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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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cool Waves Watermarble

Since my last Pastel Watermarble, I got into a little marbling groove and ended up putting this design together. This was initially going to be a full rainbow, but I couldn't get my oranges and reds to cooperate in the water, so I just decided to omit them completely. For this marble I used China Glaze What a Pansy, Xtreme Wear Royal Hue, China Glaze Rain Dance The Night Away, Xtreme Wear Hustle Up, and Color Club Disco's Not Dead.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sophisticated Skittlette

Other than picking the colors, I didn't really pre-plan for this manicure at all; I just sat down and started piecing a design together as I painted. The black is China Glaze Haunting and the light blue that I used is an unlabeled bottle of Essie, however after a quick google search, I think it may be called Who Is The Boss; at least that's my best guess.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Garden Flowers

 I hate to end the month on a bad note, but these nails just weren't doing it for me. They didn't really end up anything like I had envision, so I was super disappointed in them and repainted my nails the next day. I think these could have been improved if I had either used completely different colors or had painted roses instead. The base is Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Geometric Stars Pattern

 I don't know why I always think it's a good idea to paint elaborate patterns that I find on google, but that's what happened with these nails. When I painted these I basically split them up into three parts. First I did a regular hexagonal pattern, and then I added a second set of hexagons off of those to create the cube illusion look. I later filled in each of the diamonds with some thinner lines, and that's it! It actually didn't end up taking me all that long to complete. The base is Color Club Disco Dress. On top of that I added a glitter gradient using Color Club Tru Passion and Color Club Sexy Siren, and to top all of that off, I added a coat of Xtreme Wear Pink Grapefruit.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pastel Swirl Watermarble

Here's a fun pastel watermarble using a design that is completely new to me. I was inspired to do this swirl technique when I saw this tutorial by SloppySwatches. The only nail I was really able to capture the full swirl effect on was my ring finger, but I do think the others turned out well enough. I used China Glaze Tart-y For The Party, Xtreme Wear Babe Blue, Xtreme Wear Perfect Pear-ing, Color Club Disco's Not Dead, and China Glaze Fresh Prince-ss. I can't believe this is the first time I've marbled with all of these types of colors together; this is such a popular color scheme.

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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Arctic 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.