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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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Watermelon Watermarble

Today I have a fun stripe watermarble. I try to experiment with watermarble designs a bit, but I always end up going back to the stripes because its the most simple and consistent design to do. I used Zoya Cecilia, Color Club 'Til The Record Stops, Color Club Disco's Not Dead, Color Club Biscuits & Jam, and China Glaze Fresh Prince-ss. These polishes worked together in the water so well, and I'm super happy with how this manicure ended up!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

Here's this year's Easter nails; I always love painting patterns, so this year I did chickies, bunnies, and eggs along with an Easter basket. I primarily used the pastel neons from Color Club; Disco's Not Dead, 'Til The Record Stops, Meet Me At The Rink, Diggin' The Dancing Queen, Feathered Hair Out To There.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Chevron Striped

Hello! This manicure wasn't my favorite, and I think the orange ended up looking a bit muddy on top of the pastel neons, but the white chevron looks kind of cool. I used Color Club Disco's Not Dead, Color Club Hot Hot Hot Pants and Color Club Feathered Hair Out To There for the gradient, and the orange is Zoya Cole.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Crossing Stripes

 Here's a manicure that I did this past week that I didn't dislike! I could have done this much quicker and easier by making the base purple and painting  the greens over striping tape to get the stripes, but I didn't think the light green would be opaque enough to cover the purple, so instead I outlined each stripe individually with tape to get clean lines. I used Color Club 'Til The Record Stops in the middle, Zoya Cecilia on the sides, stripes of Zoya Finley, and a little dot of Orly Royal Blue.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Floral Split

Even though I haven't posted in a little bit, I have been painting my nails more frequently than I have in years. This sounds like a good thing, but unfortunately I've been pretty unhappy with a lot of my design lately and I couldn't stand wearing them on my nails for very long. This is definitely one of those designs. I actually love the blue side and the floral, but I super missed the mark with that netting design. I wanted it to be contrasting to the blue side but I used the wrong colors because it is just ugly in my opinion.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Passionate Lace

Here's another design with hints of a black tinted base; it turned out quite different from the types of looks that I typically do. For the base of the hourglass shape I used China Glaze Stone Cold, which was a bit of a mistake because this particular polish is matte and didn't level out with the top coat very nicely, meaning that it looks a bit bumpy, even though it really isn't. I outlined  this shape with Zoya Anais and used Color Club Santa's Cinnamon for the red design.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Burgundy and Gold

 Basically this design came to be because I wanted to play around with Zoya Maria-Luisa, a gold flake glitter. The base is China Glaze Nice Caboose! and I randomly threw together the gold design with China Glaze Champagne Bubbles.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pastel Neon Zebra

I don't think I've done an animal print in over a year, even though you can never go wrong with zebra print! All the polishes I used are from the Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon collection; they are 'Til The Record Stops, Meet Me At The Rink, Diggin' The Dancing Queen, Feathered Hair Out To There, Hot-Hot-Hot Pants, and Disco's Not Dead. I also added a little bit of holo glitter with Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond, even though they mostly look like weird specs on my nails in the pictures.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Confetti Ruffian

I don't usually like doing ruffians because I think they look a bit odd, almost like your nail is slipping off your finger, but I do like the little peek of glitter, similarly to what I did here. The glitter is China Glaze Point Me To The Party, the pink is Color Club Raspberry Rave and the purple is Color Club Biscuits & Jam. These polishes were so bright that they photographed horribly.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Purple Bolt

 For this design, I used a vinyl to get the shape of the bolt and then free-handed the rest of the lines. The creme purple is China Glaze Tart-y For The Party, the holo stripes are Zoya Finley, the bolt outline is Color Club Beyond, and the glitter is China Glaze Brand Spankin' New Year. When I initially got this glitter I was super disappointed in it, but this mani might have changed my mind!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Blues Damask

Hello! The inspiration for this manicure was a damask design, but it ended up not really looking that much like damask to me. I love the design on my middle finger, but there was no way I was going to paint that three more times, so I simplified it a bit for the other nails. I used Color Club Meet Me At The Rink and a white for the gradient, and the design is done with Xtreme Wear Royal Hue.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dry Marbled Abstract

For this design I made decals by putting a vinyl on my silicone mat and then randomly putting drops of nail polish all over the final. Then, to marble it around I squished the wet polish blobs with a stamper. When I put the decal on my nails I thought there was a bit too much white space, so I added some random rows of dots to fill in the design. I used China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, China Glaze Let's Jam, Color Club Teal For Two, Color Club Biscuits & Jam, and Essie Hide & Go Chic.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Gold Filigree

I love today's nails! For the filigree design, I initially outlined the design n white and I almost decided against going over it with gold, just leaving the white, but I'm glad I went through with it anyway! For the gradient, from top to bottom, I used Color Club Kiss My French, Xtreme Wear Pop Chart, Zoya Reagan, Zoya Moxie, China Glaze Seduce Me. For the detail work I used OPI Golden Rules!.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Burgundy Floral

 Here's a pretty standard but cute floral for today. The base is Zoya Dove, The flowers are done with China Glaze Nice Caboose, Xtreme Wear Flirt, Milani Red Label, China Glaze Merry Berry, and the leaves are China Glaze Take A Hike.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Glitter Placement

I don't think anyone would be surprised that I did a glitter placement design for Valentine's Day. Because of the shape of the glitter, the heart had to be more narrow than I would have wanted, but I still like how it looks. It might be a bit difficult to make out the heart in pictures, but in person its much more distinct. For the glitter placement I used Milani Hot Pink and Milani Silver. The glitter gradient nail was done using both Milani Hot Pink and Xtreme Wear Pink-y Ring on Color Club Vintage Couture.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love Letter

 Hello! Today I have some actual Valentine's nails. I've never done any love letter nails before and I wanted to go full out with this design. We have a bird delivering the letter, the letter waiting in the mailbox, opening the letter full of love, and then what's written in the letter! These are definitely some of my favorite Valentine's nails ever; they're so sweet and I love how they sort of tell a story. For the base colors I used Color Club Kiss My French, and China Glaze New Birth, and the details are primarily China Glaze Fresh Prince-ss, China Glaze Dune Our Thing, China Glaze Tart-y For The Party, and Essie Petal Pushers.