like Zoya and Emily de Molly for making easy-to-hold bottles :-p

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Thats it for boring pink manis! There is one more subtle mani but at it least it isn’t pink or nude. Oy.

Dressed in Lace

This may or may not have been directly inspired by the tagline on Cherish. And I may or may not almost have added some 3D diamond-esque rhinestones and decided that would ruin the look. You’ll never know!

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This is one of the rare occasions when, despite painting both hands, you are mostly only seeing my right! When I was in the hospital I could not go off-handed (when the nail polish on one hand is different than the other) because that would be incredibly unprofessional…but the designs were seldom perfectly identical! In the case of this mani, I was moving around the stamped image from nail to nail and I actually liked my right hand better (mostly cause of my pointer finger).

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Regardless, this is a bit of a boring mani, sorry! That said, after this post…there are only two hospital manis left! For a while at least (I go back to the clinic next month but there is quite a back-log of posts during my month of free time!).

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Colors
~ Nude: Picture Polish – Cherish
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BM – 04

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So yep, a bit boring, but so be it. I’ll likely get at least one of the remaining boring ones out of the way next week so we can move on to RAINBOWS and SPARKLES. 😀

From the Bottom

I had such high hopes for this mani, and they just didn’t pan out! Turns out tiny thin lines are HARD. Especially with slightly goopy polish. Oh well!

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I was trying to imitate this design by Kira Sweet. I have  to assume she used either acrylic or paint and not polish to get those tiny lines! My freehand just can’t measure up

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The base color here is another of my new OPI polishes, Yank my Doodle. I really wanted this one when I saw it in the store because it looked like a fun mix between coral, orange, and brown. Think of the possibilities! The truth is though, I don’t actually much like it on my nails :-/ its a little too dark. That being said, it self-leveled nicely and covered well in three thin coats. Maybe I’d like it better if I liked the nail art more?

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The white used here was my standard Snow me White by Sinful Colors…which I can no longer find at my local Rite Aid! So now where do I get my white when this one runs out? *gasp*

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Anyway, even if this isn’t the best mani ever, I hope you enjoyed it! I should stay away from super intricate freehand for the near future :-p

Delicate French Lace

Another hospital manicure! At least this one came out how I wanted it to 😀

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These are pretty darn simple! Two colors, one stamp. The design was inspired by Pink and Polished Nails and for once I actually had the EXACT colors AND the stamp! So this is just about ideal.

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Despite how simple these were, I actually enjoyed wearing them. They were fairly classy while still looking elegant! Although if I ever do this again I will use some other color besides boring pink as a base. Maybe red? Purple? Anything!

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Colors:

~ Pink: Essie – Eternal Optimist
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BM – 323

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In other news, I was hit by a car while riding my bike yesterday. I’m alright (some bruises and scrapes and injured muscles but nothing that needed me to go to the hospital…but if you bike ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET) but it’s a bit hard to edit photos with my left arm mostly out of commission! I’ll try to get stuff done so I can post next week, but this is the last pre-planned post I have so if I don’t post monday blame my left arm and cars that don’t signal or look before they turn. That’s all for this week, hope you enjoyed!

Purple Hatches

This did not come out as nice as I intended. Oops! At least my husband talked me out of adding golden studs at ever vertex. I started with that and it looked soo tacky that I took them off (and if I say it looks tacky, you know its bad!).

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Anyway, this was another of my appropriate-for-the-hospital manis. Those should be becoming less and less frequent…I have a few more to get through but I am finally out of the hospital for a decent stretch of time and so am free to do some crazy bright colors and things like green *gasp*!

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Colors
~ Purple-grey: ILNP – Long Walks
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Stamp: BM – L020

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I’m also trying to decide if its time to re-vamp the blog. I finally ran out of space this weekend (wordpress only gives 3GB of space…which for a blog with photos really just isn’t that much). So almost 6 years…but still. That did make me question if I wanted the blog to be a bit less rainbow-y? But every skin I tried other than the one I currently have just didn’t look right. Thoughts? Does this blog look too juvenile, or are you guys ok with all the rainbows? 😀

Geometric Expression

I bought a bunch of OPI polishes recently…and this was one of my unplanned buys. They were having a buy-two-get-one-free sale so of course I had to leave with 6 polishes rather than the 4 I really wanted! Well, there were 6 but two of them were not in stock 😦

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I have been in the hunt for a nude/pale-pink/grey and I thought this might be it! Until I swatched it on a nail stick and realized that it is a PERFECT DUPE for a (much cheaper) polish that I already own! Grrrrrr…I don’t usually buy perfect dupes. I feel rather dumb right now.

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Regardless, this is three thin coats of Be There in a Prosecco by OPI. Despite taking 3 coats, it goes on better than my OTHER light pink nude creme polish (which takes 4 and even then has leveling problems). The polish is a very pale pink creme. I’ll do a comparison to the dupe sometime soon! As soon as I get over my disappointment.

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Colors
~ Nude: OPI – Be There in a Prosecco
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Gold: ILNP – Clockwork
~ Purple: Zoya – Rue
~ Stamps: BP – L054, 77

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The one benefit of this is that I made something cool and geometric! Honestly, I just wanted to color in some geometric stamps, and this made it possible without standing out too much in the hospital.

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Unfortunately some of the stamping decals bubbled a bit, so the top coat looks uneven. Oops! Hope you enjoyed anyway!

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