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Friday, June 23, 2017

Artic Fractals

This was kind of a random design that I put together and I ended up absolutely loving the end result. The base is Essie Hide & Go Chic  and for the glitter I primarily used Color Club Sexy Siren and added a little bit of Color Club Sex Symbol.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fancy Dry Marble

This manicure was done very similarly to my Dry Marbled Abstract. The vinyls that I used for the decals were a little bigger than I wanted, so rather than just placing the decals directly on my nail, I cut them up and repositioned little sections in order to effectively shrink the design. To fill in the empty space I did some marbled polka dots. I used China Glaze Wait N Sea, China Glaze Plur-Ple and China Glaze Too Yacht Too Handle over a base of  Color Club 'Till The Record Stops.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Floral Split Reattempt

I really liked my Floral Split design, but the execution was not great, so I gave it another shot. One half is a netting design, while the other is filigree. I used China Glaze Frosty and Zoya Gie Gie, and the roses are primarily Color Club Yum Gum. I don't know if I'm still 100 percent happy with this look, but I do think it's a major step up from my last try.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Gradiented Chevrons Skittlette

This mani was inspired by a phone wallpaper I came across a while ago. To do this, I first did the gradient and then I made some chevron decals with vinyls and a silicone mat and applied them individually. My pointer is Essie Mint Candy Apple and my pinky is China Glaze Giver's Theme. On top of the gradient I used Xtreme Wear Disco Ball and Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Splatter Drips

 Since my Splatter Spikes, I've been thinking up even more ways to use the splatter look and this time I decided on drips. I don't know why, but I decided to do a bit of a watermelon look, so I went with green drips and a pink gradient. First I did the gradient, then placed drip vinyls on top and did the splatter. I think this might have been cooler in a different color scheme, but I do think this is cute.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sparkling Mermaid Scales

I recently felt like painting some scales and I really wanted to go full on mermaid with these. I pretty much used any teals, greens, or aquas that I could find and then sponged them on randomly. In order to increase the mermaid effect, I added some shine with iridescent, holo, and flakie polishes; they are Xtreme Wear Disco Ball, Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond, and Zoya Opal. I never would have put all these different types of toppers together before but I absolutely love the outcome; it shines beautifully in every type of lighting. I freehand painted the scales with black acrylic paint. I kept these on for longer than I normally would because I couldn't stop staring at them.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rainbow Pattern

Here's a fun bright rainbow design. Basically, I googled "simple pattern" and then this design came up and I figured I could paint it some how. I knew it was never going to look as clean as the source photo, obviously, but I thought it could still be a cool mani. I hand painted each little stripe and because there was no way they would be super neat with doing so, I just decided to roll with that look. I'm very happy with this, but it's definitely one of those mani's that is better from a distance.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flowers Glitter Placement

 For these nails I decided to do a floral pattern with a glitter placement. I wasn't sure how much I would like this look, so I decided to do a skittlette with single glitter flower accents. The pink is Xtreme Wear Social Butterfly and the cream is Zoya Jacqueline. For the glitters I pulled the green and gold from Spoiled Pet My Peacock, and the pink from China Glaze I'm A Go Glitter. As always with glitter placements using shiny glitter, the design can be difficult to see but looks cool regardless.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sunset Galaxy

 For some reason I had the urge to do a galaxy using sunset colors. To add a little interest I did a holo sharp chevron down the center. I didn't really like this as I was working on it, but I found that if you add enough stars and holo glitter, you can make any galaxy look good! It's a bit hard to tell, but the chevron is a gradient using Color Club Eternal Beauty, Miss Bliss, Cosmic Fate, and Kismet, and is outlined with Zoya Kiki. The galaxy is mostly China Glaze Mix and Mingle, China Glaze Giver's Theme, China Glaze Dune Our Thing, Zoya Thandie, and Zoya Darcy.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Crimson and Gold

Here is a red design I put together. This is a very rare thing because I typically don't like working with red and will only incorporate it into designs if I have to. The bases are Milani Red Label and Xtreme Wear Flirt. I used the gold flake glitter Zoya Maria-Luisa and did additional gold designs using China Glaze Champagne Bubbles.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Splatter Spikes

I love splatter nails but I find that there isn't a whole lot to really do with them design-wise, so this was my attempt at trying out a little bit more with the splatter look. I started with a subtle purple and blue gradient to make the other side a little interesting as well. I didn't have any chevron vinyls that were the width I wanted, so I ended up making my own by cutting a bunch of triangles out of tape to protect the gradient section  from the splatter and create this spiky look. I don't have a list of polishes used because I pretty much just grabbed any blues and purples that I thought would look good. I'm so happy with how this turned out and it makes me want to play around with splatter looks even more!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chevrons Glitter Placement

This was my first time doing a chevron design like this with glitter placement and I'm very happy with the result! The only problem with doing a design in glitter, at least when using reflective glitter, is that it can be difficult to really get the full effect of the designs. I picked out glitter from Spoiled Pet My Peacock, Spoiled Shuffle The Deck and Milani Silver.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Galactic Ribbon

Hello, here is a sort of galaxy, but not really galaxy type of design! I wanted to do something a little different, so I added matching colored glitter on top of some of the galaxy instead of only using holos. The only polishes I can pinpoint are the "ribbon" ones; they are China Glaze Mix And Mingle, China Glaze Awaken, and OPI Your Royal Shine-ness.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Edgy Color Block

I've wanted to do a glitter placement type of design with Maybelline Gleaming Graphite for pretty much forever now, and I finally got decided to go through with it. I wasn't sure how it would end up looking but I love the result and individually placing each of those glitter shards wasn't nearly as painstaking as I had anticipated. As for the rest of the nail, I used China Glaze Mix And Mingle, China Glaze Dune Our Thing and the thin gunmetal stripes are Xtreme Wear Midnight Sky. I love how these turned out. I placed the glitter over negative space, but it might also look cool on top of a colored base as well. Also pardon all the fuzz on my nails in the first picture, I don't know how I missed that when I chose these photos but its driving my a little crazy.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Showers May Flowers

Since it's the end of April I thought it would be cute to do some "April showers bring May flowers" nails, so on one side we have raindrops, and the other side flowers. It's not my favorite design, but I do feel like it looks better in person than in these pictures; the backgrounds have some subtle sponging which adds a nice effect to the nails, but doesn't come across very well on camera.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sunshine Swirl Watermarble

After my last highly successful watermarble, I wanted to do some more, so I decided on this summery swirl design. I used Color Club Disco's Not Dead, 'Til The Record Stops, and Meet Me At The Rink. I initially tested this with more colors, but the polish was drying too fast in the water, so I stuck with just these three. I wish I had done more tests though because this marble would have been a lot better if I added a few brighter colors to break up the pastels since they ended up blending together so much.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Time Double Gradients

For this design I used a vinyl to gradient a design over the green gradient. I couldn't settle on a color so I ended up doing purples and pinks. I don't think this design is very clean, but it looks alright from a distance. I did this a few weeks ago, so I think the green gradient is China Glaze Treble Maker, Essie Vibrant Vibes, and Color Club 'Til The Record Stops, the pinks are China Glaze Glow With The Flow, Xtreme Wear All Bright and Color Club Feathered Hair Out To There, and the purples are China Glaze Tart-y To The Party, China Glaze Let's Jam, and China Glaze Plur-Ple.