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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.

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.