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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Double Scales

For this mani I wanted to do something a little bit more elaborate than plain scales. I was initially going to add more design to these, but I realized that my idea would work better in the future on larger scales instead, so I just left these as is. The base is Sinful Colors Cinderella and I topped it with an iridescent shattered glitter, China Glaze Luxe and Lush. The glitter added a cool effect, however it also makes the design look bumpy, despite actually feeling completely smooth.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stripes and Half Moons

 This is such a random design, so I really don't have anything to say about it. This was entirely freehand, so it's definitely a little bit rough around the edges. I also think this looked way better in person where it's more difficult to really observe all its flaws.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Glittering Bolt

This mani is a bit of an odd one. I really wanted to do some tiny glitter placement and I came up with this design; I'm not really sure if I'm fond of how it turned out though. The base is Xtreme Wear Midnight Sky. For the bolt I used a bunch of silver glitters including China Glaze Some Like It Haute, Xtreme Wear Twinkle Twinkle,  and OPI When Monkeys Fly. The pink glitter that I used to outline the bolt is from China Glaze Be Merry Be Bright.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Interlocking Squares

This design is one that I've done in the past. I love how it turned out then. I actually was recovering from a broken arm at the time I painted that, and I wanted to give it another go, mostly because I think it looks pretty cool. I don't usually gravitate towards dusty colors, so I thought I would give them a shot with this design. I used Zoya Flora, Zoya Megan, Xtreme Wear Orchid Around, and Color Club Kiss My French. Because I was still a little bit unsure about how the colors would look, I added a little bit of glitter using Xtreme Wear Perky Pink and Xtreme Wear Disco Ball. Once everything was said and done, I ended up loving the end results!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fun Fourth of July

These are the nails that I am sporting for the Fourth of July! This is one of the first times I've really painted fireworks, so I was nervous about how they would look, but I'm really happy with them! I added a bunch of glitter to and around them, which I think helps with the look a bit as well. For the middle nails I started off with a half moon and filled them in with blue stars. Then, I individually placed each line of glitter to separate the stars from the stripes, which I later added with the help of striping tape. I really love these nails and they're definitely my favorite Independence Day nails that I've ever done. The blue is Zoya Dream and the red is Zoya Blaze. The glitters were pulled from Color Club Wish Upon A Rock Star.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Spacey Chevrons

 Similar to my last chevron mani, this was also inspired by a phone wallpaper I found. This was also done using the same technique of making and applying chevron decals. Because I made the black chevron decals with glitter, they were a little too thick and and made the manicure pretty bumpy. With all the different layers of polish and glitter, these nails were quite thick overall and I just couldn't stand to wear them for very long, although they do look pretty.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Goth Armor

I wanted to do something a little bit different for me with this one; this isn't really an armor design but it was kind of inspired by one. It can be difficult to get the full effect of the design in pictures because of the reflection of the glitters. The base is Zoya Anais, the diamond is Xtreme Wear Midnight Sky and the details are Essie No Place Like Chrome. The glitters that I used are from Orly Atomic Splash and Color Club Orna-Minted.