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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.

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!