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Monday, October 23, 2017

Witchy

These are my first ever witch nails! I've always had trouble coming up with witch designs, so I made these pretty simple. I used China Glaze None Of Your  Risky Business, China Glaze Lip Smackin' Good, and China Glaze Let's Jam.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Elegant Skull

 Another Halloween manicure for today and I thought I would do something with a different tone than I usually do for these holiday manis. I'm very happy with these nails, with the exception of my pointer; I just don't think it fits in with the rest of the nails. I used China Glaze Street Style Princess, China Glaze Seduce Me, Xtreme Wear Retro Grade, and Xtreme Wear With The Beat. I also added some glitter on my pinky using China Glaze Put A Bow On It and Xtreme Wear Pink-y Ring.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Glittering Webs

Here are some cute and quick webs that I did pretty last minute because I needed to paint my nails but could not think of what to do. I ended up loving these way more than I expected and the holo, which is a bit difficult to capture in these photos, is awesome. The base is China Glaze I Just Canterlot and I added the glitter gradient using China Glaze  Dawn of a New Reign.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Marbled Jack O' Lanterns

For my first spooky nails of the year, I decided to paint something I haven't done in quite a while, jack o lanterns. To mix these up a little bit, I started with a stripey orange watermarble base. I love the little peak of marble, but I do wish I had done the stripes vertical. The marble is China Glaze None of Your Risky Business, China Glaze Roguish Red, OPI A Roll In The Hague, Zoya Darcy and Color Club Disco's Not Dead.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Corner Filigree

These nails are super simple and were incredibly quick to do. Unfortunately, they ended up a bit more bland than I had anticipated but it did give me the opportunity to wear the underused Zoya Harlow.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Quick Fall Floral

   I had much more elaborate ideas when I was planning out these nails, however I had a horrible headache when I went to paint them, so I threw together whatever this is very very quickly instead. I mainly used Xtreme Wear Cuteapillar, Xtreme Wear Tickled Pink, and Zoya Cole. I really didn't like these initially but they grew on me the tiniest bit after I made them matte.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Army Green and Gold

Once again we end the month on a bad note. I had the idea for these nails and originally wanted to go with a dusty purple and a silver or bronze, however I later changed my mind to army green and gold because, unlike purple, it's a color that I never ever wear. Well, I think that ended up being a big mistake because I just am not a fan of how these nails turned out. The base is Zoya Yara and the gold is Xtreme Wear Golden-I. I think maybe I could have saved this color combo if I had used a metallic gold instead of a glittery one, but once the topcoat was on, there was no going back.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Princess Smoosh Marble

The base that I chose for these nails is a smooshed marble using China Glaze Rain Dance The Night Away, China Glaze One Polished Pony, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Xtreme Wear Jam Sesh, and Color Club Diggin' The Dancing Queen. I also added a little bit of holo and iridescent glitter from Xtreme Wear Disco Ball. All of this, combined with the design I painted, and these nails were giving me some princess vibes.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Partial Watermarble

 Here's a little manicure I did to do something a little bit different with watermarble than I usually do. Typically, I always find the marble too cool to mess with and I always just end up leaving it be as a fully marbled mani. For this, I mainly used Xtreme Wear Tickled Pink, Xtreme Wear Jam Sesh, Xtreme Wear Orchid Around, and Xtreme Wear Royal Hue.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Triangular Geometric Skittlette

I did these nails based on some pretty popular nail decals and stamping designs. I don't have either of those, so I freehand painted these. From top to bottom I used China Glaze Kill 'Em With Kindness, China Glaze Cutie Mark The Spot, Color Club Meet Me At The Rink, Color Club Diggin' The Dancing Queen, and Color Club Feathered Hair Out To There.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ruffian Filigree

I didn't have a lot of time to paint my nails last week so this was something that I just quickly threw together. The base is Zoya Finley and the details are Color Club Hot Like Lava.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Scalloped Chevron Floral

I don't know what it is about these nails, but for some reason they feel pretty old school nail art to me; like a type of design that would have been popular 5 years ago. I do really like these though, but then again I always love how white and black look together. For the pinks, I primarily used China Glaze Hang-Ten Toes and Color Club Raspberry Rave.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Stripey Curve

For these nails I revisited an old favorite technique of mine, fan brush stripes. I used China Glaze One Track Mind, Xtreme Wear Jam Sesh, Xtreme Wear Dabbler, Xtreme Wear Babe Blue, Color Club Diggin' The Dancing Queen, and Xtreme Wear Celeb City.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Seafoam Geometric

For these nails, I started with China Glaze One Polished Pony and then did a light splattering of China Glaze Cutie Mark The Spot, China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer, China Glaze New Birth and Color Club  'Til The Record Stops.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mandala

This is my first time doing a mandala design, despite what a popular nail look they are. This is mostly because I don't have any stamping plates or vinyls with mandalas and I've only just gotten the courage to try freehand painting one. I used China Glaze Re-Fresh MintChina Glaze Capacity To See Beyond, China Glaze Shower Together, Zoya Tru, and a little bit of China Glaze Tart-y For The Party.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Vertical Stripe Watermarble

I wanted to go a little bit out of my comfort zone with this watermarble; we have red, a color I hardly wear, shimmery polishes, which I also don't wear a lot and never marble with, and a design pattern that is completely new to me. Despite all of this, I ended up loving the outcome! I used Zoya Cyma, China Glaze Awaken, and a black polish.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Abstract Geometric Skittlette

It's actually pretty rare that I wear nails that are this bright, so this was definitely a fun one to wear, and stare at, for a few days. Every aspect of this manicure I came up with on the fly, so in hindsight, there are some parts of the design that I'm unhappy with. This is also entirely freehand, which makes it a "better from afar" look, but regardless, I am still fond of the overall effect. I used China Glaze Hang-Ten Toes, China Glaze Let's Jam, China Glaze Boho Blues, and Orly Lemonade. I seriously love these polishes, but I typically stay away from them because I find that they can be difficult to accurately capture on camera, however this one went pretty well!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hot and Cold Scales

 These were initially going to be rainbow scales all mixed together on one nail, but the colors weren't really meshing, so instead I decided to split them up. My only issue with these was that I have basically done the right side before. I used a bunch of polishes, but for the gradients I used Xtreme Wear Caribbean Coral, Xtreme Wear Coral Reef, Zoya Cole, Color Club Disco's Not Dead, Color Club Pucci-Licious, Xtreme Wear Royal Hue, China Glaze Rain Dance The Night Away, and Essie Vibrant Vibes.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Geo-Matte-tric Triangles

Now that I work full time, I don't have as much time to spend on my nails anymore, so I've been creating more simple designs during the week and then going all out on the weekends; this was the first weekday manicure done with my new "schedule". The base is China Glaze Jagged Little Teal, and the details are done with Orly Rage. I created this design with the intention of making it matte, so it's no surprise to me that that ended up being my preferred finish to wear it with.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Soft Lace

    I recently went on a job interview and while I wasn't really concerned about my nail art, I thought I would play it safe and paint something soft and subtle anyway. I have done lacey nail art similar to this before. While the designs aren't exactly the same, they are basically the same concept, but I do think it's nice to revisit older designs sometimes and hopefully see improvement. The base that I used is Zoya Megan, a personal favorite, partially because its my namesake, but I also love this dusty light purple tinted color.